What We Are Doing At MBDC Regarding COVID-19

May 26, 2020

Dear Camp Family,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and that your family and everyone in your life is safe and healthy.  

Currently

Even though some areas of New York have opened some businesses have opened for limited activities, NY State Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor Deblasio have not yet made a decision on whether to allow or suspend children’s programs and summer camps for the upcoming season.

On May 15, 2020, the CDC (Center for Disease Control) put out a draft of what they would propose for camps in the event local governments allow camps and children’s programs to open. Please keep in mind this is based on a national overview and NOT New York alone. Below is a link to that document.

YOUTH PROGRAMS AND CAMPS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


FIRST & FOREMOST!

Mill Basin Day Camp WILL be ready to operate should they allow camps to open.  We will follow all guidelines that might be set for a planned opening.
Our facility is ready to go and all our permits and licenses are in place.

If We Are Open

Depending on the directives we receive from NYC and the Department of Health, programs and activities may be modified to potentially include;

  • Follow CDC’sGuidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
  • Open with enhanced social distancing measures
  • Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff & their proper use of hand sanitizers
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces within the facility and on buses at least daily (for example, playground equipment, door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains) and shared objects (for example, toys, games, art supplies) between uses.
  • Ensure that camper and staff groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of children stay with the same staff (all day for young children and as much as possible for older children ).
  • Restrict mixing between groups
  • Postpone, limit or cancel field trips and inter- group events.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Implementing some of the above guidelines may result in Mill Basin Day Camp severely limiting registration.  In such an event, first consideration will be given to those families that have already registered.

If We Are Closed

However, if the unfortunate decision is made to suspend and or cancel the camp programs for 2020, we are sure that it was done to ensure the safety and well being of all the children and staff, along with their families.

Options For Fees Already Paid For 2020 In The Event Camp is Closed

In all honesty and transparency, it will be easier for MBDC to continue to work on our facility and program for 2021 if parents choose to leave their fees paid on their accounts and have them transferred to the summer of 2021.

For those who choose this option, we want to show our appreciation by offering a financial incentive for doing so.  The example is as follows;

A family that has already paid $1000 for 2020 will have $150 dollars added to that payment so it will show that that have paid $1150 for the summer of 2021.

 Please see the fee structure below.

If The Amount of Money Paid Already for 2020 equals:Money That Will Be Added To Your Total Payment Towards 2021Monthly Payments Would StartBalances Would Be Due On
$1500 and up or account paid in full$200
(paid in full accounts in this category will have the refund sent to them)
October 02, 2020
(If any payments are still remaining)
June 01, 2021
(If any Balance is still remaining)
$1000 to $1499$150October 02, 2020June 01, 2021
$500 to $999$100October 02, 2020June 01, 2021
$200 to $499$50October 02, 2020June 01, 2021

Partial Refund & Payment: Families can choose to have a partial refund sent to them and leave a deposit for 2021. Partial refunds will secure a spot for 2021 but it does not receive and additional fee incentive.

Anyone that has already requested and been given a full refund or partial refund can opt back into these options.

Credit Card & Paypal Refunds: Families that have been paying via credit card that request refunds will be charged a 2% fee.

Full Refunds: A full refund of all monies paid will be available until June 14, 2020. 

After June 14, 2020 families not requesting refunds will have all fees that they have paid transferred to 2021.

Campers Who Are Aging Out Of Camp: For those families whose campers are ageing out of camp, a full refund will be made at that time.

You can log into your account to check your current balance and total payments made or you can email us at Edie@millbasindaycamp.com.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. Check our MBDC Calendar for office hours.

Important Addendum: Requests for camp for 2020 were increasing rapidly from new families that have already been informed by their former programs that they will not be open in the summer of 2020 and desperately need child care.  We expect that to get even larger for the summer of 2021 as some other or smaller camps will never re-open.

We will do our best to accommodate them but of course, our current families are always our first priority.

