Seasonal Staff Summer 2021 COVID-19 FAQ
(Updated as of 1/15/2021)
Will there be Camp this summer?
Yes, providing regulations allow, we are committed to providing in-person summer camp at Crossroads this summer!
What regulations are you following?
All of our programming is designed to adhere to current regulations and best practices including those provided by the following authorities: Federal, State, Local Health Department, the CDC, the American Camp Association (ACA) and Massachusetts Camping Association (MCA)
What are your cleaning and sanitizing policies/procedures?
All items and equipment used in activities are required to be cleaned and disinfected after anyone touches it, before another person touches it. For this reason shared objects have been kept to an absolute minimum.
Crossroads has re-designed all programming and provided the materials and equipment to be used by participants to minimize sharing and promote distancing. We have removed items that cannot be easily washed (e.g., stuffed animals, etc.). Items that cannot be cleaned or disinfected at all (e.g. playdough) have been removed from activity rotation. Items that come into contact with participants’ faces (e.g. blindfolds, straws, etc.) have been replaced with one time disposable versions.
What happens if someone gets COVID-19?
If a staff member or camper is identified as having a potential or confirmed case of COVID-19, they are isolated from the camp community as soon as possible. Contact tracing is used to identify close contacts who are required to isolate.
If a camper or staff member warrants further clinical evaluation, arrangements will be made to do this, either in-person or via telehealth. If a camper or staff member does not require immediate clinical evaluation, the individual may be required to return home.
Will I be required to get the vaccination?
While it is too early to establish vaccination requirements, we hope that it becomes widely available and that as many people as possible are vaccinated by summer.
Will I be required to quarantine before coming to camp?
We will likely require staff to quarantine themselves for a short time prior to arrival.
We will ask all participants and staff to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms during the days leading up to their arrival at camp.
Will I get ‘fast tracked’ for the COVID-19 vaccine?
The American Camp Association (ACA) has been advocating for camps staff to be certified as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” allowing staff to be prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccination within the Education sector. If approved it is possible that camp staff are approved to receive the vaccine before it is available to the general population.
Will I be required to wear a mask? When?
To slow the spread of COVID-19, Crossroads staff are asked to wear face masks while serving children and interacting with parents and families. Program staff are required to wear a cloth face covering whenever 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible.
Students are encouraged to wear face masks during the program day. Whenever 6 feet of physical distancing is not possible, masks are required to be worn.
Masks do not need to be worn while engaging in active outdoor play, when 6ft physical distance can be maintained.
Masks are not worn while eating and drinking. Strict and consistent physical distancing must be practiced at meal times.
What will time off look like?
At this time, it is unclear whether staff will be required to remain onsite during time off in order to maintain a safe and secure bubble. As more research is conducted and further information is released as to the effectiveness of the vaccine it is possible that vaccinated staff may be permitted to leave camp in adherence with safety protocols.
Personal face mask (in compliance with CDC guidelines). Please see below for a full Packing List for the Summer.
Employment Documents (Required)
Submit the following documents in advance of arrival, and bring originals with you to camp:
Physical Examination (completed within 18 months of your start date):Massachusetts requires all staff to submit a copy of an updated physical examination from your physician and a copy of your immunization record within 18 months of your start date. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with your physician in advance of the summer. If you report to Crossroads without a current physical examination, you will be asked to visit a local clinic to have one conducted and you will be subject to any fees incurred.
- Immunization History
The Department of Public Health requires that staff have these immunizations when working at summer camps (listed below). Please review the following list and if your immunization form does not contain any of the required immunizations please reach out to your Doctor and ask for an updated version that includes the vaccines or a note stating that you have had or you are immune to any of the following:
MMR: 2 doses, anyone born in or after 1957. 1 dose, anyone born before 1957 outside the U.S. Anyone born in the U.S. before 1957 is considered immune. Laboratory evidence of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella is acceptable.
Varicella: 2 doses, anyone born in or after 1980 in the U.S., and anyone born outside the U.S. Anyone born before 1980 in the U.S. is considered immune. A reliable history of chickenpox or laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable.
Tdap: 1 dose, Tdap should be given if it has been ≥ 10 years since Tdap
Hepatitis B: 3 doses for staff whose responsibilities include first aid; laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable.
- Health Insurance Card
- Social Security Card
- Passport or two forms of identification (at least one photo)
- Passport with J-1 Visa & DS-2019 (international staff only)
Log in to your CampInTouch account and select Forms & Documents to review your paperwork status.
