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Schooner Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Schooner Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Camp Location: The Sound School, drop off at 17 Sea Street, New Haven

Camp Contact: nikki@gathernewhaven.org or (203) 562-6655 (email preferred as many of us are working from home)

Camp is 9:00am-3:00pm. Drop off is 8:45-9:00am, campers must remain with their parent/guardian until 8:45. Pick up is 3:00-3:15pm. Campers picked up later than 3:15 will automatically be enrolled in aftercare, which is offered from 3:00-5:00pm for $75/week*.

Schooner Camp has a great financial aid program for income-eligible families to receive scholarships for up to two weeks of camp. To apply, complete the form embedded on the camp website.

In order to secure your camper’s spot, please make sure to return this form within one week of registration. Priority consideration is given to those who apply by June 1st.

When you register online for camp, you can use a coupon code to bypass camp payment and then complete the scholarship application found in the Health Profile section of your child’s camp registration.

Gather New Haven accepts credit/debit cards via our online registration website (CampDocs). Our online registration form will guide you through the process. If you would like to pay by check, or need to pay in installments, please contact us at schooner@gathernewhaven.org

Click here to register online! All health profile information and medical forms must be submitted

online by June 1st. Please call (203) 562-6655 or email schooner@gathernewhaven.org for help with registration.

A few measures that we are putting in place to prepare for a safe summer are:
  • Each Camp Group will have it’s own gathering space both indoors and outdoors. We are asking the Sound School for more indoor space when the weather is bad and we can’t be outdoors. But when weather is favorable, indoor time will be limited with mask wearing for both kids and adult counselors. Staff will have to wear masks at all times.
  • Groups will be 8-10 campers and will limit mixing. This number may change based on guidelines.
  • The sailing portion of camp will still be Am and Pm sailing groups that go out, but the campers will be 2 campers per boat and will use the same boat all week. They will also be assigned a life jacket for the week as well. The counselors will wipe down all the equipment used in between groups each day
  • We will have a pre-questionnaire for COVID 19 that families have to fill out prior to arrival at camp and we are still developing what our procedure will be for drop off and pick up.
  • We are also encouraging that all our staff be vaccinated by the time camp starts
Safety of our campers and staff is always our number concern. This year is no exception. Something I think all of us have learned this year is we have to be flexible and take it one day at a time.
If you would like to know the most up to date guidelines, here is a link to the Office of Childhoods COVID 19 FAQs. These are the guidelines we must follow under our camp license.

Camp registration is ongoing until sessions are full, and registration is first-come, first-serve. Follow us on Facebook or join the Gather New Haven mailing list for the latest updates. The online system also allows you to add your child to a waitlist if the session is currently full.

Cancellation Policy: The fee to transfer to a different session is $10, and transfer depends on the availability of the new session.

Cancellations before June 1st will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative fee.

Cancellations between June 1st and two weeks before the session start date will receive a 50%

refund.

Cancellations within two weeks of the session start date will not receive a refund.

COVID Specific policy:

Should the local health department direct us to quarantine a specific camp group(s), Schooner Camp will issue a refund for days missed.

Refunds do not apply to families instructed or choosing to quarantine due to household exposure/suspected exposure (i.e. siblings in other summer programs, contact with friends/neighbors outside of camp, parent exposure at work,etc) or if a household member tests positive, thereby necessitating that their child remain quarantined. Lost time (including illness or vacation) cannot be made up in other sessions.

Specific forms need to be completed for your child to bring medication to camp, this includes all prescription and non-prescription medicines.

 If your child will need medications at camp, two forms are required, an Administration of Medication form and an Individual Plan of Care form, both completed and signed by your child’s doctor and by the parent/guardians. Those must be uploaded to the camp registration site or mailed to the camp. Your child will not be able to attend without correct medical paperwork.

Please upload the required forms to campdocs or email camp director nikki@gathernewhaven.org

Schooner Camp is NUT-FREE. The Summer Meals program is available to all campers, sign up when you register online (CampDocs). Or you can provide your child with a lunch for camp. Please put an ice pack in their lunch if it needs to stay cold, as lunch bags will not be refrigerated.

○ Close-toed Shoes

○ Water Shoes

○ Bathing Suit

○ Water Bottle

○ Lunch – No NUTS

○ Clothes that can get Dirty and Wet

○ Extra pair of dry clothes

○ Towel

○ Pre-applied Sunscreen and/or Bug Spray

○ Positive Attitude!

Campers should come prepared for the weather and will be outside in any weather as long as it is safe. In the event of extreme heat or storms, campers are inside for educational games, science experiments, arts & crafts, and more!

Staff are all 19+ years of age and hired with a strong background working with kids and in environmental education and/or sailing instruction. All staff go through a through Background check.

There about 80 campers ages 6-14 in camp each week and the camp runs for 8 weeks throughout the summer. Counselor to camper ratios range between 1:8 and 1:12.*

This year (2021) the camp will have a reduced capacity. Each group will be 8-10 camper and will limit the mixing of groups.

We love to have teenage volunteers help us in the summer! Parents need to register their teen through the online camp registration system (CampDocs). Junior Counselors must attend a two-day pre-camp training and commit to one of the two 4 week sessions of camp*. Junior Counselors may also apply to the City of New Haven Youth@Work program and inform us of their application. For more information on Youth@Work visit the City of New Haven website.

 

Sign up a Junior Counselor through our Registration system and then we will follow up with them to fill out an application.

Email us at schooner@gathernewhaven.org , nikki@gathernewhaven.org (direct email for Camp Director) or call (203) 562-6655.

As a rule of thumb, two 2-week sailing programs or another equivalent to a month’s worth of sailing can qualify your child to participate in our advanced sailing camp. We want to campers to already know a lot of the basics so we can jump right into creating a fun and challenging sailing experience.

* There will be adjustments on the capacity for the 2021 camp season due to COVID protocol we will be following.

*After-care will be available unless COVID guidelines put restrictions on the mixing of groups. If this is the case, refunds for after-care will be distributed.

*For the 2021 season, Junior Counselors will need to commit to a 4 week minimum due to COVID protocol we will be following during the 2021 camp season.

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