On behalf of my entire staff, we hope and pray that you have not been too adversely affected and that the worst has passed so life can begin to return to some normalcy.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Sincerely,

Jack Grosbard, Owner, MBDC

718.251.6200

 

Dear Camp Family,

I hope that your family and everyone in your life is safe and healthy.  

Currently:

The NYC Mayor and Department of Health have not yet made the difficult decision to suspend children’s programs and summer camps for the upcoming season. On May 15, 2020 the American Camping Associaton will be making its recommendation to government as to how to proceed.


FIRST!

Mill Basin Day Camp WILL be ready to operate should they allow camps to open.  We will follow all guidelines that might be set for a planned opening.
Our facility is ready to go and all our permits and licenses are in place.


If We Are Open:

Depending on the directives we receive from NYC and the Department of Health, programs and activities may be modified to potentially include;

  • Follow CDC’sGuidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
  • Open with enhanced social distancing measures
  • Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff & their proper use of hand sanitizers
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces within the facility and on buses at least daily (for example, playground equipment, door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains) and shared objects (for example, toys, games, art supplies) between uses.
  • Ensure that student and staff groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of children stay with the same staff (all day for young children and as much as possible for older children ).
  • Restrict mixing between groups
  • Postpone, limit or cancel field trips and inter- group events.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Implementing some of the above guidelines may result in Mill Basin Day Camp severely limiting registration.  In such an event, first consideration will be given those families that have already registered.


FYI

At MBDC, we always want you to have the facts. That is why we’ve put together some of the issues that camps face and what we are doing in light of each issue.

Staffing:
Locating and interviewing potential staff.
We are fortunate that we have many returning staff and some excellent referrals from people we know. We are also currently conducting interviews via video conferencing.

Background checks, work experience and referral checks are more difficult to coordinate and verify.
Though many of those listed are not immediately available and take longer to reach, we are working on it daily and will not hire an applicant until references can be checked. 

Properly training staff
CPR/First Aid, as well as camp policy and procedure training, could prove challenging so we are putting greater emphasis on building our staff with individuals that have prior camp and/or children’s programming experience.

We await new protocols Department of Health and government-mandated social distancing directives for larger gatherings to complete staff training.

TRIPS & OUTINGS
Scheduling trips to local venues as well as other cities are done but are on hold until each local government has opened their cities and towns.

We are also planning a schedule that would not include trips if we are not allowed to travel.  Teen campers would have a daily activity schedule at the camp facility as well.

Transportation To & From Camp
Bussing transportation is also on hold as the bus companies wait for directives as well. We will require FULL CLEARANCE documentation from our provider prior to camp starting.


If We Are Closed:

However, if the unfortunate decision is made to suspend and or cancel the camp programs for 2020, we are sure that it was done to ensure the safety and well being of all the children and staff, along with their families.

Options For Fees Already Paid For 2020 In The Event Camp is Closed

In all honesty and transparency, it will be easier for MBDC to continue to work on our facility and program for 2021 if parents choose to leave their fees paid on their accounts and have them transferred to the summer of 2021.

For those who choose this option, we want to show our appreciation by offering a financial incentive for doing so.  The example is as follows;

A family that has already paid $1000 for 2020 will have $150 dollars added to that payment so it will show that that have paid $1150 for the summer of 2021.

Please see the fee structure below.

If The Amount of Money Paid Already for 2020 equals:Money That Will Be Added To Your Total Payment Towards 2021Monthly Payments Would StartBalances Would Be Due On
$1500 and up or account paid in full$200
(paid in full accounts in this category will have the refund sent to them)
October 02, 2020
(If any payments are still remaining)
June 01, 2021
(If any Balance is still remaining)
$1000 to $1499$150October 02, 2020June 01, 2021
$500 to $999$100October 02, 2020June 01, 2021
$200 to $499$50October 02, 2020June 01, 2021

Partial Refund & Payment: Families can choose to have a partial refund sent to them and leave a deposit for 2021. Partial refunds will secure a spot for 2021 but it does not receive and additional fee incentive.

