Summer 2022 Updates

This is a dynamic page updated with the latest information as plans are made.
 Updated: Monday, May 16, 2022 @4 PM – CST

 

We know you can’t wait to be in the beautiful Northwoods at Clearwater Camp this summer and that you probably have lots of questions.

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. As an extension to the Parent Handbook, this information below provides the latest important updates regarding modifications to Clearwater procedures for the 2022 season. Please note that the Packing List was updated on May 16 and this replaces the list in the Parent Handbook.

At this time, the recommendations regarding best practices to minimize the impact of the pandemic and to keep people healthy and safe continue to evolve. Please be assured that our team is working diligently to study all the information available as well as seeking guidance from the State of Wisconsin, the American Camping Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Alliance for Camp Health (ACH), local health departments, and medical experts including our two nurses and the doctor who provides our standing orders. Additionally, we are collaborating with other Northwoods camps on best practices.

We will be posting more information and updates on this page as we make decisions.

All 2022 Summer Email Updates are available via this link:

If you have a question that we haven’t addressed, please submit it here:

You may also call our Office Manager, Melinda Pearce at 715-356-5030.

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.  Please review the Parent Handbook first for travel details and packing. Any modifications or updates about Preparing for Camp, Travel, Opening Day, and Closing Day will be posted here indicated by the date updated. See additional updates below (most recent update was made on May 16, 2022):

UPDATED Packing List (May 16, 2022)

  • On Opening Day, campers arriving by car will be assigned an arrival time. After health screenings at the HWY 51 Office, parents will drive their camper(s) to camp. To limit the number of people at camp, families will have up to 30 minutes to visit their daughter’s cabin and meet their camper’s counselor.
  • At the end of each session, families will be invited to attend our outdoor events of the Horse Show (2nd Session), Water Show, and the Camp Play. If parents need to go indoors for any reason, they must wear masks.
  • On Closing Day, families arriving by car will meet their camper and load up luggage at the back tennis court.
  • Families will not be allowed to take their campers out of camp during the session.
  • We will not be hosting other area camps for special activities.

NEW Luggage Information (updated April 22, 2022)

Transportation form: Found in Forms & Documents in CampMinder, this form asks you how many pieces of luggage your camper(s) will have. You may not know exactly right now – just put in the number 3 for arrival and departure.

Shipping luggage to camp:  Clearwater requires that all campers’ luggage be shipped to camp. Options include the following: (FYI: Departing luggage does not have to be shipped.)  

Exceptions to shipping luggage to camp:

  • Car – if you are in the area PRIOR to Opening Day, please drop off luggage at our maintenance garage as you pull into camp.
  • RHI Airport and CWA Airport – luggage can go on the plane and arrive at camp with the camper.
  • O’Hare Airport campers, traveling alone MUST ship luggage. If traveling with a parent who can retrieve luggage and deliver it to the chartered bus, then luggage can be with the camper.

Luggage Departing Camp:

  • We will need to know HOW the luggage is departing from camp. We color code the luggage with tags for bus, car, plane, UPS, FedEx, and Ship Camps. So be sure to assign the luggage in the Transportation form or it will say incomplete.
  • Bus – if the bus is filled to capacity with campers, only one large trunk or duffle/camper is allowed. If the bus is half-filled, then ALL luggage can depart on the bus.
**update was made on  Monday, April 25, 2022**

 

 

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. The most up-to-date information about Health & Safety is posted below:

Pre-Camp Health Screening:

We highly encourage all families to consider the 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.

Also, please use the 10-day Health Screening tool in CampMinder to monitor the health of your camper(s).

 

Testing Requirements:

Regardless of vaccination status, we are asking that all campers and staff provide a negative COVID-19 antigen test result 48-24 hours prior to arrival at camp. This information must be uploaded into your CampMinder account so we have documented proof of a negative test result.

For anyone presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we will provide rapid antigen tests on Opening Day, as well as any time a visitor arrives at camp throughout the 2022 season.

We will test campers and staff on Day 3 and Day 6 of their sessions to monitor the possibility of anyone contracting the virus during travel to camp. Prior to an “all clear” on Day 6, we will maintain cohorts of 2-3 cabins. After Day 6, we may expand how campers interact with the rest of camp beyond these cohorts.

