2020 Waterman Summer Camp Status Update

June 9, 2020


On June 2, 2020 Governor Cuomo announced that non-residential summer camps in upstate New York will be permitted to open beginning June 29th.  At the time of this posting, we are still awaiting updated guidance from the state health department on policies, procedures, staff, and trainings that must be in place for a summer camp to be licensed to operate.

Over the past three months, our staff has been working with the Town of Owego to plan several different contingencies to ensure some form of summer activity is offered to Owego-Apalachin students through Waterman.  Camp staff has been hired and is on stand-by, waiting to see what camp will be like during this challenging and highly unusual summer season.  If there is one universal truth of children’s camp workers though, it is that they can adapt to nearly anything and when the decision is made to open camp, they will be ready to provide a great program, no matter what.

At this stage, we are making sure we have reasonable infection control systems in place, appropriate safety measures for both staff and campers, and triple checking that we meet all regulations (as well as those yet to be announced).  When we are confident in our ability to open camp, we will announce it here and post the applications.

At this point, here is what we DO know:

  • The camp season is going to get to a late start, likely not opening until the second or third week of July.This is to allow for preparation, training, and permit applications.

  • The camp day will be shorter to allow for more intense cleaning and disinfection.

  • Camp will operate at reduced capacity to ensure proper distancing.Each camper will be limited to one week of camp in an effort to provide camp to as many children as possible.

  • Temperature checks and health questionnaires will be administered daily at check-in.Parents must be prepared for campers with indications of illness to be sent home.

  • Campers must come to camp with their own masks and follow instructions to wear them when social distancing is impossible such as bathroom breaks, collecting lunch/belongings, etc.

  • If too many counselors or staff become ill and must stay home, counselors or staff are confirmed to have new COVID-19 infections, or a camper is confirmed to have a new COVID-19 infection the following may occur:

    • Camp may be suspended until appropriate staffing levels return.

    • Camp may be suspended while contact tracing is completed.

We understand this has been a difficult and frustrating time for families.  Please keep checking this website for updates, changes, and our eventual camp applications.  In the meantime, please continue to visit our trails with your families and burn off the extra energy while interacting with nature.


Christopher Audette

Executive Director

Our Programs.  

In addition to our special events, we have annual education programming. We offer Summer Camps, Nature Camps and have specialized school programs as well. Click on the program name below for more information.

Nature Camp
Postponed Until 2021

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