Summer 2024 Updates

This is a dynamic page updated with the latest information as plans are made.
 Updated: Friday, May 24, 2024

 

We know you can’t wait to be in the beautiful Northwoods at Clearwater Camp this summer and we are very excited to see all of you! As an extension to our Camper Family Guide and The Handbook, the information below provides the latest important updates for the 2024 season.

Starting in May and throughout the season, please read the latest news on our:

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

You may also call our office at 715-356-5030.

Passed the published date of the 2024 Handbook (1/31/24), you will find important updates here.

May 2, 2024 Update: Sending Packages During Camp
We have amended our policy about campers receiving care packages while at camp. So many of you take advantage of online shopping sites to send something extra to your campers during the summer that our office is overwhelmed with boxes almost every day. So we ask that, going forward, to limit “care packages” to one per session, and that these “care packages” are, indeed, packaged with love and care and sent directly from a family member or friend (not Amazon, for example). And we encourage you to include things that your camper can share with their entire cabin – like a game, a craft project, silly costume items, even a bottle of bubbles.

[Note: The usual prohibitions apply, such as not sending food, candy, electronics, etc. Important items that your camper needs and may have forgotten can be sent to the attention of the Clearwater Office.]

Please find copies of the informational emails we have sent to families starting in early May 2024:

We appreciate the time you’ve already dedicated to answering the questions on camp’s application focused on each camper’s physical, mental, emotional, and social health – knowing this information allows us to better support your camper this summer.  Please feel free to reach out to either our health or wellness teams if you have any changes to report or updates to share: healthcareteam@clearwatercamp.org or wellnessteam@clearwatercamp.org.

Required Forms
We know we ask you to submit a lot of forms!  While we have tried to consolidate our requests for information as much as possible, we recognize there are lots of forms and we send multiple emails and many reminders.   Keep in mind all of these requests for information are so that we can best support your camper.  Please make an effort to get your forms submitted as you complete them; the more time we have to review your responses, the better prepared we will be (and the fewer reminders you’ll get from us)!

The health and wellness team relies on having access to all information contained in the following required forms:

  • Health History
  • Physician’s Examination
  • Immunization
  • Permission to Treat
  • Insurance Card
  • Consent for Medical Testing

To find your forms: Login to your CampMinder account and click on Forms and Documents. Review and complete any forms listed as “pending” or “incomplete”. Please contact Christy if you have trouble with any forms: christy@clearwatercamp.org or (715) 356-5030.

Prescription Medications 
In an effort to streamline the daily distribution of camper medications, all prescription medications are REQUIRED to be packaged into pill packets through Trig’s Pharmacy (9750 Old Hwy 70, Minocqua, WI 54548 (715-356-9449)). Prescriptions MUST be sent to Trig’s Pharmacy at least one week prior to the start of camp.  Failure to follow this process and meet the one-week deadline will result in a $40 administrative fee.

This will be a simple process:

  • Your doctor sends the prescription(s) to Trig’s pharmacy.
  • You provide Trig’s pharmacy with your insurance and payment information.
  • Trig’s Pharmacy packages your camper’s medication(s) for a nominal cost (between $2.50 and $10 depending on the number of Rx medications).
  • Clearwater staff picks up the pill packets before arrival day.

(The only exception to this requirement is if dispensing guidelines for a particular prescription require your camper to bring that medication with them to camp.  In that case, please contact the healthcare team prior to camp arrival at healthcareteam@clearwatercamp.org.)

Vitamins and Supplements 
Campers may not take vitamins and supplements (gummy or otherwise) while at camp. Exceptions would be supplements due to a diagnosed deficiency prescribed by a healthcare provider and filled by the Trig’s pharmacy in a pill packet (e.g., iron, vitamin D, potassium, or magnesium).

Communicable Disease Updates
The health and safety of our campers and staff are a top priority.  Although the COVID pandemic may be behind us, we will continue to monitor for COVID and other communicable illnesses.

The major key to success in keeping communicable illnesses out of camp is to work together to do everything we can to make sure everyone arrives at camp healthy. Please contact camp’s healthcare team for guidance if your camper experiences a fever of 100.4 or higher or has symptoms of illness (fever, chills, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, etc) during this time.

During camp, we will not be testing for COVID or other illnesses unless requested by a camper or counselor. We ask everyone to fill out the permission to test form in the case of emergency care (blood glucose testing) or personal request for testing. If any communicable diseases are discovered while at camp, the healthcare team will work with campers and staff to mitigate spread of illness and communicate with camp leaders to get the necessary information out to families as needed.

Fight the Bite
We are excited to announce that Clearwater has been selected by the Alliance for Camp Health (ACH) to participate in “Fight the Bite” U.S. Tick-Borne + Lyme Disease Initiative. With the generous support of a $153k Grant from SC Johnson, this initiative will extend the reach of Lyme Disease and tick prevention through research, educating for prevention of tick bites, and creating TickWise spaces.

In the first year of the initiative, ACH will work with ten camps in Wisconsin to educate more than three thousand staff in the provision of care, benefiting upwards of 16,000 children. The research obtained and education materials created in the first year of this initiative will be developed in collaboration with medical providers who have an interest and specialization in vector-borne conditions.

As a participant in the initiative, we will share educational resources regarding tick prevention with our camper families and staff as we get closer to summer.  Then, during camp, we will be collecting and submitting anonymous data to the Alliance for Camp Health regarding prevention activities, tick encounters, tick bites, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and subsequent treatment if provided.

Our summer team is key to making Clearwater a great experience for our campers!  Learn more about them here:

2024 End-of-Session Events

Camper families are encouraged to attend the following end-of-camp events.  

*The only event that we will request that you RSVP for is the family cookout so that we can plan food accordingly.  A form will be available for that as we get closer.  

1st Session

Horse Show: Wednesday, July 10th at 3:30 pm

Family Cookout*:  Thursday, July 11th at 6 pm  

All Camp Play: Thursday, July 11th at 7 pm

Water Show and Craft Show:  Friday, July 12th at 11:00 am

Tennis Tournament Finals: Friday, July 12th at 11:45 am

2nd Session

Horse Show: Monday, August 5th at 10:30 am

Family Cookout*: Monday, August 5th at 6 pm

All Camp Play: Monday, August 5th at 7 pm

Water Show and Craft Show: Wednesday, August 7th at 3:30 pm

Tennis Tournament Finals: Wednesday, August 7th at 4:15 pm

Master Site Plan

Clearwater launched an ambitious plan to update and upgrade our entire campus for the benefit of our campers today and well into the next 90 years!

This summer (2024), our campers will enjoy using the new sports courts, Welcome & Wellness Center (featuring a new mainland storm shelter!), and expanded activity spaces on the waterfront and next to the new WW Center.

To learn more go to:

Work Weekend 

Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27, 2024

For information about our Work Weekend, please click below:

 

Family Camp returns!!

Saturday, August 10-Wednesday, August 14, 2024

For more information about Family Camp, go to: