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We are so excited to be able to offer a summer camp program for the Town of Lewisboro. However, the 2020 camp season will be very different from previous years. Many restrictions will be implemented as a measure to reduce the spread COVID-19, and to protect our campers, employees and our community.  The information in this letter will outline these restrictions and prepare you for the new camp guidelines that are accordance with the CDC, New York State and the Department of Health. Ultimately, safety will be a priority and we will have to reduce the operating size of camp to a total of 110 campers. 

With safety mind, we stress the following points:

Safety in fewer numbers:  the number of campers per group will be restricted to a small “pod” of 10.

Safety in consistent campers: the camper of each pod will remain the same throughout the 3-week sessions and potentially for the full six weeks.

Safety in consistent staffing: each pod will have the same two staff members for the whole duration of the six-week camp program.

Safety in consistent materials/equipment: each pod will have their own set of equipment and materials that will be designated for their pods usage only so there is only sharing amongst the pod.

Safety with more mature campers: the summer camp program will be limited to those entering grades 1-6 in the Fall of 2020.  

The anticipated summer camp season is scheduled to run for six weeks from July 6th – August 14th from 9:00am - 3:00pm with an hour drop-off schedule from 8:00am to 9:00am and an hour pick-up schedule from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Campers will be assigned to an age and gender appropriate pod and we will not be able to accommodate friend requests this summer.  Each pod will be assigned to their own “home base” and will be provided with a daily schedule of activities. Pods will not be able to cross paths or interact with other pods while at a camp, unless our state and health department guidelines allow us to do so.

Camp Program Info: Open to Town Residents Only (To qualify as Town Resident you must pay taxes to the Town of Lewisboro)

FOR: Children – Entering 1st – 6th grade in the Fall of 2020

DAY & TIME: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm

OPTION 1:

6-week camp session: Monday, July 6th – Friday, August 14th - $800

Option 2:

3-week camp session: Monday, July 6th – Friday, July 24th - $425  

Option 3:

3-week camp session: Monday, July 27th – Friday, August 14th - $425

**We will open up registration for school-district residents if we have space after town residents register.

Camper Guidelines –

  • All children will be screened with a Temperature check, hand sanitizing station, and COVID-19 questionnaire with parent/guardian present daily. These check ins will occur from 8:00am-9:00am.  Children will not be accepted after 9:00am and parking lot will be closed off for the day.

  • Staggered drop-off schedule  

Group 1 – 8:00 – 8:10 – check in with Nurse 1

Group 2 – 8:05 – 8:15 – check in with Nurse 2

Group 3 – 8:10 – 8:20 – check in with Nurse 1

Group 4 – 8:15 – 8:25 – check in with Nurse 2

Group 5 – 8:20 – 8:30 – check in with Nurse 1

Group 6 – 8:25 – 8:35 – check in with Nurse 2

Group 7 – 8:30 – 8:40 – check in with Nurse 1

Group 8 – 8:35 – 8:45 – check in with Nurse 2

Group 9 – 8:40 – 8:50 – check in with Nurse 1

Group 10 – 8:45 – 8:55 – check in with Nurse 2

  • Pick-up schedule   

                Will be similar

  • No child(ren) should come to day camp if they exhibit signs of illness or symptoms related to COVID-19. If a child becomes sick at camp, they will immediately receive isolation from the other children.  Parents will have one hour to arrange pick up after notification by camp director. Failure to pick up your child promptly will forfeit attendance at day camp for the rest of the season. 

  • Drop-off and Pick-up: only campers will be allowed on the camp site.  If parent needs to talk to staff – they can call the camp office and arrange a meeting separate from the camp and campers.

  • Campers must bring a face covering daily. We will encourage campers to wear masks as much as they can tolerate.  Face masks will not be worn during swim time or playing games where the covering inhibits breathing.

  • All Counselors will wear a face covering except when playing games where the covering inhibits breathing, they can safely be social distanced from their campers, during lunch/snacks/hydrating themselves.

  • Lunches will be brought from home or if parent allows at the Pool Snack Bar.  No sharing of food, drinks or touching of containers that belong to other campers. Campers will need to bring their own sunscreen, towel, swimsuit and refillable water bottle. No electronics, stuffed animals, cards or other toys will be allowed from home. 

  • A hand sanitizing station will be available at the entrance of camp, near playground and under the pavilion. Campers must apply sanitizer when they enter the camp site, entering the playground and doing arts and crafts. Following NYS guidelines, the practice of hand washing and hand sanitizing will be required upon arrival to the first program activity; between all program activities; after using the restroom; before eating; and, before departing the last program activity.

  • A schedule of daily rotation and assignments is prepared each week for counselors to follow – we have come up with 10 locations and activities so pods can stay separate – (sports and games at baseball field, basketball at basketball court 1, soccer at basketball court 2, nature at lean-to, music at stage, arts & crafts under pavilion, game area under tent, playground, volleyball court for volleyball or sand play, and the pool).   We also can add in hikes, blacktop games like 4 square, boxball, hopscotch, jacks, and sprinkler time, even a special entertainer might be on the schedule.

  • THERE WILL BE NO PLAY DATES at dismissal parents, babysitters, grandparents, nannies should be the only one’s picking up their respective children. 

