Happy New Year from Lake Owego Camp

 

Best Wishes for a Year filled with Health and Happiness, with love from camp and the Black / Morin family

 

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Keeping the Summer Alive Year-Round

5 ways to keep the summer alive all year long!

  1. Keep in touch with camp friends! Write LETTERS!
  2. Login to Mom & Dad’s parent portal and look at pictures from this past summer and the summers before!
  3. Watch camp videos!
  4. Wear your Lake Owego Camp shirts from this and past summers!
  5. And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram: @lakeowegocamp!

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Top Ten Tips for New Families!

Calling All New Camper Parents! 

April showers will bring May flowers, and do you know what May flowers bring? CAMP, of course! We know that the change in weather has all of us thinking SUMMER, and we hope that these tips will be helpful to you during the excitement of the final countdown. Even if you’ve sent an older child off to camp before, these TOP TEN TIPS for NEW CAMPERS might be worth a refresher!

1. Communicate with the directors about any and all family, social or medication issues or changes during the year and in the summer. Nothing is too small! A meaningful camp/parent partnership benefits your camper. Call or email us anytime! We are here for you!

2. Stay positive about separating from home! Don’t focus on what your camper will be missing (vacation, trips to a favorite ice cream shop), rather discuss what he or she has to look forward to at camp! (The same goes for what you write about in your letters once the time comes!)

3. If your camper asks about homesickness, normalize it! “Of course you’ll miss things about home every now and again, because you have a wonderful home and family! It would be unusual for you not to miss home!” Also, in the same spirit, try to minimize your own feelings of child-sickness! “Of course we’ll miss you, but we’ll be fine! The summer will fly by and we’re so excited for you. You’re going to have an awesome time!”

4. If your camper has specific needs (in the cabin, in the health center, in the dining hall), make sure to call or email us,  and make sure to write about it in your confidential forms (or as an addendum to the form) before camp– those confidential forms are our bible!

5. Discuss different activities your camper might enjoy and also talk about trying new ones, keeping an open mind! Camp is a great, safe place to go outside of one’s comfort zone!

6. Take advantage of New Camper Weekend on June 5th and 6th at camp, either for the day or stay overnight! It’s a great opportunity to meet other first-time campers, see camp, get to know staff, and have positive camp experiences together as a family.

7. Keep all “camp talk” light! In letters, in person, keep it upbeat!

8. Now is when your camper may start asking you about what he or she will bring. Make sure to send your camper’s stuffed animal, a favorite book or two, and any other item that makes them feel at home; if there’s something your camper sleeps with every night, please make sure to send it! Believe us when we say that most campers bring a security object of some sort. You’re never too old!

9. If panic sets in, call us. We’ll talk you through it, but when speaking to your camper NEVER promise to PICK UP YOUR CHILD. He or she might ask in the time between now and camp! It’s normal to get cold feet in the spring! Remind your camper that you’ve made a commitment as a family, that  camp is only for a short amount of time, and that you know he or she is in the right place, that they can do it! They are in a safe place. CAMP IS WHERE CHILDREN LEARN INDEPENDENCE! By giving your camper the gift of camp, you’re giving them independence, resilience, and the ability to adapt to and thrive in new environments! If your children know that they’re definitely going to camp and definitely staying at camp for the summer, they’ll allow themselves to relax and let go. Squash the “what if!”

10. If there’s anything (big or small!) you’re worried about before, during, or after the summer, call or email any time: 267-639-2488, info@lakeowego.com.

We’re here for you, always, so keep in touch!
We can’t wait to get started!
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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy New Year!

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Vaccines! Dates! Tuition Lottery!

Dear Camp Families,

We hope this email finds you happy, healthy and enjoying the change of seasons. The countdown to camp is on!

Vaccines

We are thrilled that the FDA has now authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include all camp-age children. It is our policy that all counselors, staff and campers must be fully vaccinated before camp. 

Dates

In order to accommodate the ever-changing needs of our campers and staff and in response to requests, Summer 2022 ends on a Friday instead of Saturday. The last day of camp this year is Friday, August 12th, 2022. This allows staff and campers to travel home for critical back-to-school responsibilities. It also gives families the entire weekend together. Thank you for encouraging this change and for your support.

New Camper Events

Here are other dates to put on your calendar for our NEW CAMPER events :

– Philadelphia, April 2nd: Elmwood Park Zoo
– NYC Metro-area, April 3rd: Turtle Back Zoo
– Maryland, April 24th: South Germantown Recreational Park
– Florida, March 13th: Markham Park

Tuition Lottery

Early Bird tuition registrations have been entered to win our lottery prize of camp tuition at its original rate ($800)! We’ll be announcing the winners around Thanksgiving. We are thankful for each and every one of you.

Warmest wishes from the mountains,

The Camp Office

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Happy Halloween from Lake Owego Camp!

 

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Best Wishes from Lake Owego Camp

 

Best wishes for a year filled with Health and Happiness

 

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No Tours, Here’s Why: An Update

Hello friends and followers! We’re writing to share some news with you which we sent out into the world this morning. We have made the difficult decision not to open up camp for tours this summer. We are doing so because we’re putting the health and welfare of our current camp community first.
Please see below. And please let family and friends interested in camp know that we’ll look forward to meeting them after the summer! Thank you for your ongoing support!
The best thing about camp is our wonderful camp families: YOU! 

Dear Future Camp Families,
Thank you for your interest in Lake Owego Camp for the 2022 summer! Although it’s been a challenging year, we are thrilled to report that we’re off to a remarkably great start, our 90th under the same family ownership. Ask any camp family what a wonderful season we’re having! And we don’t take it for granted. Campers and counselors are healthy and happy, there are more new, young campers than ever before, and we are fully enrolled.

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!

With deep appreciation and all the best from Greeley, PA,
The Black/Morin Family
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The Trail Ahead | May 7, 2021

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.

Please click here for our most comprehensive plans and more detailed information. Please review!

In short, we’re ready! We’ve got this! Your camper is in good hands.

Let’s get to camp!

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