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Summer Camp Policies for 2020

Registration for our 2020 season has officially closed.
The camper application and wait lists are now offline.
Thank you for making this a memorable summer!


On June 6, the governor confirmed that day camps will be able to reopen during phase II of Massachusetts' reopening rollout. We will be operating our camps this summer following the new guidelines issued on June 1 by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education, and are looking forward to offering a full summer's worth of fantastic camp experiences. Our top priority is (as always) the safety of our campers and staff. This page outlines our plans on ensuring social distancing and addressing the unique health concerns posed during the time of COVID-19. 

Parents may request to any policies at anytime including backgrounds checks, behavior management plans. 

Available camp weeks

As of June 6, 2020, we are planning to run the following weeks as scheduled. Check the bottom of our Dates & Times page to see which camps are offered during these weeks!

Week          Dates
Week 1
    June 15 to June 19
Week 2     June 22 to June 26
Week 3     June 29 to July 2
Week 4     July 6 to July 10
Week 5     July 13 to July 17
Week 6     July 20 to July 24
Week 7     July 27 to July 31
Week 8     August 3 to August 7

Removed from our schedule

Due to some regulations being rolled out with Massachusetts' reopening phases, we are heartbroken to confirm that we are unable to offer some of our camps, listed below, in 2020. 

Affected Sports Camps

  • Basketball Camp
  • Flag Football Camp
  • Sports Combo Camp

Other Affected Camps

  • Club A.C. (extended day)
  • Field Trip Week
  • Musical Theatre Camp
  • Week Zero
Hockey Camp schedule change

To accomodate the significant interest in Hockey Camp, this program will now run as two, six-hour sessions while maintaining the same amount of on-ice instruction time:

  • AM Session (7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.): four hours of ice time, free swim, lunch, and field games.
  • PM Session (1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.): four hours of ice time, free swim, snack and dinner, and field games.
Why we are open in 2020

We believe that kids need camp. Camp provides children with friendships and a sense of community, enables them to develop new skills and self-esteem, and fosters creativity and a sense of wonder. After a challenging spring for children, we cannot think of anything better than helping to enable thee critical components of childhood. We also know that our families need the change of pace that our camps will provide. As we did this spring with remote learning, Dexter Southfield faces the challenge of opening camp with focus, discipline, ingenuity, and optimism. 

Dexter Southfield takes the decision to open camp this summer very seriously and has thoroughly evaluated and addressed our ability to open safely. Our 36-acre campus with extensive field spaces, coupled with 100,000 square feet of indoor space - including the Kraft Fieldhouse and Arena - differentiates our ability to open. Camp this summer will look different, but it will still be a fun, healthy, and safe season.

Learn more about how our camps are affected

Click on each section below to learn more about any changes being made to our policies and camp schedules.

Masks at camp

We will follow the below guidelines, issued by the State of Massachusetts.


  • Famlies are required to provide a mask or face covering for their child.
  • We will encourage the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings during the program day. Masks must be worn in situations where six feet of physical distancing is not possible.


  • Staff members will always wear a mask, except during designated break times taken away from other staff and campers.


Lunch and snacks

Sage Dining Services, our food service provider, will provide campers with snacks and a boxed lunch each day. Meals will be served via a serving line system at camp where our staff individually serves campers food from that day's menu.

View our menus here.

Campers who have marked that their child follows a vegetarian diet or who have indicated a food allergy on their online health history form will have a specifically marked boxed lunch delivered to their camp group.

Families who would prefer not to use dining service this year may send their child to camp with a lunch and snack as long as the food is nut-free. There will be no discount to the camp fee if you decide not to use this service, and we are unable to provide refrigeration for personal lunches or snacks.

Daily health checks and other precautions

Each day, campers and staff alike will undergo wellness checks before entering and exiting the camp. Campers should expect the following every morning and afternoon:

  • Staff will ask how they are feeling to see if there are any symptoms of concerns.
  • If a fever is reported (or later confirmed to be present) or another COVID-19 symptom is displayed, the camper (and any siblings, if any) will be brought to our medical team for further examination.

Key information to help the entire camp stay safe:

  • There will be three medical professionals on campus each day.
  • Any camper who has a fever of 100 degrees or more and/or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to camp for 14 days.
  • As a guiding principle, campers will also be reminded to keep a six-foot distance from other campers and staff, though help will be provided from the counselors within your children's group in situations where extra help is needed (skate tying included!).

Staff guidelines

  • Prior to your children's arrival each morning, all staff members will complete a wellness check with a camp medical professional. 
  • Staff members will always wear a mask, except during designated break times taken away from other staff and campers.
  • Any staff member who has a fever of 100 degrees or more and/or exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to camp for 14 days.
  • As a guiding principle, staff will keep a six-foot distance from campers and fellow staff.

Please help us keep our entire camp community safe. Should you, your children, or another member of your household develop symptoms of COVID-19 or come in close contact with a person diagnosed with or under monitoring for COVID-19, please contact the Camp Office

If COVID-19 is suspected

There is a possibility that a camper or staff member may show symptoms consistent with those associated with COVID-19. If this happens, the following policy will be in place.

