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August 2021 Newletter | August 24, 2021
Camp Beausite Northwest August Newsletter
Registration for In-Person Fall Camp is Open!
We are thrilled to be using a new, lightening-fast, online registration platform! Paper forms are also available – read on to learn more!
Great news! Anyone with access to a computer can now register 100% online! By using a website called CampSite, parents and guardians can securely fill out and submit ALL required forms online, eliminating the need to fill out by hand and mail forms to camp.
Anyone who chooses to use CampSite will be directed to fill out a quick questionnaire. You will then receive an email containing your password. From there, you’ll be able to access your camper dashboard!
Don’t have access to a computer? No problem! Give us a call or an email, and we’ll mail you everything you need.
Requirements to Register
In order to be considered at CBNW, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum Age: 12 years
- Campers must be fully vaccinated by the first day of camp
- Campers must require no greater than a 1:3 or 1:4 staff-to-camper ratio for care, supervision, and activities
- Campers must wear a camp-issued mask while indoors
- Campers must submit to rapid antigen testing at check-in, and as needed while at camp, as well as an at-home mail-in test prior to camp (cost-free)
- Campers must commit to uphold community policies while at camp (hygiene, masking, distancing, etc.)
Click here to go to the registration page.
As always, safety of staff and campers is our top priority. Read on to learn about our increased safety procedures, and requirements for camp!
Covid Updates and & Safety Measures
As a specialty camp, we have extremely strict guidelines to follow on a federal, state, and county level. We’ve implemented dozens of COVID-19 policies and procedures to prioritize the safety of campers and staff.
From testing, to meals, to check-in and check-out, to symptom response and more, we’ve written a detailed and dedicated COVID-19 handbook to serve as a guide and reference as we navigate the pandemic in Fall of 2021.
Click here for our COVID-19 Handbook and other information.
DATES & THEMES
Pumpkins! Dinosaurs! Snowmen! Shooting stars! Each of our weekends will have an awesome and engaging theme! Read on to learn more!
We are so excited for our very special themes for Fall 2021! We’re going all out this year – Parades, Dance Parties, Crafts … and campers are invited to bring along any themed items to help us express our camp spirit!
OCTOBER 8 – 10: OUTER SPACE CAMP
OCTOBER 29 – 31: HALLOWEEN CAMP
NOVEMBER 12 – 14: DINOSAUR CAMP
NOVEMBER 19 – 21: GIVING THANKS CAMP
DECEMBER 10 – 12: WINTER WONDERLAND CAMP
Whether we see you in person this fall or not, you’re invited to join us virtually! Our virtual programs are free to all, and all you need is a Zoom account!
EMOTIONS – 9/24 @ 4PM
COSTUME PARTY – 10/15 @ 4PM
HARVEST TRADITIONS – 11/12 @ 4PM
PAJAMA DANCE PARTY – 12/17 @ 4PM
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2021 AWESOME Shirt/Sweatshirt Fundraiser!
I just wanted to reach out and let you know that camp is doing a fundraiser for a camper designed t-shirt or sweatshirt. You can order online and snag yourself one (or several) of these awesome beauties! I hope you will help support camp or spread the word or smile at the design.
Thank you for your continued love and support of CBNW! I am so grateful.
Yours in Camping,
May 2021 Newsletter – Summer & Fall Updates | May 7, 2021
Camp Beausite Northwest May Newsletter
May Virtual Programs
Please Join us for more Virtual FUN!!!!!
CBNW and our virtual program coordinator Grace Kreeger, are super excited to share that our first two virtual programs in April were a huge hit! We had so much fun seeing our friends, connecting with staff, playing games, and even taking a tour of the beach in Florida!!!
We know that we have all had a lot of “virtual” over the last year – but we sure are happy to be spending some quality time with our favorite people. We hope you all will continue to join us for our next programs in May!
May 14, 2021 @ 4pm
May 28, 2021 @ 4pm
The new virtual program dates for June, July, and August have been posted on the CBNW website! Check it all out and make sure to register for each of the awesome virtual programs! Register NOW!!!.
