COVID-19 INFORMATION PAGE

"After the reality set in, we came to the decision that was most comfortable for us with the information and facts we have received during this pandemic. We want to offer camp this summer to our Hilltoppers only! We’ll be in touch with you soon, Hilltoppers."

2020 HILLTOPPER DATES

1st Term: July 1st-July 15th

2nd Term: July 17th-July 31st

VISITOR POLICY

As of June 15th , our staff will be practicing quarantining/ extreme social distancing, in preparation for the Staff arrival on June 24th. And after that date, only campers and staff attending camp this summer will be able to be on site. Our counselor staff will not be leaving for the entire summer, from June 24- July 31st in order to maintain the safest "cohort group" or Waldemar "bubble" possible.
With that said, WE CANNOT ACCEPT VISITORS DURING CAMP THE MONTH OF JULY.
Please make an appointment to visit after camp. We'd love to see you! 

Waldemar Operating Guidelines 2020

April 13th, 2020


We are sending lots of positive energy from the Sea of Woods to you. We are planning away as if the world will give us the GREEN light by mid-May. We have contracted many staff members and have a full camper list in every session! We continue to consider all options while we await the final go-ahead. We are so grateful for all your positive suggestions and find we are all on the same page.

Our Hilltoppers 2020 are at the forefront of our minds. We have watched them grow into the fine young ladies who will guide our future and we look forward to celebrating their years of friendships, traditions and memories at Waldemar once more.

We are encouraged by Gov. Abbott’s desire to get people safely back out into the work force, including testing and protocols. As they discuss when schools will resume, we might ask for your help in writing your state representatives a letter including the benefits to your family of the experience of summer camps. Let me get back to you on that.

As of now, Short Term will not be happening in May. We are hoping to schedule it at the end of the summer, but there are many things to still consider. We hope that in the next 30 days, we will have the best news possible. We continue to hope and pray that there will be extensive testing and safe protocol so that camp can happen. We are certain camp would be a beautiful celebration of our children learning and growing in God’s playground.

A Note from our Office Administrator ROBIN HARREL regarding Forms:
Get your Forms into Camp InTouch PLEASE! We will continue to keep you posted as we receive news and updates that may influence our summer plans, but for now, if you could go ahead and fill out your forms, maybe it will be like washing your car so it will rain. We would like to be prepared for anything, and without your forms, we might not have the manpower to catch up at the last minute.

OUR STRONGEST PRAYER IS FOR THE VIRUS TO GO AWAY AND OUR BIGGEST WISH IS TO HAVE YOUR GIRLS AT CAMP FOR OUR 95th SUMMER!!! You will hear from us weekly, if not sooner …AS THE WORLD TURNS

HOPE is a REAL THING FOLKS! Keep the FAITH:)
Wink, GA




April 3rd, 2020


Dear Waldemar Families,

We are praying for you to be well and growing in your faith while being together at home.

We are loving your positive letters and social media comments and photos about camp! Keep them coming! We are coming and going in shifts, due to social distancing. With the mandatory Shelter In Place order, we are told to stay at home and to many of us, this is our home! No complaints there, except we are missing one big ingredient: CAMPERS! Our year- around staff of kitchen, maintenance and office are all working hard each day to prepare for summer camp in hopes of having camp in the same form of excellence you expect.

As you know, Waldemar is an institution that has lasted 95 years! We’ve been through War times, the Depression, and several epidemics and gotten through it all; this pandemic is bigger than the ones before, but we’ll get through this, don’t you worry. Hakuna Matada! We used the LION KING theme for Family Camp (which should be happening this weekend by the way) and it feels like SCAR has gotten a hold of MUFASA. But let’s remember who wins in that deal: SIMBA! Waldemar wants nothing more than to have all our SIMBA’S back in the tribe. As a pack, let us all pray for the whole world right now so God’s plan can hurry along.

Instead of planning for family camp arrival and your camp arrival, we are zooming into meetings all day with other camps and governmental organizations. They don’t have any answers either. How can they? Please feel our empathy as we all go through this together.

Many of you have questions about the status of this upcoming summer. Things are changing daily and until we see the curve not only flatten, but go away, we need to remain patient and responsible.

