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FAMILY FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WE'RE HERE TO HELP. 

Here are some answers to typical questions prospective camper families often ask. For more information about any of these topics, or for other questions, please give us a call or send Jess an email. We'll be happy to help you.  

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HEALTH, SAFETY & NUTRITION

How does mail work at camp?


Campers receive and can send mail every weekday and Saturdays too. Letters, postcards, and care packages are great (no food or electronics please). Some families send their first mail in advance of bringing their child to camp so that on the first day a letter will be waiting for them. Everyone on camp is required to send a letter home on Wednesday. The local post office is not a major hub so please understand that everything will move a little slower than you might expect.




Can I talk to my child on the phone?


Yes please! Talking to your child on the phone is great; you get to hear about their friends, new things their learning, and the adventures too. There are also designated daily times for phone calls which are scheduled through the website in advance. We would be happy to set up a time for you to speak with your child - we do ask that you please wait until Wednesday of their first week to alleviate possible homesickness.




Can my child bring their cell phone?


Your child should not bring their cell phone or ANY electronics to camp. If a camper accidentally brings a cell phone or other electronic device to camp it will be kept safely in the main office until departure day. Campers that use camp transportation or fly in to a nearby airport are encouraged to bring cell phones for use during travel times only. Phones will be checked in upon arrival to camp, then charged and given out at departure from camp.




Can I send my child email?


Yes, through the camp office, by sending your email to jess@camphawkeye.com. Otherwise, we rcommend that you stick to letters and cards and scheduled phone calls.





 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Is Hawkeye open for Summer 2021?


YES. We will have camp in summer 2021. Currently, we plan on a full slate of camper, CiT, and JC sessions. Hawkeye leadership has been working on planning and creating necessary accommodations for a safe and fun summer in a world where COVID-19 remains a worry. With the help and buy-in of staff, families and campers we can run our program safely.




What is camp doing to prepare for the 2021 session?


Our leadership team is currently working on our reopening plan. COVID-19 guidelines as provided by the CDC, State of NH, and American Camp Association are informing modifications throughout both physical campus and program. Some information we can share with you currently is:

  • Modification of cabin group limits – cabins will be limited to eight (8) campers and two (2) staff
  • Opening of two (2) additional cabins in each cabin area
  • Maximizing ventilation in cabins
  • Modification of two-week session offerings limited to Sessions I & III in order to limit transitions in and out of the “camp bubble”
  • Adapting our dining hall and food service processes
  • Adaptation of Health Center check-in and clinic processes, as well as, addition of daily temperature and symptom check of every community member
  • Reorganization and upgrade of the physical space of the Health Center and designation of two additional buildings to be used as isolation areas
  • Modifying our drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Redesigning camp/group gatherings
  • Restructuring programming
There are multiple sources of information, guidance, regulation and COVID data that are informing our process. These include, but are not limited to:




What is the cancellation policy for the 2021 season?


Our CANCELLATION POLICY has been updated to reflect current realities.

  • All cancellations must be in writing and submitted to jess@camphawkeye.com. If you feel unable to attend camp we ask that you observe the dates listed below as part of your decision-making process.
  • Before January 1st, 100% of tuition is refundable, including non-refundable deposit.
  • After January 1st, deposit is non-refundable.
  • After April 1st, 50% of tuition is non-refundable.
  • After June 1st 100% of tuition is non-refundable
  • If Hawkeye does not run in summer 2021 options for allocation or refunds of tuition paid will be the same as in 2020. Families may:
    • Choose to gift tuition paid to Camp Hawkeye
    • Choose to transfer tuition paid to a camp session in 2022
    • Choose to refund tuition paid




Did Camp Hawkeye issue refunds for summer 2020?


Yes. We offered the options listed previously and accepted generous gifts to help with ongoing operations from some families, rolled over camper tuition for other families, and refunded partial or full tuition paid for remaining families.




How can I help?


Thank you for asking about how you can support the Hawkeye community. We acknowledge that our return in 2021 will require us to adapt. This means additional program costs & materials as well as physical infrastructure work on campus. If you would like to support our efforts through a gift, please send a check directly to our Winter Office. Thank you so much!




What will happen to participants who missed their CiT and/or JC session in 2020?


We are committed to providing opportunities (for all those participants that missed out on their program last summer) in that same program in 2021. For example, those that would have been CiT’s in 2020 will be able to do so in 2021. Some of those participants could then move on through the JC experience in the second half of 2021, keeping them on track for Staff Eligibility in 2022. Others will be able to return for their JC experience in 2022, with staff eligibility in 2023.

