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We will update this page biweekly with updates.

Posted Feb 23, 2021

We are hoping that the state of Maryland will provide updated operation procedures for camps in March 2021. Regardless, we are working on plans for safe operations this summer. 

We will be sharing detailed operating plans in early April, 2021. We are eager to welcome campers back to CSC with covid mitigation strategies in place. Our family camp operations in summer and fall helped us to envision a new way of hosting camp that keeps cohort groups together and includes much of our traditional program. 

As a parent, I know that you are eager for details and want to have all of your summer plans buttoned up. Be on the look out for a comprehensive update in early April and an update if/when we receive new state guidlines.

Posted Feb 8, 2021

Last week, I participated in a town hall for camp leaders and representatives from camp licensing portion of Maryland DHMH. All of us are looking for more details about how camps will operate this summer and confirmation that overnight summer camps will be able to open. The current guidance is dated June 12, 2020 and camp leaders have requested updated guidelines by March 1 so that we can plan and prepare for summer.  The state is not under any obligation to meet our request but we are hopeful for more information. 

At Camp St. Charles, we are building our staff team and planning trainings for summer. We plan to operate using cohort groups of campers and precamp and during camp screening of campers and staff members. We are committed to providing a safe summer camp program for our campers and staff members and will implement a variety of strategies to acheive our goal.

Our current plans are all pending approval from the state of Maryland and we may ask parents to monitor their campers' temperature and symptoms prior to camp, covid testing prior to camp and encourage campers to limit interactions with those outside their family prior to camp. The state guidelines will guide our final plans but we will pre-arrival measures, testing of camp staff prior and during the season, cohort groups and notification of exposure or potential exposure.

Since we successfully hosted family camping events in the summer and fall, our team has experience with many strategies that will continue in summer 2021. For example, frequent sanitizing of shared equipment and spaces, more time outdoors, daily temperature checks, hand sanitizer prior to activities, additional handwashing stations and staggering meal and snack times, using masks and physical distancing.

Posted Jan 29, 2021

Many families are making payments right now to save on two week camp session tuition. The tuition rate on bunk1 is the early bird rate, the rates will go up by $100 on Feb 1, 2021. 

If you are unsure of your registration status, please call or email and Sheri, our registrar, or I, Laura Hall, Director, would be happy to confirm your current status. You may also log into bunk1.com to log in with the family manager account to download an invoice that will confirm all of your camp enrollents for 2021. You can reach your bunk1 account by clicking on "Current Families" and scrolling down to "Registration" to log in with your existing account.

At the end of 2020, all enrolled campers were mailed a packet with a camp calendar, a 70th summer sticker, an invoice (in the oldest camper's packet) and cancellation insurance information. Please let us know if your packet did not reach you and let us know if your address has changed.  Many families rolled their registrations to the new season, some cancelled, some moved a deposit, many donated a portion of thie 2020 tuition (THANK YOU) and some families reenrolled in the fall. This had been a long season of changes and juggling so we understand that it may be difficult to remember your status. We are happy to help. 

Sheri Belisle, Registrar registration@campstcharles.org 240-233-3106

Laura Hall, Director director@campstcharles.org, 301-934-8799

 

Posted Jan 6, 2021

Many currently enrolled families have received a confirmation packet in the mail. Many parents have reached out to ask about 2021 operations and what will happen to their tuition payment if we are not permitted to operate this summer. We are very hopeful about 2021 operations and we are planning to host our summer camp program.

We will keep you posted on the details as we approach the summer. In the event that we are not permitted to operate, we will issue refunds. We are hoping and praying and planning to operate but will issue refunds if we are not able to operate.

 

Posted Jan 4, 2021

Happy New Year! We are in camp staff recruitment mode at Camp St. Charles! Check out the empoyment section (at the bottom of the website) for more details on available positions. Recent camp staff should contact Laura Hall directly to seek employment in 2021.

 

Posted Dec 28, 2020

Tomorrow we are hosting another FREE online camp activity. We will have a Christmas themed quiz event on zoom at 4pm eastern. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4fa5a62aa1fc1-christmas

We are getting close to our fundraising goal but still have futher to go. Please give if you can. We are so grateful for the support in this challenging season!

https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/camp-st-charles-2020-emergency-fund

 

Posted Dec 7, 2020

We are getting a lot of helpful information from camp that operated in 2020 that are helping us to plan for a safe summer in 2021.  Detailed plans will have to wait since we will need guidance from our state and local health department but we are looking at ways to rethink our schedule and camp groups to create cohort groups who can enjoy camp together with covid precuations. Vaccine news may change the landscape a lot in the coming months. Thank you for your patience and support.  As we wait for the specifics that will guide our plans, please consider purchasing insurance to protect your camp investment and provide greater flexibility than our cancellation policy. We want to be as flexibile as possible with families and there are many moving parts and 2020 has been a tough season for CSC. 

 

Enrolled families will receive a mailing soon with the details about their enrollment, balance due, a 2021 count down to camp calendar, a 70th summer camp stickers and details about the activity/travel insurance options that apply to camp tuition. Please direct speciic questions to A+ Travmark, the insurance provider that we have partnered with for 10+ years.

 

 

Posted Nov 24, 2020

Camp St. Charles is an ACA (American Camp Association) accredited summer camp and retreat center. Being an ACA camp means that we meet standards that exceed those required by our state and we benefit from a wealth of knowledge from other camp programs.  In these COVID times, we are part of a collective effort to plan for safe operations in our 2021 season.  We are thankful for the collective knowledge and experience of the ACA.  The ACA guidelines are a key part of our plans for summer 2021.

 

 

Posted Nov 2, 2020

During summer and fall 2020, we operated family camp programs and implemented a layered approach to covid mitigation. Our plan included daily monitoring of staff members, screening of guests upon arrival, additional cleaning and sanitizing of hands and shared equipment, mask wearing and a focus on outdoor activities.  We are pleased to report that we did not have any covid cases related to our family camp activities.

As we look ahead to our 2021 summer season, we are building on our family camp program success to bring our campers back to Camp St. Charles.  We are meeting with camps that operated in 2020 to learn from their experiences and to scale up from our family camping program.  Though many things are fluid at this time, we are committed to the safety of our campers and staff.  We are using guidance from the American Camp Association and from Maryland DHMH to revise our camp day to utilize cohort groups, additional sanitizing, additional handwashing and sanitizing, screening of campers and staff members and more.

We will be sharing updated plans here as they are developed. Thanks for your patience as we navigate these challenging times.

Camp St. Charles had partnered with A+ Travel to provide cancellation insurance options for camp families.  We have worked with A+ for over a decade to provide families with options to protect their tuition investment.  Some families used A+ to have greater cancellation flexibility for conflicts with youth sports or other flexible time lines. There are a number of options available and families are encouraged to consider protecting their camp tuition investment with A+ to have the greatest flexibility regarding the everchanging COVID landscape. Plan options can be found here.