  • The camper or staff member in question will be removed from their group and brought to an area specifically reserved for medical isolation.
  • If a camper has a sibling at camp, that child will also be treated as potentially infected.
  • The camper or staff member will be fully evaluated by onsite medical providers, taking every precaution to protect themselves and the camp community.
  • If the camper's symptoms are confirmed, their parent and/or guardian will receive a phone call to alert about the symptoms being displayed, and the next steps to take.
  • Our camp's nurse and EMTs will decide if the symptomatic camper must go to the Emergency Department by ambulance. If ambulance transport is not necessary, they will be required to be picked up from camp.
  • If a camper or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the entire camp community will be notified, and all those who have had close contact with the person must stay home for 14 days. The CDC defines close contact as any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

Camp groups

  • Each camp will have a capacity of 40 campers.
  • Campers will be placed in groups of 8 to 10 children of a similar age and will stay with that group throughout the day.
  • In some certain programming, group size can increase to a total of 25.
  • Each group of ten will have three to four counselors assigned to those groups, who will travel solely with those campers throughout the day.
  • Though we accept group requests and do our best to accomodate them in the best way we can, this year in particular group requests MUST come prior to the start of camp. Please fill out the new group request form on your file to let us know who you would like your child to be grouped with at camp.
  • Full-camp activities such as Family Night, the talent show, or inter-camp games will return to our campus in 2021.


Unfortunately, based on the current guidelines from the State, we are unable to provide bus transportation to and from our camps this summer. With the mandate that campers move throughout camp and activities as consistent groups of eight to 10 children, the guidelines are prohibitive to our summer transportation program. Next week, you will receive information regarding how to pick-up and drop-off your children.

Please note: all transportation savings are being allocated to fund the significant increase in daily cleaning and operational costs associated with camp this summer.


The pool will be sectioned off to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Each section will be able to accomodate two groups of campers at a time. Every camper will have the opportunity to swim every day!

As always, campers will go through a swim test on Monday to assess their swim level. Campers who do not pass the swim test will stay on the shallow side of the pool. The pool will be sectioned off to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Each section will able to accommodate one group of campers.

Unless there is an emergency, lifeguards will patrol from the side of the pool to avoid contamination between groups visiting the water. Counselors will swim with their groups to provide extra eyes and safety in the water.

Sanitization and handwashing


This summer, we will have a team that will specialize in helping to sanitize the campus before, during, and after our campers are on campus to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, our custodial team, camp groups, activity specialists, and all other staff members will be in charge of ensuring a room and all equipment is sanitized between activities. 



We know your child is already a handwashing pro, but please know that we will encourage your camper to refrain from touching their face and wash their hands for at least 20 seconds this summer. Counselors for each group will enter the bathrooms and handwashing stations to help facilitate this process so we can ensure that every camper washes their hands after using the bathroom, before and after meals and snacks, and as they leave an activity area. 

Hugs, high fives, and needing help

We know: the idea that your child will be blocked from running to their friend for a huge hug after not seeing each other in months is disheartening. Camp is about maintaining those connections, and we're going to work through the social distancing awkwardness the best that we possibly can. 

Know that we recommend that you chat with your child before camp to help them remember that distancing is helpful during quarantine, since campers will be reminded to keep a six-foot distance as a guiding principle. However, we are structuring our groups a little differently this year and asking for group requests in advance so we can maintain those memorable moments in the best way that we can. 

Counselors working with your child's hockey group will still be there to help tie skates. Junior Campers will still be able to hold their counselor's hand to hold if they're having a particularly nervous moment. Your camper's teammate will still celebrate your child's amazing goal out on the fields. Though there is no mud run this year, kids will come home with a new sense of confidence about something they tried and giggling about the joke their counselor told them. 

We hear you: we know that this will be hard, and we are ready and willing to work through this with your camper to make this summer a memorable experience.

Frequently asked questions

We thank our camp families for these excellent questions about our 2020 camp season. Please keep submitting them!
Q: When is final payment due? 
A: Full payment is now due at the time of registration. Cards that have not paid their balance in full will be charged on Monday, June 8.
Q: My family has decided not to attend camp this year. Can I still cancel or transfer our enrollment to a later week?
A: Yes. We understand your concerns, and can certainly work with you to re-work your camper's schedule. Please email for assistance. Please contact us prior to our June 15 refund deadline so we can help you adjust your plans.
Q: Can you guarantee that all of your camps will run as scheduled?
A: While we would love to say yes, we know that the understanding of COVID-19 is that it is constantly changing. If the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Brookline board of health, or American Camp Association determine that camp is unsafe for our campers and staff members OR the rolllout of Massachusetts reopening phases are delayed in any way, we will amend our camp's schedule to ensure we are offering the most positive experience possible. Please see the "removed from our schedule" section above to see a list of camps that we are unable to run this summer, but are excited to offer again in 2021.
Q: How will I know if any changes are made to the summer schedule?
A: Not only should you watch this space, but we also recommend that registered families keep an eye on their email. Our priority is to contact families via email first with any relevant information about our campers' schedules.
Q: If I were to cancel, how long does the refund process take?
A: From the date of initial processing, we are are told that it can take up to 14 business days to return back to the card (especially in these times). Updated 2020 statements will be available on your account via the financial tab. Those who will be attending camp and are looking for statements with dates of service should contact the camp office.
Q: Are there any spaces opening on the Hockey Camp wait lists now that the schedule has changed?
A: We are watching the wait lists very carefully. If a spot opens up in a session's morning or afternoon program, please know that we will be in contact with the next family on the wait list as soon as possible to offer that spot. The offer will come in the form of a phone call - if we do not reach you, we will follow up with a voicemail and an email. The spot will be available to that family for 24 hours. If we do not hear from you during that time, we will move on to the next family on the list.


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