Clearwater’s Guide to Summer 2021

This is a dynamic page updated with the latest information as plans are made.
(Last update was made on  Monday, April 5, 2021 @ 11:35 AM – CST)

Our Commitment

Clearwater’s board and staff are committed to providing the best possible Clearwater Camp experience in 2021. The Clearwater spirit will shine on!  While this summer will have all the magic of past summers, there will be modifications to ensure camper and staff health and safety.

We know you can’t wait to be in the beautiful Northwoods and that you probably have lots of questions. Below, please find our Guide to Summer 2021 to find our plans and the latest information.

At this time, the recommendations regarding best practices to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to keep people healthy and safe continue to evolve. While specific details for 2021 at Clearwater have not been finalized, please be assured that our team is working diligently to study all the information available and seek guidance from the State of Wisconsin, the American Camping Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health departments, and medical experts. Additionally, we are collaborating with other Northwoods camps on best practices.

Clearwater’s commitment to providing a safe environment for campers, families, staff, and our local community has always been paramount. As we create another memorable summer, with emphasis on increased health and safety measures, we appreciate your support and flexibility.

Guide to Summer 2021

The guide below is organized to help you easily find the information you need and the answers to your questions. If you have a question that we haven’t addressed, please submit it here.

Or contact the Clearwater office at 715-356-5030.  We promise a quick response.

Stay tuned! We expect to be posting a lot of the specifics we know you’re waiting for in the next several weeks.

 

March 31, 2021 Update:

A letter summarizing the March 31 updates was emailed to all camper families. To review these updates, please see the following tabs: Packing & Pre-Arrival, Health & Safety, Drop-off & Pick-Up, Camp Life, and Additional Information.

 

Future updates will be noted here.

We want to be sure our campers and staff are healthy when they arrive at camp. With everyone’s good health in mind, we will be sharing some information here to consider before camp starts.

Packing List

The Packing List for camp in 2021 will be similar to other summers, with the addition of a few items (like masks) designed for the health and safety of campers and staff. It will be updated soon. Please check back here for updates.

  • Masks indoors (except while eating and in pods) will be included as part of our camp season. Campers will need to bring their own masks. More information on when we will wear masks, types of masks, quantities to pack, and laundering of masks will follow.
  • We ask campers to bring a few small bottles of hand sanitizer, though it will also be available at camp.

Pre-Arrival Information/Suggestions

We plan to use COVID testing as a part of the pre-arrival plan for campers and staff in 2021. The timing, type of testing, and logistics are being reviewed. Updates on COVID tests will be here, as well as under the “Health & Safety” tab.

March 31, 2021 Updates:

  • We highly encourage all families to consider the following:
    • increased use of preventive measures 2 weeks prior to arrival at camp to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, such as: health screenings and testing, hand hygiene, sanitizing, face masks, proper ventilation, and physical distancing.
    • engage in low-risk activities and limit social gatherings to those in accordance with your state or local guidelines. Please avoid large events such as sporting events, concerts, festivals, weddings, and family reunions.
    • We understand that first-session campers may be attending school close to Opening Day. Please reinforce all safe masking, physical distancing, and hygiene measures.
  • If your child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on Opening Day, we encourage you to keep them home, and make arrangements for them to come to Clearwater when they are symptom-free.
  • We are working to ensure that as many of our staff as possible are vaccinated by the time they arrive at Clearwater. We hope many of our camp parents will be vaccinated as well, helping to further lessen the chance of COVID-19 entering camp.

Our commitment to the health and safety of our campers and staff has always been a priority. Given that COVID-19 remains an ever-changing public health concern, we are dedicated to operating camp according to up-to-date expert health guidelines. Updates about Health & Safety will be posted here.

March 31, 2021 Updates:

  • See the “Packing & Pre-Arrival” Tab for more Health & Safety Information.
  • We are finalizing our testing protocol as part of our COVID-19 preparedness strategy. Details about testing and cost will be communicated as soon as they are finalized. Please be aware that Clearwater will add these expenses to your final camp invoice.
  • Some information that we have determined about testing includes:
    • All campers will need proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 72 to 24 hours of arrival at Clearwater to be allowed to enter camp. Proof of recovery from COVID-19 within the 3 months prior will also be sufficient.
    • If your camper receives a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 while at Clearwater, you will need to pick them up within 24 hours if you live within 400 miles. If you live further than 400 miles from Clearwater, you will need to pick them up within 48 hours. If you cannot commit to this, we understand that this may not be the summer for your camper to attend Clearwater.
  • Masks indoors (except while eating and in pods) will be included as part of our camp season. Campers will need to bring their own masks, and we will communicate the number and type of masks required.
  • We ask campers to bring a few small bottles of hand sanitizer, though it will also be available at camp.

We plan on coordinated efforts to minimize exposure and risk on these high-traffic days. Depending upon how your camper will travel to and from camp, Opening Day and Closing Day will have specific, detailed procedures of where and how to check-in/out. More information about Drop Off and Pick Up will be posted here.

