We are thrilled that we will be able to host Summer Camp, Summer Learning, and JumpStart this year! To do this safely, we will offer Summer Camp at half capacity and Summer Learning and JumpStart at full capacity.
At Summer Camp, each of the three one-week sessions will welcome 120 campers and 36 high school staff. The three age groups (Lower Camp for 6-8 year-olds, Middler Camp for 9-11 year-olds, and Upper Camp for 12-13 year-olds) will each have 40 campers and 12 high school staff per session.
During the day, campers and staff will follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks, and sanitize their hands regularly. Each morning, campers will have their temperature taken either when they board the school bus or when they arrive on campus. Staff will clean the facility routinely throughout the day.
After campers leave each day, high school staff will continue to follow safety guidelines. Staff will also be tested for COVID-19 when they arrive on Saturday for staff training and again throughout the session. We hope to create a “bubble” so that staff members feel comfortable spending time together.
Campers will be given a spot at camp on a first-come-first-serve basis. We will do our best to ensure that all the children in the same household will be able to attend the same session. We anticipate that there will be a waiting list.
For staff, because we have limited space, we will review applications carefully and work to create a staff that is diverse in gender, age, race, and hometown. We also anticipate a waiting list for staff.
We’ve decided that it's not yet safe for us to go swimming. Swimming is such an important part of the camp experience, and we’re sad that it’s not possible this year. We are working to create a fun alternative water activity for the end of each session. One thing we know for sure is that this plan will probably change in some way between now and June! Please stay flexible with us and keep this summer’s programs in your prayers. If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 and this summer’s programs, please contact Crystal Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sawyerville Summer Camp serves children ages 6-13 in Hale County, AL. At camp, kids hear Bible stories, create artwork, make music, play sports, learn to swim, and enjoy a breakfast, lunch, and snack all at absolutely no cost.
Sawyerville Summer Camp is a free day camp for children and youth ages 6-13 living in Hale County, Alabama. In Summer 2019 we hosted three four-day camp sessions, welcoming over 600 campers and more than 300 volunteer staff. The staff are high school and college age young people ages 16 and up. The staff come from all over the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama and the local community.
Campers will follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks, and sanitize their hands regularly. Each morning, campers will have their temperature taken either when they board the school bus or when they arrive on campus.
Lower Camp - rising 1st - 3rd grade
Middler Camp - rising 4th - 6th grade
Upper Camp - rising 7th - 8th grade
Sawyerville Summer Camp serves children and youth from Hale County, AL
Camp takes place at Greensboro Elementary School
School buses run in the morning and afternoon
Hot breakfast, hot lunch, and snack are provided each day
Bible lessons - each year has a different theme and the teachings relate to that theme
swimming - campers only swim when lifeguards are on duty and staff are in the pool
Camper check-in takes place on the Saturday before the session begins. One parent or guardian must be present at registration to secure your camper's spot! At registration, campers will receive a swim suit, pool towel, back pack, water bottle, and books. Parents/Guardians will receive information about buses/carpool and will be able to speak with the camp nurse.
Camp is free for all campers. Donations are always welcome.
Staff will follow COVID-19 safety guidelines including wearing a mask, washing hands, and helping to keep the facility clean. Staff will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and again throughout the session. If you object to any of these safety measures, please do not apply.
Volunteer staff members must be at least 16 years old and have completed the tenth-grade. Former campers can apply to be a Counselor in Training (CIT) when they are 15 years old.
During the session, staff serve as small group leaders, shepherding 8-10 campers throughout the daily activities.
The staff's top priority is to ensure their campers' safety and wellbeing.
After the camp day, staff clean the school and prepare for the next day. They also attend a daily staff meeting.
Each evening ends with worship.
Staff must be present for the entire session including staff training and the closing service on Friday. If you cannot be present for the entire event, you cannot serve on staff. No exceptions will be made.
Pre-Camp Staff Training
Staff arrive on Saturday morning and spend the weekend getting to know one another and learning about their role.
Staff stay at Greensboro Elementary School where we hold camp.
Boys and girls have separate sleeping spaces, and everyone sleeps on air mattresses. If you do not have an air mattress, one will be provided.
Staff shower in the school's locker rooms.
Staff eat breakfast, lunch, and their first snack with the campers. After the camp day, staff have another snack and dinner together. Dinner is provided by churches and groups from around the state.
There is no cost associated with serving on staff. Donations are always welcome.
The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama welcomes and affirms all because God welcomes and affirms all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, ability, financial means, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. For us, welcome means ensuring that each person’s dignity is honored and affirmation means safeguarding all persons as unconditional and equal members of the body of Christ.