What To Expect
As we start to “emerge” from our homes this summer, we look forward to safely bringing together portions of our Akeela community. While we believe that Family Camp is an opportunity for us to do so in a careful and deliberate manner, we want to be very clear that camp is a totally environment, as is the case any time you leave your home. With that in mind, we’d like to share with you some of the precautions we are working on as we prepare to open for Family Camp. We hope that this information is helpful in determining whether or not Family Camp is a fit for your family this summer.
Please look through the tabs on this page, as they outline a variety of adjustments and protocols that we anticipate following at Family Camp this summer. Here are a few highlights:
- All campers (children and adults) will be required to quarantine at home for 7 days prior to arrival.
- All campers will also be required to take a COVID-19 test on a specific day prior to the end of their at-home quarantine period.
- A negative test result is required for attendance at Family Camp.
- All campers will be required to come to camp directly from quarantine and within a prescribed amount of time of their negative test result.
- Staff will be quarantined at camp for at least 14 days prior to campers’ arrival. Staff will also be tested for COVID-19.
- Campers and Staff will NOT be permitted to leave camp grounds at any time during their stay – we are trying to maintain a COVID-free “bubble”.
- Campers will be grouped in “pods” of no more than 25 people. Our staff team will constitute a separate pod.
- A pod will function as your “family” for the duration of the camp session.
- Pods will eat together and live in separate cabins near one another on campus.
- Pods will participate in activities together.
- When anyone is interacting outside of their pod, they will practice social distancing and/or will wear a mask.
- The Family Camp activity schedule will be different from past years (and very different from our “regular” summer camp program!)
- Campers will be able to select their activities, but from a smaller set of choices than past summers.
- Our pool & high ropes course will be closed.
- All equipment that will be shared between pods will be sanitized between uses.
- All campers and staff will practice proper hygiene including hand washing.
- No public restrooms will be in use.
- Meals will served “family style” rather than buffet.
- There will be no central salad bar.
- There will be fewer meal alternatives. (Please call us to discuss any special dietary needs/allergies before enrollment.)
A Typical Day
(varies daily: polar bear swim, morning run, yoga, fishing)
|9:15 – 10:15||Activity Period 1
|10:15 – 11:15||Activity Period 2|
|11:15 – 12:00||Free Time|
|1:00 – 2:00||Rest Hour|
|2:00 – 3:00||Activity Period 3|
|3:30 – 4:30||Activity Period 4
(Children-only activities / Adult-only facilitated roundtables)
|4:30 – 6:00||“Shower Hour” and Free Time|
(Share successes, recognize others & read from the Suggestion Box!)
|7:30 – 8:30||Evening Activity
(Campfires & talent show, “Hobby Nights” and more!)
|8:45||Bedtime Snacks in the Dining Hall|
- Arts and crafts
- Ceramics / Pottery
- Sports: soccer, softball, basketball
- Swimming in our crystal-clear lake
- Boating: canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rowing, stand up paddleboarding
- Nature, hiking and outdoor adventure
- D&D, LARP (live action role playing), strategy card games
We are tentatively offering the following Family Camp sessions, subject to availability and interest:
Monday, July 27 – Saturday, August 1
Monday, August 3 – Saturday, August 8
Monday, August 10 – Saturday, August 15
|Cabin Rental For First 4 Guests||$3600|
|Per Person Rate For Each Additional Guest (Beyond 4)
Cabins accommodate up to 10
Now that you’ve reviewed our plans and gotten a better idea of what to expect at Family Camp, we’d like you to complete yet another survey for us! We know how much uncertainty still surrounds us all and appreciate how difficult it may be to commit to Family Camp at this time. For that reason, we are not asking for any financial commitment at this time. However, we do very much need to determine – as closely as possible – how many families plan to attend. Without enough relative confidence in filling the Family Camp sessions interest, we simply can’t justify opening up the facilities and hiring staff. Because of the lead time required for both of those items, we will be very grateful if you can complete this form in the next few days.
When you complete this form, please keep in mind that the start of the first session of Family Camp is nearly 2 months away! We are all hoping that health conditions, testing, treatment, contact tracing, etc. will improve between now and then. If instead things take a turn for the worse such that you are not able/comfortable to attend, we will certainly not hold you to your responses on this survey! (Likewise, if we are unable to safely open camp for you, we ask for your continued understanding and flexibility.)