COVID-19 & WBC Summer Camp Plans
As we did in summer 2020, we intend to safely open our summer camp this coming summer and remain committed to communicating in an open and transparent matter about all camp information. Our top priority is the health and safety of all our campers, staff, and their families. We are making our plans for the 2021 summer camp based on our experience operating camp in summer 2020, our currently operating before and after school programs, and best practices published by the CDC and the NH Stay at Home 2.0 guidance for day camps.
We will continue to use our current health and safety protocols, which will provide families with information about how we are adapting our policies and procedures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in all of our programs. As information from national and local health authorities is revised and updated, so too will be these protocols to reflect the most current guidance provided.
Our goal is to provide a similar experience to day camp in years past, with safe field trips, engaging activities, and
programming to allow for strong social and emotional development. We know how important your child’s summer camp experience will be this summer after a year of constantly changing routines, physical distancing, and increased time in front of electronic devices. We will remain flexible in our planning for the summer and are prepared to quickly adapt our plans based on best practices and changes with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to Arriving at Camp
Healthy practice requires our families to be our partners in participating in pre-camp screening protocols. This will include a daily temperature check and health questionnaire when you arrive each day. If we work together, we will limit our risks and maintain a safe environment for all.
Special Events & Field Trips
We hope to bring back field trips this year with some limitations. Unlike years past, we will not be going to public playgrounds, water parks, or large public spaces. We know how important these experiences are to our camp community, and we intend to enjoy these together again in a safe and responsible manner. We plan to take children to various state parks around NH for exploring, swimming, and hiking. We hope to begin the summer with 2 field trips per week with the expectations that we may have to modify and adjust our field trip plans as the summer progresses.
We are excited to have members of our current team that are committed to providing programming in a safe and responsible way, as well as former members returning for the 2021 summer. These staff are responsible for strict adherence to cohort distancing, mask wearing while in public spaces, or wearing the appropriate PPE while delivering programming during the day, among other health and safety responsibilities. Any pre-camp arrival requirements that we ask of our campers will also be asked and required of all staff.
Summer Camp Registration Packets
As we progress in the planning process, we will maintain open and transparent communication regarding any big changes we may have for the upcoming summer. We will also be compiling a list of potential campers and families to distribute registration packets to. If you wish to be added to the packet distribution list, or have questions, please contact Allison Palmer at email@example.com.
Registration packets are typically ready for distribution by mid-April and expected to be returned by mid-late May. There is a sliding scale for tuition based on when completed packets are submitted to Allison, so be sure to keep an eye out for more information regarding summer 2020 registration.
A key measure of success throughout the pandemic for any in-person program has been to establish stable environments in which people stay within small groups and interactions with people outside of the group are minimal. This method for “cohort distancing” has proved to be successful during summer camp 2020 and within the school district this school year. Summer Camp 2021 will have lower capacity than in years past in order to maintain safe practices. This will allow us to safely social distance, maintain smaller group sizes within our program, safely staff each group, and transport children to and from field trips safely and responsibly. It remains possible that we will not be able to allow for the mixing of groups next summer. We will still strive to provide the same great experiences while keeping our community safe.
In order to maintain adequate and consistent staffing, programming, and group sizes, schedule options will be limited to 3 choices: Monday through Friday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, and Tuesday & Thursday. Children needing full time care (M-F) for more than 8 weeks out of the summer will be given top priority for enrollment. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday options will have next priority, and Tuesday & Thursday will follow suit. Anyone wishing to change their child’s schedule to a higher priority may do so, provided the program is not yet at capacity.
We plan to operate from 7:00AM to 5:30PM out of the Cafetorium at HCS. However, these aspects of programming are subject to change, which we will communicate to you directly if changes need to be made.
We plan to take as many activities outdoors as possible including games and walking excursions around town. Our daily programming will include art, science, reading, cooking, physical activity, and many more activities that supporting your child’s physical and mental growth and well-being.
(Effective July 1, 2019)
Summer Camp at Henniker Community School (7:00 AM to 5:30 PM)
- Full Week: $230.00 – 2 Week Advanced Notice Requested; Includes Field Trips, AM and PM Snack
- Daily Rate: $65.00 – 2 Week Advanced Notice Requested; Teacher Workshop days
We offer a 10% discount on the second child for families with more than one child.
Extended Education Program Director
Allison has been a part of the White Birch family since June 2016 and has been working in Education and Childcare since she was a junior in High School. She graduated from Franklin Pierce University in 2013 with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Social Work & Counseling.
Ryder has been working at White Birch since February 2019. Ryder will be a Senior at New England College this fall where he will be finishing his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. He is focusing on English and wants to be a High School English teacher.
Emma has been working at White Birch since March 2019 and has been working with children since she was in 6th grade. Emma will be a Freshman at New England College this fall where she will be majoring in Elementary Education.