- Hours and Directions
- Drop-Off and Pick-Up
- Snacks & Water
- What to Wear & Bring
- Health Information
- All Camp Forms
- Contact Us
On Campus: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Virtual Programming: See individual descriptions for specific timing.
Camp Office Hours:
Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Following suggested guidelines, we are limiting in-person contact this summer. Unfortunately, this means the camp office is closed to face-to-face interaction. We are always available to help with any issues during office hours by phone at 443-321-2575. When the office is closed, leave a message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
Health Office Hours:
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The nurse can be reached at 443-321-7852 to discuss medications and health issues or to answer any questions you might have.
Travel east on Route 50. Take the Aris T. Allen Blvd. Exit 22 (Route 665) to Forest Drive. Bear right onto Forest Drive east. Proceed 2.5 miles to the intersection of Forest Drive and Hillsmere Drive. Turn right onto Hillsmere Drive. Proceed on Hillsmere Drive approximately 1 mile.
Travel south on I-97 to Route 50 east. Take the Aris T. Allen Blvd. Exit 22 (Route 665) to Forest Drive. Bear right onto Forest Drive east. Proceed 2.5 miles to the intersection of Forest Drive and Hillsmere Drive. Turn right onto Hillsmere Drive. Proceed on Hillsmere Drive approximately 1 mile.
Due to the unusual circumstance this summer, it is imperative that you arrive to camp on time.
- Masks/face coverings must be worn by parents, campers and staff at drop-off.
- Campers in the Outdoor at Key program may be dropped off between 8:50 and 9:00 a.m. at a location that will be specified in the pre-camp email letter the week before your child’s camp begins.
- Tennis Campers may be dropped off between 8:45 and 8:55 at a location specified in the pre-camp email letter the week before your camp begins. Campers will be shuttled by a Key School bus to Fusco Athletic Park, departing promptly at 9:00. Masks/face coverings will be required for all campers and staff during transport.
- Everyone should remain in the car in the drop-off line. The Head and Assistant Counselors from your child’s group will greet you at your car in your assigned drop-off location on campus.
- The Head Counselor will meet you at your car to take and record your child’s temperature and to go over the camper’s daily health assessment. Campers with a temperature of 100 or greater will not be allowed to stay at camp nor will any other camper riding in the same car. An individual with fever (temperature 100˚F or above) should remain at home until fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 72 hours. A confidential health log will be kept in the nurse’s office.
- Once the health information has been collected, the camper will be allowed to get out of the car to be escorted by a counselor to camp.
- Masks/face coverings must be worn by parents, campers and staff at pick-up.
- Campers must be picked up at 12:00 p.m. from the same location where they were dropped off.
- Campers will be escorted to their car by a counselor. Everyone must remain in the car.
- The counselor will ask for your family code (see below) and sign your child out.
- Family codes will be emailed to each family and will remain the same throughout the summer. Be sure to give the person picking up your child the code. Campers will not be released without it. If you lose your code, please call the camp office for assistance.
- Due to the unusual circumstances this summer, it is imperative that you pick your child up on time. Because we are keeping the same campers with the same counselors throughout the week, the counselor will need to stay with your child until you arrive. Camps end at 12:00. Families should arrive to pick up no later than 12:05. If you are not in the pick up line by 12:15, late fees will apply and automatically be charged to your credit card on file. There will be a flat late fee of $25.00 for anyone arriving after 12:15. Beginning at 12:20, additional charges of $1.00 per minute until the child is picked up will apply. Unfortunately, there will be no exceptions. Late charges are billed per camper.
Late Arrival / Early Pick-Up:
Due to the unusual circumstances this summer, it is imperative that you arrive to camp on time.
- If you are arriving late, you will pull into the main parking lot, stop at the circle bench, and call the camp office. Everyone must remain in the car. Someone from the office will come out to you to go over the camper’s daily health assessment and take the camper’s temperature. Once the health information has been collected, the camper will be allowed to get out of the car to be escorted to their camp group.
- If you must pick your child up early, pull into the main parking lot, stop at the circle bench, and call the camp office. Someone will bring your child out to you. You must remain in the car. The person picking up will need to provide the family code as described above.