In regard to tuition, we are going to move the deadline back to May 15th at this point. For those of you that have sent in your checks recently, we are just holding them until we have a start and stop date for camp. If you need your check back, please let us know. If camp is canceled due to things that are out of our control, our hope is that you would allow us to roll over the deposit to 2021 camp.

SHORT TERM DATES will change. Bear with us on posting new dates.

Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding during this crisis as we all go through this ever changing situation and lifestyle change together. PRAY for a VACCINE!

Thank you for your support.

Bless this Camp, Oh Lord we Pray, keep it safe by night and day,

The Waldemar Family




March 27th, 2020


Hello camp families.

We had a very insightful meeting with about 40 representatives from camps all over Texas on Wednesday afternoon. It was great to hear from so many in our camp community and to know we are all facing the same challenges. The overall sentiment from almost everyone is that they are moving forward planning for camp this summer unless we are told otherwise. After another meeting with our legislative group in Austin, it seems that because the Health Department is so busy now that there may not be a determination regarding camps and the summer sessions until mid May. We are praying for some resolution by then and we are ever hopeful!!!

We sure hope and pray for any cure that is in the works to be THE ONE!!!

Teak Elmore




March 23rd, 2020


We are taking shifts in the office this week, with one person upstairs and one downstairs. Others are working from home. 
If you would like to contact someone by email, you may email them directly or you may send a note through info@waldemar.com and Maribel will forward it out to the right person. 

Some fee checks came in March and if your check has not been deposited yet, Teak is still holding those checks in our safe until May 1st. If you would prefer something else, let us know >>>> robin@waldemar.com 

The camp dates are not in our control anymore, as I'm sure you are unsure of how long you'll have your children at home. So much is up in the air; it's kind of unreal. We are ever hopeful to have things run on schedule with serious protocol for those entering the gates of Waldemar.

To stay up to date on COVID-19, we are having weekly meetings with Courtney Hoffman, who gathers the latest Legislative information from the Texas State Capital, concerning youth camp regs and health and safety rules. We meet often with other camps in the area, trying to grasp this pandemic, taking it day by day. We talk to our pediatrician and our head nurse regularly, preparing ourselves for your camper's safety and health this summer, as well as our own.


Please be patient with us. We will update you as we know more. Your child is so precious to us; for that, we value your confidence in us during these uncertain times.


Be well,

GA Elmore




March 19th, 2020


Rumor has it camp is not happening. This is FALSE! Until “the powers that be” tell us we can’t open, I will be jumping for those buses right on schedule! So far, summer youth camps in our area are not being affected. Your camper’s safety and health is our main concern, as well as our staff’s, so we will comply to rules of quarantines, state regulations and mandates. Please pray for God to get rid of the virus as well as the enemy of fear.

Prayer works! And you don’t have to touch each other to pray.

Be well,

GA Elmore




March 16th, 2020


Thank you so much for the positive responses so far. We have received several questions about tuition and health forms. The extended deadline of May 1st applies to all forms as well as all balances.

In regards to payments that have already been made for the tuition balance, we will reach out with a more concrete answer after this week as Teak and I are currently traveling and out of the office.

At this point, we have not cancelled camp, but if you need your tuition money refunded, please get in touch with our office administrator Robin (robin@waldemar.com), so she can verify your information on file.

Although we love hearing from you, in lieu of being inundated with emails and phone calls, we ask that you please refer to the News section of your CampMinder account for up to date information and communications.

As far as the fall deposits go, pray strong that camp opens right on schedule!

Remaining hopeful,

GA Elmore

Texas Department of State Health Services: Information for Communities & Other Specific Groups




April 22nd, 2020


H
Hello, Howdy, Hi! And Happy Earth Day from all four of us in our perspective camp offices, a herd of horses grazing, a couple of barking dogs and those of us who are working from home:


We wish we had answers on camp for this summer, but we don't yet. No amount of Zoom meetings can made it come true at this point. I think of our "hill lights" at times, when I switch them on in the morning, I can control all the lights on the hill. I wish it could be that easy ... to turn on a switch and CAMP is ALIVE and GOING!

O

Optimism is the best medicine!

