Day Camp 2021

Helping kids grow, in a safe and healthy environment.

After a year of challenges, we are excited to look to Summer 2021 with hope and determination.

To safely run Day Camp, it will be necessary to make changes – both small and large – to all aspects of our programs. We will be asking our full time staff, summer staff, campers, and camper families to join us in creating the safest possible environment we can. To help make this possible, we’ve tried to provide answers to many questions about our Day Camp program all in one place.

We are working daily to finalize details. We recognize that this is a very fluid situation, so we will continue to communicate and keep you updated on changes leading up to camp this summer.

COVID Prevention Plans and Tools

Masks Required

  • Campers and counselors will wear masks during the entirety of the Day Camp experience, except during lunch and water times.
  • Masks must fit securely and snuggly to the face.
  • We are not allowing neck gaiter-style masks.
  • Camp Tecumseh Day Camp is utilizing CDC and American Camp Association (ACA) guidelines as a resource to create our mask policy.

Distancing/Circles of Exposure

  • This summer’s program will include limited crossover between trail groups.
  • We will limit the number of large group events and activities.
  • When large groups must gather in relatively close proximity (drop-off, pick-up, chapel, pool time), physical distancing will be used to provide 6 feet of space between campers where possible.

Drop-off and Pick-up

A drive-through experience with a health screening

We are currently planning to switch to a drive-through drop-off. The logistics and details of drop-off are being planned now, and we will be updating this page with final information in the future.

Health screenings at

check-in

Each day at check-in, campers will have a health screening. More info to come.

Health screenings at home, prior to camp

Parents are encouraged to conduct wellness screenings with their children in the 10 days leading up to their camp experience. Camp Tecumseh will provide suggested guidelines for these screenings closer to the start of Camp.

It’s because of tools and practices like these that will allow us to run many of the same activities that have been highlights of our program such as trail rides, pool time, lake time, and more.

Daily Schedules and Activities

Trail Group Circles

Making friends is a part of being at Camp. With that in mind, Camp Tecumseh will plan schedules with limited crossover between trail groups. Trail groups will be divided into circles of 2-3 similarly-aged trail groups at the beginning of the week to provide adequate access to other campers and promote the building of multiple friendships while at Camp. This will help create a clearer limit on the number of people that each camper interacts with in each week.

There will be several times when an entire age group may be in the same area together, such as at the pool. In this case, campers are still asked to maintain their circles as we utilize the water space, and Tecumseh staff will work hard to eliminate crossover.

 

 

Camp Registration

Day Camp 2021 registration is $160.

$25 of the fee is due with registration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The information above, and what you will read in the FAQ below, reflects our plans at this time. We will be continuously planning for the summer, and some of these details may evolve over time.

Will day campers need to wear masks?
Yes. Camp Tecumseh will be utilizing various tools such as masks and physical distancing to keep campers and staff safe. Masks will especially be important to allow trail groups the opportunity to try activities and interact in a setting where 6 feet of physical space may not always be maintained. Much of the Day Camp day, masks will be worn to help protect campers and staff. Of course, there will be times when wearing a mask is impossible, such as swimming, eating, or drinking. During these times, campers will be able to take their masks down to a level that is appropriate for the situation.

What resources were used to make changes for this summer?
Throughout our planning process, we have been receiving and utilizing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA) on how to best implement tools such as health screenings, physical distancing, and wearing masks to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread in our Camp environment. Camp staff are also seeking out additional data from medical studies, and have been encouraged by the data which suggests that by utilizing tools and best practices to reduce the spread of disease, we can create an environment that is fun, enriching, and carries minimal risk of infection.

If you’d like to see the information from one of these medical studies, please take a moment to review this study by the Duke University School of Medicine.

Are there certain types of masks campers can’t wear?
Wearing a mask can be an effective way to help keep the camp environment safe, but only if it’s done correctly. Campers will need to wear masks which cover their nose and mouth and fit snugly to the face. Neck gaiter style masks do not always accomplish this task, and for those reasons, Camp Tecumseh will not allow campers to use neck gaiters as their mask.

Will there be a bigger effort to clean or sanitize equipment and spaces at Camp?
Camp Tecumseh will be intensifying efforts to clean and sanitize common spaces and equipment. Increased use of hand sanitizer and hand washing will also be a part of the efforts to mitigate the transmission of germs while at Camp.

Will Camp Tecumseh be offering bus transportation to and from Camp?
Camp Tecumseh will not be offering bus transportation to and from Camp in 2021.

Will Camp Tecumseh be offering Equestrian Day Camp in 2021?
Camp Tecumseh will not be offering Equestrian Day Camp this summer.

Will campers from different trail groups do activities together?
Making friends is a part of being at Camp. With that in mind, Camp Tecumseh will plan schedules with limited crossover between trail groups. Trail groups will be divided into circles of 2-3 similarly-aged trail groups at the beginning of the week to provide adequate access to other campers and promote the building of multiple friendships while at Camp. This will help create a clearer limit on the number of people that each camper interacts with in each week.

Will there still be large group activities?
Some large group activities are essential to our program, and some can be replaced with other equally enriching and fun activities. When large groups must gather in relatively close proximity (drop-off, pick-up, chapel, pool time, trail rides) and circles do overlap, physical distancing will be used to provide space and separation between circles.

During pool time specifically, when campers will not be wearing masks, we will reduce the total number of people who are at the pool at one time to allow adequate space for physical distancing. Because physical distancing may not be possible at all moments, swim time will also be slightly shortened to allow for limits to maskless exposure to other campers. Staff will still wear masks in the water to provide necessary support, especially to younger children, and to allow for an added level of protection for campers in a moment where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

What activities will and won’t happen this summer?
We are happy to say that at this stage we can still plan to run both horseback riding and swimming by making changes and adaptations to the current program structure.

Camp Tecumseh is working hard to balance providing enriching and fulfilling programs with providing a safe environment for all of our participants. This means that we will likely utilize tools like masks and physical distancing for many activities. We will be offering a wide range of activities for the summer similar to what we’ve offered in our past Day Camp programs, and are looking to adapt many of the activities that we’ve offered in past years to allow for safe operation, utilizing tools and physical distancing.

Will Camp Tecumseh be hosting a Family Night of the Day Camp overnight experience?
Due to limits on large gatherings and additional safety concerns, Camp Tecumseh will not be hosting an in-person Family Night or the Day Camp overnight in the summer of 2021.

 

Have questions? Contact Camp

You can call our office at 765-564-2898. Our office hours are 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday.

For registration info, contact:

Jamie Jones, Camp Registrar | jamiej@camptecumseh.org

For program info, contact:

Jordan Seeger | jordans@camptecumseh.org