Inclusion and Equity

 

Camp Belknap welcomes, supports, and celebrates all boys no matter their economic, ethnic, geographic, racial, religious, sexual, or social group.  We foster inclusivity, compassion, and selflessness and envision a camp where all identities, differences, and experiences are valued.

As an organization focused on leadership and youth development, Camp Belknap recognizes the importance of being a community that recognizes and celebrates diversity.  To support this belief, Camp Belknap’s strategic plan makes a commitment to our community and identifies the following key initiatives that are currently underway:

  • Maintain a camp that is both affordable (i.e., reasonably priced) and inclusive (i.e., open and accepting of campers and leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds).
  • Critically review our diversity and inclusion culture and develop an approach to ensuring that the Belknap experience will prepare boys for a global society.
  • Ensure that all boys, regardless of financial situation, have the opportunity to attend Belknap and feel welcome here.
    • Continue to subsidize the cost of a Belknap summer so that we remain below the average cost of comparable residential summer camps.
    • Continually monitor and be sensitive to annual tuition increases.
    • Grow Belknap’s scholarship program, and increase publicity of the scholarship opportunities that Belknap provides.
  • Expand local community services.
    • Engage with local school service providers and non-profit organizations to identify where Belknap may be supportive.
    • Develop consistent programming and services that meet the needs and enhance the communities of Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, and surrounding areas.
    • Provide local community services that create leadership opportunities for youth locally.
  • Train our staff and educate our campers to promote a safe atmosphere where boys may be accepted and encouraged to be themselves.
  • Encourage an understanding of the Belknap Spirit while being respectful of an individual’s own religious traditions.

Camp Belknap is built on character, kindness, and community responsibility. We are an organization committed to social justice; to listening, learning, and condemning hatred, violence, homophobia and racism. We continue to work to strengthen our inclusion and community diversity. For further questions, suggestions, and concerns, please contact Seth & Stephanie Kassels at 603-569-3475 or email admincb@campbelknap.org

 

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      PO Box 1546
      Wolfeboro, NH 03894

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      11 Chase Point Road
      Mirror Lake, NH 03853

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      603-569-3475

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      admincb@campbelknap.org

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Communications

All communications related to COVID-19 and plans for summer 2021 will be posted here.

Pre-Arrival Requirements

Belknap will provide a checklist for families to follow 2 weeks before arrival at camp. Belknap plans to include at least the following as part of the pre-arrival checklist: low risk pre-camp behaviors including list of what activities to avoid, symptomatic screening, testing, and travel recommendations.

Packing for Camp

Click here to view and download the most up-to-date list of items to pack for camp (Updated on February 9th, 2021)..

If any changes to the list occur prior to the start of camp, a new list and updates will be posted here.

Please note the following:

  • No Laundry - To minimize handling of camper clothes and equipment, Belknap will NOT be offering laundry for sessions that are 1 or 2 weeks. We will provide laundry for 4-week campers.
  • Mask type requirements are outlined as of the current CDC guidance.
  • Water bottles with strap or carrying device are required. Water fountains will be closed to minimize transmission of COVID. Instead, campers will be asked to carry their water bottles to program periods. Water bottle fill stations are located throughout camp.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Belknap plans on coordinated efforts to minimize exposure and risk on these high traffic days. Families will be made aware of exact pick-up and drop off times and procedures for campers and guardians. Information will be posted here.

Camp Life During COVID

Belknap’s mission remains unchanged. Belknap is working on modifications to the property/facilities and program in 2021 to enhance safety and still preserve the core principles of Belknap life. The pictures below will be updated as we make changes around camp.

  • Cabin Fans
  • Hand Washing Station
  • Screen Doors
  • Cabin Fans

    Fans installed on cabin to improve airflow.

  • Hand Washing Station

    Outdoor hand-washing stations installed around camp.

  • Screen Doors

    Screen doors on every cabin will improve the airflow in living quarters.

Masks

Masks for campers and staff will be a part of Belknap’s plan for preventing introduction and spread of virus at Camp. Belknap will be providing more information at a later date about type and number of masks to pack for camp. Please note that campers and staff will be unmasked for sleeping, eating, showering and swimming.

COVID Testing

Camp Belknap plans to use COVID testing as a part of our 2021 plan for entry and admittance to camp, diagnostic (symptoms) and ongoing monitoring, The timing, type of testing, and logistics are being reviewed and will be announced as decisions are made. Types of tests and criteria for their use are continuing to evolve and we want to ensure that we are implementing best practices.

Response to Positive Test

Working with Belknap’s medical advisory group, we are developing a detailed plan for the potential of a symptomatic individual and/or positive test at camp. This plan will include isolation, quarantine, contact tracing, and care of campers/staff.

Visitors

Permission is required to visit camp during the non-summer months/“off season.” Please click below for detailed information on visiting camp. When camp is in session, for the safety of our campers and staff, visitors will be strictly limited. Updated information regarding this policy will be provided here.

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Belknap Pledge

We are developing a pledge to ensure compliance and a clear focus on keeping ourselves and each other safe. More to come on this!