You’re Hired…Now What?

Part One: URGENT

Dear Staff,

Amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic our Camp remains committed to partnering with you to create a safe environment. 

Pre-arrival testing for the camp session will be conducted through the Quest Diagnostics Back to Camp Program. We are requiring all incoming staff to undergo COVID-19 testing prior to arrival at camp and this program facilitates that testing. You are receiving this letter because we believe you are not vaccinated, and have not had Covid-19 in the 90 days prior to arrival at camp. If this is incorrect please call the office (570-798-2716). You will not be asked to pay for the cost of the testing as part of this registration workflow from Quest Diagnostics.

The Quest Diagnostics Back to Camp Pre-Camp testing involves a self-testing kit which will be sent to the address you provide upon registration. Please follow this schedule:

  • Today: Please register today at
    • https://myquest.questdiagnostics.com/web/covid-flow?programid=btl-cwees. 
  • 5/31 is the last day to register and order a kit. Please be sure to use the address where you can receive the test kit. It takes 3-5 days for the kit to arrive.
  • Once registered, you will receive a test kit in the mail. If you have difficulty with the registration process, or are not sure you registered correctly please call the covid program help desk at 1- 855-324-7472
  • If you have a question regarding the instructions once you have received your kit, you can call the 800 number provided. 
  • Complete the testing following the included instructions and drop off at a FedEx location by 3pm the same day. Do not drop off on a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal Holiday.
  • Self-Swabbing & Return via FedEx must be completed 3-5 days prior to your arrival date on camp. Please do not self-swab before the 3-5 day window.  If you test positive you are required to isolate in place before returning to camp. Once you submit your kit, regardless of your pending results, please be responsible and avoid large crowds until your planned trip to the camp.

What if I have tested positive within 90 days of my arrival to camp or have been fully vaccinated more than two weeks before my arrival to camp? If either of these apply, then the pre-arrival testing program does not apply to you. Please call our office.

We appreciate your compliance with testing, as it is critical for the health and safety of our entire community. Enjoy the rest of summer break. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Part Two: IMPORTANT

Your summer adventure begins in 2 short weeks, and we can’t wait to welcome you into our camp family! We wanted to tell you a little more about what your first weeks at camp will look like, what to pack, and a few other tips and reminders. We also are including two links for you to fill out. One will be for program specific information, called “Staff Crossover Sheet” – please fill this out if you’re going to be a counselor. The other will give us information about things you like, called “Make My Day” – everyone should fill this out!

The first week after you arrive we will be living in small “pods.” You’ll be spending a few days preparing the property and being trained for the first week of activities with campers. Pre-camp is a critical time to set up our program areas and facilities, and we are counting on you to help us get camp in tip-top shape! You may be getting dirty and doing manual labor jobs; you may be asked to paint picnic tables, power wash bunks, rake, move furniture, or sort 500 staff shirts. We will balance the work with getting to know new friends, learning camp games, enjoying treats, and doing fun evening activities. We will be hosting lifeguard, ropes, and boat driver training simultaneously for designated staff.

We will enjoy a relaxing day off on June 16th where we get to sleep in, have fun, and make memories on camp. We will start a more traditional staff orientation for all in-bunk counselors on June 17th. The majority of our work will be to impart our culture, build our community, have fun, and give you all the skills and tools you will need to be successful in your camp role. We take our job of preparing you to create amazing very seriously!

Our leadership team will be on site when you arrive to make you feel welcome and guide you throughout our staff training weeks. Upon your arrival we will introduce you to Chelsea (Special Events Coordinator) and Kelly (Cove Coordinator), whose primary job will be to make you feel welcome, answer questions, and help you settle into your summer home. It may be hard to imagine now, but in less than two weeks you will meet people who after two days you feel like you have known your whole life, people who will be in your wedding, and people who you will call for celebration or support when life happens. You are embarking on an adventure that, if you let it, will change your life and, if you do it well, will change the lives of all the people you encounter!

International staff: we are working hard to organize a trip for you to get the one shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during your first week at camp. We are aiming for June 8 to take groups of international staff who would like to get vaccinated. We will have final confirmation for this opportunity upon your arrival. Again, this is not mandatory, just something we are hoping to be able to facilitate for international staff who want the vaccine.  

