One of the most important aspects of life at summer camp is staying healthy, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At Vega we are passionate about health. From the food options in the dining hall, to the soccer fields, to our state of the art health center, we strive to keep girls enjoying every aspect of camp by instilling the importance of health to everyone.
Our health center team consists of residents doctors, nurses and aides to make sure campers and staff are seen and treated carefully and efficiently so they can take advantage of every single activity all summer long. The Vega health center staff, Kyle and Emily communicate with parents if their daughter is injured, sick, sees our doctor, or of course, if they need to see an outside provider.
Vega partners with many local providers, most notably with MaineGeneral Health, which includes the state-of-art MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Alfond Center for Health in Augusta.
The COVID-19 pandemic especially forced us to scrutinize every detail of our health and wellness protocols to meet the changing landscape or the virus and our response.
In 2021 we were able to experience an incredible (COVID-free) summer by following our 2021 COVID-19 Prevention and Response Protocols, which relied heavily on testing to create and secure a camp bubble. While the lead-up to and the first week of camp in 2021 were incredibly challenging, the remaining 6 weeks of the 2021 summer were exceptionally successful and rewarding.
We continue to develop our 2022 Covid Protocols. Our first step was to mandate COVID-19 vaccination in December 2021 for all staff, and in February 2022 for all campers. This will allow us the best opportunity to run an uninterrupted program again this year, but with fewer restrictions and a reduced chance of severe illness among our community.