Summer Camp FAQs

CAMPER ELIGIBILITY

Who is eligible to apply as a camper for the 2021 Summer Camp Program?

Camper eligibility requirements…

  • Have a qualifying medical diagnosis (see complete list on our eligibility webpage) OR are the sibling of a medically qualifying camper.
  • 6 – 16 years of age for Sessions 1 – 5 OR 17 – 21 years of age and have previously attended a summer camp session at Double H for the Alumni Session.
  • Function at a cognitive age of at least 6 years old.
  • New! Can successfully wear a mask throughout the day.
  • New! Camper families must provide their own transportation to and from camp, including early departure from the session if necessary. Currently, all guidelines discourage travel by mass public transit such as train, bus, or airplane.
  • New! If camper resides outside of the Northeast (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont) eligibility will be evaluated based on current local community spread, travel restrictions and mode of transportation.

How much does it cost to attend the 2021 Summer Camp Program?

All Double H Ranch programs are offered free of charge to our campers and families.

Are there travel restrictions for campers coming to Double H Ranch?

Maybe. In compliance with current CDC and NYS guidelines, we are monitoring community spread in our own region as well as regions from which campers will be travelling. If a camper resides outside the Northeast (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont), we will evaluate your current local community spread, travel restrictions, and mode of transportation to and from camp to determine eligibility. Currently, all guidelines discourage travel by mass public transit such as train, bus, or airplane.

Are 17 and 22-year-olds who were supposed to graduate in 2020 eligible to apply for the 2021 Summer Camp Program?

Yes. We highly encourage these 17 and 22-year-old campers (both medically qualifying and siblings) to apply for the Alumni Session. Our goal during the Alumni Session is to celebrate our campers that missed their traditional camp graduation last year. All Alumni applicants will be placed in the lottery and we will notify families of placements in late May.

Which sessions can siblings attend?

We will have a limited number of spots for siblings – approximately 30% of the typical availability. Siblings are eligible to apply for any of the summer’s six sessions, including the Alumni Session if they are 17 years of age.

APPLICATION PROCESS

How does the camper application process work for the 2021 Summer Camp Program?

Campers will have between April 2nd and May 14th to complete the online Camper Application here: https://doublehapps.com/. Applications must be submitted by the deadline and deemed eligible by the medical team to be considered for the lottery process – a randomized selection process used to reserve camper spots this summer. Applicants who have been selected by the lottery will have a TENTATIVE spot reserved and will need to complete the medical portion of their applications. Those not initially selected by the lottery will have the option to join the Wait and See List by submitting their medical information for approval. Camper spots are not guaranteed until the application has been approved by the medical team.

If things are missing from the application, will I be notified?

Yes. An email will be sent home with the status of the camper’s application and any missing items that are needed.

Why use a lottery system this summer rather than the typical first-come, first-serve method?

We will be operating at a reduced capacity this summer, so it is likely that the number of applicants will greatly exceed the number of spots available. The lottery is a random selection process that will help ensure all applicants have an equal chance of being selected.

What are the chances my child will be selected by the lottery system?

Camper selection in the lottery will depend on the number of eligible applications received. There is no way to predict if your application will be selected by the lottery, but we highly encourage all interested campers to apply.

When will I know if my child has a spot in the 2021 Summer Camp Program?

Families will be notified of the lottery process results during the last week of May. Medical approval and official summer confirmations will be sent out on a case-by-case basis beginning June 1st.

How will the Wait and See List work?

Campers not initially selected in the lottery process will be able to opt into the Wait and See List by submitting their medical information. Once their application is complete and medically approved, campers will be added to the list and notified if a spot becomes available. Due to extensive pre-screen process, we will only be able to call campers off the Wait and See List up until two weeks before each session begins.

 PROGRAM & SCHEDULE

What are the session dates of the 2021 Summer Camp Program?

Session 1: Wednesday, June 30 – Sunday, July 4
Session 2: Wednesday, July 7 – Sunday, July 11
Session 3: Wednesday, July 14 – Sunday, July 18
Session 4: Thursday, July 22 – Monday, July 26
Session 5: Thursday, July 29 – Monday, August 2
Alumni Session: Thursday, August 5 – Sunday, August 8

Will there be an Alumni Session during the 2021 Summer Camp Program?

