Is your camper looking for a way to stay connected to camp?
Sign up for our fall session of Aloha Basecamp! Each week may be a little different but your camper can count on seeing old friends, making new ones, and receiving support and guidance from our counseling staff. And, of course, lots of fun! Stay tuned for 2021 camp dates and applications – more information will be available in early October!
Tell me more!
Campers will be invited to participate in one Zoom session each week, over the 10-week session, with a group of campers and two counselors. Just like at camp, counselors will guide the group through activities, conversations, and various other types of sharing and support. While counselors will individualize these activities based on the age and needs of the group, they may take the form of games, shared meals, reflections on the day, stories, or other interactive elements. We hope these groups will form close bonds and be able to share with each other in an intimate, supportive, and enthusiastic fashion.
Who is eligible for Aloha Basecamp?
This program is designed for campers who have previously attended Aloha, Hive, or Lanakila. If your child would have been new to our overnight camps in 2020, we encourage you to talk with us about whether a remote program is the best introduction to camp for your child. For some children, waiting until they can experience camp in person next summer might be better.
Who are the counselors?
Each group will have two full-time counselors, and both will attend every meeting. Counselors are already well-trained in Success Counseling and other educational models, but they have received additional training and education, including content in online safety and online group management. Additionally, counselors will be checking in with a Director throughout the week. The two lead counselors for each group will spend some time every day debriefing with each other and planning ahead.
What did parents and campers have to say about the spring pilot program?
“It’s super fun and really chill – you get to play a lot of games and talk with your friends.”
“This was an exciting opportunity for my son because he said he got to have the ‘flavor’ of camp even without being there.”
“It was great to have an opportunity for my daughter to connect with Hive given the enormous sense of loss she feels about missing camp this summer.”
“A highlight was seeing the boys connecting with friends and trusted adults – and having a non-video game activity to do!”
How much does Aloha Basecamp cost?
We hope to see as many of our Aloha, Hive, and Lanakila campers as possible and don’t want cost to be a barrier for families. Tuition for the 10-week session is $500 but we are offering a sliding fee scale based on income. Tuition for families with an income under $60,000 is $100. Tuition for families with an income between $60,000 and $100,000 is $300. If you have questions or concerns about paying tuition, please contact Karen Danforth.
What are my next steps?
Apply online as soon as possible. Once we know how many campers from each camp and age group are interested, we will build out the schedule and share it with you so you can mark your camper’s Zoom sessions on your calendar. The 10-week session will begin the week of October 5 and run through December 18 (with no camp the week of Thanksgiving). While the expectation is that every member of the group attends every session, if there is a slot that proves impossible, the group will accommodate this absence (as if a camper was on an overnight trip – there’d be an empty bed that night!). When you receive your camper’s schedule, you will be asked to submit payment and sign a release form to finalize your camper’s enrollment.