Facebook Birthday Fundraiser
Birthday Fundraisers are a GREAT way to help CAMP!!!!
Our campers, camp families, volunteers, staff, and community have been an incredible support system to Camp Beausite Northwest for over 30 years! CBNW has set up a fundraising program through Facebook, that will allow all of our awesome supporters to get involved throughout the year in a new way, by creating their own Facebook Birthday Fundraiser!
Facebook Birthday Fundraisers not only create the opportunity to support camp financially, but they also help to spread the word about our programs and develop opportunities of awareness out to the world about our awesome campers and their incredible abilities.
Help Camp Beausite Northwest support as many campers and their families as possible, by creating your very own Facebook Birthday Fundraiser!
To create a fundraiser for Camp Beausite Northwest, click here or follow these steps:
1) Click Fundraisers in the left menu of your News Feed. You may need to click See More.
2) Click + Raise Money.
3) Select Nonprofit or Charity.
4) Select Camp Beausite Northwest, fill in the fundraiser details and choose a cover photo.
5) Click Create.
Click here to Find Out More.
T-Shirt Design Competition
Hey Campers! We need your help! It’s time for a new camp T-shirt, and we want YOU to design it! The finalized T-shirt will be available for everyone to order, and all proceeds will benefit CBNW!
Send us your masterpiece! What do YOU want to see on this summer’s T-shirt? The lake? Stars? The forest? Our Camp Family?
Draw it! Paint it! – We will be selecting one winner, whose fabulous design will be featured on this summer’s CBNW T-shirt!
Is There a Prize? Yes! The camper whose design is chosen will receive a $200 Campership to use toward an upcoming camp program!
How Do I Submit a Masterpiece? All campers, whether returning or brand-new, are encouraged to submit artwork! Submissions will be accepted starting NOW, until June 1st.
The chosen design will be announced shortly after, and T-shirts will be available to order in July! Artwork can be mailed to: Camp Beausite NW, PO Box 1227, Port Hadlock, WA 98339 or artwork can be scanned and sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp In A Box
Do you miss camp? Have no fear! Let camp come to you!
We are ecstatic to announce that Camp in a Box is back! We’ve curated boxes full of camp activities, which have been graciously funded by several local foundations. This incredible generosity allows us to provide an awesome slice of camp, at no charge to our campers.
Boxes are limited, so sign up fast! Sign Up Here!
April 2021 Newsletter | April 1, 2021
Camp Beausite Northwest April Newsletter
Keep Up The Awesome Work!
Thank you everyone who has donated to the camp fundraiser this year! We have made it 35% of the way towards our goal! Keep sharing! Keep telling people! Keep up the great work! We can do it!
We have a lot of work to do on camp, and this is the time to get it done before our campers can come back to camp. Finding funding and donations for operating expenses and maintenance is always a challenge, and that is why we need your help.
$5. $25. $50. Every penny gets us closer to our goal! THANK YOU CAMP FAMILY for your support and help!
Welcome To The Team!
We are super excited to welcome M Adrian to our full-time camp team! She will be supporting camp programs and rentals. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are over the moon to have her joining our full time Team!
Virtual Programs Coordinator
Grace Kreeger is joining our team to help us provide some awesome virutal programming to our campers this year! We are so excited for the skills and energy that she is bringing back to camp! You might remember her as Billy Goat from 2019!
Virtual Programs at CBNW
Spring has sprung and with it comes new beginnings and new opportunities. We are finally coming out of this long winter and the world is beginning to blossom and come alive. What better time to kick off our new series of virtual camp programs? Here at Camp Beausite NW, we have been working tirelessly to adapt the camp experience to meet the changing needs of all our families. Over the next few weeks, we are excited to be bringing you our first-ever Virtual Camp events. To kick things off and keep to the spirit of the season, our first event’s theme will be “Spring Break”.
