COVID-19 Updates

May 5, 2021

Dear LMC Community,

At Luzerne Music Center, we are excited to welcome back campers and staff this summer for a safe and fun camp experience! With a careful evaluation of the information developed on the COVID-19 virus, our board of directors and administrative team have sought the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), New York State Department of Health (DOH), and the American Camping Association (ACA) to develop a set of guidelines to aid in keeping LMC safe this summer. We have also contracted the services of Diligent Urgent Care to complete all testing on-site this summer, who will be following up individually with enrolled families prior to arrival at camp. 


While we are confident in our plan for operation, we also recognize that information on the virus may continue to evolve and these policies will be subject to change as needed. All overnight camps in the state are awaiting exact policies from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) for this summer, and we will provide additional information to you when we receive that guidance. We are committed to providing you with updates, both before and during the summer season.



  • All campers and staff will be required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test result prior to arriving on camp (exact timing requirements to be determined). 

  • All campers and staff will be required to complete a 14-day health questionnaire that will maintain a record of symptoms and temperatures each day that leads up to their arrival on camp. They must provide this documentation at check-in in order to participate in the program.

  • We are encouraging all eligible camp staff and students to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine prior to the start of camp, when possible. 



  • Immediately upon arrival, students and staff will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test. Once a negative result is obtained, they will complete a more thorough health screening with our medical staff during check-in.

  • If camp needs to operate on a “closed campus” restricting outside visitors, we will not be able to allow parents to accompany their children into their cabin. Counselors would meet students at their cars and assist in transporting luggage to their assigned cabin. Decisions regarding this will be made after the release of guidance from the Department of Health.



  • Each student will be assigned to a cabin that houses their cabinmates and one counselor. This will be deemed each person’s “cabin cohort,” which will be the group with which students can be unmasked together, when in the cabin or seated at meals.

  • Students will not be allowed in cabins other than their own.



  • We plan to primarily use covered, outdoor seating for each mealtime, weather permitting.

  • When needed, due to inclement weather, meals will take place in our indoor dining hall at staggered times, which has large windows and two sets of double doors to promote increased air flow as well.

  • All beverages will be served in pitchers pre-placed on tables by kitchen staff, or as individualized containers, rather than utilizing our drink machines.

  • Food will be served completely by kitchen staff, buffet style and/or pre-wrapped, to reduce the use of sharing serving utensils.

  • Students will be required to return to their cabins to wash their hands prior to all meals. Hand sanitizer will also be available within dining spaces.



  • Well-fit face coverings (covering the wearer’s mouth and nose) will be required for all campers and staff. Specific guidance for face covering removal when outside and distanced will be given only by a designated member of the LMC staff and participants are expected to keep their face covering on, otherwise. We will plan for breaks in the day where students and staff can distance and remove masks as needed.

  • Each student will be expected to bring a full supply of masks with them to camp, but we will also have them on hand to provide if needed.

  • String, piano, and percussion campers may be asked to wear their masks while in rehearsal or performance. Wind players may be required to wear masks with a gap that enables them to play their instrument and/or bell-covers in rehearsal or performance as deemed necessary.


Groups and Distancing

  • Two additional large tents will be spaced around camp to provide for more outdoor rehearsal and activity space.

  • Activity spaces will be marked appropriately as to promote small-group congregations, including capacity limits and distancing lines for indoor spaces, and movable place markers for outdoor recreational activities where distancing would still be required.

  • Any wind lessons/groups will have a priority for outdoor, covered space. Should that space not be available, the largest indoor spaces would be prioritized to them.

  • Any multi-person ensemble would need to adhere to distancing and masking guidelines as necessary.

  • Faculty will be required to physically distance themselves from students during all lessons and rehearsals.


Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • More frequent cleaning and sanitizing will occur, particularly in high-touch areas such as tables, music stands, door knobs, and faucets.

  • Each student and staff member will be expected to maintain a clean and sanitary space daily, with counselors assisting and guiding students. 

  • Hand sanitizer and soap will be provided for each cabin, but we will also encourage each student to come to camp with an individual supply of hand sanitizer when possible.


Outside Visitors and Operating a “Closed Campus”

  • All spaces on camp may remain closed to any outside visitors, if operating a “closed campus.” This could include concert guests and family visits if deemed necessary. We will continue to livestream all student concerts at a minimum.

  • We are still planning for the inclusion of guest artists this summer, including our Philadelphia Orchestra residency, even with distancing protocols or virtual formats as needed.

  • This summer, we will be reducing the number of off camp trips that students will be taking, limiting these to trips within walking distance to camp with little to no public interaction. 

  • Determination on whether or not we will operate a “closed campus” to be released following DOH guidelines.


Health Considerations

  • LMC will continue to have a health staff member on campus at all times, and all LMC counselors and additional administrative leadership staff will continue to be trained in Wilderness First Aid & CPR.

  • All staff will complete a specific training on COVID-19 prevention, sanitizing protocols, and guidance for encouraging healthy and clean habits with our students.

  • We plan to conduct daily health screenings and temperature taking during camp sessions.

  • All camp participants will be asked to complete a COVID-19 test upon arrival, if symptomatic during the session, if suspected of exposure to an ill individual, or as part of routine testing to monitor our overall camp population.

  • All medication and treatments will continue to be administered by Health Staff.

  • If a student or staff member begins to show symptoms related to COVID-19, they will be immediately quarantined within one of our quarantine spaces, until negative tests result. Other participants may be required to isolate as determined by their exposure to this individual.


We know there will be questions prior to and during the summer. We are committed to answering those questions with reasonable solutions, and we will continue to provide updates on our website in the coming weeks and months. 


If you’d like to reach out to us directly, please feel free to email Emily Dobmeier, our Camp and Festival Director, at


In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. Sending best wishes your way!

Previous Announcements


Medical Resources

Talking to your child about COVID-19


P.O. Box 39

203 Lake Tour Road

Lake Luzerne, NY 12846


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