COVID-19 Update

Dear Families,

With a very broken heart, we are writing today to share with you that Camp Watitoh will not be opening this upcoming summer. We know how surreal and devastating this is to read and to process. It is the same for us as we write this letter to you. We are so grateful for your patience during these last few months, and especially these past few weeks while we were living with the uncertainty of the summer.

For months we have been cautiously optimistic about opening camp, making contingency plans and hoping for a clear path to emerge for us to open in a safe manner. We’ve been participating in seminars with colleagues, speaking with health officials, evaluating the accuracy of testing, and listening for more guidance from the state of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, even amidst all of these conversations and analysis, that path has not come to fruition for us.

It was important that we took the time to exhaust all possible scenarios before making this decision and we so appreciate your patience. We know it hasn’t been easy. At this point we feel no stone has been left unturned. In the end, we needed more certainty about this unknown virus to feel that we could keep our campers and staff emotionally and physically safe in a way that you trust us to do every summer.

We know this email does not come as a surprise, especially with so many camps making similar decisions. At the same time, it is still extremely disappointing. Attached you will find some resources to help speak with your child(ren) about this news and help them process this message. Campers are going to be sad, disappointed, angry, confused, and everything in between. Some of them may even be relieved because they were nervous about coming to camp under these circumstances. It is so important to give them the time and attention they need to get through this.

What we do know more than ever is that Watitoh is about the people and not the physical place. If we have learned anything the last few months, it is the strength of our community and relationships. It is those people who will get us through until we can be living the dream together for our 85th summer in person in 2021. We know that we will pick up right where we left off - developing friendships, building independence, and having fun in a warm, welcoming, supportive community.

We realize that there are many questions surrounding this decision, the financials, and what happens moving forward. Please click the Summer 2020 FAQ button below to find the answers to some of the most common questions and we welcome additional ones.

Please share this video message from us when you share this news with your camper(s). We will continue to connect with our camp family in the safest ways we can over the summer and until we can be together again. We will miss all of you so deeply this summer.

With love and hugs,
Britton and Drew

Summer 2020 FAQs

Living the Dream: Week 4

After an amazing Visiting Day weekend, Week 4 kicked off with great energy, spirit, and tradition!
On Monday, we set the bar really high for Color War with an exciting Sports-a-Rama Track Meet. Every team showed up for their events and did so with great enthusiasm!

Tuesday was the annual trip to Cooperstown for the Junior and Senior Boys. A visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame followed by shopping around at all of the souvenir shops allowed for a great trip day off camp. The tradition of the “weirdest” souvenir purchased was awarded to Zach for buying a shower cap for a cat! Tuesday night was a lively event in the Social Hall where the girls won Cabin Feud, keeping the Townsend Cup Trophy safe on girls camp for another year! Congrats to Chrissy and the girls of Watitoh!

Wednesday was another typical day at camp with Boys and Girls separates. The Boys had the 2nd annual Pokemon Go activity while the girls played Big Sis/Little Sis Scattegories.

Thursday was an all-around active day…Starting with an early departure for our sailing team to the Berkshire Cup Race at Camp Lenox. After a close race, they came in 3rd place all around. We are very proud of our sailors! Congrats to Daleen and Meghan for their dedication. Dylan also took a group of campers to an archery intercamp at Mah-kee-nac. Everyone who returned from last year improved in their score and gave and amazing effort! The Inter Girls had the chance to go to the Crane Paper Factory for a private tour and education on how paper is made! What a cool trip!!

Thursday night was Project Morry Night! Campers got to test their skills by making Watitoh “World Records” in an effort to raise money for Project Morry, a year-round youth development program anchored by a sleepaway camp experience. Please be on the lookout for more information about the “laps” that your camper accomplished and feel free to make a donation as you see fit. We watched the Project Morry video with the campers and talked about giving the gift of camp to someone who may not have the opportunity. We are so proud of all of our campers for their efforts!

On Friday we had two very exciting intercamps. Our chess players, along with coach Austin, went to Mah-kee-nac for an intense tournament where our players did exceedingly well and made it to the finals! In the afternoon our girls dance team went to Taconic and won first place for their hip-hop dance!! Alexa, our dance specialist, could not have been prouder!

Saturday night was camp favorite, Las Vegas Night! Horse races, jelly bean guessing, poker and more filled the Social Hall for campers to enjoy. In addition, we got to enjoy Dancing with the Staff. Kudos to all of the participants and a huge shout out to Amalie and Alex for placing first!

Sunday we said goodbye to our 4-week campers and welcomed our 3-week campers. The weather is keeping us on our toes and allowing us to let our creative juices flow…however, today we are enjoying sunshine and a normal camp day! It was an amazing first half of the summer and we are looking ahead to what some say are the “most exciting weeks of camp!”