Join us for our first program on April 16th as we celebrate rebirth and renewal through song, dance, and storytelling. The event will begin with a sing-a-long of the traditional Camp Beausite song. Campers will then take a guided walk along a sugar sand beach, meet cute baby animal ambassadors, and discuss what we hope for the seasons to come. Campers will then get a chance to socialize and interact with each other at our virtual dance party with a playlist that is sure to put a spring in your step. We will then close out the program by singing some favorite campfire songs and introducing some new ones to celebrate this hopeful time of year.
As we explore this brave new world, please be sure to register and mark your calendars. You will need to download the free version of Zoom in order to participate in our virtual programs.
April 16th @ 4pm
April 30th @ 4pm
May 14th @ 4pm
May 28th @ 4pm
All of our virtual programs are free to attend. For more information or assistance with registration please contact email@example.com
We will release more programs for June and July in our May newsletter update and on our website! We can’t wait to see you!
Camp In A Box – Coming to a Mailbox Near You!
We are excited to be offering at home programming in the form of Camp In A Box! These at home activities will be provided to our campers at no charge! You will need to register for the camp in a box programs in order to receive your box!
We will be sending 2-3 camp in a box programs to your home that will have all kinds of awesome at home activities. We can’t wait to at least get a little bit of camp to you this summer!
Registration will open May 15th for all camp in a box programs! Keep an eye on the website and we will be sure to send out an update to everyone!
Fall Weekend Programs
While we are not totally through the woods just yet and we still have a way to go before welcoming our campers back to in person programming. We are excited to announce that through the hard work of the Resident Camps around the state and The Washington State Camp Coalition, we have been able to get the mandate lifted along with guidance for operations. This is a huge step towards us being able to welcome campers home this fall! We are hopeful that we are on the right trajectory for being able to operate weekend programs!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!!
Weekend Program Schedule – Mark Your Calendars
Weekend 1: September 17-19 (Theme TBD – based on COVID restrictions)
Weekend 2: October 8-10 ((Theme TBD – based on COVID restrictions)
Weekend 3: October 29-31 (Halloween Camp)
Weekend 4: November 19-21 (Giving Thanks Camp)
Weekend 5: December 10-12 (Winter Wonderland Camp)
COVID willing, registration will open mid summer. Please keep an eye on the Camp Registration page and our e-mail updates for more details! As soon as we have it open, you will know!
Camp Programs 2021 Update | February 12, 2021
Camp Beausite Northwest Newsletter
The Future of Camp
To Our Most Beloved Camp Family,
It is with heavy heart that I share the news with you that the board of directors and I have made the decision to cancel our summer 2021 programs. As you know, this decision did not come easily, and leaves us longing for what used to be our normal.
I know for some of you there is relief that we have made this decision, for some of you there are questions, and for some frustration. We understand and respect all of that and more. I can’t even begin to imagine the toll that the pandemic is taking on our camp family.
As you know, there are so many complex layers to all of this. For the last several months we have been wading through the recommendations from the American Camp Association, the Center for Disease Control, and our State Department of Health and the ever-changing guidelines and directions. Through all of that we were then placing the hope, energy, and effort into a summer that may never come due to the state mandate and vaccination challenges that we are all faced with.
As you know, our number one priority in all of this, is to keep our camp family safe and healthy. The uncertainty this year, is just too great, for us to risk anyone’s health. We are making this decision now, so that we can pivot our programs and focus on what we can do, instead of what we cannot. While the future isn’t the normal, we have lots of planning to bring some camp, joy, and fun to you at home.
Click the video above and hear about our plans for the future of our camp programs for 2021. You can also check the Camp Programs page for more information.
We have much to share about our coming programs, fundraisers, and registration information for this year. We will be updating the website, Facebook page, and our newsletters with all the details over the next few months. So make sure you are connected to camp for all the news and information.
We miss you all so very much and we can’t wait until we can be together at camp again. We are just going to have to be patient a little while longer. You’ve got this. We’ve got this. Together we will make it through.
Yours in Camping,
New Year 2021 Update | January 5, 2021
Camp Beausite Northwest Newsletter
Happy New Year Camp Family!
