COVID-19 UPDATES

Update #3: April 2, 2020

Dear Shwayder Camp Community,

As we enter April, we wanted to reach out and let you know that in addition to extending the final payment deadline to May 1st, we will also be extending the forms deadline to that date as well. We understand that with the current situation regarding COVID-19, getting appointments for routine physicals and forms completed will take extra time. We also acknowledge that families will want to wait to make final travel arrangements. Please know that we understand and if you are unable to submit these forms, especially the medical examination form, immunization records, and transportation form even by the May 1st deadline. If you need more time, please just let us know by email. 

We hope you are staying healthy and want to remind you that you can stay up-to-date on all of our correspondence and find some fun camp activities on our website right here. 

We wanted to share with you one of our favorite prayers we sing every evening at camp that marks day turning into night, Ma’ariv Aravim. With so many of us being home every day, we hope this prayer helps you find a meaningful way to distinguish between the transitions in your life. Daniel Stellini, one of our all-time favorite song leaders, wrote this particular melody, and is singing it here for you.

Sincerely,

Jodie Abrams Schafer, Director

 

Update #2: March 19, 2020

Dear Shwayder Camp Community,

As we continue to navigate our day-to-day lives during this unprecedented time, we want to provide opportunities to bring the Shwayder Camp community together.

In partnership with the Colorado Jewish Camps, over the next few weeks on Tuesdays and Fridays we will be offering experiences for you to bring a little camp into your home. We will sprinkle extra chances for Shwayder magic moments during this time as well. We hope you join in and participate as much as you are able, and encourage you to involve the whole family. The best way to follow along is through our Facebook Page. Be sure you “like” us and receive notifications when we post and go live. You can also find all the communication and activities on our dedicated web page: shwayder.com/covid-19-updates

This Sunday, March 22nd @10:30AM MDT, Rick Recht, a Shwayder Camp favorite, will bring the camp community together with a special virtual concert. It will be streamed live from Shwayder Camp’s Facebook Page.

Building community has always been a top priority at Shwayder. It’s times like these that we see the Shwayder community grow stronger than ever.

Sincerely,

Jodie Abrams Schafer, Director

 

Update #1: March 13, 2020

Dear Shwayder Camp Community, 

We know that the current situation as it relates to COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty and caution with planning upcoming events. We want to emphasize that we are closely monitoring the situation as it relates to our time together this summer at camp. While nothing has changed at this time concerning summer operations, we are exploring options to allow our camp families to plan ahead. 

First, we are committed to letting you know that if for any reason we were unable to operate this summer based on public health recommendations, we will be providing the option to apply 100% of your 2020 tuition paid towards the 2021 season or issuing full refunds by request. 

In order to give you time to plan and make decisions, we will be moving the final payment deadline from April 1st to May 1st. If you are on a monthly payment plan the last payment will be run May 1st rather than April 1st. 

To this effect, we are extending the scholarship application deadline to April 17th. We understand that some families find themselves with new financial concerns and we want to assure you that we are ready to work with families and are committed to make it possible for every camper to attend camp this summer. If you would like to apply for scholarships and have not yet received an application, please let me know and I will email you the scholarship application information. 

As we do before every summer, we will be revisiting our already rigorous cleaning and safety standards. Camper and Staff health is our number one priority and we are always adapting to ensure best practices. We are still in full swing of planning a fun and memorable summer for all of our campers. 

While it is still very early to be making any decisions about operating this summer, we hope that this information will provide a bit of peace of mind in this time of uncertainty. Please know that we are here as a resource and, as always, our goal is to provide a safe and meaningful experience for each camper and staff member this summer. While we expect to be fully operational this summer, we will remain flexible and know that the situation remains fluid. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Jodie Abrams Schafer, Director