Camp Wyandot Families and Friends,
Updated May 15: We officially have the green light from the State of Ohio to hold DAY camp this summer! (Still waiting for word on overnight camp.) The state will be announcing new guidelines and restrictions for camps, and we will be following all of the recommendations. We will remain in close communication with parents and staff as circumstances change. We are currently working closely with our expert advisors to design several plans we can put into action if Gov. DeWine restricts summer camp by camper density or other factors. We have already designed Camp Wyandot 2020 for smaller camper groups, changes to mealtimes, and ways to have a great summer without large all-camp gatherings and activities.
Please go ahead and register for camp, confident that your registration will be refunded in full if we are required to cancel our summer sessions this year due to public health concerns. If you wish to cancel and one of the two reasons above do not apply to you the regular policy to forfeit the deposit still applies.
We are closing our sessions at half-capacity, to prepare for a lower-density camp environment, so if you find that your week of choice is full, please call or email to be Wait Listed. If circumstances allow us to expand to accommodate more campers, you will already be on the list!
We’re continuing to proceed with staff hiring, CIT applications and camper registration. As you know, Camp Wyandot is a nonprofit organization, employing good people and operating largely on revenues from donations and camp registrations. We are hopeful, listening to the facts and watching things closely.
In an effort to abide with the Governor’s imposed “stay at home” order effective at midnight March 23rd through May 29th, Camp Wyandot will be closed except for those that have a specific purpose and prior permission from Connie Coutellier or Chuck Woodrum to be there. While we know that camp, nature and the outdoors are a refuge at times like these but we must protect those that provide security and have responsibilities or permission to be at camp. This is to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. We will notify you when the situation changes so for this period please “stay at home”, be safe and do not come to camp to hike or visit without obtaining PRIOR permission from Chuck or Connie.
We want to share the measures we are taking and the information we will use moving forward. As an organization of ACA-accredited camps, we continue to monitor the advice of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the local public health departments that have jurisdiction over our camps, the American Camp Association (ACA), the Association of Camp Nursing (ACN), and our camp nurse. All decisions—either to carry out current plans or make changes—are made in consultation with medical professionals and our colleagues at accredited summer camps across the country. Our staff and campers’ health is our foremost priority.
We are preparing for summer, when our facilities will be inspected by Hocking County Health Department prior to camp opening.
In following the direction and recommendation of our governor and health officials, our staff will working from home or only be in the office occasionally for the next few weeks. We prefer you communicate by phone or email and we will get back to you promptly. We will be conducting interviews and holding meetings by phone or video conference. We hope to see you at camp this summer.
Your Camp Wyandot leadership