Notes from Camp – February 2021

Hi Folks,

 

IT OCCURS TO ME….

We want to let the Timberlane community know that we are running in 2021 for our 60th summer at camp.  This year our protocols to address Covid-19 are additional steps we will take to ensure a successful summer. Right now, we are putting together the pieces in order to maintain a healthy environment for campers and staff to come together. We want to make sure  our camp families are aware of the steps we are taking. . 

Staying Informed – We are working to gather all the information we can in order to make informed, knowledgeable decisions. We continue to seek out the most up to date, scientifically based information. The information surrounding COVID-19 is quickly and constantly changing, and we are working with experts in a variety of fields in order to stay up to date. 

The American Camp Association (ACA) has put together a field guide for camps that we have been using  to  create plans and protocols for the upcoming summer. We are also receiving recommendations and information from the Center for Disease Control, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Vilas County Public Health Department. Concurrently, we are in communication with other camp professionals, as well as our own camp medical team. 

Masking and Social Distancing – There are a number of techniques that help to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. These are everyday preventive actions that  include wearing masks, social distancing, cohorting, sanitization, handwashing, etc. We will introduce and use a number of these techniques at camp this summer. At the same time, we will make sure  the use of these different preventative measures do not negatively impact the camper experience this summer. 

Cleaning and Sanitization – We were truly ahead of our time when we built our handwashing station by the Lodge. We will continue to have handwashing parties frequently, making sure that campers and staff continue to practice healthy hygiene all summer long. We will also enhance our sanitization and overall cleaning protocol to ensure surfaces that are frequently touched stay germ free. This will include increased cleaning for life inside the cabin, as well as at areas all over camp including dining areas and activity areas.

Being Outside We know it is true  that being outdoors decreases the chances of spreading COVID 19. Good thing for us, camp’s biggest focus already is getting campers and staff outdoors as much as possible! We will put an emphasis on adapting our programing in order for activities, dining, and hanging with friends to be outside whenever possible. 

Camp ‘Bubble’ – Each summer we are able to create a wonderful community at camp, and this summer will be no different. We will  implement a closed campus, or what we are referring to as our “Camp Bubble”. This will reduce the number of people coming on to and leaving camp property, limiting it  to essential business only. In order to contain the health and safety of everyone within the bubble, we may incorporate quarantining and testing into our pre-camp arrival plans. It will also include consistent temperature and symptom checks of all campers and staff throughout the summer. 

Health Response – All of the above procedures and protocols are being well thought out and implemented in order to lower the risk of spread as much as we can. We have an experienced medical and administrative staff who will be ready to respond if necessary to ensure health and safety of our campers and staff. We are working on isolation and quarantine plans that can be put into action swiftly in the event a camper or staff member becomes sick. 

Continued Communication – The health and safety of campers and staff at camp is a large priority to us, but we know it is just as important to our camp families. We want to keep you all up to date during the decision making process. Clear and concise communication is something we are committed to having before, during, and after the summer of 2021. 

We keep you updated throughout this process.

Hey Campers……

The staff wanted to make sure you know how excited they are for you to join them this summer at camp.

If you have not signed up for this summer you do not want to miss out on an amazing summer.We invite you to REGISTER YOUR CAMPER as soon as possible.

If you have any prospective families please let us know by just clicking HERE.

YO PARENTS:

  • Your Winter Deposit was due on January 15th.  Most of you have taken care of this, but if you overlooked it, that’s okay.  Please take care of it as soon as you can.  You can send a check to our Chicago address, or pay by credit card or ACH through your CampInTouch account.  We know you won’t love hearing this, but the Spring deposit will be due on March 15th, so this is just an early heads up.  If you ever want to check your account status, you can always find that info on your CampInTouch page.  Thanks.

YO OLD GUYS:

If you are a returning camper in 8th or 9th grade this year, then we want you to be a Big Brother for a new camper this summer.  This is a great opportunity for you to connect with someone new, share your knowledge and experience of camp, help your little bro feel welcome and at home, and gain some leadership experience.

We will connect as many of our returning guys with little brothers as possible.  We ask big brothers to call (not text or Facebook message) their little brothers, spend a few minutes on the phone, and if it works out, maybe even get together with them before camp.

There is definitely no obligation for you to be a big brother if you’re not crazy about the idea.  If you prefer NOT to be a big brother, please email or call us as soon as possible.  We will send out Big/Little Brother assignments in April.

 

BRAVO TO THIS MONTHS BIRTHDAY: 

Zavion Steele 2/1,  Brady Adelman 2/2,  Federico De Francesca 2/2,  Paul Sever 2/2,  William Schwebach 2/3,  Parker Crane 2/4,  Harry Smith 2/7,  Oliver Strickland 2/7,  Evan Cohen 2/8,  Caleb Gerstein 2/10,  Jake Hickman 2/10,  Jack Sargent 2/11,  Chase Newman 2/11,  Nathan Miller 2/14,  Pierson Lipschultz 2/14,  Adam Sandor 2/14,  Raquel Haghenbeck 2/15,  David Ringel 2/15,  Morgan Decker 2/16,  Ben Remis 2/16,  Zach Walden 2/17,  Alex Kim 2/19,  Elijah Wacksman 2/22,  Ferdinand Von Kuensberg Sarre 2/22,  Elliott Korentager 2/23,  Sam Kahn 2/23,  Casey Mutchnik 2/25,  David Friedland 2/26,  Owen Yoffe 2/27,  Carlos Dorantes Banuelos 2/27

 

Benches Up,

Sam & Prestin