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  • Contest: 2021 Northwestern Excellence in Camp Programming -Video Submission
  • Name of Entry: 2021 Fall Teen Retreat
  • Contact Name: Edith Tomasetti, Program Director
  • Contact Phone: 404-325-7979
  • Email: edith@mycampsunshine.com
  • What Should the Voters Know?: Camp Sunshine was able to offer its first in person teen program in almost two years, Fall Teen Retreat, November 19-21, 2021. We had to be innovative to follow all medical guidelines established by our medical team. 30 teens participated along with 22 volunteers and 3 professional staff members without any COVID-19 incidences. All volunteers and staff were required to be flu and COVID-19 vaccinated along with annual background checks and training requirements. Volunteers, staff, and campers were also required to have a COVID-19 PCR test 3 days prior to the start of camp. During the weekend all participants had to be masked with the exceptions of being in their cabin or in their cohorted group, distant from all others.
    We had to be creative in our approach to camper check-in and drop-off. We required parents and campers stay in their cars; each car proceeded to 3 check-in stations. The first check-in station was our COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature checks. The second check-in station was medical check-in with the nurses completing each camper’s medical questionnaire and medicine collection. The third check-in station was camp director check-in. Here campers were provided their cohort-colored bracelet to identify cohort groups and given their cabin number. The campers said goodbye to their parents as their luggage was taken from the car. The camper proceeded to head check for lice. The parent waited for confirmation from the Camp Director that their camper had completed check-in and could depart camp. The camper headed to the gym to meet their counselors and cabin mates in pre-determined, socially distanced areas by cabin and cohort.
    We utilize Camp Twin Lakes, a camp built for special needs campers. We were able to offer most activities outside to help with mitigation. The teens were given 2 activity choices each activity period, giving them the ability to choose their activities for the weekend. We kept our traditional activities including Arts & Crafts, Climbing Wall, Archery, Fishing, Farm, Group Initiatives, Drumming, Giant Swing, Power Pole, Boating, Biking, and Tennis/Putt-putt. We even had an exciting all camp kickball game on the ballfield. The highlight of the weekend was a campfire, singing and s’mores on Saturday night at an outside pavilion. Each cohort sat together, spaced out and took turns at the campfire to make and eat their s’mores. We sang our traditional camp songs with our musicians. Everyone had a great time! The weekend gave everyone a sense of a new normal at camp and the ability to be with our community once again in person.
    We received positive feedback from parents:
    “Beautifully done!
    Lane had a blast… the highlight of the year.
    Huge applause and kudos for the navigation of protocols and weaving and bobbing around the abundant added challenges of our times. From our perspective, a huge success!”
    “Robert had an AMAZING time this past weekend. He was so happy to back at camp. I am sure the sentiment was unanimous. Thanks again to you and all of the volunteers.”
  • URL: http://www.mycampsunshine.com
  • You can enter a pdf file with your brochure, stories, etc.: http://cocacon.org/articles/NW_2021_Fall_Teen_Retreat_Schedule .pdf