Helpful Links:

CiTs & JCs page




What will camp look like in 2021?


Camp will look both different and the same in 2021. We are planning our program based on requirements and guidelines which will likely continue to evolve and change as the COVID situation evolves and changes. As regulatory and public health information changes, so will our program, personnel and site accommodations.

With limited group sizes and additional cabins utilized, the program will run with as many as ten (10) cabin groups up from six (6) in 2019 (the camp did not operate in 2020). Cabins will be treated as independent cohorts for the first two weeks of both the first and second half of the summer. Additionally:

  • Staff Training will be expanded to a full 14 days to accommodate on site quarantine in advance of camper and CiT arrival
  • When not in cabin cohorts or when social distance is not possible everyone in camp will be wearing masks
  • Socially distanced cohort dining
  • Adjustments to All-Camp special activities
  • Adjustments to regular program activities
  • Limited off-site trip offerings
  • Adjusted arrival and departure procedures including 1 adult/1 camper limit
We will continue to update information as we have it and if you or your camper have any questions about specific things and how they may look different this summer, please reach out to Jess directly and we will share what we know at that time. We appreciate everyone's understanding and flexibility surrounding these necessary adjustments.





 

COMMUNICATION

How does mail work at camp?


Campers receive and can send mail every weekday and Saturdays too. Letters, postcards, and care packages are great (no food or electronics please). Some families send their first mail in advance of bringing their child to camp so that on the first day a letter will be waiting for them. Everyone on camp is required to send a letter home on Wednesday. The local post office is not a major hub so please understand that everything will move a little slower than you might expect.




Can I talk to my child on the phone?


Yes please! Talking to your child on the phone is great; you get to hear about their friends, new things their learning, and the adventures too. There are also designated daily times for phone calls which are scheduled through the website in advance. We would be happy to set up a time for you to speak with your child - we do ask that you please wait until Wednesday of their first week to alleviate possible homesickness.




Can my child bring their cell phone?


Your child should not bring their cell phone or ANY electronics to camp. If a camper accidentally brings a cell phone or other electronic device to camp it will be kept safely in the main office until departure day. Campers that use camp transportation or fly in to a nearby airport are encouraged to bring cell phones for use during travel times only. Phones will be checked in upon arrival to camp, then charged and given out at departure from camp.




Can I send my child email?


Yes, through the camp office, by sending your email to jess@camphawkeye.com. Otherwise, we rcommend that you stick to letters and cards and scheduled phone calls.





 

CAMP LIFE

It's my child's first time at camp; are they going to make friends?


A resounding YES! New campers are welcomed with warm greetings and great kindness. Current and returning campers are very excited to learn about new campers and get them acclimated to the Hawkeye program. We pay particular attention to our session assignments and group dynamics and ensure that new campers are not starting a session as the only one. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to call Jess. She will also check in with you early and often about how your child is settling in.




What activities can my child do at camp?


There are multiple program areas from which each camper can choose on a daily basis: swimming, athletics, archery, low ropes, arts & crafts, drama, climbing tower & zip line, woodworking, bugs & dirt, Iron Chef, multimedia, and expeditions. Each program area is overseen by a Program Counselor who has excellent skills, is experienced and has all necessary certifications. Additionally, all campers have a weekly out-of-camp adventure trip (hiking or boating), have a sleep out with their bunkmates, and participate in all-camp Special Activities. Helpful Links: Program Information Activity Area Details




How are staff chosen?


The Camp Hawkeye staff is key to making your child’s experience unforgettable. In order to become a staff member in our community, each person has to go through a rigorous application process including in-person (or video-chat) interview, reference checks, and background checks. We take great pride in getting to know our counselors before they are hired. It is necessary that each person is passionate about working with kids and being in the outdoors. Staff members must have excellent references, be eager to learn about youth development and be geared up to dedicate their summer to the care and supervision of our campers. Additionally, we are committed to bringing together a staff team that is reflective of our campers and our Hawkeye community as a whole. Helpful Links: About Our Staff




Why should I choose a gender-identity inclusive camp?


The short answer: life is for all humans! The long answer: Camp Hawkeye is designed to provide certain benefits of both a gender-identity inclusive and a single gender-identity experience. Both age & gender-identity specific, as well as mixed group, activities are run every day. Campers are taught appropriate and kind interactions with all peers at the same time enjoying low pressure experiences surrounded by those that respect and accept them. Hawkeye is not like school nor is it like some other co-ed or gender inclusive experiences; the expectations about exclusive and/or romantic relationships is clear and unequivocal. The relationship pressures that kids are experiencing at an ever younger age in school is not tolerated at Hawkeye. We seek to partner with parents in this approach and help kids just be kids for a little while longer.





