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Is Family Camp Your 2020 Alternative?

June 6, 2020

Is Family Camp Your 2020 Alternative?

NOTE: This article was originally published on the Waldo Photos blog.

Between business and school closures, stay-at-home orders, and full-blown quarantines, it’s normal to feel a bit stressed and restless these days. While restrictions are slowly being lifted, some camps have decided to suspend their regular operations and pivot towards alternative programs this summer such as family camps — summer camp for the entire family! From what we’ve found, family camp still provides a safe, equally rewarding alternative to keep your summer going.

Quick link: Get Waldo for your family camp here.

A remedy for ‘cabin fever’

Summer camp has always been a great way to make memories for the kids, so why not get Mom and Dad in on that action too?

These past few months have left many families aching for a getaway. However, vacations can be a logistical nightmare because of restrictions — and some of our favorite go-to destinations might remain closed for a while.

A family camp can be a literal breath of fresh air for families who have been under stay-at-home orders these past couple of months. Who would have guessed that the cure for cabin fever would be an actual cabin?

The great outdoors, campfires, and a break from the hustle could be just what the doctor ordered.

Limiting exposure

There might still be a little bit of hesitance to get out and socialize, and that’s understandable. That’s why a family camp could be a safe choice. It has the ability to limit the potential exposure of its attendees.

For example, let’s say in a typical summer camp there are 100 attendees all coming from 100 separate families. That could result in a lot of contact and potential for exposure. However, with a family camp there might be four members attending from 25 different families. The headcount would still be 100, but the result is fewer separate clusters gathering.

Utilizing current space

Opting for family-style summer camp can be a quick pivot for camps. With some tweaks and accommodations, the facilities for a typical camp can still largely be used.

Families would naturally be separated into their own cabins, and safe distancing could still be maintained between the different family units during mealtimes and for the restrooms. Options might include assigned tables with an appropriate amount of distance set up between the tables. Recreational activities could be planned to rotate so that fewer families are in the same place at the same time.

Bonding time

If relationship growth is a goal, family camps might be the perfect way to help with that. They offer a chance to leave all those pesky smart devices behind and get recharged by spending time with loved ones. The stress of everyday life isn’t at the forefront during camp — it’s all about the activities and memories being made together.

Memories captured with Waldo

While smartphones have made it easy to take photos at all the big events, sometimes they can be a burden and inhibit parents and children from simply indulging in the experience with their family.

Why not live the moment?

The cool thing is, with a Waldo-fied family camp, the whole family can put their phones away for once! The memories captured by camp photographers are sent directly to the families, allowing parents to focus on experiencing camp and growing closer as a family.

The process is simple: Families simply submit a photo of each family member via the Waldo app or Selfie Station, and then let Waldo do the work of sorting through all the camp photos using AI-powered facial recognition technology. All the photos their family members appear in are automatically ready to view when they get home from camp — without sorting through thousands of other camp photos.

Invite families with eye-catching Waldograms

Ready to get the word out for your family camp? Waldo has you covered.

Waldograms for Business provides you the ability to reach out to all your families directly. Upload your contacts via CSV and bulk send personalized Waldogram invites in just a few simple clicks. On top of that, you can enjoy a discounted commercial rate for your Waldograms. The more you send, the less you spend!

Enjoy a safe summer!

The most important part of camp this year is still safety, so no matter how your 2020 summer camp outlook is looking, all of us from ACA, New England and Waldo want to wish you a safe, happy, lively summer.

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy your summer!

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