I hope this update finds you all healthy and hunkered down in cozy places for the winter. We sure miss you all like crazy and hope that your holidays were full of festivities, even if they were quiet ones.
I wanted to send an update about how things are going with camp. This isn’t easy for us and we know it isn’t easy for you either. We have some pretty big obstacles to over come in order to get back to camp this year, and a lot of it is out of our control. I just want to make sure that you all understand the many challenges that we face. I also want you to know that we are doing everything we can to see you again as soon as possible.
Obstacle 1: State Regulations
Washington State has a current mandate that residential camps are not allowed to reopen for our traditional camp services right now. This mandate was put into place in summer of 2020 and per all of our contacts on the state level, it is very possible that it will not be lifted in time for summer 2021. I have formed a camp coalition with 75 other camps in the state, that are hoping to get this mandate changed, so that each camp can make decisions with their local health departments at the local level. This work began in October and the overall perspective from the advisors and policy makers at the state level, is that we will not get this lifted until the vaccine has created herd immunity. We are working with our state representatives, CDC, and the American Camp Association and are hopeful that we can find the right path through this mandate that keeps everyone safe – but isn’t a blanket statement for all.
Obstacle 2: The Vaccine
While we all have our own perspectives, thoughts, and processes about the vaccine, – it is here, and it is very slowly becoming accessible. Every state has the ability to mandate how, when, and to whom the vaccine is distributed. However, that mandate relies on the supply chain from the manufacturers and then the distribution process. The science and the math have a lot of mixed reviews on when this herd immunity will be achieved. Some are predicting as early as summer 2021 and some are saying as late as spring of 2022. It is incredibly difficult to predict if our eligible and willing members of our community – staff, volunteers, and campers will have the vaccine in time.
Obstacle 3: Timing
With all of that being said above, that takes us to the preparations of our programs. What it takes to create camp as you know it. As I have mentioned in previous updates, we start the summer planning process 9 months before summer. It takes a lot of time and energy to create our programs, do all of our hiring, and be ready to receive our campers with open arms. We are also looking at the reality of a constantly changing set of guidelines for COVID management and safety. Which has us writing and re-writing so many of our programs and procedures. Knowing that the state is in control of our timing, makes things even more challenging.
Obstacle 4: Safety
Finally, and most importantly is the safety of our campers. The decision for so many of our campers, to get back out into a public space is a delicate one. Everyone has their own perspectives about what is safe and appropriate in the midst of this pandemic. Many of our campers are immune compromised in some way, and that adds an additional layer of concern for getting back to camp and other social activities. With many choosing to stay home for their own safety until herd immunity is achieved, we have to look at the big picture for summer and take all of this into consideration as we make our decisions on how to move forward.
What does this all mean to you? Our beloved campers, staff, families, and volunteers – we want to get everyone back to camp as soon as possible. What we know right now is the following:
- Spring weekend programs are canceled for 2021
- Summer is still up in the air, and I will have a decision for you regarding summer as soon as possible
- Fall programs are feeling very possible and we are working on putting together a plan and calendar to share as soon as we are able.
It is important to share with you all, that we are not alone in this. CBNW is a member of a national collective of residential camps around the country that serve people with special needs. We are all in the same boat on so many levels. We meet once a month to discuss how we support our campers and staff safely, and how we can get back to camp as soon as possible. All of these camps, we are all on the same page and dealing with the same obstacles – but we know through all of our collective efforts that we will get back to camp.
We do want to share that we have been hard at work at camp these last bunch of months fundraising, seeking donors, and writing grants so that we can continue to be here when the pandemic is over. It is hard, but we are still here and plan on being here when this is all over.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
We miss you all very much and hope that you are doing alright in the midst of the tough stuff.
