HVC Coronavirus Response
MARCH 2020… Each of us has known the grace that comes in times of crisis from the support of family and friends, neighbors, our churches and synagogues and organizations such as camp.
We hope that HVC can contribute a tiny bit as you all adjust to new routines and look after children who may be feeling confused, sad, hopeful. Know that you are in our thoughts, and please consult the resources on this page - including "Summer 2020."
Routines and Home Life for Campers
We understand that many of you have commenced new routines for children out of school. Some tips that you may have already considered...
- Think about creative activities that do not involve screen time:
- Arts: Drawing, music, dance
- Yoga and other exercise
- Home science projects can be found online
- Writing letters and journaling, games, brain teasers and puzzles
- Note that on a daily basis, we've been posting specific ideas (#AtHomeWithHVC on Instagram and Facebook) such as those noted above. You can also access these projects via the home page at the Website (scroll down.)
- Get outside. There are clear psychological advantages to outdoor time and exercise.
- Structure is good, and so is a bit of flexibility.
- Limiting certain kinds of screen time is critical. When children, particularly teens, are hooked on text threads and other intense social media, this is known to undermine their happiness and ability to focus.
- Instead, plan social contact via Facetime and Zoom which can support a virtual sleepover, etc.
Talking with Children about Current Events
(Ideas adapted from this page)
- Create an open and supportive environment where children know they can ask questions when they indicate that is what they want.
- Answer questions honestly. Children will usually know, or eventually find out, if we’re “making things up.” It may affect their ability to trust us and our reassurances in the future.
- Gear our explanations to the child’s age and developmental level.
- Help children find accurate and up to date information. Here's a fact sheet from the CDC.
- At the same time, it may help us to limit access to news images that may be confusing or scary.
- We should be prepared to repeat information and explanations several times. Some details may be hard to accept or understand.
- Acknowledge children’s thoughts and feelings. Let them know that you think their questions and concerns are important and appropriate.
- Be reassuring and realistic. It’s fine to let children know that they are safe in their house or in their school. We cannot promise that there will be no cases of coronavirus in our communities.
- Although parents and teachers may follow the news and the daily updates with interest and attention, most children just want to be children. It may help everyone if the adults have set times to access news and some blackout period to unwind from the 24/7 news stream.
Currently at HVC…
Outdoors, annual maintenance is underway after a mild winter. Inside, we’re doing everything we normally do to prepare for summer, talking with families, scheduling staff interviews, planning programs and logistics., etc. Our airy office allows the 2-person winter crew to get work done while remaining safe.
The two of us work from home and each take a day or two weekly to go to camp and spend time with staff (socially connected and physically distant!) The Kassen freezer is full and we enjoy daily outdoor time with Nellie the camp pup who provides plenty of entertainment.
Thinking of you all ~ Meg & Peter
People have been asking about the camp summer, especially campers for whom - even under normal circumstances - HVC represents so much in terms of friendship and personal confidence.
What we know…
We're confident that HVC will operate this summer, with some changes to the way we do things. Clearly, community health is a top concern. Time, forethought, and consultation with our medical team (see wellness plan) will help us understand what this looks like. Other resources: CDC guidance and earlier responses to H1N1 and SARS.
This page will be updated regularly. As of late March…
- Maine’s current emergency rules - in effect through mid-April – would recommend against (not prohibit) gatherings of our size.
- Other restrictions throughout the US would not allow camp to open should they be extended.
- One of our Chinese camper groups is not able to attend camp. Attendance of other international groups is dependent on travel and health factors.
- Session shifts are possible, should the opening of camp be delayed.
- Our overseas partners have told us about visa restrictions for staff in place through May 11.
What if camp is delayed or cancelled?
In the event of a delay to the opening of our season, session switches can be accomplished.
In the instance that camp is delayed or a session shut down, by the State for example, camp deposits (always withheld in cases of non-attendance) and a portion of tuition would be retained to cover significant off-season expenses such as insurance, property taxes, facility maintenance, salaries, etc. The balance would take the form of a refund and/or credit for 2021.
Tuition insurance covers some individual circumstances, the more likely situation of a particular child being unable to attend for a covered reason, not a camp shutdown. Read further details about tuition and insurance.
All is well at HVC!
See our message to families at left/above.