Anyone that has already taken and full refund or partial refund can opt back into these options.

Credit Card & Paypal Refunds: Families that have been paying via credit card that request refunds will be charged a 2% fee.

Full Refunds: A full refund of all monies paid will be available until June 14, 2020.  After June 14, 2020 families not requesting refunds will have all fees that they have paid transferred to 2021.

Campers Who Are Aging Out Of Camp: For those families whose campers are ageing out of camp, a full refund will be made at that time.

You can log into your account to check your current balance and total payments made or you can email us at Edie@millbasindaycamp.com.

Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. Check our MBDC Calendar for office hours.


Important Addendum: Requests for camp for 2020 were increasing rapidly from new families that have already been informed by their former programs that they will not be open in the summer of 2020 and desperately need child care.  We expect that to get even larger for the summer of 2021 as some other or smaller camps will never re-open.

We will do our best to accommodate them but of course, our current families are always our first priority.

On behalf of my entire staff, we hope and pray that you have not been too adversely affected and that the worst has passed so life can begin to return to some normalcy.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Sincerely,

Jack Grosbard, Owner, MBDC

718.251.6200

 

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April 30, 2020

Dear Camp Family,

I hope that your family and everyone in your life is safe and healthy.  

Here is an update on our plans should camp open on time or later, with or without restrictions as well as the possibility that we will not open for 2020.

Currently:

Today, Governor Cuomo and staff were asked about their plans for summer camps for the upcoming summer.  They replied that they are looking into the summer programs, with an emphasis on essential workers and childcare for those who must go back to work.

Basically, that means that at this point, they simply are not sure.  To date, we have not been told by ANY governmental agency that we need to consider closing or altering plans to run camp or perhaps start at a later date.

Therefore, as it stands today, camp will start on June 29, 2020.  As such, we are preparing to be ready for the upcoming summer.  We are also not scheduled to begin for almost 2 months and even if we need to, we are able to begin the start of camp a few weeks later. 

PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED OUR CAMP PERMIT FOR 2020
They have reviewed and approved our application and plan, although we are waiting for the Dept. of Health guidelines for operating this summer.

As part of our preparation, we will implement new and stricter cleanliness programs for both, staff, campers and families to follow.  We will also work closely with the NYC Department of Health as they no doubt will create and set new guidelines and mandates for all children’s programs to follow. Our record with the NYC Department of Health is one we are very proud of and nothing, not even COVID-19 will stand in the way of keeping it that way.

Below are some current pictures of our facility. We are fortunate in the sense that our facility is camp only, as there are no other programs or usage of the facility until camp begins, therefore, leaving it clean from contamination. The space has been closed since the last day of camp in 2019 and will remain so with the exception of sanitization on a frequent basis until the start of our program in 2020

What If?

Of course, the possibility remains that camp may not be allowed to resume for 2020.  Should that unfortunately come to pass, we are working on the options for families regarding the fees they have already paid for this summer including

  • Refunds (full or partial)
  • Credits (with additional discounts) for those who want to keep their accounts active and funded for 2021.

For those families whose campers are ageing out of camp, a full refund will be made at that time.

Important Addendum: Requests for camp have increased for 2020 from new families that have already been informed by their former programs that they will not be open in the summer of 2020 and desperately need child care.  We will do our best to accommodate them but of course, our current families are always our first priority. 

On behalf of my entire staff, we hope and pray that you have not been too adversely affected and that the worst has passed so life can begin to return to some normalcy.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Sincerely,

Jack Grosbard, Owner, MBDC

 

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Dear Camp Family,

I hope that your family and everyone in your life is safe and healthy.  Nothing is more important than that.

I wanted to just update you on our plans should camp open on time or later, with or without restrictions as well as the possibility that will not open for 2020.

Currently:

As you may or may not be aware, the White House Chief Medical director Dr. Fauci, when asked about whether children will be allowed to attend camp stated;

“This depends more on how the country responds in the near term to the pandemic and whether the U.S. reaches the top of the “curve” of the coronavirus outbreak and there is no rebound later”.