Yours in Camping,
Fall 2020 Update | October 15, 2020
Hello Camp Family
We miss you all so very much! I hope that you know that! This year has been so hard on everyone, and not having your laughter, love, and light at camp has made it even harder. You have to know that we want you all to be safe and healthy, and we hope beyond hope that your lives have been as smooth and kind as possible, in the midst of this pandemic. We know this has been so hard on all of you. So many of your resources and programs are not operating and we are devastated to have to continue to be a part of that.
We know that you are all eagerly awaiting the release of our camp dates for programs in 2021. We have been working hard over the last few months trying to figure out how we can offer camp programs in 2021 safely for our campers, families, staff, and volunteers. As of October 15, 2020 – We are not able to post dates for our future. It is imperative that we have the right information, that we are in the right phase, and that we know that we can safely offer programs to you – before we commit to our camp dates.
What does that mean? That means we are working with the American Camp Association, Special Needs Camps around the country, the CDC, the local and state health boards, and a group of amazing volunteers who are a part of all things COVID to help give us the right guidance on how we create and provide our programs for you. We have to look at every aspect of our programs and figure out the answers to how we care for our campers with each step. We are writing new policies. We are creating new ways to do things. A lot of things will have to change at camp, for us to be able to offer our services to you.
What kinds of things are we looking at and considering? That is a great question. First and foremost we have to take into account that a great number of our campers have compromised immune systems. Next we are hopeful for better treatments and protocols for the virus as well as accurate, affordable, and available rapid/quick testing. From there we are looking at how we quarantine staff, if campers can isolate before coming to camp, mask wearing and PPE for staff and campers, and then how we assist with activities of daily living. While we know you are winning at all of this at home – that all changes when we travel and bring new groups of people together. We are looking at hands free stations for hand washing, hand sanitizing, and water bottle filling. Meal time rotations. Lowered camp capacity to accommodate for social distancing. We are researching cleaning and disinfecting protocols and companies. Finally, we are figuring out how we run programs that keep our campers & staff sociallly distanced from each other, but still social. We have SO MANY things to worry about to create these programs and services and we want you to know that we are working hard towards our future possibilities. It is also super important to note that we also have to be in Phase 3, at a minimum, for any of this to happen.
We are hopeful that the winter will give us more information, more access, more resources, and more knowledge that will help us make all of these decisions. We are grateful for this time as it is giving us the opportunity to look at every component so that when it makes sense to open our doors – we can!
We don’t have all of the answers. We don’t know what 2021 holds. We don’t know what kinds of programs we can run. We don’t know how many programs we will be able to offer. But what we do know, is that we WILL be here ready to welcome you back with elbow bumps and hoots and hollers when we get the OK to do so. And we can’t wait!
We love you all so very much and we are so grateful that you are a part of the Camp Beausite family. We will do our best to keep you posted and in the know. As soon as we know what our future holds, you’ll know!
Stay Healthy! Stay Safe! Stay Happy!
Yours in Camping,
Raina Baker, Executive Director
Summer 2020 Update | August 6, 2020
Camp Beausite Northwest Newsletter
Camp Beausite Northwest Fundraiser
With a little help from our friends …
Our Favorite Color is CAMP!
Camp Beausite is asking for your help to ensure the future success of camp and our programs!
Please check out our online Go Fund Me campaign! Donate, share, send owls, tell the world! Every little bit helps us get to our future.
The success of our campaign will insure that the future is ours! We can’t wait for 2021, but we are going to need some help to get there!
Mark Your Calendars
We are working hard right now planning for 2021 – because the future is ours! We are doing everything in our power to be prepared to open our doors in the spring. So keep an eye out on the camp website for the 2021 calendar and camp updates!
2021 Dates will be posted October 15, 2020
2021 Hiring will begin November 15, 2020
2021 Registration will open January 15, 2021
Thank You United Way of Clallam County!
Camp was awarded a grant from the United Way of Clallam County in order to be able to send you all Camp In A Box care packages!
We got loads of love, cards, pictures, and notes from campers across the peninsula and beyond. It was a huge success and we are so grateful for all of you – Our staff, volunteers, and our camp family!