 Your pre-camp timeline is as follows:

  •  June 7: Arrival to Camp Weequahic (international counselors and support staff arrive)
  • June 8: Late breakfast, tours of camp, summer job orientation
  • June 9: Pre-camp work begins 
  • June 11: Counselors and key staff arrive
  • June 12-15: Pre-camp work cont. and Lifeguard, Ropes and Boat Driver Training for designated staff
  • June 16: Day off for in-bunk counselors
  • June 17: In-bunk counselor orientation begins 

A few tips:

  • You’ll be getting in late on June 7 or June 11 if you are taking our charter bus from the airport. You can sleep in the next morning and we will get you a late breakfast and a tour of camp! We will make sure you have an opportunity to call home and check in with your agency to confirm your arrival. We will do a half day of work in the afternoon.
  • We want to make sure our international staff know that we provide linens/towels/pillows/blankets for you, and if you’re having trouble packing other items (like toiletries) we have some of those items available on camp.
  • Please pack the following items for pre-camp work: a rain coat, a few sweatshirts or sweaters, track pants, a warm coat, and an old pair of sneakers to work in. It can be pretty cold for the first few weeks of camp, especially in the evenings. 
  • A few items counselors from years past recommend are: an egg crate for your bed, a portable charger to charge your phone while it is in your locker, and a cheap watch with an alarm.  

Our address (please share with your family and friends so they can send you letters):
YOUR NAME – STAFF 
c/o Camp Weequahic
210 Woods Road
Lakewood, PA 18439

Travel Reminders:

  • The charter bus to camp will be departing at 5:00pm from the Courtyard Marriott at Newark Liberty Airport on June 7 and June 11
  • Directions to the hotel: take the AirTrain to P4 where you can take the FREE shuttle to the Courtyard Marriott at Newark Liberty Airport (973-643-8500) (Address – 600 US 1 & 9, Newark, NJ 07114)
  • Please have camp’s phone # and Scrappy’s # in your phone in case you have a problem and need to call us.
    • Camp: 570-798-2716
    • Scrappy’s mobile: 954-608-9202

We can’t wait to create amazing with you this summer!

With GAC,
Sue, Dana, and Scrappy

Part Three: FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Camp Weequahic’s Special Events at a Glance 2021

Orientation

Staff Dance Party: GLOW Crazy! (Pack your neon, glow in the dark gear!) 

Tribal Session (First 3 weeks of camp) 

DJ Dennis Theme: Wild West Fest (overalls, cowboy hats, bandanas, etc) 
The dance will be held outdoors this year so plan to dress accordingly. 

Fourth of July: Pack your Red, White, & Blue! 

Specialty Meals: We host themed meals in the dining hall a few times during the summer 
Karaoke Dinner (no costumes required)
Sunglasses to Breakfast (bring your best shades) 
Comedians Lunch (no costumes required)
Bingo Lunch (no costumes required)
Sports of Sorts Dinner (dress up as your favorite athlete, real or imagined) 
Twinner Dinner (find a twin, triplets, or quadruplets and dress alike) 
Super Silly Sock Supper (self-explanatory, the sillier the socks the better)

Olympic Session (Last 3 weeks of camp) 

DJ Dennis Theme: Island Getaway (floral shirts, leis, etc)
The dance will be held outdoors this year so plan to dress accordingly. 

Water Carnival: Pack your athletic bathing suits! 

Specialty Meals 
Crazy Hat/Hair Dinner
Upside Down Dinner (wear clothes backwards, inside out) 
All Star Dinner (team jerseys, hats)
Bingo Lunch  (no costumes required)
Comedians Lunch  (no costumes required)
Sunglasses to Breakfast (bring your best shades) 
Super Silly Sock Supper (self-explanatory, the sillier the socks the better)
Karaoke Dinner (no costumes required)

I hope this helps and also don’t fret if you don’t have these things, pack whatever old costumes you have, I promise they’ll come in handy at camp. And if you’re worried about your luggage being too heavy, we have lots of things to share at camp so don’t fret!