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 Five Flew By!

Week Five is over and done with but the memories of the past week remain. Our 3-week campers arrived on Sunday and we hit the ground running with a Special Event Day on Monday!

Monday morning was a late sleep followed by an awesome game of Minute-to-Win-It! The Field House was transformed into minute-long challenges where everyone competed against themselves. The afternoon was our annual “Pageant” where campers are paired up with the opposite gender bunk and have to dress their counselors up in pairs. Congrats to Cardi B and Offset for their winning costumes! Monday night the sun shined through and Sports-a-Rama filled the fields!

Tuesday was the first-ever Rock Climbing Intercamp!! Our team represented Watitoh well and showed off their climbing skills at Taconic. Great job, climbers! Tuesday night we enjoyed an all-camp campfire with s’mores. Counselors and campers performed songs, dances, skits, and more…Britton and Drew closed by reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein…a camp favorite!

On Wednesday we introduced a new game to Watitoh…”Play Your Cards Right!” An old British favorite game show, Program Director Joe, built the board, made the cards, and thought of all the trivia questions. Campers with their bunks competed against each other to answer questions and put life-size playing cards in order from highest to lowest or vice versa.

Thursday was the Upper Senior (Boys and Girls) and TIC trip to Boston. They visited Harvard University, Faneuil Hall, the Prudential Center, and had dinner at Fire and Ice (Hibachi!) They had a great time enjoying the sites and exploring the city. Back at camp, we enjoyed a full day of activities followed by an outdoor picnic BBQ and the Rainbow Games for Evening Activity. Campers ran all over camp looking for people dressed in colors. Once the colors were found, the bunk completed a task asked of them and were given a stripe on their arm. Once they got all the colors, they won…except…out came the Greenie Meanies!! Green people with water bottles ran around camp tagging campers and erasing their colors!! Congrats to Niantic for winning the 2018 Rainbow Games!

Friday was an exciting Gymnastics Meet at Romaca followed by the girls camp favorite, MTV Night! Congrats to Shoshoni (3rd place), Cayuga (2nd place) and the TICS (1st place) for awesome performances. Major kudos to all of girls camp for a job well done! Boys camp Mario Cart got rescheduled due to rain and they enjoyed a movie in the gym.

Saturday we welcomed over 25 prospective families for our Dream Day! The weather held out and the whole camp got to show off how awesome Watitoh is to our future campers. The spirit was at an all- time high in the mess hall as Color War is starting to be in the air!! Saturday night was one of the most awesome Staff Talent Shows that we have ever seen on the Watitoh stage. Major kudos to our very talented staff and their ability to perform on stage and keep us laughing and entertained.

Sunday was a late sleep with separate boys and girls activity in the morning. The boys played Quidditch while the girls had a photo scavenger hunt around camp. In the afternoon, we turned the whole Oval into the Watitoh Carnival! Games, the Bouncy House, Sno-Cones, Cotton Candy, and a lot of fun was had by all!! Sunday night was Costume Social where we saw the leadership team all dressed up as food only to have a “food fight” in the middle of the party! Campers dressed up as “camp famous” people, athletes, rock stars, M&Ms, superheroes, and more! It was a colorful night to say the least!!

With two weeks left in the summer of 2018, we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come! Hang on tight…it’s going to be an awesome ride!!!