We all got a chance to feel a little bit of the magic of camp. We can’t wait to see you all in 2021!
Raina & The Beausite Team
Fall 2020 Cancellation | July 16, 2020
Dear Camp Family
Hello Family. It is time to update you about where we are headed for fall, winter, and 2021. We have made yet another difficult decision to cancel our fall weekend programs. We know this is hard for everyone, and we are working hard on figuring out how we do camp in the future.
If you are registered for any of our fall programs, we will be in touch regarding your refunds and credits.
We are hoping that taking a little more time to let COVID iron itself out, and for the health community to figure out some best practices, treatments, and vaccines – that we will be able to return to some fabulous programming in the spring of 2021.
If you have any questions or if you need any additional information, please feel free to reach out us at (360) 732-7222 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
We miss you so much. But have faith my friends. The future is ours and it is going to be spectacular!
Yours in Camping,
COVID News & Programs | April 18, 2020
Dear Campers, Parents, Staff, Friends, and Family
Camp Beausite Northwest will be closing for the Summer 2020 Season.
We are hopeful for our 2020 fall and 2021 spring programs to be able to happen. We are in full swing planning for summer 2021!
We want to share with you why this is happening and how we came to this decision. As you can imagine, it was not an easy decision to come to. Camp Beausite Northwest is built on the foundation of our mission to provide inclusive learning, social, recreational, and therapeutic opportunities for adults and children with special needs, and their families. For us, a key aspect of this is to create a physically and emotionally safe environment for our campers and our staff.
COVID-19 has created so many unforeseeable circumstances that continue to change every day that are out of our control.
- Our planning for summer 2020 began last fall – camp doesn’t just start in June. Months have been lost to this virus for our staffing, fundraising, programming, camp physicals, and the like.
- For our campers, our families, and our staff – being close is a part of how we do things at camp; riding in buses, caring for campers, swimming, high fives, hugs, meals, activities. 6 ft. distancing doesn’t work for us to do what we do.
- We cannot begin to “guess” or “hope” that things will change enough, for us to be able to provide our programs and SAFELY operate camp this summer.
- Our number ONE priority is the health and safety of our campers and staff.
We know that this is HARD. For all of us, but our campers and families. We see you. We will do everything in our power to support you. We still have three weekend camps on the books for this fall, and we will do everything we can to provide support to you. Even though Summer 2020 has been cancelled, you haven’t heard the last from us.
To Our Prospective Families:
Thank you so much for wanting to join the Camp Beausite family this year. We hope that you will join us for a weekend program or for summer 2021. Keep an eye on our Camp Programs page. We can’t wait to meet you!
To Our Registered Families:
If you have registered for summer 2020, we will be contacting each of you soon about your registrations. We will begin processing refunds next week. Please be patient, as we are reaching out to everyone and working through each family’s needs and preferences regarding their fees and registrations. This process will take at a minimum a few weeks. Please see our Camp Cancellation Policy.
To Our Campers:
You mean the world to us. We will miss you so much. We feel sad and we want you to know that it is OK to feel sad, too. We are working so hard to get you back to camp.
To Our Staff:
You are our glue. We could not do what we do without your dedication, kindness, and willingness to be a part of this incredible organization. Please know that we are hopeful for your return as soon as it is allowed. Weekend Camps are going to need you and summer 2021 will be here before we know it.
Please sign up for E-mail Updates. Starting on May 15th all of our group e-mail communications will be going out via our online news and information platform. This is where we will share information about upcoming programs, the state of camp, staffing needs, camper fun, parent information. ALL OF IT!!! Please make sure you sign up for our e-mails so we can keep you in the loop about our FUTURE.
Please stand with us through this incredibly difficult time. Our Camp Beausite Community is so important to us and it is imperative that we are here to serve you for another 30 years. Please know that there are a million things that needed to be considered in order to come to this conclusion. So many moving parts. So many variables. So many what-ifs. There are so many camp programs around the country that have made this decision – we are not alone. We are all in this together. And, somehow, we will be better for it.
Yours in Camping,