- All campers should bring a nut-free snack. Please keep in mind we do not have refrigerators available to store snacks. Non-perishable foods or insulated lunch bags with ice packs are recommended. Summer at KEY is a "nut-restricted" camp. No foods containing any types of nuts are allowed. Please carefully check the labels on the foods you send to make sure they are nut-free.
- Campers should come to camp with labeled water bottle(s) filled with the amount of water you think they will need for the morning. Keep in mind they will be outside the entire time. We recommend at very least 16 ounces. If needed, we will be able to refill the campers water bottle.
Campers should bring the following each day:
- Backpack for belongings. Campers will carry between activity blocks in Outdoor at Key program.
- Beach towel
- Labeled sunscreen. Campers should come to camp with sunscreen applied.
- Labeled water bottle(s). Campers should come to camp with at least 16 ounces.
- Nut-free snack
- Wear shoes that can get wet for the Outdoor at Key program. Flip flops are not allowed.
- Athletic shoes for the Tennis program
- 2 masks/face coverings - Masks/face coverings will be required by campers, staff and parents during drop off and pick up. They will not be worn outside unless needed in a rare instance when physical distancing is not possible or in the event campers need to move inside for an unexpected emergency.
- Cell phones - If you choose to allow your child to bring a cell phone to camp, the phone will need to remain in the camper's backpack throughout the morning.
From time to time, the nurse must determine whether to send a child home. In such cases the child’s health, as well as the risk to the other members of the camp community, is considered. When it is determined that a child cannot remain in camp, the nurse will contact the parent or guardian first. If they cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be called. Due to the COVID-19 situation this summer, we are required to be sure each camper has someone that can be on campus within 15 minutes to pick them up. As a result, it is important to have pick-up plans with emergency contacts in place.
Parents are encouraged to administer medication at home when possible. If any medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) must be taken at Camp, a Maryland State School Medication Administration Authorization Form must be completed and signed by a medical professional and by a parent or guardian. It should be turned in to the Camp Nurse along with the medication. The only exception will be for the non-prescription medications of acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl). The Camp provides students with these medications, when necessary, if permission is given on the Registration Form, which will be filled out as part of the registration process.
Any medication to be given at Camp must be given to the counselor at drop-off in the original container. The counselor will bring it to the camp nurse. The medication container should be labeled with the following:
• Name of camper
• Name of medication
• Dosage of medication to be given
• Frequency of administration
• Route of administration
• Name of authorized prescriber ordering the medication
• Date of prescription
• Expiration date (Expired medications cannot be accepted or administered by the
Health Office personnel or designate. This includes inhalers and Epipens.)
Campers in grades five through eight may carry and self-administer inhalers and Epipens, once the Camp Nurse has received the appropriate documentation. The camper’s health care provider must sign the designated space on the Maryland State School Medication Administration Authorization Form (see above).
All medications should be picked up on the camper’s last day of camp. If not picked up within one week of the close of camp, the unused and unclaimed medication will be disposed of properly.
As long as your camper is currently enrolled in a public or private school in the United States, simply supply the name of the school on the registration form. If your child has not yet entered school or is enrolled in a school outside of the United States, a complete immunization record must be submitted to the Health Office as soon as possible. The Camp Nurse must verify that the camper is in compliance with the immunization requirements for Maryland.
If the camper is exempt from immunizations due to medical contraindication, an immunization record signed by a licensed health care provider must be submitted. Please note: Campers not immunized according to Maryland state guidelines due to religious objections will not be permitted to attend Summer at KEY.
Action Plans for Serious Medical Conditions:
If your child has asthma, severe food allergies, seizures, bee sting allergies, diabetes, or any other serious medical condition, the appropriate Action Plan form is required to be returned to the Health Office at least two weeks prior to the start date of their first camp. These forms can be found on our website in "All Camp Forms" in the tab below.
