Being at camp together this summer has been nothing short of magic. And we are very grateful for the many new and re-enrollments and for the enthusiastic interest in Summer 2022. Our most discounted tuition, “Early Bird” tuition, ends on July 31 when we expect most places to be filled. Here’s a link to save a spot at our lowest tuition, refundable through 2/1.
We have made the difficult decision not to host in-person tours at camp this summer. Our top priority is keeping our current community whole. First and foremost, we feel that tours could compromise the “bubble” that has been created with much effort and cooperation by our entire camp family. Our parents, campers and our extraordinary staff have made great sacrifices for camp to run smoothly this summer, and it’s working! And, as much as we’d like to show off camp, our staff, and most importantly our amazing, welcoming, down-to-earth campers, we do not feel that it is in their best interest to have visitors on campus. Even if vaccinated, even if wearing masks, even at a distance, we need to preserve the bubble at all costs.
In our view, keeping camp truly limited to those within our bubble is extremely important at this time. We have asked staff not to go home or to see family or friends on off days, cancelled Visiting Day for parents and grandparents, postponed overnight trips to public areas and taken every safety precaution recommended. In our opinion, it just doesn’t feel right to allow some ins and outs but others not. It is not business as usual. We want to ensure our current camp family is prioritized above all else, that they feel as though we are being fair and keeping their best interest at heart.
We’re committed to having you get to know us, and we’re excited to get to know you! Instead of an in-person visit, here is what we can offer:
1) A virtual tour of camp! We’ll be sending it out soon!
2) A zoom with the directors!
3) A LIVE virtual tour experience from camp, in a bunk or with real-live campers!
4) A visit to camp after the season or our fall open house!
5) A home visit from one of our directors!
6) A camp gathering throughout the year (we’ll keep you posted)!
Thank you for your understanding as we focus on those here in our community during this unusual summer. We hope you can trust our judgement and care and, for those reasons among others, decide to join our camp family for 2022! We look forward to prioritizing you and your future camper in 2022 and beyond!
Please, keep in touch, and we will too!
May 7, 2021
Dear Camp Families,
We can’t wait to welcome your children to camp in Greeley, Pennsylvania! We’re preparing for a safe, healthy, happy summer in the great outdoors at camp. Attached you’ll find our comprehensive plans for the summer, all informed by the newest CDC set of Guidance for Operating Youth and Summer Camps During COVID-19, in particular, the Additional Guideline for Overnight Camps, released just last week. We remain vigilant in staying up-to-date with all latest information, as we expect guidelines to change and evolve.
Our strategy (“Make it Safe, Make it Fun!”) remains the same: keep camp as safe as possible while retaining and regaining as much normalcy as possible over time. Rigorous testing will complement layered NPIs (Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions), specifically focusing on: Outdoor Activities, Masking, Distancing, Hand-Washing/Sanitizing, and Cohorting. These measures have a proven record of success in a camp environment.
In particular, we do want to draw your attention to the following:
Before Camp:The key to a safe summer starts at home. Every camper must 1) restrict behavior, 2) participate in a daily symptom check through the GENETWORx app, “Aura,” which you will be receiving before camp and 3) ALL CAMPERS must take PCR Tests on June 22nd or 23rd with results sent to camp before opening day.
In the coming weeks, you will be receiving upcoming information from PM Pediatrics, on the Aura tracking app, and testing in general.
Arrival Times:Instead of buses, we are asking all parents within driving distance (NY, NJ, PA, MD, CT) to drive to camp. Camper arrival times will be staggered on arrival day morning so as to allow for adequate time to screen and test all arrivals in an organized fashion. We ask that you do your best to arrive in the following time periods.
9AM – 10AM: North Jersey/New York Area
10AM – Noon: Central Jersey/Philadelphia Area
Noon – 1PM: Maryland/DC Area
Visiting Day Plans:To protect the health of our community, we are not planning on an in-person Visiting Day this summer. We’re prepared to be creative and make memorable, meaningful connections for your campers. And for parents driving, you’ll get a special Visiting Day box to send to your camper! (Parents of children flying to camp will have their Visiting Packages sent to them or one can be picked up at your local post office.) Stay tuned!
Vaccinations:We encourage all campers to be vaccinated when eligible.
In short, we’re ready! We’ve got this! Your camper is in good hands.
Let’s get to camp!
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This National Emergency is an unprecedented Pandemic. All children and adolescents need to recognize that this is happening to everyone around the World. Helping kids recover from disappointment has to be one of the harder jobs in parenting. The good news is that overcoming disappointment can—with your help—be a significant learning opportunity for your child. Resilience is the rule with stress and disappointment.
Empathize With Your Child
Begin by acknowledging your child’s perception of what happened. Kids have been looking forward to returning to camp since the day they left last August. This is a big disappointment.
Many times, kids need some time to think before they can discuss their upset. Give them space. Let them know that you’ll be available when they are ready to talk.
When the time to talk arrives, your child will be able to see this situation more accurately and not be led by their feelings. Discuss what is most upsetting.
Dealing With Disappointed Kids When They Won’t Talk
Depending on their personality, your child may show disappointment in different ways. They may be upset and angry, in which case you need to help them to find a way to channel that upset in a constructive way.
If your child retreats when upset or sad, look for ways to draw them out. You might say, “I know you don’t want to talk about it, but when you are ready, we can discuss this.”
Resilience is the rule. Kids will learn that this represents an unprecedented period in history and that “we will all get through this together.”
Tips for Parents
Remain calm; be hopeful; remain connected; model optimism and follow the guidance for safety. We must all be guided by the science offered to us from the Center for Disease Control to minimize risk and protect everyone from the Coronavirus.
Victor M. Fornari, MD, MS
Vice Chair, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
The Zucker Hillside Hospital &
Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center
Glen Oaks, New York 11004
Professor Psychiatry & Pediatrics
Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine
Investigator, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Camp is many things, like making new friends, having fun at activities and learning new skills. But at its core, going to camp is a return to nature. It is a simpler life, unplugged but connected to the wonders all around us. Smell the pines! Breathe in fresh mountain air! Listen to the sound of crickets at night! Feel the warmth of the sun on your shoulders. Happy Earth Day from Greeley, PA!
Here’s a short Earth Day quiz, Greeley edition!
What is the Pennsylvania state flower that can be found throughout our beautiful camp, just beginning to bud during this time of year?
Answer: The Mountain Laurel
What environmentally important site is located in Milford, Pennsylvania, one of the closest towns to camp?
Answer: Grey Towers in Milford is the original 1900 site of the Yale School of Forestry Summer Camp!
Who lived at Grey Towers, Milford and is known as the “Father of American Conservation”?
Answer: Gifford Pinchot
Every summer, campers canoe the Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers. The two rivers converge in Lackawaxen Pennsylvania, a beautiful spot very close to camp. What famous American bird do campers frequently see there, soaring high above them?
Answer: The American Bald Eagle. Lackawaxen is home to 200 bald eagles!
Camp is located in Pike County, named after Zebulon Motgomery Pike. What famous mountain did he discover and where is it located?
Answer: Pike’s Peak, Colorado
Our camp was one of the first camps in American to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Award. Which of these things didn’t we do to earn it?
1) Change all light bulbs to LED
2) Cover the pools with special pool covers to preserve heat and lower use of energy
3) Recycle waste
4) Change from disposable dishes to reusable dishware
5) Hang underwear from the flagpole