Essentially, that means that at this point, they simply are not sure.  To date, we have not been told by ANY governmental agency that we need to consider closing or altering plans to run camp or perhaps start at a later date.

Therefore, as it stands today, camp will start on June 29, 2020.  As such, we are preparing to be ready for the upcoming summer.  We are fortunate in the sense that our facility is camp only, as there are no other programs or usage of the facility until camp begins, therefore, leaving it clean from contamination.  We are also not scheduled to begin for almost 3 months and even if we need to, we are able to begin the start of camp a few weeks later. 

As part of our preparation, we will implement new and stricter cleanliness programs for both, staff, campers and families to follow.  We will also work closely with the NYC Department of Health as they no doubt will create and set new guidelines and mandates for all children’s programs to follow. Our record with the NYC Department of Health is one we are very proud of and nothing, not even COVID-19 will stand in the way of keeping it that way.

What If?

Of course, the possibility remains that camp may not be allowed to resume for 2020.  Should that unfortunately come to pass, we are working on the options for families regarding the fees they have already paid for this summer including

  • Refunds (full or partial)
  • Credits (with additional discounts) for those who want to keep their accounts active and funded for 2021.

For those families whose campers are ageing out of camp, a full refund will be made at that time.

Note: The requests for camp here at MBDC always been great and we anticipate between a 30-40% increase in the event camp does not run in 2020 as more parents will, unfortunately, have to work or work longer hours. 

On behalf of my entire staff, we hope and pray that you have not been too adversely affected and that the worst has passed so life can begin to return to some normalcy.  Please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Sincerely,

Jack Grosbard, Owner, MBDC

 

Information For MBDC Families

Regarding What We Are Planning

March 25, 2020

Dear Camp Families,

I hope that everyone is safe and healthy first and foremost. There is NOTHING more important to us than that.  The safety and health of campers, their families and our staff have always been our highest priority at Mill Basin Day Camp, well before the onset of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As part of our yearly plan to upgrade our facility for the well being of our participants, we were already in the process of installing BRAND NEW bathrooms top to bottom in our facility.  Walls, floors, vanities, low rise toilets (specially made for children) and stalls, lighting and hand air dryers are part of the plan.  The pic below shows the very beginning of the construction plans and we are ready to move forward and complete them as soon as possible.  When completed, they will be NEW, COMFORTABLE & VERY EASY TO CLEAN AND SANITIZE.

As you know, we are happy to fully outfit our campers with everything they need to start camp, such as camp shirts, bags, water bottles etc.  Given the current state of the world and for all future summers, we will also be including personal hand sanitizers (see pic below).

We will also be instituting health and cleanliness training as part of our staff orientation and training program.  We will follow and implement all recommended CDC, NYC Dept of Health & also NYC Red Cross guidelines as they become available to us.

TO BE CLEAR: OUR STAFF WILL KNOW AND FOLLOW ALL PROGRAMS AND RULES REGARDING HEALTH, CLEANLINESS AND SAFETY FOR OUR CAMPERS.

As a reminder, our program and facility maintain a strong relationship with the New York City Department of Health as well as the NYC Health Department Emergency Response Management office. As such, our history and record with the NYC DOH is one that we can be proud to say that we have had zero (0) violations in our 22-year history.

You can see our record and history here: https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.gov/ChildCare/SearchAction2.do

MBDC and camps in general, have a long history of planning for and managing communicable diseases. With the potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States, now and always, we review and update our health-related plans and procedures and communicate with our camp families and staff members.

NOTE: Mill Basin Day Camp is fortunate that we are a summer-only program.  Our building and facility are closed except for the Bi-Monthly Open House dates.  During tours as well, most of the activities and rooms are for viewing only as equipment and supplies are put away until the program begins on June 29, 2020.  Still, following each open house, we sanitize the entire facility, much as we do all winter and especially all summer to provide the cleanest and safest environment possible.

