COVID-19 Update

June 23, 2020

First and foremost, we hope that this message finds you and your family in good health. Adventures in Writing Camp is offering both online programs, and where possible, on-campus programs this summer.

This page will provide information about the modifications we have made to the on-campus programs to comply with social distancing regulations, and will also provide information on the AIW Camp Online option.

How will we comply with the city and county health orders to keep everyone safe?
Safety must be paramount for all programs this summer, and we are committed to following the county’s guidance on this. We recognize that these orders are modified regularly, and we will adapt accordingly. At this point, we anticipate a long list that includes the following highlights:

  • Stable groups of not more than 12 campers
  • Temperature checks with a touch-less thermometer at arrival each day
  • Only campers and teachers/staff allowed on campus, no parents or outside adults
  • Masks required for teachers and campers aged 13+
  • At this time, masks are optional but encouraged for campers under 13
  • No sharing of supplies/materials (campers will receive own supply kit)
  • Frequent hand washing, hand sanitizer stations, and enhanced cleaning during and at end of days.
  • No hot lunch offering
  • No camp t-shirts
  • Staggered outside play time
  • No extended care “SuperPlay” program
  • No all camp assemblies
  • Additional measures as requested by the health department

How does a three-week on-campus program differ from a two-week program?
To comply with county health ordinances, locations in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco counties we will be offering AIW Camp on-campus as a three-week program (rather than a two-week session). From a curriculum perspective, the three-week program will give us an opportunity to explore additional aspects of writing, and go deeper on others. We create a new curriculum each year, and are fortunate to have a library of 7 years of previously successful learning modules from which to pull. Creating a book or blog can be a two-week process, a three-week process, or a three year process, and this will give campers more time to create and practice their new skills.

What does AIW Camp Online look like?
AIW Camp Online is offered as both a Half Day Plus (9am-12pm daily, with 2 hours of additional afternoon 1-1 meetings with a teacher per session ) and full-day program (9am -3pm). Like our on-campus programs, campers work with credentialed teachers and college students to create eBooks (elementary) and blogs (middle school). The social component of camp is VERY important to us. Campers will be grouped in “cabins” (~7 campers), and campers may sign-up to be in a cabin with their friends. The online experience is designed as a virtual summer camp, not just classes online. You can read more about the program here.

I am new to AIW Camp Online. How do I sign up? 
Registration for AIW Camp Online will open to the general public at noon on Wednesday, April 29th. To register, click on the “Register Now” button in the upper right-hand corner of this site. If you have any trouble, please contact us at 833-974-8366, or email us at contact@aiwcamp.com, and we will be happy to help!

From all of us at Adventures in Writing Camp, THANK YOU!… for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as we navigate these uncertain waters. Stay happy, stay healthy, and keep being there for your kids! This too will pass.

Thanks,
Hans, Jen, and the AIW Camp Team