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Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Can I see the camp before registering?

Yes! We are now open for scheduled individual tours. Masks are required while indoors. Contact information is listed below.

How do I register for the program?

Registration for all families will open on December 1, 2022.

Please click here to view dates and fee information. Contact us at 617-264-1335 with any questions.

 

Which Medical Documents and Immunizations are required to attend?

Campers and staff must meet State and Local guidelines before attending camp. A Health History form needs to be submitted from a licensed health care provider which will include a recent physical (within the last 18 months) along with allergies and any activity restrictions if applicable. In addition see below for required immunizations and more information.

Is financial aid available?

At this time, The Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp is unable to offer financial aid to non-CHS students.

Does the camp provide transportation?

Sorry, at this time, transportation for summer camp is unavailable.

Do you have Early and Extended Day Programs?

Yes. For an extra fee, families may sign up for Early Drop-Off from 7:45am-8:30am and/or Extended Day until 5:45pm. Morning and afternoon activities include playground, art, movement games, and/or free swim (extended day only).

Please click here for more information and fees.

Do you provide lunch, snacks and/or birthday treats?

Lunches and Snacks

  • Please note that The Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp is a "Nut Aware" campus. Our entire camp community is asked not to bring, to camp, any items that contain nut products or traces of nut products.
  • We will be providing catered lunches every Friday during the Creative Arts and Sports Program (not STEAM Camp).
  • Campers will need to bring their lunch and a snack Monday - Thursday. Please note that refrigeration is not available.
  • Families may also choose to enroll with Schoolhouse Fare and purchase a lunch that will be delivered to camp one or more days per week (Mondays-Thursdays). Click here for more details.
  • Families should also provide two nut free snacks for their full day camper or one nut free snack for their half day camper each day.

Lunch Delivery Option (Monday-Thursday) - Families may purchase a lunch to be delivered from Schoolhouse Fare Mondays through Thursdays. To learn more about the Schoolhouse Fare lunch ordering details please click here.

Birthday Celebrations! Campers who are with us on (or near) their birthday will have popsicles (provided by camp) with their group at either the morning or afternoon snack. For safety reasons, families are not permitted to bring in any birthday treats to share with the other campers.

Is the camp nut aware?

Yes, our campus is a nut aware campus. We ask all staff and campers to refrain from bringing any nut products on-site. Lunches and snacks will be monitored by staff. We will have substitute nut-free snack available for those campers who may accidentally bring in any nut products.  Any nut products, will be packed up and sent home with a friendly reminder notice from our camp nurse.

Can my child be in a group with his/her friend?

You are welcome to make friendship requests for your camper on the Camper Questionnaire. The friend must be entering the same grade and admitted to the same session as your child in order for us to place them together (late requests may not be honored). This summer, we anticipate a decreased number of camper groups per grade, so please register early to guarantee space.

What are your COVID-19 Safety Measures?

To ensure the safety for our camp community, we will be following all State, Local and CDC COVID-19 guidelines along with any recommendations by The American Camping Association. We will be watching closely for any new updates from the state and will adjust our policies and this page accordingly.


Identifying and Evaluating Asymptomatic Close Contacts and Symptomatic Campers

  • The Chestnut Hill School Summer Camp will continue to work closely with The Newton Board of Health and CDC to implement best safety practices and to report any COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • Asymptomatic campers, who are considered a close contact of a family member, may continue to attend camp as long as they remain asymptomatic and use a mask for 10 days.  A test on days 2 and 5 will be required.
  • Depending on the severity of symptoms, children may remain in the program if they are immediately tested at camp or home and the COVID-19 test is negative.  We do, however, ask that campers consider staying home and to wear a mask until their symptoms resolve. 
  • Children who test positive may not attend camp and are encouraged to isolate for at least 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and they have been fever free for 24 hours, they may return to programming after Day 5, provided:
    • The child is able to mask, they must do so through Day 10.
    • The child is unable to mask, they must have a negative test on Day 5 or later in order to return to programming prior to day 11.
  • Information, as needed, will be communicated to parents. No personal information will be shared.

Please direct any COVID concerns to Evelyn Diaz L.P.N., Marcus Nickerson (Camp Director), or Angie Zomer (Assistant Director).   

Additional Camp COVID-19 Health Considerations

  • Self screenings - Each morning, families will be asked to partner with us and to perform daily health screenings on their camper(s).  If symptomatic (see below), Families and staff are encouraged to not come to camp until symptoms resolve or receive a negative COVID test result.
  • COVID-19 symptoms may include one or more of the following:
    • Fever or chills,
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Camper and Staff Cohorts - Please note that we are allowing campers and staff within the same division only to be able to mix for specific elective classes.
  • Outdoor Classes - Weather permitting, we will continue to encourage, where applicable, for specific lessons to take place outdoors.
  • PPE and Face Masks/Coverings - Campers and staff asymptomatic will have the option of wearing a mask while indoors and/or outdoors. See above for specific situations where masks will be required.  Campers and staff must bring their own masks; Camp will not be providing masks.
  • Handwashing - Campers and staff will be encouraged to wash and/or use hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day. Reminder signs will be posted around campus.