Boys & Girls in Grades 3-College-Age
Camp Susque’s winter camps offer the unique experience of enjoying Susque's cozy lodges and grounds in the beauty of winter in the mountains. Campers are always excited to experience staying in one of our lodges, enjoying fires in the dining hall, hanging out with friends and counselors, playing board games, and sipping on hot chocolate. If weather permits, ice skating and sledding join the daily round of activities.
Beyond the fun activities, time is spent in thoughtful, purposeful, corporate worship with a guest Chaplain specifically chosen for his ability to reach into the lives of that particular age group. Small group time, a unique feature of our Winter Camps, is provided daily for further discussion of the chapel messages. Each day closes with a short devotional presented to each gender separately. Our Winter Youth Camps are staffed by well-screened, trained counselors who guide small group discussions, devotions, games, and lodge life to provide a supportive, encouraging community where campers feel comfortable to be themselves and ask questions.
Each Winter Camp is also rounded out with a theme or a special theme meal. Examples of past themes include 50's Diner, Expedition Everest, and Family Movie Nights.
Winter Camps are co-ed and split into four age groups. The Chill is for campers in grades 3-5, the Frost for grades 6-8, the Freeze for grades 9-12 and the Blast for college-age young adults. Freeze and Blast occur during or over the Christmas to New Year's holidays. Frost and Chill occur in January and late February, respectively.
COVID 19 UPDATE:
Camp Susque is maintaining our commitment to health and safety while serving our campers and staff during a pandemic. We regularly seek input from medical professionals, the Department of Health, ACA (American Camping Association), and our insurer to ensure our compliance with best practices. We recognize that eliminating risk is impossible, and encourage families to make decisions based on their personal health needs. It is also clear that recommendations and best practices are constantly changing, and steps Susque is taking to mitigate risks will change along with them. Here are a couple of current steps that Susque is pursuing in order to lower COVID risks for Winter Camps - this list is not comprehensive and is subject to change:
- Lowered enrollment: We have set our enrollment capacities at less than half of our typical capacity for Winter Camps
- Food Service: Our meal service is following COVID-19 protocols and is being cooked and individually served by our staff rather than our typical family-style meals. This does, unfortunately, mean that there are more pre-packaged foods and some food options have changed.
- Lodges: Capacities in each room and each lodge have been drastically lowered to accommodate social distancing, and our HVAC systems have been upgraded with MERV-13+ certified filtration.
- Masks: We will require masks to be used indoors, except while eating, and when social distancing is not possible in outdoor settings.
- Gatherings: We will be spacing out our speaker sessions and other indoor gatherings.
- Cleaning: We will continue our commitment to regularly sanitizing and cleaning commonly used areas, bathrooms, and hard surfaces.
- Antibacterial soap stations will be around lodge and dining hall entrances and exits. Handwashing will be emphasized