Camp Wing and Camp Mitton Overnight Camp Summer 2020 Plans
We are very sorry to share the news that we will not be able to offer in-person camp this summer. This has been an incredibly difficult decision and is based on two considerations. The first is the health and safety of your children. Overnight camps were recently classified by the state as being cleared to open during Phase 3, but the MA Department of Public Health (DPH) has not yet published regulations. However, the emerging guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA) pertaining to social distancing, use of common space, meal preparation, sleeping accommodations, bus transportation, hygiene and sanitation, and required PPE/safety equipment, presents prohibitive obstacles to the implementation of our programs.
The second consideration is whether we could actually provide the summer camp experience that your children deserve and upon which Crossroads prides itself. Quite simply, the activities and adventures that your children love—dancing together in the dining hall, racing dragon canoes, pool parties, arts & crafts, team sports—cannot be meaningfully experienced wearing masks from a distance of six feet.
Ultimately, out of deep respect and concern for all members of our community, we cannot compromise the safety of our campers or staff—nor take chances on others’ health in the homes and neighborhoods where they return. The reality is that the known risks loom large, and the unknown risks even larger.
As a mission-based organization, we take very seriously our responsibility to others and to the larger society. We know that many families are facing significant childcare challenges and are seeking high quality experiences for their children in the face of prolonged restrictions and limited options. To address these needs, Crossroads will offer three, 2-week virtual camp sessions, from July 6–August 14, 2020. Our staff—including some of the counselors your children have come to know and love—will offer up to three hours of innovative and engaging programs each day, via an online platform. You will find additional information about content and registration in the FAQ’s below. There will be no charge for this programming and we will be refunding any fees you have paid for Summer 2020 in full.
Thank you for understanding the difficult decision to pivot to “virtual summer camp” this year. We know that you count on us to play an important role in your children’s lives, and we will work diligently to provide them with joyful, fun, friend-filled experiences this summer. It may look and feel different, but we know that we can keep the magic alive until better days arrive.
Camp Wing and Camp Mitton Overnight Camp Summer 2020 FAQ’s
Will there be overnight Camp Wing and Camp Mitton this summer?
There will be no in-person programs at Crossroads this summer. We will instead offer online camp for all participants, with up to three hours of fun, innovative, and engaging programming led by our dynamic counselors.
Why are you cancelling?
The health and safety of your children and our staff are our top priority. Based on the guidance we have received from the CDC and American Camp Association, we have determined that it is simply not possible to meet all of the directives required for safe operation during the pandemic.
What are the health and safety concerns?
In order to reduce the likelihood of infection and spread of COVID-19 within and beyond camps, the CDC has issued strict regulations pertaining to social distancing, use of common space, meal preparation, sleeping accommodations, bus transportation, hygiene and sanitation, and required PPE/safety equipment. There are also significant concerns about attending to specific, pre-existing health issues that some children may present.
What are the dates and times for the online summer camp programs?
The staff of Camp Wing & Camp Mitton will provide fun and engaging programs from 9am-12pm, an optional lunchtime with Dining Hall DJ from 12-12.30pm, and evening program from 6-7.15pm, Monday through Friday. Session dates are as follows:
- Session 1: Mon, Jun 6 to Fri, Jul 17
- Session 2: Mon, Jul 20 to Fri, Jul 31
- Session 3: Mon, Aug 3 to Fri, Aug 14
What will be the content of the online summer programs?
The team is developing age-appropriate, fun, and highly engaging content. Offerings will include arts & crafts, physical fitness, exploration and discovery challenges, special guests, and innovative new takes on traditional camp activities. Children will be grouped by age.
How do I register for the Crossroads Camp online program?
Login to your CampInTouch account, select Camper Application, select ‘2020 Season’ and select the session(s) that you would like to enroll in. Please complete the full Application and click submit. There is also a permission form in the ‘Forms & Documents’ section that you will need to complete.
Is there a fee for Crossroads’ online summer camp programs?
There is no fee required, all programming will be provided free of charge.
What is the deadline to register for Crossroads’ online summer camp programs?
Please register for summer sessions by Monday, June 15, 2020
Will I be refunded for summer camp fees paid to date?
Crossroads will fully refund all 2020 payments to date. If you wish to roll over your balance from 2020 into 2021, please login to your CampInTouch account, click ‘Forms & Documents’ and complete the ‘Summer 2020 Balance Carry Over’ form before June 5. Crossroads will process all refunds between June 5 and June 30.
Information for our typical in-person Overnight Camps
Crossroads overnight camps, Camp Wing and Camp Mitton, offer traditional camp activities while meeting social and emotional needs, and instilling the confidence that help our youth be successful at home and in school. All 3 of our camps (Camp Wing, Camp Mitton, and Camp Lapham) are ACA (American Camp Association) Accredited.
Our largest summer program located on 200 acres of woodlands in Duxbury, Camp Wing provides a safe and stimulating environment where our campers are urged beyond their comfort zones to set and achieve goals, gain new skills through challenges, make positive choices, and develop healthy relationships with their peers and adults.
Nestled in a secluded setting in Brewster, provides a safe and supportive place for young people who have experienced trauma or crisis in their lives and may be struggling to find healthy, positive ways to cope. The Mitton program delivers a sense of safety through a low staff-to-camper ratio, structured activities and a consistent schedule. Mitton’s highly-trained team teaches campers how to manage their feelings in positive ways while building healthy relationships with those around them.