How family camps can save the summer

May 17, 2020
Family having fun at camp

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Between business and school closures, stay-at-home orders, and full-blown quarantines, it’s normal to feel a bit stressed and restless these days. Even though restrictions are slowly being lifted, it’s still important to prioritize safety and health. — due to that, some summer camps have decided that kid camps are a no-go due to the massive mix of exposure, parental concerns, and the challenge of supervising health safety.

However, some summer camps are pivoting towards organizing family camps instead — summer camp for the entire family! From what we’ve found, family camp looks like a much safer, yet equally rewarding alternative to keep your summer going.

A remedy for ‘cabin fever’

Cabin fever!

Summer camp has always been a great way to make memories for the kids, so why not get Mom and Dad in on that action too?

These past few months have left many families aching for a getaway. However, a vacation can be difficult to plan right now with so many restrictions still in place — and some of our favorite go-to destinations might remain closed for a while.

A family camp can be a literal breath of fresh air for families who need some time away from home after abiding by stay-at-home orders these past couple of months. Who would have guessed that the cure for cabin fever would be to get yourself into an actual cabin?

The great outdoors, campfires, and a break from the hustle could be just what the doctor ordered.

Limiting exposure

People at summer camp

There might still be a little bit of hesitance to get out and socialize, and that’s understandable. That’s why a family camp could be a safer choice, since it has the ability to limit the potential exposure of its attendees.

For example, let’s say in a typical summer camp there are 100 attendees all coming from 100 separate families. That could result in a lot of contact and potential for exposure. However, with a family camp there might be four members attending from 25 different families. The headcount would still be 100, but the result is fewer separate clusters gathering.

Utilizing current space

Family around a bonfire

Opting for family-style summer camp can be a quick pivot for camp organizers. With some tweaks and accommodations, the facilities for a typical camp can still largely be used.

Families would naturally be separated into their own cabins, and safe distancing could still be maintained between the different family units during mealtimes and for the restrooms. Options might include assigned tables with an appropriate amount of distance set up between the tables. Recreational activities could be planned to rotate so that fewer families are in the same place at the same time.

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Bonding time

Mother and daughter bonding in the woods

If relationship growth is a goal, family camps might be the perfect way to help with that. They offer a chance to leave all those pesky smart devices behind and get recharged by spending time with loved ones. The stress of everyday life isn’t at the forefront during camp — it’s all about the activities and memories being made together.

Memories captured with Waldo

Children having fun at summer camp

While smartphones have made it easy to take photos at all the big events, sometimes they can be a burden and inhibit parents and children from simply indulging in the experience with their family.

Why not live the moment?

The cool thing is, with a Waldo-fied family camp, the whole family can put their phones away for once! The memories captured by camp photographers are sent directly to the families, allowing parents to focus on experiencing camp and growing closer as a family.

The process is simple: Families simply submit a photo of each family member via the Waldo app or Selfie Station, and then let Waldo do the work of sorting through all the camp photos using AI-powered facial recognition technology. All the photos their family members appear in are automatically ready to view when they get home from camp — without sorting through thousands of other camp photos.

Having Waldo for our Mother-Daughter weekend was a perfect match! You could tell every time the families get an alert from being found in one of the many pictures Waldo was sending them — instant smiles and laughs every time! 

—  Larry Johnson, Camp Skyline

Invite families with eye-catching Waldograms

Waldograms delivered by Waldo

Ready to get the word out for your family camp? Waldo has you covered.

Waldograms for Business provides you the ability to reach out to all your families directly. Upload your contacts via CSV and bulk send personalized Waldogram invites in just a few simple clicks. On top of that, you can enjoy a discounted commercial rate for your Waldograms. The more you send, the less you spend!

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