A Successful Summer….
We are thrilled to say that Camp Newaygo had a successful Summer 2020, operating for 7 weeks with zero cases of COVID-19.
While protecting our community required some adjustments, we were inspired to see the joy camp provided to campers and counselors this summer. Camp was a much-needed reprieve from being stuck at home without normal activities and social connections. One parent said it best, “I can’t even describe the positive impact, joy, freedom, fun, and growth opportunities you provided this summer. These children deserved to get away from the problems of the world and just focus on being kids. The positive impacts are immeasurable, and from the bottom of our hearts we are grateful!”
While we navigated 2020 successfully, we continue to look forward with preparations for 2021. COVID is likely to still be with us in some form, and we will build on our experience from this year to be ready for another healthy summer. The health and well-being of our camp community continue to be our highest priority.
How We Are Planning for Summer 2021
WORKING WITH EXPERTS: We have been working directly with contacts at The State of Michigan, the CDC, and the American Camp Association. We will continue to gather the best information and adjust to the evolving situation in preparation for Summer 2021.
PRIORITIZING SANITIZATION: We have raised our already thorough sanitation standards to match and exceed recommendations from health care professionals. Our housekeeping staff already work hard to keep camp clean; in 2020, they had extra help from our summer staff members. We increased the frequency with which we perform deep cleanings of shared surfaces and indoor facilities, and deployed extra sanitation teams throughout the day. We plan to renew these procedures in 2021 and for as long as they are deemed necessary.
SOCIAL DISTANCING & MASKING MEASURES: We modified certain elements of our camp program to achieve reasonable distancing standards in 2020. For example, campers experienced activities in smaller groups that did not interact. Our staff is always up to the task of being innovative and flexible so that the campers feel like each summer is just another terrific summer at camp. In addition, we implemented strategic masking protocols. Staff wore masks indoors and when interacting outside their pod. With kids experiencing masks at school this year, we anticipate there could be additional instances when campers will wear a mask this summer.
CLOSED COMMUNITY: Not only do we take the health and safety of our camp community seriously, but we see ourselves as partners with our local and statewide communities. We treated camp as a closed “bubble” this year. Counselors quarantined before camp and campers were asked to quarantine before and after camp. Campers were required to pass a health check at drop-off on Check-In Day before they were allowed to join the camp community. Furthermore, we had no visitors during Summer 2020 as entrances and exits to and from property were limited to essential business only. Our staff members made the extra commitment not to leave camp during their time off. We also adjusted the way we do Check-in/out (contactless drop off and pick up) to minimize interaction between camp families.
QUICK RESPONSE PROTOCOL: Camp Newaygo is always prepared to react swiftly if the need arises. We are experienced in preserving the health of our community, having effectively managed COVID in 2020. In the event that someone does fall ill at camp in 2021, we have established multi-staged quarantine and isolation procedures that will allow us the time to determine the best response, including whether or not the ill camper or staff member will be able to rejoin the camp population.
THOROUGH COMMUNICATION: As always, Camp Newaygo endeavors to communicate with parents in a thorough, accurate, and transparent manner. We recognize the importance of sharing the best information available as quickly as possible. This coming summer, we aspire to be better than ever; thoughtful, detailed communication is more important than ever in keeping our community well-informed and highly-prepared..
We will monitor this rapidly evolving situation and, as we move forward with summer planning, know that we’ll be abundantly transparent on our decisions.
Again, nothing is more important to us than the safety of our campers, guests, and staff. We thank you for your trust and support.
Summer 2021 Program Cancellation Policy
We know the upheaval of COVID-19 has made it difficult for families to plan. We feel our cancellation policy ensures a fair and flexible experience for everyone involved.
Non-refundable deposit: $75 per session
Cancellation At Least 30 Days Before Session: Families can cancel a reservation at least one month (30 days) before a program start date for a full refund, minus the deposit. The $75 deposit is non-refundable.
Cancellation At Least 2 Weeks Before Session: Families can cancel a reservation at least two weeks (14 days) before a program start date for a 50%refund, minus the deposit. The $75 deposit is non-refundable.
There will be no refunds within two weeks of the session start date
As you can imagine, it will take all of us, campers, alumni, donors, and friends to make this trying situation a success. If you would like to do something to make a difference in this difficult time. please consider a donation to support our effort to replace the lost income because of COVID-19 and to ensure camp future.