WELCOME TO CAMP TON-A-WANDAH!
We are so excited that you will be joining our TAW family this summer!
A couple of important reminders prior to your arrival to camp:
Specific Arrival Times
Please reference the email to determine your specifi arrival time. It is important that you adhere to your set arrival time as we are practicing for when our campers arrive!
Internationals: We recognize that you may be unable to adhere to the above schedule. Once your flight is booked, please send your information and we will coordinate pickup logistics.
May 30th Arrivals: Please arrive at between 3-4 PM. You’ll enter through the front gate and be directed to your cabin for Wow Week.
Other arrivals: We will coordinate pickup when we have more information. If you haven’t already, please send your arrival details.
Head Staff and Infirmary Staff: Please arrive on the Saturday preceding your session at 1:00 PM for Health Check-In.
As we are preparing for the summer, campers are going to be required to arrive at various times based on their rising grade. On Sunday, May 23rd, we are asking our team to try the same thing. As you go through check-in day, please let us know how we can improve and what things you really liked!
A member of the TAW Team will greet you by the soccer field and direct you to our on field check in. Additionally, as you approach Camp on Lake Falls Road, you will see signs directing you up to the soccer field. You will drive past our front gate; but, if you have driven past the barn, you have gone too far!
At the soccer field, you’ll begin your health check-in process, receive your parking pass if you are keeping your car on camp property, and unload heavy/cumbersome items from your car to be taken by trunk boys (again, we are practicing for when our campers arrive!).
Pre-Screening Form and COVID Testing
To ensure the health and safety of everyone at camp, we ask that you please begin to fill out our pre-health screening form (attached) on Sunday, May 9. This form simply asks that you do a 14-day "self-quarantine", complete daily temperature checks, and be aware of your general health. Self-quarantining this summer does not mean that we expect you to isolate completely, but simply that you avoid large crowds, wear a mask, and take reasonable precautions around non-family members or roommates.
In addition, we are requiring a negative PCR COVID test 3-5 days prior to your arrival to camp. We will not accept a 15 minute rapid tests. Negative test results must be brought to camp with you in paper form or through a device (preferably in paper form). Anyone with a positive COVID test will not be allowed on camp property. If you have had COVID within the past 90 days, you do not need a COVID test, but must present documentation of date of positive COVID test. If you have been fully vaccinated, WE STILL REQUIRE A PCR COVID test. The upfront cost of this test is the responsibility of the staff member (insurance should cover!). If a cost is incurred to receive a test, an employee may be reimbursed upon completion of full employment. After the pre-camp COVID test has been administered, all staff members should observe a strict quarantine. All efforts should be made to keep interactions outside your family members to a minimum.
Travel to Camp
It is recommended, but not required, that staff travel to camp in a private vehicle. Please make minimal stops while en route to camp. Please do not visit friends that may negate the negative COVID test. Keep stops to a minimum (gas stations, restaurants, etc.). Wear face coverings when not in your vehicle and with the general public. Consider packing snacks in advance to help with safe travels. If flying, arrive to the airport with a household member or wear a face mask at all times. Masks must be worn while in the airport terminal and in the airplane itself.
Whether staff fly or arrive via private vehicle, staff are expected to practice social distancing, wear face coverings and practice hand washing and sanitizing as much as possible while traveling.
Please remain in your car until asked to exit. We will be completing the following:
Review Prescreening Health Form and Negative COVID Test Paperwork (MAKE SURE YOU BRING THIS WITH YOU - and completed!)
Oxygen Level Tests
Review Medical Information (Health History, Physical, Immunizations, Staff/Parent Authorization, Insurance Card) with Nurse
Turn in All Medications (MAKE SURE YOUR HEALTH HISTORY MATCHES THE MEDICATIONS THAT YOU ARE TURNING IN)
If you have small, additional items that need to be taken to your cabin, you may drive through camp (gym entrance) to drop these off. Counselors leaving their cars at camp will then park in the meadow. Staffs who are not leaving their vehicle at camp can say their goodbyes at the Soccer Field. Please note that only staff members remaining for WOW Week will be able to exit their vehicle.
Upon arriving at your cabin, you will meet your cabin mates for the two weeks of training! During these two weeks, your cabin will be your family and social distancing and masks will not be necessary with your new cabin mates.
You’ll claim your bunk and set up your belongings accordingly. We know that it is exciting to see old friends and meet new ones however; it is important to stay with your cabin groups during drop off-time. This helps Camp create separate households to help keep everyone at camp safe and healthy. A final call on our staff mask policy during training will be determined on the number of vaccinated staff members.
In the spirit of being present and practicing our technology-free policy, phones will not be accessible for most of WOW week. Please provide the following information to family or friends in case of an emergency: Camp TAW phone number (828) 692-4251.
The camp office hours during the session are from 9am – 6:00pm (with a break for lunch from 1:00-2:00). However, we do have someone on phone duty most nights until 11:00am.
Main Camp Number: (828) 692-4251
Kim’s Number: (828) 435-0058
Maggie’s Number: (828) 329-5497
We realize a lot of sacrifices are being made to keep camp healthy and safe. Thank you for doing your part to help make camp a fun, healthy environment this summer!
Your TAW Family,
Kim and Maggie