Please sign the Consent for Medical Testing form in CampMinder by June 10th.

During the camp session, parents will be notified if their camper contracts COVID-19. Parents of both symptomatic and asymptomatic campers can choose whether to pick up their camper or allow their camper to remain at camp, adhering to camp-determined protocols regarding quarantine and/or isolation.

 

Camp Life:

Masks do not need to be worn by campers while in cabins or cohorts. Masks will be required inside other camp buildings when large groups are gathered. Please note that 5 masks have been added to the Packing List.

 

Informational Meetings: Please Mark Your Calendars for the following evening meetings. We emailed the Zoom login information separately. If you are unable to attend, we will be recording these sessions:

  • Thursday, May 19 at 6 P.M. Central Meet Beth Owen, Camp Director and Kat Bramley, Head Counselor
  •  Wednesday, May 25 at 6 P.M. Central: Healthcare Q&A with Our Nurses and Wellness Advisor

Zoom information for the following meeting will be sent later:

  •  Wednesday, June 8 & Thursday, June 9: For Campers Only: Meet our Summer 2022 Team
**update was made on  Monday, May16, 2022**

Clearwater’s mission remains unchanged. Our Summer 2022 planning team is working to safeguard the health and safety of campers and staff, while preserving the Clearwater experience.

Masks do not need to be worn by campers while in cabins or cohorts. Masks will be required inside other camp buildings when large groups are gathered. Please note that 5 masks have been added to the Packing List.

Updated: May 16, 2022

2022 Visitor Guidelines:

On Opening Day, campers arriving by car will be assigned an arrival time. After health screenings at the HWY 51 Office, parents will drive their camper(s) to camp. To limit the number of people at camp, families will have up to 30 minutes to visit their daughter’s cabin and meet their camper’s counselor.

At the end of each session, families will be invited to attend our outdoor events of the Horse Show (2nd Session), Water Show, and the Camp Play. If parents need to go indoors for any reason, they must wear masks.

On Closing Day, families arriving by car will meet their camper and load up luggage at the back tennis court.

Families will not be allowed to take their campers out of camp during the session.

We will not be hosting other area camps for special activities.

 

*It is our hope that we can uphold these guidelines; however, in the current landscape, we will adapt to whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. We ask for your flexibility and understanding if changes need to be made throughout the summer.

Updated: May 16, 2022

We have recruited an incredible team who will make Summer 2022 a great experience for our campers! You can begin “meeting” them 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 2022 will be all we want it to be. Here we will post updates to answer questions we have heard, or that do not fit neatly in the other topic areas.

2022 Visitor Guidelines:

On Opening Day, campers arriving by car will be assigned an arrival time. After health screenings at the HWY 51 Office, parents will drive their camper(s) to camp. To limit the number of people at camp, families will have up to 30 minutes to visit their daughter’s cabin and meet their camper’s counselor.

At the end of each session, families will be invited to attend our outdoor events of the Horse Show (2nd Session), Water Show, and the Camp Play. If parents need to go indoors for any reason, they must wear masks.

On Closing Day, families arriving by car will meet their camper and load up luggage at the back tennis court.

Families will not be allowed to take their campers out of camp during the session.

We will not be hosting other area camps for special activities.

 

*It is our hope that we can uphold these guidelines; however, in the current landscape, we will adapt to whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. We ask for your flexibility and understanding if changes need to be made throughout the summer.

**update was made on  Monday, May 16, 2022**

We know how much you are all longing to be back at Clearwater!  The good news is that we will be welcoming our new Camp Director who will be instrumental in working with our team to create and provide the wonderful Clearwater experience for our campers and staff. We have decided that we will not hold Work Weekend and Family Camp this year so that our sole focus remains on providing the highest quality activities and programs for our campers.

Clearwater’s 90th Reunion (2023)

Please mark your calendars for August 2023 as this will be our 90th Reunion and we are starting to make plans. If you are interested in helping plan for 2023, please contact Sheila Ferguson, our Development & Communications Director at sheila@clearwatercamp.org.

**update was made on  Tuesday, February 1, 2022**