When I hang up a new calendar, I start to get excited for summer camp, and this year is no exception! Our Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp registration has been open since September, and we have been holding weekend sessions with great success. We have kept our weekend camps small, changing our protocols as we go so that we can be providing the safest and most effective programs possible.
As we look to summer, we plan to hold both Respite Camp and Camp Wawbeek. If you have registered for summer sessions, we appreciate your patience! Alex and Jamie didn’t want to start registering campers until we had a better idea of where things would be with Covid-19 and such. With the vaccine rolling out, we are hopeful and have now started registering campers. In the past, you may have been able to attend two sessions. This summer, the directors are registering campers for ONE session, and will go from there. As we begin to feel comfortable hosting more campers, then we will begin registering more at that time.
What will the sessions be like?
We do have a list of protocols in place that every camper and staff/AmeriCorps member must follow before attending a session, as well as during our sessions. Campers and staff/AmeriCorps members must record their temperature every day for two weeks before their scheduled session, as well as report any symptoms that may be of concern. We appreciate the honesty of our camp families and staff members when they call us to report they haven’t been feeling well and will sit out a session. This is how we will continue to serve as many people as possible!
While at camp, we have been doing temperature checks of every person at camp at mealtimes and continue to monitor potential symptoms. Everyone who attends camp is required to wear a mask – again, we do understand there may be some campers who struggle with this. Please register, but be honest about their struggles. We understand the need for respite and “normalcy”. The more information we have, the better we can serve you.
To be completely honest, like many people, we are unsure what things will look like in six months. It seems that things continue to change daily.
What we do know:
1. Summer camp will be operating at Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp.
2. Campers will be registered for ONE session. This may change, but plan on one.
3. Protocols will be similar to those we already have in place right now, with adjustments for summer programs (swimming pool, ropes course, field trips, etc.), as well as CDC and DHS recommendations.
4. We are all working together to make camp safe and fun! Will it be like it “always used to be”? No, it won’t be, to be completely honest. Everyone’s health, safety, and well-being are always our first priority, and our programs will be adjusted to continue providing the safest, most effective programs.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the camp directors (Alex and Jamie), or camp admin staff from the Madison office (James, Ren, and Emily) if you have any questions at all. We can’t wait to see you this summer!
In camp spirit,
VP, Camp & Respite Services