By: Hannah Jackson
Hi, it’s Jessica, Camp Mom Expert. Today, I will talk through how much fun campers can still have during rainy weather at Camp. Many moms worry that rain will ruin the Camp experience. But most kids I know don’t mind getting wet and muddy. In fact, one of the most popular evening programs each week – Crud Wars – is based on getting as dirty as possible!
Rain showers are unavoidable during the summer, but are usually over quickly and often viewed as a refreshing break from the heat. Camper safety is the number one priority all week long, so no need to panic about sending your child to Camp if rain is forecasted for their session. Be sure to pack a rain jacket or poncho. Rain boots or an additional pair of shoes is also a good idea. And if the week looks like it’s going to be extra soggy, maybe send an extra towel or two.
If the rain is light and steady, and there is no risk of lightning, campers will still be able to walk to the activities and programs planned for the day. Easy adjustments can be made if the rain is heavy. For example, Alpha-Omega team competitions might be switched up a little and held in an indoor meeting hall instead of on a sports field.
Just in case you’re wondering, the full-time staff stay on alert for lightning by watching lightning indicators regularly. Even when lightning is several miles away, the Program Team begins communicating with summer staff about adjustments that need to be made. If lightning is within a dangerous range, campers and staff will shelter inside a building until the storm has moved away. A Rainy Day Plan has been created for every building in order to create a fun environment in case campers have to wait inside for a storm to pass.
Our campers will be the first to tell you that Camp is hilly! And in this case that means I don’t worry about flooding. I know all the rain is going to run off into the lakes and the campers will be back to their favorite outdoor activities in no time! Camp has never flooded.
If the forecast shows rain (or even storms) for an Opening or Closing Day, you should come to Camp at the regularly scheduled drop-off or pick-up times. The staff will make changes to the way campers, parents, and luggage are transported if lightning becomes an issue. You may be asked to stay in your car until lightning has moved away.