Health and Saftey in 2022
We are so proud that the URJ Camping system is 15 camps strong across North America. Our shared commitment to health and safety remains at the forefront of everything we do, and we are grateful to our camper families for their patience as we navigated the safe reopening of all of our camps in 2021. As we continue to navigate this ever-changing situation, we monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as our remarkable team of doctors who are working with us to create universal medical protocols for this summer. Meet our Medical Advisory Team! Below you will find the protocols that we used for Summer ’21 when we had a 100% Covid-free summer! As we advisory team approves policies for Summer ’22, we will share them with registered families and post them here.
For Summer 2022, we are requiring all age eligible participants, staff, volunteers, and guests on our camp properties to be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, against COVID-19. The URJ has a long history of requiring vaccinations for our community, and we believe strongly that preserving life and maintaining the health of our entire community is a core Jewish value.
Knowing that our entire age-eligible community will be vaccinated against COVID-19 allows us to also adjust our other mitigation strategies from this past summer. We will have additional information about these adjustments in the coming months and look forward to returning to a more typical summer experience in many ways. As part of that, for Summer 2022, we plan to return to a more typical time off policy for our staff that includes time off of our camp properties, where staff will have autonomy over their own time. Our staff truly went above and beyond in Summer 2021, living onsite at camp for 7 weeks without time off of our campus. In consultation with our medical advisors, we believe that we can safely return to more traditional time off in Summer 2022. As always, the health and well-being of our entire community is our highest priority and we expect staff to behave in ways that hold this value dear, in balance with local COVID-19 conditions, and guidance from local and state health authorities.