 

ALL THE REST

Is Hawkeye open for Summer 2021?


YES. We will have camp in summer 2021. Currently, we plan on a full slate of camper, CiT, and JC sessions. Hawkeye leadership has been working on planning and creating necessary accommodations for a safe and fun summer in a world where COVID-19 remains a worry. With the help and buy-in of staff, families and campers we can run our program safely.




What is camp doing to prepare for the 2021 session?


Our leadership team is currently working on our reopening plan. COVID-19 guidelines as provided by the CDC, State of NH, and American Camp Association are informing modifications throughout both physical campus and program. Some information we can share with you currently is:

  • Modification of cabin group limits – cabins will be limited to eight (8) campers and two (2) staff
  • Opening of two (2) additional cabins in each cabin area
  • Maximizing ventilation in cabins
  • Modification of two-week session offerings limited to Sessions I & III in order to limit transitions in and out of the “camp bubble”
  • Adapting our dining hall and food service processes
  • Adaptation of Health Center check-in and clinic processes, as well as, addition of daily temperature and symptom check of every community member
  • Reorganization and upgrade of the physical space of the Health Center and designation of two additional buildings to be used as isolation areas
  • Modifying our drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Redesigning camp/group gatherings
  • Restructuring programming
There are multiple sources of information, guidance, regulation and COVID data that are informing our process. These include, but are not limited to:




What is the cancellation policy for the 2021 season?


Our CANCELLATION POLICY has been updated to reflect current realities.

  • All cancellations must be in writing and submitted to jess@camphawkeye.com. If you feel unable to attend camp we ask that you observe the dates listed below as part of your decision-making process.
  • Before January 1st, 100% of tuition is refundable, including non-refundable deposit.
  • After January 1st, deposit is non-refundable.
  • After April 1st, 50% of tuition is non-refundable.
  • After June 1st 100% of tuition is non-refundable
  • If Hawkeye does not run in summer 2021 options for allocation or refunds of tuition paid will be the same as in 2020. Families may:
    • Choose to gift tuition paid to Camp Hawkeye
    • Choose to transfer tuition paid to a camp session in 2022
    • Choose to refund tuition paid




Did Camp Hawkeye issue refunds for summer 2020?


Yes. We offered the options listed previously and accepted generous gifts to help with ongoing operations from some families, rolled over camper tuition for other families, and refunded partial or full tuition paid for remaining families.




How can I help?


Thank you for asking about how you can support the Hawkeye community. We acknowledge that our return in 2021 will require us to adapt. This means additional program costs & materials as well as physical infrastructure work on campus. If you would like to support our efforts through a gift, please send a check directly to our Winter Office. Thank you so much!




What will happen to participants who missed their CiT and/or JC session in 2020?


We are committed to providing opportunities (for all those participants that missed out on their program last summer) in that same program in 2021. For example, those that would have been CiT’s in 2020 will be able to do so in 2021. Some of those participants could then move on through the JC experience in the second half of 2021, keeping them on track for Staff Eligibility in 2022. Others will be able to return for their JC experience in 2022, with staff eligibility in 2023.

Helpful Links:

CiTs & JCs page




What will camp look like in 2021?


Camp will look both different and the same in 2021. We are planning our program based on requirements and guidelines which will likely continue to evolve and change as the COVID situation evolves and changes. As regulatory and public health information changes, so will our program, personnel and site accommodations.

With limited group sizes and additional cabins utilized, the program will run with as many as ten (10) cabin groups up from six (6) in 2019 (the camp did not operate in 2020). Cabins will be treated as independent cohorts for the first two weeks of both the first and second half of the summer. Additionally:

  • Staff Training will be expanded to a full 14 days to accommodate on site quarantine in advance of camper and CiT arrival
  • When not in cabin cohorts or when social distance is not possible everyone in camp will be wearing masks
  • Socially distanced cohort dining
  • Adjustments to All-Camp special activities
  • Adjustments to regular program activities
  • Limited off-site trip offerings
  • Adjusted arrival and departure procedures including 1 adult/1 camper limit
We will continue to update information as we have it and if you or your camper have any questions about specific things and how they may look different this summer, please reach out to Jess directly and we will share what we know at that time. We appreciate everyone's understanding and flexibility surrounding these necessary adjustments.





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