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Thunder Storm Information

We will still be conducting camp as usual tomorrow. Please make sure your campers have masks with them tomorrow. If thunderstorms do occur all campers will have to go to the barn and will be required to wear a mask when in close proximity indoors. If Storms persist throughout the day to the point where we have to remain in the barn for the majority of the day, we will contact parents for an early dismissal. Please be aware that pickup/drop of will work a little differently during thunderstorms. Counselors will escort your campers to and from their cars directly from the barn and we will ask you to pull up much farther into the lot than we typically do. If the lot becomes too full we will ask that overflow drivers pull up into the grass lot so that traffic does not back up onto 113. Thank you to everyone, in advance, for your patience and understanding during thunderstorm pick-up and drop-off and thank you all for your cooperation up to this point. Traffic flow has been very easy to conduct this year and we couldn't make it work without your help!

Camp Families,

As we prepare for the 4th week of the camp season there are a few reminders we'd like to share with everyone about the upcoming week.

1. What to Bring:

Camp begins at 9AM and ends at 3PM. Everyday the campers need to bring their own lunch, a sturdy pair of shoes (old sneakers are the best), a towel and a change of clothes if they plan on getting in the creek, and a thermos of water. A sturdy old backpack is the best for carrying everything. Don't bring anything of substantial value to camp, clothes or otherwise, and no electronics. If campers wish to go fishing they must provide their own rods. UPDATE: We are encouraging carry out trash to minimize the amount of trash at camp. Provide campers with trash that they can carry home with them.

2. Tie Dye Day:

Tuesdays are Tie Dye Day. Each camper will receive one Miss Betty's shirt for the season but please feel free to bring any additional white cotton articles to Tie Dye.

3. Yoga:

Every Tuesday at 12PM we offer Yoga with the fabulous Miss Vicki! Your head counselor will ask those who are interested to sign-up Tuesday mornings.

4. Bombardment Tournament

Every Wednesday we hold a bombardment tournament at camp. The winners receive Rita's Water Ice. Remind your campers to sign up by the end of the day on Tuesday if they are interested in participating. We keep the campers notified on what goes on throughout the week but reminders always help.

5. Cookout Day:

Thursdays are Cookout Day. Please bring something to cook on the grill on Thursday. Hot dogs and s'mores stuff work out the best. If bringing burgers, they must be pre-cooked. Raw meet is not recommended as we do not have refrigeration at camp.

6. Theater:

Theater starts at 2:00PM every Friday. If you are interested in attending to watch your camper perform please DO NOT park in the stone parking lot. You may park your car in the upper grass parking lot (where all of the counselors' vehicles are located) which is immediately to the right when you pull into camp. I recommend arriving 15 minutes early as we start theater at 2:00 on the dot. Every Friday, after the first week of camp, different groups will be putting on performances for families. Your camper's head counselor will be sending home a letter on Monday's with your camper with a list of whats going on that week at camp and will notify you if your camper's performance is that week.

7. Weather:

Camp will continue come rain or shine. If persistent thunderstorms happen please check your phones and emails as we will call parents and send out a newsletter updating parents if we intend to send campers home. In most cases, if storms pass over relatively quickly, camp will continue as usual. We very rarely end up sending campers home. UPDATE: It will be very hot this week so please make sure to hydrate before coming to camp and to bring a LARGE water thermos to camp.

8. Pick Up/Drop Off:

Drop off is from 8:40AM till 9:00 AM. Please try your best to not arrive after 9AM. Pick up is from 2:50PM till 3:10PM. Please do not arrive earlier than 2:50PM as it can cause traffic issues in the parking lot and Matty will not be present before then to direct traffic. During pick up and drop off the police officers will be directing traffic on 113. Please make sure to follow their instructions carefully. When signaled to move up or move to the departure line please make sure you are leaving as little room as possible between your car and the next and please pull up as far as Matty signals you to so we can fit as many cars into the lot as possible. Our goal is to make sure all of our campers get to their cars as quickly and safely as possible so please make sure they are made aware of who will be picking them up as we rely on the campers to be able to identify the vehicle that is picking them up that day. I highly recommend having a large piece of paper with your camper's name and group printed on it in large letters (e.g. Matt Felton: 3rd Grade Boys) so that the counselors who escort your camper know who they are getting. Matt will be signaling to parents when it is ok to let your campers out of their vehicles during drop off and when they will be moving to vehicles during pick-up and will announce to everyone to make sure their vehicle is not moving. Please remain in your vehicle at all times as things need to move fluidly in the lot. If you absolutely must park your vehicle you can do so in the grass lot on the hill when pulling in. When pulling out of said lot you must follow the flow of traffic and go completely around the lot. If you try to cut through traffic the police officers will reprimand you. If weather does not permit us to have pick-up on the hill we will dismiss campers from the clay barn. In this case counselors will be in the parking lot to help instruct you on where to go to pick up your campers. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING YOUR PHONE DURING PICK-UP/DROP-OFF.

9. Traffic Procedures:

As you pull into the parking lot one of our counselors will direct you on which lane of traffic to enter. Once you approach Matty at the back of the lot he may signal to you with a thumbs up. If you have all of your campers loaded into your car and are ready to pull out you will signal back to Matty with another thumbs up. If you do not have all of your campers loaded into your vehicle you will signal back with a thumbs down. In either case, if Matty signals for you to pull your car up please pull up until he signals you to stop. The cooperation of the local police force is something we are very lucky to have and we would like to make sure we are doing our best to continue that positive relationship. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and patience during pick up and drop off.

10. COVID Waiver:

In order to ensure the safety of our campers and staff we are requiring families to print, fill out, and submit the attached COVID waiver on their camper's first day of camp. WAIVERS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO HEAD COUNSELORS ON CAMPERS' FIRST DAY! Your camper can take it directly to their head counselor when they arrive at their tent. If you've already submitted a waiver from a previous week, you do not need to fill it out again.

11. Masks:

We are not requiring campers to wear masks this summer. Only un-vaccinated counselors are required to wear masks. We are, however, asking that each camper bring two masks with them to camp. One to keep on their person at all times and one back-up that they can keep in their tent. In case of thunder storms all campers and counselors have to congregate inside the barn. In these instances we would ask everyone to put their masks on as everyone will be in close proximity indoors. Extra masks will be available.

12. Donations / Community Resources:

Camp families, we need your help. If anyone has a small chest freezer that they would be willing to donate we are in need of one for this summer. We also are always looking for donations of house paint for the woodshop. If anyone knows of a consistent and reliable source of scrap wood for the woodshop please let us know. We are looking for non-pressure treated soft wood for the campers to work with. If you are able to help us out in anyway please contact Matty directly via email or cell phone.

13. Ticks:

Ticks are abundant this season! Please make sure to check your campers when they get home for ticks.

14. Refunds:

If you would like to request a refund you must do so 2 weeks prior to your camper's first day of camp.

Thank you all for choosing Miss Betty's as the place to spend your summer. We look forward to seeing you all at camp!

Matty Felton

Cathy Bodo

Pickering Grove Park
Route 113 (between Yellow Springs and Pikeland Road)
Chester Springs, PA 19425

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Miss Betty’s Camp is grateful to West Pikeland Township for leasing us the Pickering Grove Park and to French And Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust for holding the Easement on the property.