Packing List (Recommendations)
Crossroads does not have a uniform, but does provide T-shirts to be worn on specified days throughout the summer. Typical camp wear is informal and usually consists of shorts and T-shirts. Comfortable clothes that allow full participation in camp activities are encouraged. Favorite/expensive clothing is not recommended. It is important for staff to consider the overall message that their clothing choices project. Please keep in mind that your apparel is appropriate for outdoor acitivies in case of temperature and weather changes (see Prohibited Items below).
- Sleeping bag or blankets/sheets and a pillow
- Sneakers – consider that you may be hiking, too (2)
- Sweatshirts/fleeces (2)
- Pants/jeans (2)
- T-Shirts (10)
- Shorts (5)
- Underwear and socks (10)
- Swimsuits (2)
- Towels (2)
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant)
- Laundry bag
- Bug spray
- Personal face mask (in compliance with CDC guidelines)
- Nicer outfit for staff banquet
- Books, posters, and equipment that will help with your program area or cabin activities
- Fun costumes and decorations for program theme days
- Musical Instruments, children’s books to play/read to your campers
- A flag from your home country
- Vehicles are allowed but must be parked in designated areas
- Weapons of any kind
- Alcohol, tobacco products, e-cigarettes
- Narcotics, illegal drugs (including marijuana and paraphernalia)
- TVs or large electronics
- Large sums of money, expensive jewelry
- Personal sports/adventure equipment
- Clothing with reference to beer, alcohol, drugs, offensive language, sex, inappropriate camp behavior, etc.
- Clothing that is overly revealing (e.g. shirts which leave a bare midriff, too-tight or too-short shorts, etc.)
Policies and Procedures
All medications are stored in the Health Center at camp and are distributed by the nurses on staff. If you take prescription medications (including birth control), make sure that you bring enough for the summer and that they are noted in your Health Information and Physical Exam.
The Health Center will have non-prescription medicines such as mild painkillers. Any non-prescription medications that you bring with you (including vitamins) must be stored in the Health Center and not in cabins. Exceptions include a rescue inhaler and EpiPen.
Smoking is not permitted on any part of camp. Smokers must be prepared to abstain from smoking for the summer, except when off-site during time off. Tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, lighters, marijuana, and related paraphernalia are forbidden on camp property, and staff must never return to camp smelling of smoke.
Alcohol is forbidden on camp property at all times. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol in the state of Massachusetts. It is also illegal for anyone to purchase alcohol for someone who is underage. Crossroads upholds this state law and violations may be cause for dismissal. Crossroads has a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs, and anyone found possessing or using illegal substances will be dismissed immediately.
You will have the equivalent of one day off each week. These include pre-assigned days between sessions where the whole staff will be off, and other days that are set at the beginning of each session. We provide transportation to local public transport stops for days off whenever possible.
Daily time off includes two assigned hours each day.
Typically, one cabin counselor is on duty overnight and must stay in the cabin with campers all night, while their co-counselor has time off once dismissed after the campers are in bed.
Laundry facilities are available for personal laundry during time off, when they are not being used for camp purposes.
With the exception of required documentation such as Passports, valuables should not be brought to camp. Accommodation is shared and Crossroads cannot be held responsible for the loss of any valuable items (jewelry, cash, electronics, etc).
Devices & WiFi
Electronic devices can only be used during time off and never in the presence of campers. Crossroads recommends that staff use careful consideration when deciding what devices to bring to camp. There is a staff lounge with WiFi available during time off.
In July and August, the weather in Massachusetts is sunny and warm during the day (75-90°F / 22-32°C) and can get cooler at night (55-65°F / 12-18°C). Camp doesn’t stop for occasional rainy days, so waterproof jackets are recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we expect all our youth and staff to be willing to go in the pool or lake. If you cannot swim, you will not be expected to go outside of the shallow area.
What is the food like?
The food at camp is basic, nutritious, and kid-friendly. It is served family-style. We try to accommodate dietary requirements; but please let us know in advance.
Is there an opportunity to experience Boston and the surrounding area?
Yes, on your days off we highly recommend checking out Boston and the local beaches and hiking trails. Rides to public transport will be provided.
Where do I sleep and shower?
Counselors sleep in an assigned cabin with co-counselors and campers. Cabins are basic and rustic. There are washhouses where counselors can shower during time off.
