The Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp has been welcoming children to its summer camp program every summer for the past 65 years. Restrictions on group sizes and mobility and health risks due to the coronavirus forced the painful decision to suspend all in person camps for the summer of 2020.
Heather Logee has spent 28 summers at camp, the last 13 as Camp Director. She knows from personal experience the importance of the continuity of the camp experience to those who attend. Working with her administrative team, they have put together a “4H Camp Connecting” virtual program which will run for 6 weeks starting July 6th. Three live sessions will be sent out via Zoom on M/W/F at 9-10-11 and T/Th 1-2-3. T/Th. Weekly fees will be $100 per camper if they provide their own supplies needed to participate or for $150 a week, they can pick up “camp in a box” at the camp. It can be shipped for $10 with advanced sign up. Enrolled campers will get login information the weekend before camp begins. Staff will be offering activities in the following areas: arts and crafts, self-defense, fishing, sports, nature, survival skills, drama, music, dance and many more!!!
A separate virtual training program has been developed for teen leaders for $300 for the summer. Registration for 4-H Camp Connecting…. Can be completed online by going to the camp website, www.4hcampct.org
There will be a virtual time for thought time open to all (free) from 4:15-4:30 during the week and Wednesdays at 6pm a family evening program time (free to all). Fun offerings will include Family Skit Night, Pet Show and Tell and Karaoke. Information to join these events will be emailed to current families. New families that would like to join can call the office at 860-974-1122
The financial losses by not running camp are extreme. In order to develop a virtual program, purchases of I-pads, a Zoom Platform and expanded wi-fi coverage over the camp property were necessary expenses. The camp was a grateful recipient of a matching grant of $1500 from The Last Green Valley to help with these expenses. Other grants have been applied for and Danielson Surplus has stepped up as a business partner to support part of the summer’s arts and crafts program components. Buck’s Soft Serve has been promoting support for the camp since they opened this spring and bottled water sales and donations there have already raised $2500 this summer. The camp has established a Go Fund Me Page https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/summer-2020 The camp store is now available online on the website, www.4hcampct.org. The Foundation has successfully run one online mini auction and has over 50 items available now just in time to do Father’s Day shopping from home. Bidding closes at 3 PM on Friday, June 19. Check out the offerings by following this link https://www.biddingowl.com/windhamcounty4hfoundation.
Foundation members and camp staff are all working very hard to weather this difficult time and have everything ready for next year’s campers for an interrupted 66th year of a wonderful outdoor, unplugged experience at Taft Pond.