Snow Delays Summer Camp Preps

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

While winter hot spots, like Granite Peak, prepare to close for the season, summer camps are preparing to open. Well, at least they're trying to.

The snow on the ground and chilly temps are making getting ready for the season a challenge. Usually by this time of year the staff at Camp Sturtevant in Wausau are already outside preparing the grounds for camp, but thanks to the longer than usual winter the past two years those activities have been postponed. That could pose a few problems come May.

Pat Murphy is the Camping Services Director for the Woodson YMCA, who owns and operates Camp Sturtevant. He says the long winter not only makes preparing the grounds a challenge, but it also affects the camp's promotion.

"Parents, families are not thinking about summer right now," Murphy explains. "So that closes the window as far as promotions and then advertising and registration."

Once the weather turns nice, Murphy says there's always a rush on registration which usually ends with some kids not getting into the programs they want.

Summer camp officially kicks off June 9th, but the real push for set-up will likely happen in May. Staffers plan to work longer days and some weekends right up until the first campers arrive. Last year Murphy says they had to set up their tepees, playground equipment and shooting range in the snow.

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