We should know more definite dates for our summer camp between May 8th due to several things that will be decided by then. And if it's not May 8th, how about May 15th! I'm going to be very transparent here and say that's probably when we would need to decide on First and Second Term dates being moved back, as well as setting Short Term dates. Our summer as it was will need to be restructured, I believe.

Thank God for our flexible Staff. They have been so accommodating with Katie. We have them on “Stand-By” for now and they have shown us nothing but respect and enthusiasm for our complex situation.

P

PROUD to be a TEXAN
After the Presidential speech and the Texas Governor's speech last week, we did feel a little ray of sunshine, especially when Dr. Birx mentioned the "PHASES" of re-opening businesses. Texas is in pretty darn good shape I might say. I've never been so proud to be a TEXAN then I am now. Phase 2 is within reach here. However, there is still so much that's unknown like when we can open camp, how many people we can facilitate at a time, and what CDC guidelines we will need to follow, like having campers and staff tested before their arrival?

We are staying in touch with some members on the Texas Governor's Advisory committee to re-open Texas. And fortunately, every Texas camp we have been collaborating with, has someone on that committee who they can reach out to on our behalf, be it testing availability or lobbying for youths to go to camp. We don’t want them to forget about us.
How can we be so lucky as to have had the Governor's daughter here at Waldemar too! We know for fact that Governor Abbott really "GETS CAMP!" He'll do whatever he can to open youth camps this summer, but even if we can, there are so many stipulations to consider. Hang in there with us as we plan ahead.

E
Exams can wait until it’s safe to get out
Under the unusual circumstances, we also must be patient about the timing of the physician's exams this spring. This can be uploaded when obtained. Our only request is that it is within 2 weeks of camp arrival. We totally understand that getting into a doctor of choice at this time isn't logical.

We also will be adding waivers that include the Covid-19 epidemic and several other forms will be reissued according to CDC guidelines. We know how much you love paperwork, almost as much as we love filing it. What else do you have to do?

Thank you for being so committed. We hear every single prayer. Keep the Faith! Reminder: God calls you to venture where you cannot see the end, by paths never yet taken, through perils unknown;
Go with good courage, not knowing where you go, but only that God’s hand is leading you and God’s love is supporting you.
Pray with me:
Jesus, we hear bad news and let it get to us at times. Please help us see and feel the Good News that you bring to us.
May we recognize how you walk with us today and every day, transforming our sorrows and bringing new life. AMEN
GA Elmore




May 9th, 2020


Dear campers and parents,
Thank you for answering your survey! We got such a great response. It truly shows the dedication and trust our families have in Waldemar.
Some camps have released their summer dates. We don’t feel comfortable doing that yet because we might end up getting to open earlier than we say.

We are being patient and cautious, waiting for the Governor’s orders, which should be happening by May 18th. If the authorities and the CDC guidelines allow it, we can plan the optimal dates for the time we are allowed, that work best for everyone.
With this waiting period, we are still prepping for camp! First and Second terms will be shortened and if we get to open, our starting dates for First term will be moved later in June.

Hang in there with us.
Hugs to everyone,
GA

Best quote of the week:
“I will put my trunk on my back and carry it to Waldemar if I have to”
~Dallas HT




May 18th, 2020


Camp articles and updates will also be posted on Camp InTouch May 18th, 2020 Dear Waldemar Families,

If you ask any Camp Director what this has been like, they will tell you, “It’s been like a roller coaster.”

We have never really been thrill seekers and we certainly have never enjoyed a roller coaster like most, and we can honestly say some of us will NEVER ride one again. The tallest nor the fastest roller coaster can compare to what camp owners, directors and camp admin have felt since Covid-19 came into our vocabulary.

After Governor Abbott spoke about letting the overnight camps open, we got a great quote from a parent, “God really does love Texas the most!” When we asked God for discernment and clarity, He took His time giving it to us, but once it hit, we must say it was quite liberating to know His plan for us this summer. Camp Waldemar should be able to open its gates some time at the end of June. As you can imagine, there are many parameters and guidelines that we need to study, not to mention we need to get our staff lined up as soon as possible. With this in mind, we ask for time to do all of this and get you the exact camp dates very soon.