The completed paperwork can be emailed to Nurse Katie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 443.926.9394, or mailed to: Summer at KEY, Attn. Nurse Katie, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403. Be sure to allow plenty of time if mailing. Campers will not be able to attend camp until this information is received.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to call the camp office with any questions regarding its response to COVID-19. In order to help maintain a healthy camp environment, families are encouraged to follow recommended social distancing and health policies as mandated by state and local agencies including but not limited to washing hands regularly and thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds), using a tissue to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and then throwing the tissue away in the trash and washing your hands thoroughly. It is more important than ever to keep your child at home if they or anyone at home is feeling ill. An individual with fever (temperature 100˚F or above) should remain at home until fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 72 hours. This will help to ensure the health of our other campers and staff. Please support and be patient with us as we all work to maintain the safest camp environment possible.
New Camp Regulations:
- Campers who live outside the state of Maryland will not be able to attend Summer at KEY in-person camps.
- Each group will be a maximum of 13 campers with 2 counselors. Groups will not mix. Everyone will stay in their groups for all activities, minimizing exposure to other campers.
- We are required to run camps in the outdoors this summer. If severe weather is forecasted, we may need to cancel camp and will notify families in a timely manner. In the event an unexpected storm arises, campers will move to an indoor space and may be required to wear masks as described below.
- Social distancing of 6 feet apart shall be maintained wherever and as often as possible.
- Increased signage will help enforce social distancing and remind everyone of enhanced health procedures like handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and increased sanitization.
- Staff will wear masks/face coverings when cleaning and disinfecting common surface areas, when interacting closely with a camper or providing care to a suspected ill camper, while facilitating indoor activities, when maintaining physical distancing is not feasible, and during camper arrival and departure.
- Staff will wear disposable gloves when providing first aid or care to an injured camper or using cleaning and disinfecting products.
- Campers will wear masks/face coverings during drop-off and pick-up, when entering any building, or riding on the school bus to Fusco Athletic Park for Tennis.
- Campers will wear disposable gloves if deemed appropriate by camp staff for the safety of the camper.
Enhanced Health Procedures:
- Pre-screening: To help reduce the risk of an ill camper or staff member entering a program, a pre-camp health screening questionnaire will be required by all campers and staff prior to their arrival at camp. This form will be emailed to you after you register, and you will need to bring it with you to camp on your camper’s first day of camp. Screening to include a 14-day symptom check, travel history and health of camper and household members.
- Campers with underlying health concerns will be required to have a doctor's note clearing them to participate in camp.
- Families are required to provide contact information for both the parent/guardian and an emergency contact. At least one of these contacts must be able to arrive at camp within 15 minutes of being contacted in the event a child becomes ill at camp. Please carefully consider this requirement upon registration.
- If a staff member or camper is found to have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, they may not return to work or camp until completing self-quarantine and obtaining clearance from the individual’s primary care physician.
Cleaning and Sanitizing:
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available throughout the campus and counselors will carry hand sanitizer with them at all times.
- Equipment, tables and other items used by campers will be sanitized between each activity and before the next group’s use. Certain supplies, such as scissors or sidewalk chalk, will not be shared between campers. Each camper will have their own set for the week.
- All shared spaces, such as the Gaga Pit, will be disinfected when one group leaves the space or prior to the arrival of the next group.
- All cleaning products used are approved by the EPA for use in killing the SARS-CoV2 Virus
- All bathrooms and frequently touched surfaces, like door handles, water refill stations, light switches, and faucets, etc. will be disinfected throughout the morning and as needed.
Training and Education:
Staff will have required enhanced health procedural training related to COVID-19 best practices, including the following:
- Hand washing procedures in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- How and when to use hand sanitizer.
- Instructed to wash hands prior to and after each activity, snack time, bathroom use, usage of gloves, before and after breaks, cleaning, after coughing, sneezing, or blowing nose, after touching frequently touched surfaces, sports equipment, etc.
- How to monitor for and report signs and symptoms of illness and injury.
- How to properly clean and disinfect supplies, equipment, etc.
- How to put on masks/face coverings, and when to implement use with campers and staff.
Parents are encouraged to educate their children to use appropriate precautionary measures to stop the spread of germs. Campers will be informed at the beginning of the camp session about hand hygiene including washing hands and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer upon entering any building at camp, after any activity, before and after snack time, after coughing, sneezing, or wiping nose, etc.
Contact Information for the Health Office
Direct phone: 443.321.7852