Announcing Princeton Friends Camp @Home and Princeton Friends Summer Enrichment!

John Zimmerman
Dear Friends,
 
Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for Family Night @Home.  Despite some technical issues at the start, we enjoyed fond memories, sang cheers, touched the worry rock, and discussed our plans for Summer 2020.  A recording of this event is available here.
 
At Princeton Friends Summer Camp, we believe in putting campers' safety above all else.  From buddy checks at Broadmead to seatbelts on the bus to tick checks after playing in the woods, we make decisions and structure our program around the health and well-being of our campers.  In looking at the Governor’s timeline and guidelines for reopening, and the need for social distancing to remain in place even after we are allowed to reopen, we are faced with some challenging obstacles. To that end, we believe it is unwise and unsafe for us to open for on-site camp this summer.
 
While not surprising, this news will no doubt be difficult for many members of our community to hear, particularly our campers.  I, too, will miss the cheers on crowded buses, Wacky Wednesday Splash Contests, visiting villages to see what campers have created, or simply enjoying a cool breeze with 200 of my best friends on a Friday afternoon.  But those will all be back, next year.  Until then, we’ll have to do our best to make that ultimate of summertime beverages- lemonade!
 
I am happy to announce that camp WILL happen this summer, albeit it in a slightly different version.  We’re going to bring camp to you with Princeton Friends Camp @Home and Princeton Friends Summer Enrichment.  These two programs will offer campers a number of options both familiar and new.  We’re confident that between these two offerings, families will be able to choose as much or as little of camp as best suits your camper.
 
From 9:00 am -12:00 pm each day Monday-Friday, we’ll be offering Princeton Friends Camp @Home.  Campers will join one of six units (C, A, M, P, E, or R) for a week of adventures, activities, and community.  Each day will begin with a unit meeting where campers and a unit director will discuss the theme and the activities for the day.  Campers will then explore two activities designed to recreate the camp experience at home.  One day a camper might build on to their @Home village (in the basement or backyard) before working on their Superhero costume.  Another day a camper might write a song to share with the unit and then listen to a Jimmy story on the back porch.  In-between these activities, campers will check-in with their unit during snack time to share what they’ve done and socialize.  Each day will end with Community @Home, hosted by Courtney and Jimmy.  Community @Home will include cheers, characters, stories, songs, and all of the fun of Community in the woods, minus the occasional gubernatorial helicopter overhead.  Princeton Friends Camp @Home offers campers a way to connect with our beloved community and bring a bit of the magic home while keeping us all safe.
 
In the afternoon, Princeton Friends Summer Enrichment takes over.  From 1:00-4:00 pm things settle down a little bit and we focus on a variety of exciting offerings. Fans of our Art Camp program will be happy to hear that Sam is working with Zoe to offer Art Enrichment from 1:00-4:00 each afternoon.  Firoozeh, a long-time faculty member at the Katzenbach School for the Deaf, will be offering American Sign Language courses in one-hour sessions over three weeks.  Some of our favorite counselors from past years are returning as well, including Chad Costa who will be offering a two-week script-writing course for budding writers/filmmakers. These three offerings are but the first of several that will be announced over the next few weeks. It is our hope to bring you offerings in math, robotics, and a variety of other academic and non-academic subjects.  We’ll keep you updated as more courses are added.
 
Many families in our community have made payments towards this summer and will now have a credit balance on their account.  We offer the following options to those families.  First, credit on your account may be used to register for any of our new programs.  Any remaining balance can be credited towards next summer or refunded via the method used to make payment initially.  If you would like to receive a refund, please contact Camp@princetonfriendsschool.org by June 1st.   Any balance remaining after June 1st will be credited towards next year.
 
Registration for Princeton Friends Camp @Home and Princeton Friends Summer Enrichment be live starting at Noon today and can be accessed via the CampBrain registration site.  If you have any questions, please reach out and I will be glad to help.
 
I hope you have a great weekend,
 
Kungaloosh!
 
John- Still smiling from Family Night...
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