So back to the roller coaster… after being briefed on the strict social distancing and cohort guidelines, we want our patrons to be aware that Waldemar will be a different experience this summer than the 94 summers before. We will work on bringing back the spirit of Waldemar to everyone, in a happy and safe environment.

Hope + Faith = Camp!
GA, Teak, Marsha and The Waldemar Family





Past COVID-19 Announcements

April 13th, 2020


We are sending lots of positive energy from the Sea of Woods to you. We are planning away as if the world will give us the GREEN light by mid-May. We have contracted many staff members and have a full camper list in every session! We continue to consider all options while we await the final go-ahead. We are so grateful for all your positive suggestions and find we are all on the same page.

Our Hilltoppers 2020 are at the forefront of our minds. We have watched them grow into the fine young ladies who will guide our future and we look forward to celebrating their years of friendships, traditions and memories at Waldemar once more.

We are encouraged by Gov. Abbott’s desire to get people safely back out into the work force, including testing and protocols. As they discuss when schools will resume, we might ask for your help in writing your state representatives a letter including the benefits to your family of the experience of summer camps. Let me get back to you on that.

As of now, Short Term will not be happening in May. We are hoping to schedule it at the end of the summer, but there are many things to still consider. We hope that in the next 30 days, we will have the best news possible. We continue to hope and pray that there will be extensive testing and safe protocol so that camp can happen. We are certain camp would be a beautiful celebration of our children learning and growing in God’s playground.

A Note from our Office Administrator ROBIN HARREL regarding Forms:
Get your Forms into Camp InTouch PLEASE! We will continue to keep you posted as we receive news and updates that may influence our summer plans, but for now, if you could go ahead and fill out your forms, maybe it will be like washing your car so it will rain. We would like to be prepared for anything, and without your forms, we might not have the manpower to catch up at the last minute.

OUR STRONGEST PRAYER IS FOR THE VIRUS TO GO AWAY AND OUR BIGGEST WISH IS TO HAVE YOUR GIRLS AT CAMP FOR OUR 95th SUMMER!!! You will hear from us weekly, if not sooner …AS THE WORLD TURNS

HOPE is a REAL THING FOLKS! Keep the FAITH:)
Wink, GA




April 3rd, 2020


Dear Waldemar Families,

We are praying for you to be well and growing in your faith while being together at home.

We are loving your positive letters and social media comments and photos about camp! Keep them coming! We are coming and going in shifts, due to social distancing. With the mandatory Shelter In Place order, we are told to stay at home and to many of us, this is our home! No complaints there, except we are missing one big ingredient: CAMPERS! Our year- around staff of kitchen, maintenance and office are all working hard each day to prepare for summer camp in hopes of having camp in the same form of excellence you expect.

As you know, Waldemar is an institution that has lasted 95 years! We’ve been through War times, the Depression, and several epidemics and gotten through it all; this pandemic is bigger than the ones before, but we’ll get through this, don’t you worry. Hakuna Matada! We used the LION KING theme for Family Camp (which should be happening this weekend by the way) and it feels like SCAR has gotten a hold of MUFASA. But let’s remember who wins in that deal: SIMBA! Waldemar wants nothing more than to have all our SIMBA’S back in the tribe. As a pack, let us all pray for the whole world right now so God’s plan can hurry along.

Instead of planning for family camp arrival and your camp arrival, we are zooming into meetings all day with other camps and governmental organizations. They don’t have any answers either. How can they? Please feel our empathy as we all go through this together.

Many of you have questions about the status of this upcoming summer. Things are changing daily and until we see the curve not only flatten, but go away, we need to remain patient and responsible.

In regard to tuition, we are going to move the deadline back to May 15th at this point. For those of you that have sent in your checks recently, we are just holding them until we have a start and stop date for camp. If you need your check back, please let us know. If camp is canceled due to things that are out of our control, our hope is that you would allow us to roll over the deposit to 2021 camp.

SHORT TERM DATES will change. Bear with us on posting new dates.

Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding during this crisis as we all go through this ever changing situation and lifestyle change together. PRAY for a VACCINE!

Thank you for your support.

Bless this Camp, Oh Lord we Pray, keep it safe by night and day,

The Waldemar Family




March 27th, 2020


Hello camp families.

