CAMP STARTS ON MONDAY, JUNE 21 — PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR STUPENDOUSLY AMAZING OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY, MAY 8 FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM
Dear Briarwood Family,
Who can’t wait until camp? Who is excited for the fresh air, the fun, the friends and the sunshine? For laughing? For splashing in the pool?
We are unbelievably excited for camp and we’re sure you are too. Camp is what EVERYBODY needs right now. Yes, we’re making adjustments due to the pandemic but — at its core — Briarwood will remain everyone’s haven. Briarwood is 30 acres of unplugged fun in the sun! So join us!
Please come see us at our Open House on Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It’ll be a great time to see the camp, take a tour, make new friends and maybe catch up with old ones. THE OPEN HOUSE IS A MASKED EVENT. Drop in for a (prewrapped) hot dog and good times!
May 8 – Open House June 21 – FIRST DAY OF CAMP! June 24 – Picture Day July 5 – Camp is closed July 7 – Crazy Hat Day July 13 – Lower Camp Bunk Shows July 14 – Upper Camp Bunk Shows July 16 – Halloween in July July 23 – Goofy Day July 27 – Busy Bee Show July 29 – Carnival August 3 – Mystery Day August 9 – Briarwood’s Birthday Celebration August 13 – LAST DAY OF CAMP
OUR MAY 8 OPEN HOUSE IS RAIN OR SHINE — BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT IT NEVER RAINS AT BRIARWOOD DAY CAMP!
We are always happy to talk and to answer questions about camp. But did you know that we publish our Parent Handbook online? Go to our home page www.briarwooddaycamp.com, click on Current Families and then Forms (or just click here). See our COVID-19 Safety Plan and Operating Handbook there too (or here). We’ll update the COVID Handbook as conditions evolve.
PLEASE FILL OUT CAMPER HEALTH FORMS BY MAY 15
As you know, our registration and health forms are on line. So that we can best prepare for the summer, please complete the health forms by May 15, 2021 (or sooner!). Please don’t forget to identify any physical, mental or emotional issue that will ease your child’s transition to camp. We use these forms to stay informed and to work to provide each child with the best camp experience we can.
Here’s how to fill out the Camper Health Form: go to our home page at www.briarwooddaycamp.com. Click on Current Families, then click on Forms. Log in to the health form with your user id and password (if you can’t remember or it doesn’t work, give us a call). If your camper takes prescription medications, please also complete the Permission to Medicate form (also on the Current Families page) with your doctor. Need help? Call us! We’re happy to help!
FOR OUR BRIARWOOD PARENTS—FAQs
1. What to Bring to Camp? Campers and parents are always concerned about what they will need at camp. In general, the philosophy of “less is more” applies when packing your bag for the day.
The following is a list of items that will help your child have a safe and enjoyable summer: TWO BATHING SUITS, a TOWEL, a HAT, a MASK, SUNSCREEN and a SMALL BACKPACK or DUFFLE BAG (Briarwood bags are always great!)The following items should be left at camp for the summer: Change of clothes in case of rain during the day, rain gear, old sneakers and a sweatshirt for those cool days. This summer, all campers should store a few masks at camp.
We discourage the wearing of Crocs, flip flops and sandals because they have limited support and may cause injuries. We ask that our campers wear socks and sneakers to camp every day and that they wear them for all activities.
Briarwood will supply all the sports equipment needed for camp activities but some campers prefer to bring their own softball glove or tennis racket. Remember, the more your child brings to camp, the more your child is capable of losing. We cannot be responsible for items lost, stolen or damaged at camp. Accordingly, please clearly label everything with your child’s name and bunk. Use a waterproof marker.
The following items are NOT permitted to be used in camp — they dilute the Briarwood experience: Cell Phones • Electronic Games • iPods • iPads • MP3 Players
2. How Do You Coordinate Transportation? We try our best. As you can imagine, it is quite a logistical undertaking to plan transportation for so many children.
First and foremost, when it comes to transportation, we want to get our campers to Briarwood safely and in a timely manner. Depending on where they live, our campers are assigned to either a van or a staff driver.
We always try to accommodate the transportation needs of all of our families. While we will consider all transportation requests, we cannot guarantee specific pickup or drop off times or accommodate transportation placement based on friendships or other social groupings. We also cannot guarantee which camp driver will pick up your child.
If you find that you have a need for extended care, Briarwood continues to offer excellent before and after care programs at camp.
We will contact each family regarding their child’s travel arrangements. We want everyone to have the best Briarwood experience possible. Please feel free to contact us at the office if you have any questions.
3. When Will I Hear From Camp Regarding My Child’s Bunk and Transportation? We don’t make our campers’ bunk assignments and transportation arrangements until June. You will receive a call from your child’s counselor as well as your child’s driver no later than June 14. Of course, you can always feel free to call us at the office if you have questions or if you need anything further.
Want to know the latest and the greatest?
We try to stay in touch with our camp families in many ways. We send home Bugles with our campers every week. You can also check out our website or follow us on social media. Or call! Or visit! Whatever!
Referrals from camp families are the best compliments we can get!