We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability

Available

This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.

Limited

This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.

Call

This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.

Questions?

Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

Overland & Covid-19

Discovery & Inspiration

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Dear Overland Families,

At Overland, spring has always been an exciting season: our trips are planned, our leaders are hired, and our students are enrolled. This year, these joyful moments have been amplified by the promise of a healthier world.

And, this year, unlike any other in our thirty-seven years at Overland, has brought non-stop change.

On Monday, May 17, following recommendations by the CDC, important changes were made by Massachusetts to our camp licensing regulations. These changes, combined with the decline in infection rates (and a steady increase in vaccinations), have prompted us to simplify our Covid-19 policy as follows:

  • If you are fully vaccinated, no pre-trip testing will be required.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of trip start. No additional screening (i.e., a rapid test on arrival) will be required.

We have always approached our policies with the health and well-being of our students at the forefront of our decision-making. We are pleased that we have reached a point where simplifying our Covid-19 policy makes sense. The rest of our Covid-19 guidelines remain in place, with an emphasis on vaccinated leaders, small groups traveling outdoors, and excellent hygiene.

Everyone here is committed to supporting each of our Overland families—please reach out to us with any questions you might have.

With our very best wishes,

Tom & Liz Costley

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Thank you for your support—we appreciate it!

 
Our Current Covid-19 Policy (updated May 20, 2021)

As we plan for the summer, we know that our trip structure is ideal.

  • Small groups (never more than twelve students).
  • Vaccinated leaders.
  • Outdoor settings.
  • Limited contact with the general public.

In addition, we’re encouraging our eligible students to be vaccinated.

  • If you’re eligible, please get vaccinated as soon as possible!

Before a trip, we will ask each of our students to:

  • Reduce contact with others outside of your family or cohort (see the FAQs below).
  • Complete our Covid-19 questionnaire (please review this on the family portal, and note the deadlines).
  • Practice excellent hygiene while traveling to trip start.

For all unvaccinated students, we will:

  • Ask that you obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the trip start.

There is the possibility, however remote, that we will have a positive case this summer.

  • If a student tests positive, the attending medical professional, the family, and Overland’s directors will make the decisions on treatment.
  • A positive case might necessitate the quarantining of any unvaccinated students. We will do everything we can to avoid this outcome—and having as many vaccinated students as possible will help, so please, if you’re eligible, vaccinate!
As we have done since early 2020, we will continue to refine our approach as summer nears, always with the goal of creating joy-filled, healthy outdoor experiences.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Overland encourage all eligible students to get vaccinated?
Yes!

Once my child is fully vaccinated, where do I upload the vaccine card?
Please log into your family portal, click on Covid-19 protocols, and upload the card where indicated.

What does Overland expect students to do to reduce contact with others in the days prior to the trip?
Please mask up and stay six feet away from others outside your family or cohort. Avoid crowded outdoor settings. Steer clear of public indoor locations. These guidelines are necessarily broad (some students will still be in school, others will be home, etc.)—please use common sense, be careful, and stay healthy!

What does Overland expect students to do to practice excellent hygiene while traveling to trip start?
Please wear a mask and maintain social distance from others in airports. While in flight, please wear a mask at all times. Wash your hands frequently.

Will a PCR test before the trip be required of fully vaccinated students?
No (this is no longer recommended by the CDC, and it is no longer required by our licensing).

Will a PCR test before the trip be required of unvaccinated students?
Yes.

Where do we upload the results of the PCR test?
Please log into your family portal, click on Covid-19 protocols, and upload the results where indicated.

Will a pre-trip PCR test be required of a student who has had laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 in the ninety days before the trip?
No. There is a section on the family portal where parents can indicate that their child has had laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 in the ninety days before the trip. We will be in touch with these families to reconfirm the details of the diagnosis.

What happens if a student tests positive during the trip?
We will make our decisions with a focus on: (1) everyone’s health and well-being, (2) the group’s location, and (3) the trip’s itinerary and activities. A positive case in a group might necessitate the quarantining of any unvaccinated students. We will do everything we can to avoid this outcome—and having as many vaccinated students as possible will help, so please, if you’re eligible, vaccinate!

Questions? Please email us at info@overlandsummers.com. We’re open Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 ET.


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