We had a very insightful meeting with about 40 representatives from camps all over Texas on Wednesday afternoon. It was great to hear from so many in our camp community and to know we are all facing the same challenges. The overall sentiment from almost everyone is that they are moving forward planning for camp this summer unless we are told otherwise. After another meeting with our legislative group in Austin, it seems that because the Health Department is so busy now that there may not be a determination regarding camps and the summer sessions until mid May. We are praying for some resolution by then and we are ever hopeful!!!

We sure hope and pray for any cure that is in the works to be THE ONE!!!

Teak Elmore




March 23rd, 2020


We are taking shifts in the office this week, with one person upstairs and one downstairs. Others are working from home. 
If you would like to contact someone by email, you may email them directly or you may send a note through info@waldemar.com and Maribel will forward it out to the right person. 

Some fee checks came in March and if your check has not been deposited yet, Teak is still holding those checks in our safe until May 1st. If you would prefer something else, let us know >>>> robin@waldemar.com 

The camp dates are not in our control anymore, as I'm sure you are unsure of how long you'll have your children at home. So much is up in the air; it's kind of unreal. We are ever hopeful to have things run on schedule with serious protocol for those entering the gates of Waldemar.

To stay up to date on COVID-19, we are having weekly meetings with Courtney Hoffman, who gathers the latest Legislative information from the Texas State Capital, concerning youth camp regs and health and safety rules. We meet often with other camps in the area, trying to grasp this pandemic, taking it day by day. We talk to our pediatrician and our head nurse regularly, preparing ourselves for your camper's safety and health this summer, as well as our own.


Please be patient with us. We will update you as we know more. Your child is so precious to us; for that, we value your confidence in us during these uncertain times.


Be well,

GA Elmore




March 19th, 2020


Rumor has it camp is not happening. This is FALSE! Until “the powers that be” tell us we can’t open, I will be jumping for those buses right on schedule! So far, summer youth camps in our area are not being affected. Your camper’s safety and health is our main concern, as well as our staff’s, so we will comply to rules of quarantines, state regulations and mandates. Please pray for God to get rid of the virus as well as the enemy of fear.

Prayer works! And you don’t have to touch each other to pray.

Be well,

GA Elmore




March 16th, 2020


Thank you so much for the positive responses so far. We have received several questions about tuition and health forms. The extended deadline of May 1st applies to all forms as well as all balances.

In regards to payments that have already been made for the tuition balance, we will reach out with a more concrete answer after this week as Teak and I are currently traveling and out of the office.

At this point, we have not cancelled camp, but if you need your tuition money refunded, please get in touch with our office administrator Robin (robin@waldemar.com), so she can verify your information on file.

Although we love hearing from you, in lieu of being inundated with emails and phone calls, we ask that you please refer to the News section of your CampMinder account for up to date information and communications.

As far as the fall deposits go, pray strong that camp opens right on schedule!

Remaining hopeful,

GA Elmore

Texas Department of State Health Services: Information for Communities & Other Specific Groups




April 22nd, 2020


H
Hello, Howdy, Hi! And Happy Earth Day from all four of us in our perspective camp offices, a herd of horses grazing, a couple of barking dogs and those of us who are working from home:


We wish we had answers on camp for this summer, but we don't yet. No amount of Zoom meetings can made it come true at this point. I think of our "hill lights" at times, when I switch them on in the morning, I can control all the lights on the hill. I wish it could be that easy ... to turn on a switch and CAMP is ALIVE and GOING!

O

Optimism is the best medicine!

We should know more definite dates for our summer camp between May 8th due to several things that will be decided by then. And if it's not May 8th, how about May 15th! I'm going to be very transparent here and say that's probably when we would need to decide on First and Second Term dates being moved back, as well as setting Short Term dates. Our summer as it was will need to be restructured, I believe.

Thank God for our flexible Staff. They have been so accommodating with Katie. We have them on “Stand-By” for now and they have shown us nothing but respect and enthusiasm for our complex situation.

