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2021 Health Protocols

While the summer of 2020 had its share of challenges, we opened for a six-week camp program and had a fun, safe, and healthy summer! Our experience operating last summer provided invaluable learning and allowed us to develop plans to safely operate and mitigate COVID-19 risk, so your children can have the fun summer they need.

For Summer 2021, we have received new mask guidelines from NY State that are as follows:

The NY State Department of Health has announced that mask-wearing at a summer camp for children outdoors and within their stable group is not required.

Children not yet in Kindergarten, do not need to wear face coverings while on camp property.

Older children/campers (current Kindergartners and above) are encouraged to wear face coverings when feasible in the following situations:

  • On all Nabby buses
  • At drop-off prior to health screening (temperature checks) through morning assembly (if we gather the entire camp)
  • When indoors at Arts & Crafts
  • When social distancing between stable groups outdoors cannot be met

Vaccinated staff are not required to wear masks at camp but will model mask-wearing for our campers when indoors and on the bus.

In combination with this updated mask policy, below are additional best practices and key learnings from last summer that we will implement in 2021:

  • Medical Oversight – We are partnering with our local AFC Urgent Care and camp doctor Dr. Gupta, for on-call service for all campers and staff during the camp season. We now have two Camp Nurses on-site and have moved our infirmary outdoors to further ensure our campers’ health and safety.
  • Staff Training – We train all staff with information and current guidelines on COVID-19, both in terms of policy and procedures designed to keep everyone safe while at Nabby as well as away from camp.
  • Stable Groups – Each group remains together throughout the day and is considered a “stable group” or “pod”. Our stand-alone bunks for each group allow for increased privacy and safety.
  • Health Screening – All families are required to provide daily health screening via our new digital “Fever Free” App (inclusive of at-home temperature checks). All campers and staff will also have their temperatures taken prior to their daily arrival at Camp.
  • Outdoor Play & Open Air Facilities – Our camp activities were almost exclusively outdoors with activities ranging from music to nature to gymnastics all enjoyed outside. We benefit from multiple open-air facilities that allow us to program activities safely, even on rainy days.
  • Bathrooms – Nabby features 8 modernized restrooms in locations throughout the camp that are well maintained and cleaned throughout the day.
  • Program and Schedule Modifications – All activities/events have been re-evaluated and adjustments made as necessary to ensure safety standards. We, unfortunately, will have to postpone a few Nabby traditions due to overlapping pods, but will still be able to offer many other camp favorites including Spirit Week, Theme Days, and special entertainers.
  • Cleaning – We have increased the number of cleanings throughout the day for all commonly used, high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Hygiene – We continue to reinforce proper hand washing techniques and require both counselors and campers to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. We added a water washing station and had liquid hand sanitizer available throughout the camp.
  • Water Safety – Our multiple pools and large pool allow us to maintain instructional swim as well as free swim for all campers – with ample room for safe play in the water.
  • Snack/Lunch – We offer three distinct lunch periods and will reconfigure our dining hall to allow for proper distancing. We have also increased outdoor dining with additional picnic tables.

As many of these guidelines remain fluid and continue to evolve, we will update our Nabby community and thank all of you for your support and partnership this summer.


"I just wanted to reach out to share how happy I am that we decided to send Zack to Nabby. Each day he came back and “had the best day ever!!” I feel so lucky that during these crazy times I can give him this experience – thanks to you and Joe for all the hard work you are doing. It’s so meaningful."

Shauna L. , Chappaqua

"I just wanted to say thank you so much for giving the kids a great summer. With so much uncertainty in the world, and so many events canceled, you guys have really brought fun and joy back into the kids lives. I really cannot begin to thank you for everything you have done in these incredibly trying times! So, many thanks again for a great summer."

Tory M., Chappaqua

"Camp has been amazing for our kids. What a difference it has made in the kids and our lives. We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and perseverance!"

Kelly M., Briarcliff Manor

"Thank you so much for running such a terrific program in this crazy year! My kids had a blast this summer and it was SO GOOD for them to get outside and hang out with friends. THANK YOU!"

Jessica M., Crompond

"Wonderful program and staff. Thanks for a great summer experience. Although it was different this year and parents were unable to be as involved as I’m they are in normal summers, I could tell by how happy my child was that the camp is the best."

Lindsay Y., Briarcliff Manor

"My family has always had an outstanding experience. Love the variety of activities. Communication is outstanding and impressive especially compared to other experiences. Camp Nabby did a phenomenal job this summer implementing safety protocols for campers and staff."

Julie A., Pleasantville

"It was such a wonderful experience in such an uneasy time. We are truly grateful that camp could run this summer, it created so much fun and kept the kids healthy, while having fun. Thank you so much!"

Beth C., Cortlandt Manor

"Our girls LOVED Camp Nabby. It seems like a sweet, nurturing, supportive camp that is really focused on the kids. We will be back next year!"

Stephanie W., Garrison

"It was the highlight of our summer after many months of quarantine. Thank you so much for making it safe and fun where my kids could flourish. We are grateful."

Sam S., Croton

"Thank you for such a great summer! It was by far the highlight of an otherwise dark year. Camp made my son feel normal, and life feel normal. He had so much fun it was great for him to be around kids his own age and just be a kid!"

Allison G., Yorktown Heights

This will be the third year my granddaughter attends Camp Nabby. I am so grateful to have found a place that she absolutely loves! She has become more confident, expressive, social and is experiencing wonderful friendships. Thank you Camp Nabby for making such meaningful memories for her.


“Today was my daughter's first day at Camp Nabby. I cannot express how happy and impressed with Amanda we are. She impressed us from day one...We are so happy we chose Camp Nabby!”

Kaylynn H., Mohegan Lake

“Thanks for running such a fabulous camp—I can't believe after all these years they still come home so enthusiastic about their day—(and they are going into 8th grade!).”

Sara L., Croton

"The kids are LOVING camp! This is the first summer they come home happy! Thanks! (new nabby campers)."

Stacy G., Chappaqua