What happens if I can’t work the whole summer?
To maintain staff-to-camper ratios, we expect that you will honor your staff agreement. Please call or email us as soon as possible if there are any changes in your availability.
What are the other people like that I will be working with?
Crossroads hires a diverse team of staff who are passionate about making a difference with the young people we serve. The majority of the team ranges in age from 18 to 35 years old and come from the Boston area, other US cities and states, and from all over the world. Staff are selected for their interest in working to create an environment where youth can learn, grow, and achieve success. Crossroads is excited to support this group of inspirational individuals to come together, create a powerful team, and positively impact our campers this summer.
What are the campers like?
Crossroads inspires over 1,000 youth per year to unlock their potential and positively impact the world. Our programs are designed to reach under-resourced youth from low-income or risk-filled Massachusetts neighborhoods, with the majority coming from the cities of Boston and Brockton. Many of the young people in our programs live in households facing challenges and struggling against poverty, violence, or adversity. When they arrive at Crossroads for the first time, our campers can be guarded, fearful, or resistant to connection. They may believe their circumstances define what is possible for them, even while they hold dreams for their futures. It is our mission at Crossroads to help them let down their walls, inspire them toward their dreams, and guide them into a future of economic independence, social responsibility, and strong personal connections.
How will Crossroads help me grow as a youth development professional?
At Crossroads, you will develop real-world experience as a youth development professional. Working alongside experts in the field, you will explore, share, and learn new strategies for working with young people. You will also develop a network of support to share best practices. As you develop skills and knowledge, you will gain a level of proficiency in core competency areas for work in the youth development field.
Where are the camps?
Camp Wing is located in the New England town of Duxbury, Massachusetts, halfway between Boston and Cape Cod. Camp Wing is situated on 200 acres of woodlands and trails, with two pools and two ponds. It is 5-10 minutes’ drive from the highway and nearby stores, 20 minutes’ drive from the nearest public transport station, and about 45 minutes south of Boston.
Camp Mitton is located in the Cape Cod town of Brewster, Massachusetts. Camp Mitton is situated on 17 acres and is surrounded by lakes. We are about 1.5 hours from Boston. The summer beauty of Cape Cod and the islands attracts visitors from all over the world.
Camp Lapham is located in Ashby, Massachusetts. Its remote location in north-central Massachusetts, close to the New Hampshire border, is perfect for exploring the great outdoors. Camp Lapham is situated around a reservoir and surrounded by woodlands close to Mount Watatic.
Summer Contact Information
Additional Qualifications Available to Counselors
The Crossroads qualified lifeguard trainers facilitate the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training that includes First aid and CPR/AED training. If you successfully pass the training, you will receive a two-year certification from the American Red Cross which you can use across the US. Lifeguard training is informative, interactive, challenging, and essential to our programs. Be ready for some long days that include classroom time as well as in-water skill scenarios as we train you to become a confident and professional lifeguard. To pass the course, you will be required to take 3 written examinations along with a few in-water scenarios and proficiency evaluations.
2021 Training Dates:
Class 1: June 10th – June 13th
Class 2: June 15th – June 18th
Ropes Course Training
Crossroads hosts a High Ropes Course specialist company to facilitate training that covers all three of our ropes courses. Ropes course training is informative, interactive, challenging, and essential to our programs. Be ready for some long days that include classroom time as well as on element scenarios as we train you to become a confident and professional ropes course instructor. To pass the course, you will be required to participate in the full training and complete all assigned scenarios.
2021 Training Dates:
June 14th – June 16th (TBC)
If you are interested in either of these trainings, please make note of that in your staff application or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Due to limited spaces in our trainings, showing interest does not guarantee you will be selected to participate.
Crossroads Connects hosts school retreats and weddings at our Camp Wing site after the summer. Connects staff facilitate camp activities for the students, and setup and provide support for weddings. There are a limited number of positions available after the summer.
2021 Connects Dates:
Fall: August 19th – October 11th (TBC)
We are running a Bonus Week for Day Camp families. This opportunity is open to staff from all camp programs: Day Camp, Camp Wing and C5 Programs.
2021 Bonus Week Dates:
August 23rd – August 27th
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please make note of that in your staff application or email Michael Clancy at email@example.com for more information. Due to limited spaces on our Connects and Bonus Week teams, showing interest in working does not guarantee you will be selected to participate.