P

PROUD to be a TEXAN
After the Presidential speech and the Texas Governor's speech last week, we did feel a little ray of sunshine, especially when Dr. Birx mentioned the "PHASES" of re-opening businesses. Texas is in pretty darn good shape I might say. I've never been so proud to be a TEXAN then I am now. Phase 2 is within reach here. However, there is still so much that's unknown like when we can open camp, how many people we can facilitate at a time, and what CDC guidelines we will need to follow, like having campers and staff tested before their arrival?

We are staying in touch with some members on the Texas Governor's Advisory committee to re-open Texas. And fortunately, every Texas camp we have been collaborating with, has someone on that committee who they can reach out to on our behalf, be it testing availability or lobbying for youths to go to camp. We don’t want them to forget about us.
How can we be so lucky as to have had the Governor's daughter here at Waldemar too! We know for fact that Governor Abbott really "GETS CAMP!" He'll do whatever he can to open youth camps this summer, but even if we can, there are so many stipulations to consider. Hang in there with us as we plan ahead.

E
Exams can wait until it’s safe to get out
Under the unusual circumstances, we also must be patient about the timing of the physician's exams this spring. This can be uploaded when obtained. Our only request is that it is within 2 weeks of camp arrival. We totally understand that getting into a doctor of choice at this time isn't logical.

We also will be adding waivers that include the Covid-19 epidemic and several other forms will be reissued according to CDC guidelines. We know how much you love paperwork, almost as much as we love filing it. What else do you have to do?

Thank you for being so committed. We hear every single prayer. Keep the Faith! Reminder: God calls you to venture where you cannot see the end, by paths never yet taken, through perils unknown;
Go with good courage, not knowing where you go, but only that God’s hand is leading you and God’s love is supporting you.
Pray with me:
Jesus, we hear bad news and let it get to us at times. Please help us see and feel the Good News that you bring to us.
May we recognize how you walk with us today and every day, transforming our sorrows and bringing new life. AMEN
GA Elmore




May 9th, 2020


Dear campers and parents,
Thank you for answering your survey! We got such a great response. It truly shows the dedication and trust our families have in Waldemar.
Some camps have released their summer dates. We don’t feel comfortable doing that yet because we might end up getting to open earlier than we say.

We are being patient and cautious, waiting for the Governor’s orders, which should be happening by May 18th. If the authorities and the CDC guidelines allow it, we can plan the optimal dates for the time we are allowed, that work best for everyone.
With this waiting period, we are still prepping for camp! First and Second terms will be shortened and if we get to open, our starting dates for First term will be moved later in June.

Hang in there with us.
Hugs to everyone,
GA

Best quote of the week:
“I will put my trunk on my back and carry it to Waldemar if I have to”
~Dallas HT




May 18th, 2020


Camp articles and updates will also be posted on Camp InTouch May 18th, 2020 Dear Waldemar Families,

If you ask any Camp Director what this has been like, they will tell you, “It’s been like a roller coaster.”

We have never really been thrill seekers and we certainly have never enjoyed a roller coaster like most, and we can honestly say some of us will NEVER ride one again. The tallest nor the fastest roller coaster can compare to what camp owners, directors and camp admin have felt since Covid-19 came into our vocabulary.

After Governor Abbott spoke about letting the overnight camps open, we got a great quote from a parent, “God really does love Texas the most!” When we asked God for discernment and clarity, He took His time giving it to us, but once it hit, we must say it was quite liberating to know His plan for us this summer. Camp Waldemar should be able to open its gates some time at the end of June. As you can imagine, there are many parameters and guidelines that we need to study, not to mention we need to get our staff lined up as soon as possible. With this in mind, we ask for time to do all of this and get you the exact camp dates very soon.

So back to the roller coaster… after being briefed on the strict social distancing and cohort guidelines, we want our patrons to be aware that Waldemar will be a different experience this summer than the 94 summers before. We will work on bringing back the spirit of Waldemar to everyone, in a happy and safe environment.

Hope + Faith = Camp!
GA, Teak, Marsha and The Waldemar Family





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Saturday & Sunday

Only by Appointment

SUMMER HOURS

Monday-Saturday 

Someone is in the office from

7:30 AM until TAPS(around 10PM) 

The office administrator will be there 

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM except during meals

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A counselor will be answering the phone from

9AM - 9PM except during meals