POOL VISITS

  • We are waiting for guidance on swim lessons at camp but in the meantime, we will go to the pool for free swim only at this time.

  • There will be a limited number of campers in bathroom facility – staggered time will be allowed to change in and out of swim attire.

BIG NO’s for THIS SUMMER

  • NO Bus Transportation

  • NO TRIPS

  • NO Rainy Day inside location – if weather is bad – NO CAMP, all campers will stay home .   Think of this as school and snow days – we will call a rainy day by 7:15 a.m. if we have to cancel for the day, if it is going to storm bad late in the day we will call for an early dismissal, if the rain will clear we will have a late drop off in the morning.  We do have some shelter at the park and will do our best to have camp if it drizzles.

  • NO PUBLIC AT TOWN PARK – We will close camp areas to the public during camp hours.  Park property includes the main parking lot, basketball courts, volleyball courts, playground. The town will block off the main lot at 9:00am.

REGISTRATION WILL START ON TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd at 12 p.m. – It will be first come, first serve for town residents only.   You can register online from the comforts of your home.  You can come to the office to drop off a check made payable to the Town of Lewisboro or cash on Tuesday, June 23rd – we ask that you line up at the front door – keep 6 feet away from anyone and WEAR FACE MASKS!! 

Call Friday or Monday for your username and password if you are registering online.   You can NOT create a new account if you forgot your account information.  Anyone who registered for any program/permit/event with us in the past 8 years will have an account.  Anyone new to town please call us to set up an account.

There is a 3% service charge to pay by credit card.

POLICIES FOR REGISTRATION

  • No mail in registrations or walk in will be accepted before Tuesday, June 23rd at noon. 

  • After you register you will need to provide our department with a copy of your child’s immunization records, fill out a registration form, sign waivers for swimming, covid-19 and sunscreen/insect repellant. These documents are required for your child to attend camp, so they must be completed and returned to us by July 6th.

The 2020 summer camp season will look and operate differently from previous years, but we will do our best to provide our campers with a fun, positive experience in a safe environment.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate through this unprecedented and challenging time.

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Dear Neighbors and Friends of Lewisboro - 

We hope that this email finds you well, safe and staying strong. This past week has been tough on all of us, so we are happy to greet you with what we think is some good, positive news . . . 

We have been hopeful for this to happen, and in the past forty-eight hours, news came out that we will be able to hold some sort of Day Camp program this summer as well as open the Town Pool for 2020. Unfortunately, these announcements were made without any guidance or requirements. So, until we know what the guidelines will be for both entities, we are still waiting before advertising an opening day and registration for each.  

We will remind you that, at the end of the day, it will be a Town Board decision as to whether it is safe to proceed in opening the camp and/or pool for the summer. We need it to be safe for both our participants and staff.  And, if it is a financially responsible decision at this time. The next Town Board meeting is on Monday, June 8th and we hope to have some direction at that time from the state government and health department to present to our town leaders.  

Our Preserves are all open at 50% parking capacity, and 3 out of our 4 parks (Town Park remains closed but will open soon with LIMITED PARKING AND ACCESS) are open for the usage except for gatherings over 10 people, sports on the fields and/or playground usage.  Please remember there are no garbage receptacles out so carry in and carry out in all facilities, bathrooms are still all closed and not court sports, field sports or playground usage at this time.

Our whole staff will be back in our offices starting on Monday, but will remain closed to the public for the time being. We will continue to offer appointments and/or safe social distancing curbside service when needed.

We do have other programs up and running - Zoom Bingo, Private and Semi-Private Tennis Lessons for kids (sold out at the moment but we hope to offer more soon), Drive in Movie night at Onatru, and the state is now allowing doubles tennis to be played.  We are looking forward to some safe alternative activities for the community coming up in lieu of the annual fireworks - so stay tuned for information. 

For more information on any of these programs, please visit our website at www.lewisbororecreation.com or call our office at (914) 232-6162 during normal business hours.

We continue to miss you and hope to see you soon,


Your Dedicated Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department Team:

Dana Mayclim, Laura Stone, Randy Price, Pam Veith, Reed Pullem, Michael Portnoy and Steven Johannessen


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Preserves will open on Saturday, May 16th


Parking lots are limited to the following spaces in their respective preserves:

  • Brownell - 5 vehicles

  • Old Field - 5 vehicles 

  • Leon Levy - 14 vehicles

  • Onatru - 6 vehicles 

Parking will only be permitted in the parking lots. There will be no parking on grass, alongside local roads or state routes - tickets will be given if you violate these rules.


Preserves will be open to residents only. 


When using the preserves we ask that users maintain social distancing (6 feet) and we strongly encourage all visitors to use face masks/coverings, limit touch, wear gloves and use hand sanitizer for their own safety. 


Some preserves will have directional signs up to make sure that everyone uses the loops in the same direction to avoid passing each other. 


At this time, there will be no other group gatherings or activities of any kind permitted. 


We have removed all trash receptacles so please carry in and carry out. 


Don't forget that your furry family members must be leashed at all times on Town Properties. 


After we have determined that our limited access preserve policies are working sufficiently, we will move to open the preserves fully.


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