Yes. The final session of the summer will be an Alumni Session for 17 – 21-year-olds. All 17 and 22-year-old campers (both medically qualifying and siblings) who were supposed to graduate in Summer 2020 are eligible to apply for the 2021 Alumni Session.

What time should we arrive on the first day and depart on the last day of camp?

Check-in is from 10:00am – 1:00pm on the first day of each session, including Alumni. Campers will be assigned a specific arrival time in their confirmation email. Departure is by 12:00pm on closing day for each session, including Alumni.

How will the session schedule differ in 2021 than in past summers?

We will host five summer sessions that are five days each, followed by a four-day Alumni Session. The daily camp schedule will remain relatively intact with designated activity area times, mealtimes, rest time, and evening events.  Cabins will travel together in pods, maintaining the same campers, counselors, and volunteers throughout the session. Campers will be able to participate in the same camp activity areas, but large camp-wide events will be divided into small-group outdoor activities. There will be no offsite trip to the Great Escape Amusement Park.

Can I stay with or visit my child while they are at camp?

No. The Summer Program is a residential program for campers only. Parents and family members are not permitted to stay at Double H and visits are discouraged during session. We are happy to recommend hotels in the area to stay nearby.

  • Hampton Inn & Suites, Lake George NY: (518) 668-4100
  • Holiday Inn Express, Queensbury NY: Holiday Inn Express or call (518) 415-1888
  • Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark, Queensbury NY: 1-888-708-2684
  • Best Western, Lake George NY: 1-800-234-0265 or (518) 668-5701
  • Fort William Henry, Lake George NY: 1-800-234-0267 or (518) 668-3081
  • Clarion Inn, Lake George NY: (518) 793-3196

For additional information on area attractions, visit http://www.lakegeorge.com.

COVID-19 SAFETY

Are campers required to receive the vaccine to attend the 2021 Summer Camp Program?

No. While we strongly encourage all qualifying individuals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine(s) before arriving at Double H, it is NOT a requirement for campers this summer. If your child has received their COVID-19 vaccine(s), please provide the shot dates in their camper application.

What COVID precautions will be required of campers this summer?

  • Before Arriving at Camp: Camp Nurses will be calling all camper families TWO WEEKS prior to their session to perform a pre-screen. We ask that families self-monitor for symptoms and practice low-risk behaviors in the two weeks leading up to camp: avoid large gatherings, maintain physical distance, and wear a mask when around others. Campers will also be required to submit a negative PCR test before their scheduled arrival.
  • While at Camp: Campers will be screened for COVID-19 related symptoms during the check-in process and routinely throughout their session. Everyone will be required to wear a face mask and observe physical distance from others while onsite. Cabins will move in pods, maintaining the same campers, counselors, and volunteers throughout the week. Proper handwashing and cough techniques will be encouraged.
  • After Leaving Camp: Camper families will be asked to report any symptoms or positive PCR test results up to two weeks after the session.

What happens if a camper shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while at Double H Ranch?

If a camper shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while onsite, we will notify their parent or legal guardian immediately by phone. Medical staff will accompany the camper to a designated isolation building on camp, monitor their symptoms, and implement testing protocol. We are currently waiting on New York State’s official summer camp guidelines before finalizing a testing protocol for this summer. Check back for updates!

What happens if a camper tests positive for COVID-19 while at Double H?

If a camper tests positive for COVID-19 while onsite, we will continue to monitor their symptoms and work with a parent or legal guardian to create a safe departure plan. We will also work in accordance with our local Department of Health to notify and/or isolate individuals who have had potential contact with the camper. Parents and guardians of all campers onsite will be notified.

If my child has been vaccinated against COVID-19, will they need a negative test before arriving at camp?

Maybe. Campers will be required to provide a negative PCR test before arriving at Double H. Individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be exempt from this precaution. We are currently waiting on New York State’s official summer camp guidelines before finalizing a testing protocol for this summer. Check back for updates!