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Updates on Camp
and COVID-19

In our effort to communicate thoroughly, we recognize the value of having all of our information in one place. We will keep this page current with new information, communication, and updates.

Camp dates & Maplewood’s health plan in response to COVID-19. 

March 17, 2020

We understand that news and information is being shared at an incredible speed during these times. Thank you in advance for reading through these details. As always, Maplewood is setting the focus on our incredible campers and staff.

Highlighted below:
  • What we have learned 
  • Looking ahead to summer camp 
  • Updates related to deposits, tuition, & schedule changes 

What we have learned 

There is still so much to learn regarding the extent to which COVID-19 will spread in the coming weeks. And yet, we find hope and comfort in the fact that experts across the world are reporting that our youth are minimally affected

With the knowledge that children and even young adults are considered low-risk age groups when it comes to COVID-19, we anticipate that summer camps will serve as positive environments where children can move freely and enjoy nature without compromising the health of older, more at-risk populations.  

Looking ahead to summer camp 

Children will benefit from camp more than ever this summer! It is safe to say that most, if not all of us, feel anxiety as we enter some uncharted territory as a society. We strongly believe that Maplewood will be an important and healthy experience for the campers we serve.  Camp is unique in providing a place that is “tech-free and happy”. This summer, it is our hope, that children will also relish in the magic of camp as being “carefree and happy”.

We understand that many summer camp families might be wondering if the current school closures will affect the 2020 camp season. It was positive news this past week when Governor Baker announced that no city or town will be required to extend the school year beyond its previously scheduled 185th day. We have compiled a list of the last day of school for most of the respective towns where Maplewood campers reside (This is mostly relevant for 1st session families.) 

*Please click on this link to view your town’s last day of school* 

We have over three months to prepare before the Maplewood buses drive down the hill and drop off the first session campers.  It’s worth repeating that our commitment to keeping the health of our campers and staff is a top priority. Here are the ways we are preparing for camp in light of COVID-19: 

  • Communication is very important! We will continue to keep you informed of any developments as they relate to camp this summer. 
  • We have significantly increased the amount of time that will be spent during counselor orientation devoted to preventing the spread of germs and viruses. 
  • We are also planning extra “sanitation teams” committed to the regular and frequent cleaning of surfaces throughout our campus for the entire camp season.

Updates related to deposits, tuition, and schedule changes

  • These times call for flexibility. In the interest of serving our entire camp community, we are extending the tuition due date from April 30th to May 31st.
  • In the event thatyou need to cancel your child's registration due to circumstancesdirectlyrelated to COVID-19,wewillprovidea full refund including your deposit.

Due to recent school closures, some campers will have their last days of the school year overlapping with camp. In this instance, families will be given the following options:

  • Families will be given the option of extending camp days beyond theirscheduled session(subject to availability).
  • For those interested in a refund for days when camp and school are both in session, please click on the following link for refund procedures.

In closing, Maplewood is thrilled to be celebrating our 56th summer and we remain more excited about camp than ever. We all need camp to remind us about some of life's greatest joys - the power of community, friendship, love, nature, and unplugging from technology. As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Warmly,
Lee and Sue