Dear Wildwood Community:
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce that Mass Audubon will not be opening Wildwood Camp for the summer of 2020. We will also be rescheduling the 70th Anniversary Alumni Weekend. This was not an easy decision to make. The health and safety of our campers, staff, and community have always been our top priority, and given the COVID-19 crisis we know this is the right thing for us to do.
Please watch our closing video here with a special message from the director:
Our community is resilient and through our love of Wildwood, we will make it through this! We survived moving locations three times over the past 70 years and have grown stronger through the challenges we face. The recovery plan for New Hampshire’s economy provides a slow and cautious approach for the months ahead, with many limiting regulations in place. After further research and discussion, we concluded that the camp experience as we’ve known and loved on Hubbard Pond will not be possible this year.
All 2020 campers are eligible to return next summer, regardless of age or grade in school. Summer camp families have the option to:
- Receive a full 2020 tuition refund
- Roll tuition to next year (get 2021 at the 2020 price)
- Donate all or part of the tuition to Wildwood (for a tax-deductible donation)
Thank you to those who have already generously donated. These are challenging times and your support means so much. Please contact us to let us know what you would like to do with your 2020 tuition.
Things are hard right now, but remember: camp is a place where we do hard things. Doing hard things is how we learn courage, resilience, self-confidence, and grit, and adopt a healthy “growth mindset”. With that in mind, we want you to know that we’re here for you. Look for more information coming soon about engaging with us on social media, reimagined summer programming, and much more as we make every effort to continue to engage and support you throughout this summer and beyond.
We are forever appreciative and thankful for our Wildwood Community. We hope you and your family are able to remain safe and healthy during these times, and we look forward to the day we all meet again in person. Get out and enjoy nature and know that Wildwood is always right there in your heart.
If you have questions or are ready to alert us to your refund preferences please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the camp line at 603-899-5589 and someone will call you back.
P.S. We know this will be really difficult news for many of our campers to process. Please take advantage of some of the resources below and contact us if we can support you—we are here for you!
Resources for discussing summer without camp with your children:
- How to Talk to Your Children When Bad Things Happen – This article offers help with one of the biggest challenges of parenthood, explaining bad things in the world.
- Supporting Families During COVID-19 – The Child Mind Institute shares supportive and comprehensive resources for parents on a number of coronavirus-related topics.
- Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips to Keep the Calm at Home – These tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics are designed to help families through the current crisis.
- How to Be Your Best Self in Times of Crisis – Psychologist Susan David shares widsom on how to build resilient, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic in this TEDtalk.
- Emotional Regulation Worksheets: A Coping Skill Activity – This worksheet and calming technique can help you focus on the present rather than overthinking about the past or future.
- 51 Mindfulness Activities for Kids: These tips and activities can teach elementary-aged students how to practice practice mindfulness.
- Co-Parenting Through COVID-19: Putting Your Children First
How co-parents can overcome their issues and work together to safeguard the children they both love.
- How to Teach Children to Practice Gratitude
Tools to use to help children practice gratitude during difficult emotional times.