COVID-19 Updates

April 1, 2021

Dear LMC Community,

As we prepare for camp this summer, Luzerne Music Center remains vigilant in establishing best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19 at camp. Though it may look similar to previous announcements, we will be periodically updating our policies outlined below as more information becomes available from the American Camp Association, CDC, and local and state health authorities, as Governor Cuomo of New York State has officially stated that camps in New York State can plan to reopen this summer. These procedures are not set in stone, but we hope it provides more clarity on what this summer may look like for campers, staff, and their families.


Our highest priority remains on providing a safe and healthy experience for our camp community. While we hope that we can run as close to “normal” as possible, we do need to recognize that there may be some programmatic changes that happen to keep health and safety as our number one priority.


We want you to know that our staff are committed to giving our students the best possible summer experience they can have. Should you have questions or want further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Brown at We are hopeful that while summer 2021 may look different, it will be just as meaningful as our 40 year legacy has provided.



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

  • We will have all campers and staff to complete a 14-day health questionnaire that will require a record of symptoms and temperatures each day that leads up to their arrival on camp.

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



  • Immediately upon arrival, students and staff will likely be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test. Once a negative result is obtained, they would 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.



  • Each student will be assigned to a cabin that houses their cabinmates and one counselor. This will be deemed each person’s “cabin cohort,” and may be restricted in size as determined by the NY State Department of Health. These “cabin cohorts” 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.

  • If necessary, camp’s existing dining hall is spacious and provides for continuous air circulation with large windows and double doors. This will also aid in any distancing that needs to occur between cabin groups during mealtimes.

  • Camp may also implement staggered meal times as deemed necessary by the NY State Department of Health.

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

  • Food will likely be served completely by kitchen staff, either buffet style 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.



  • At this point, we are planning for masks to be required when interacting with students and/or staff outside of a camper’s immediate “cabin cohort,” and in indoor and outdoor communal spaces. Specific guidance to be set forth by the NY State Department of Health.

  • 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.

  • Plexiglass shields between wind players may be provided.


Groups and Distancing

  • Two additional large tents, and several small 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.

  • 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.

  • Performing ensembles may need to be limited in size, though we still plan for private lessons, a small ensemble, and large ensemble experience for each student. Any multi-person ensemble would need to adhere to distancing and masking guidelines as necessary.

  • Faculty will likely 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.


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.

  • We also plan to implement routine COVID-19 surveillance testing for our population during camp sessions (exact timing TBD). 

  • 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 as we get closer to the summer start dates. 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 Brown, our Manager of Camp and Student Services at


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

Previous Announcements


Medical Resources

Talking to your child about COVID-19


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203 Lake Tour Road

Lake Luzerne, NY 12846


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