What If My Camper Does Not Attend
Refund Policy

At this time, we are being advised with the American Camping Association who is in direct contact with NYC Government offices that closure of camps and summer programs is NOT a consideration at this time.  As such we believe and are hopeful that camp will go on as planned or perhaps they may be modified or adjusted.

If camp does not go on as planned of course we will offer our families to:
A. Request a full or partial refund (prior to June 28, 2020).
B. Maintain a credit for the next camp season.

As has always been the case at MBDC, 100% refunds are issued at anytime prior to camp starting. This policy holds true for any reason, not just COVID-19.  If your camper cannot attend, as long as you inform us PRIOR to the start of the camp season, a full refund will be issued.

As always, we are available to you to answer any questions by email or phone.  Do not hesitate to contact us.

Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone very soon.

Sincerely,

Jack Grosbard, Owner, MBDC

Coronavirus – Information for MBDC Families

Coronavirus illustration from CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS

March 11, 2020

Dear Camp Families,

The safety and health of campers, their families and our staff is always our highest priority at Mill Basin Day Camp, well before the onset of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

MBDC and camps in general, have a long history of planning for and managing communicable diseases. With the potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States, now and always, we review and update our health-related plans and procedures and communicate with our camp families and staff members.

NOTE: Mill Basin Day Camp is fortunate that we are a summer-only program.  Our building and facility are closed except for the Bi-Monthly Open House dates.  During tours as well, most of the activities and rooms are for viewing only as equipment and supplies are put away until the program begins on June 29, 2020.  Still, following each open house, we sanitize the entire facility, much as we do all winter and especially all summer to provide the cleanest and safest environment possible.

What We Are Doing Now
Connecting with Local Health Authorities

Our program and facility maintain a strong relationship with the New York City Department of Health as well as the NYC Health Department Emergency Response Management office. This is key to ensuring an appropriate community and camp response to any communicable disease threat.

Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 into US communities and we receive regular updates and instruction information as to precautions and preventions mandated by NYC DOH.

We also continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to help ensure that they are fully informed about MBDC’s communicable disease management plans and procedures, so they can best support our program. Our plans will build on everyday communicable disease prevention practices and include strategies for before, during, and after a possible outbreak.

Communicating with You, Our Camp Parents and Staff

Parents and staff are naturally going to be concerned, particularly with the constant media coverage of coronavirus, so communication is key.

IMPORTANT: Coronavirus currently poses no immediate concern for camps and we have communicable disease plans in place that will be revised in cooperation with NYC DOH as well as all public health authorities as additional COVID-19 guidance is provided. Furthermore, effective protocols are continually maintained for the identification and appropriate treatment of any illnesses that may occur at camp, including COVID-19.

As we do every season, health records of EVERY camper and staff will be mandatory and reviewed, albeit more scrutinized for the upcoming season

As had always been our policy at MBDC, we will continue to keep everyone updated as new information becomes available. 

What We Will Be Doing
Monitor the Situation

MBDC will continue to share information so that you can make informed decisions. We will strengthen the system and processes we have in place and stay vigilant. We will continue to check in with all health authorities and monitor the CDC resources on to ensure we, AND YOU have the most up-to-date information. Both viruses and guidance for dealing with them can change over time. And keeping your family and our staff in the loop on all your health and safety-related efforts at camp is the best way to alleviate fears and to do our best to ensure that everyone has a safe and enriching camp experience this summer.

What If My Camper Does Not Attend
Refund Policy

As has always been the case at MBDC, 100% refunds are issued at anytime prior to camp starting. This policy holds true for any reason, not just COVID-19.  If your camper cannot attend, as long as you inform us PRIOR to the start of their camp season, a full refund will be issued.

We Suggest

That you take advantage of these sources to ensure you stay up to date on the latest information and best practices for coronavirus and communicable disease prevention and management (Bookmark this page; it’s updated regularly as new information becomes available.):

 

As always, we are available to you to answer any questions but email or phone and of course in person.  Do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Jack Grosbard, Owner, MBDC

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