March 31, 2021 Updates:

  • Options for transportation to and from camp continue to be bus, car, or airplane. Each will have its own protocol, and those will be communicated as soon as possible.
  • Please remember that no visitors, including parents, will not be allowed at Clearwater this summer.
  • If your child has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on Opening Day, we encourage you to keep them at home, and make arrangements for them to come to Clearwater when they are symptom-free.
  • On Opening Day, if your camper has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 upon arrival at the Hwy. 51 office, at one of the bus locations, or the airport we will test them immediately. Campers who are tested will have to wait to come to camp until test results are available. As results may not be available for 24-48 hours, the following applies to those who are tested due to symptoms on Opening Day:
    • In the case of bus drop-offs or arrival at the Hwy. 51 office, the child will remain with their parents until camp receives the outcome of the test.
    • Campers who travel via O’Hare, will not get on the bus with other campers. A Clearwater representative will bring the camper to camp, and these campers will be isolated (with supervision and things to do) until we receive the test results. This protocol will also be used with the campers who travel into the local airports.

Clearwater’s mission remains unchanged. Our Summer 2021 planning team is working to safeguard the health and safety of campers and staff, while preserving the Clearwater experience. Updates about Camp Life will be posted here.

March 31, 2021 Updates:

  • Masks indoors (except while eating and in pods) will be included as part of our camp season. Campers will need to bring their own masks, and we will communicate the number and type of masks required.
  • We ask campers to bring a few small bottles of hand sanitizer, though it will also be available at camp.
  • We will utilize pods (AKA “cohorts”) organized by cabin. Campers will participate in all activities in their pod until we have a reliable assessment of camper and staff health. Based on medical advice and no instances of COVID-19, we want to allow campers to mix across pods and will implement this in a graduated fashion.
  • Campers will eat all meals with their pods. We will be eating outdoors as much as possible while operating in pods.

Given our commitment to the health and safety of our campers and staff, Clearwater will be closed to outside visitors, including parents, while camp is in session. This includes during Opening and Closing Days, as well as end-of-session activities and events.

We will provide more details about drop off/pick up; and are looking into alternative ways to share end-of-camp activities with our campers’ families via photography and videos.

Updates regarding visitors will be provided here.

We know how much camp means to you and how eager we all are to return to our beloved Clearwater! We can’t thank you enough for your patience and support. Working together will ensure summer 2021 will be all we want it to be. We will post updates to answer questions we have heard, or that do not fit the other topic tabs.

March 31, 2021 Updates:

  • Tuition balance will be due on April 15. A separate email with your invoice was sent March 22. If you have not received your invoice, please contact, Melinda Pearce at melinda@clearwatercamp.org
  • If your camper’s participation at camp ends early, Clearwater will refund your tuition charge, which will be prorated according to the number of days spent in camp.
  • Please remember that there will be no visitors, including parents, allowed at Clearwater this summer.
  • Important 2021 Dates can be found HERE.

 

When we make changes to this section, we will provide a summary of updates here. There are no updates to share at this time.

This summer will look different as we take extra precautions to ensure camper and staff health and safety. Additions and changes will be discussed in the interview process. As we draw closer to summer, there will be more detailed information provided to staff. Learn more about working at Clearwater HERE.

 

When we make changes to this section, we will provide a summary of updates here.

Community Updates:

The Work Weekend tab was updated on Monday, March 15, 2021 @ 12:35 PM – CST. Please review that tab for more details.

The Family Camp tab was updated on Monday, April 5, 2021 @ 11:35 AM – CST. Please review that tab for more details.

We know how much you are all longing to be back at Clearwater!  This is probably especially true following last year’s no camp summer.  The good news is that we are planning on campers returning to Clearwater in June, and we are working hard to make it the best experience possible!  While the Clearwater magic will remain, we need to make some modifications in order to fulfill our commitment to camper and staff health and safety.

One of these modifications is the decision not to hold Work Weekend.  In addition, there will be no visitors (including parents) at camp while camp is in session. Meaning… camper drop-off and pick-up, events for parents, and all camp tours will not be allowed.  Logistics for opening day and closing day will have to be reinvented.  To be consistent with our safety protocols, we know this is the right decision to not hold Work Weekend in 2021.

**update was made on  Monday, March 15, 2021 at 12:35 PM CST**

Family Camp is a wonderful tradition and great way for a whole family to enjoy Clearwater. However, we need to make some modifications in order to fulfill our commitment to camper and staff health and safety. One of these modifications is the decision not to hold Family Camp.

In addition, there will be no visitors (including parents) at camp while camp is in session. Meaning… camper drop-off and pick-up, events for parents, and all camp tours will not be allowed.  To be consistent with our safety protocols, we know this is the right decision to not hold Family Camp in 2021.

**update was made on  Monday, April 5, 2021 at 11:35 AM CST**

Given our commitment to the health and safety of our campers and staff, Clearwater will be closed to outside visitors, including parents, while camp is in session. Any updates regarding visitors will be provided here.

We know how much camp means to you and how eager we all are to return to our beloved Clearwater! We can’t thank you enough for your patience and support. Working together will ensure summer 2021 will be all we want it to be.

Stay tuned here – we will be posting the details you are looking for in the next several weeks.