Camp Update

I just want to make sure that folks know that both SOAR Camps forsummer 2021 are completely full (with a long waiting list). We are no longer taking applications, even for the wating list. This clearly tells us there is a need for such a camp for our gifted kids here in Wisconsin! We wish we could take all those that desire the opportunity!

Children on the waiting list will be notified as we get closer to the time of camp if there are available openings left from currently registered campers having a change of plans.

Final camp forms and final payment information will be coming out before the end of May.

Stay tuned…

SOAR Camp 2021 Update!

The response to SOAR Camp 2021 has been fantastic! As of yesterday we reached “COVID capacity” for both of our summer camps. However, we will still be taking registrations and building a waitlist in the event that we are allowed to add campers as new COVID guidelines emerge. We cannot make any promises going forward from here.

Please remember that the WATG scholarship window is currently open for applications until April 15th. They can be found here. https://www.watg.org/awards–scholarships.html

SOAR Scholarship applications for SOAR Camp are on this website. Please do not hesitate to apply. SOAR applications can be sent digitally.

S.O.A.R. Camp in the time of COVID

I just had a meeting with a couple of Crossways staff. We had an opportunity to talk about what camp will look like with COVID protocols in place for the summer. I want to share that conversation with you. Yes, camp will be different, but there is no doubt about it being GREAT! First of all , we are all going to have to talk in broad conversations right now and as we get closer to summer the conversations and information will be much more specific. I will try to be as clear as I can as we move forward and get closer to camp time. Second, the camp is basing (and will continue to base) their protocols off of the Department of Health, American Camp Association and the health inspector. As a renter of this camp, SOAR will be using their guidelines. Third, cabin size will be limited (and smaller than years past) to accommodate the guidelines of 6 feet between campers. Our daytime cohort groups will also be limited to the cabin groups to avoid bigger groupings or mixed groupings. Fourth, there will be no group campfires at night (I’m most sad about this one…) but they are planning different activities for the cohort groups. And fifth, masks will need to be worn at times during the day. More specific information will come on these protocols as we get closer to the time. I’m sure that you will have more questions, but these are the ones that I can answer now. Stay tuned…

Registration is OPEN for S.O.A.R. Camp 2021

Plans are underway for SOAR Camp 2021 at Waypost Camp in Hatley Wi. As you may remember, campers that were registered for camp and have their deposits in are automatically registered tor 2021. To accommodate all of last year’s campers we are rolling up the ages so that all of the kids registered from last summer have an opportunity to attend SOAR Camp. The Middle School group that was 6-8th grade last summer will be our current 7-9th graders. Middle School SOAR camp will be Sunday, July 25th through Friday, July 30th, 2021. The Elementary group that was 3-5th grade last summer will be our current 4-6th graders. The Elementary SOAR camp will be Sunday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.  

There are a few openings in both age groups and the information will be going out to the masses very soon for those spots.

Of course we cannot predict with any clarity what will be happening with COVID. Crossways will be using the American Camp Association’s guidelines for the decision making regarding our plans. The good news is that nearly all of our programming is outside with natural distancing. Please communicate with us in regard to any concerns that you may have.

Summer 2021 Dates are here!

I am delighted to announce that we are going ahead with plans for SOAR Camp 2021 at Waypost Camp in Hatley Wi. Campers that were registered for camp and have their deposits in are automatically registered tor 2021. To accommodate all of last year’s campers we will simply be rolling up the ages so that all of the kids registered from last summer have an opportunity to attend SOAR Camp. Therefore, the Elementary group that was 3-5th grade last summer will be our current 4-6th graders. The Elementary SOAR camp will be Sunday, August 1st through Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.  The Middle School group that was 6-8th grade last summer will be our current 7-9th graders. Middle School SOAR camp will be Sunday, July 25th through Friday, July 30th, 2021. 

I will be sending out a confirmation email in early February to verify that your camper will be attending. Campers that asked for their deposits back last summer will have an opportunity to do an early registration before we open the registration up statewide.

Of course there are no definitive answers to the lingering questions about COVID at this time. I will make sure you know as soon as we know the plans. We want camp to be a safe and wonderful experience for all and we will not take any unnecessary chances. Stay tuned…

Hello SOAR Camp 2021!

It has been a difficult spring as we shelter in place, having to intentionally avoid being with one another.  I longingly look forward to joining family and friends in big and little life celebrations when this is over for us.

I have also been waiting and watching the determinations of the CDC, the American Camp Association and a host of other experts to make a clear decision about SOAR Camp 2020.  It is with great disappointment that I am writing today to tell you that SOAR Camp 2020 has been cancelled.  Yesterday, the camp that I rent for our SOAR week made the difficult decision to suspend all of their summer programming due to the uncertainties of COVID-19.  I appreciate their decision and was grateful that I did not have to make this decision myself.  I know how sad and disappointed the campers will be about this.  But the greatest concern is for the safety and well-being of all people involved in the camp including the kids, staff, and all of our volunteer instructors.

This is certainly not the summer we were hoping for and I wish it could be different.

In the meantime, planning has started for SOAR Camp 2021!  I look forward to making plans with all the instructors and campers for a wonderful year.  Perhaps better than ever because of all of the planning time!

Stay safe everyone!

Cathy

SOAR Camp Update- March 2020

We are entering a challenging time right now with the certainties and uncertainties of the Coronavirus and the “Safer at Home” order issued by our governor.

You and I both are wondering about the possibilities affecting SOAR Camp this summer, so I wanted to reach out today to share some thoughts.

First and foremost, I want everyone to be safe.  At this point we do not know what the course of this virus will be, nor do we know how long it will last.  I can assure you that we will be monitoring what is happening nationwide and a decision will be made about SOAR Camp when we are closer to the date.  I wish that I had the foresight to see clearly what is on the other side of all of this.  My dream however, is that all will be well come July and August and the kids will be able to revel in the sunshine and each other’s company at SOAR Camp 2020!  Friendships will grow and social interactions will flourish as in years past.

Please stay tuned and watch the website for any updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.  As a mom of five and a “Nana” of four, I probably have the same thoughts and we can work through them together.

Be well!

Cathy

 

 

Scholarships Available!

If your camper or your student needs financial support to attend SOAR Camp, I encourage you to fill out the scholarship form for SOAR.  Please be aware that you are able to use additional scholarship opportunities through other resources, not just the scholarship through the camp. On the scholarship application form, we ask that you list additional scholarship opportunities that you have applied for so we can ensure that other scholarship opportunities are being utilized.   By using multiple resources for scholarship opportunities, together we can make sure that ALL kids that want to go to camp CAN GO!

WATG has a scholarship opportunity for you to apply to as well!  The links are below!  

Scholarship form- English

Scholarship form- Spanish