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What to Expect


Chelsea Piers looks forward to welcoming its summer campers beginning on July 6. We have prepared detailed health and safety protocols based on guidance specific to the operation of summer camps from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Camp Association (ACA) and the CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC). In order to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all adults and children, we appreciate your cooperation in following these important policies at Chelsea Piers. All protocols are subject to change based on revised guidelines from state and local officials.

Fewer Campers. Smaller Group Size

We are limiting our overall weekly summer camp enrollment to one third our normal camp capacity.

Camp groups will have no more than 14 campers per group.

Campers will stay with their same group and counselors throughout the day.

New Signage

Upon arrival, new signage will

  • Direct you to CAMP ONLY check-in line.
  • Direct you and your family towards check-in and check-out locations
  • Clearly direct you to follow one-way traffic patterns
  • Remind campers of the Health Screening protocols
  • Floors will be marked to ensure appropriate Social distancing at check-in and other areas of the facility

Contactless check-in & check-out

We will use staggered check-in and check-out times, 6-foot queuing and one way traffic flows to allow for social distancing.

All staff will wear masks and gloves. Campers and guardians are asked to wear face coverings at check-in and check-out. Per CT State guidelines, campers will not be required to wear masks during camp activities.

Health Screening

All adults and children who will be coming to the Chelsea Piers facility (dropping off and/or entering) should take their temperature prior to leaving their home. If the temperature of anyone in the family exceeds 100 degrees we ask that you stay home.

Per updated CT OEC guidelines, we will not take temperatures on-site.

Parents will also need complete a health survey for their child(ren) each day at check-in.

Facility Access

We encourage parents to exit after checking their child(ren) into camp. Parents who wish to remain on site to watch their child, must stay in designated viewing areas, wear a mask at all times and abide by all social distancing rules.

New Safe Hygiene Protocols

All campers, upon entering and exiting the facility, will be required to use hand sanitizer.

Camp staff will provide children with assistance and opportunities for enhanced handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer shall be provided and used under supervision of adults.

Camp staff will remind children to practice healthy habits throughout the camp day, including covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the corner of the elbow.

Staff Health Protocols

All Camp staff will complete a health survey before starting work, have their temperature taken and wear protective masks. Camp staff shall also practice enhanced handwashing and health practices, including covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the corner of the elbow and assisting children with such increased handwashing and healthy practice throughout the camp day.

Social Distancing

As much as possible small camp groups will be socially distant from each other.

Camp activities will be designed to provide sufficient spacing to allow for social distancing of campers. Coaches will provide instruction with "hands-on" only when necessary to ensure safety.

We will encourage social distancing within the group of 10, however, within the group of 10 contact with groupmates will be unavoidable.

Enhanced Disinfecting Procedures

For the safety and protection of our campers, our cleaning and maintenance protocol will continue to be maintained at the highest standard throughout the property. Our teams have increased the frequency of these processes, upgraded our supplies and disinfectants to comply with CDC guidelines and new industry standards, and increased the visibility and number of hand sanitizing stations. Chelsea Piers maintenance staff, coaches and counselors will also be responsible for wiping down and disinfecting any and all shared sports equipment between sessions throughout the day.

Modified Use of Water Fountains

Touchless water fillers available. Drinking fountains will not be available for use during this summer. Please prepare a refillable water bottle at home for your child. Make sure your child's name is clearly marked on the bottle.

Limited Use of Locker Rooms and Controlling Restroom Occupancy

To prevent overcrowding in locker rooms and restrooms, we will have limited occupancies in all locker rooms and restrooms. Locker rooms will be for changing-only at this time and a Chelsea Piers staff attendant will monitor occupancy levels at all times to comply with social distancing regulations.

Camp Nurse

As we do every summer, we will have a medical office and a nurse at camp this summer. The office will be used for first aid and to dispense pre-authorized daily medications. There will be a separate sick room used for ill campers.

Sick Room

If during the camp day a child feels ill or is determined by the nurse to have an observable illness, such as constant coughing or respiratory distress, or a temperature over 100 degrees Farenheit, the child will be escorted to a designated sick room for their safety and the safety of others. As in normal circumstances, parents will be notified immediately to arrange for pick-up. A staff member will remain near the child for supervision.

Notification Requirements

Chelsea Piers will follow State and/or Board of Health requirements to support notification and contact tracing protocols.

Have a question about any of our camps?

Email us at or give us a call at 203.989.1100; we are happy to help!