Important Information about Camp

Please read all the way to the bottom

Camp Pick up/Drop Off

CLOSING CEREMONy

Light refreshments will be served both Saturdays.  We will ask you to RSVP when you register to let us know whether we can expect you so we can get a headcount.  Should your plans change, please update us know so we know whether to plan for you.

  • Saturday, August 3rd at 10:00am, the final day of week 1, for those campers who will not be joining us for week 2 of camp.  Parents who are picking up their children are warmly welcome to join us.

  • Saturday, August 10th at 10:00am, the final day of week 2, parents who are picking up their children are invited to join us as we celebrate the conclusion of another wonderful summer.  They will have the opportunity to watch their children do a final debate or Model United Nations simulation.

Camp DROP OFF

Sundays July 28th and August 4th between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.

Camp PICK UP

After the closing ceremonies, around noon, campers may be picked up or taken by shuttle to the airport.

Transportation to/from Denver International Airport

Shuttle Transfers

The closest airport is Denver International which is about 90 minutes away from the
camp. Arrangements for airport transportation to and from can be made with the Estes
Park Shuttle, a company the Y has used for years. The 10% discount code to book the
shuttle is, WESTFIELD SUMMER CAMP. Reservations for the shuttle can be made
online at estesparkshuttle.com or by calling their office at (970) 586-5151.

Shuttle Pickup Arrangements

July 28th and August 3rd: A Westfield staff member will be at the airport between the
hours of 10:00AM and 3:00PM with a sign and balloons(!) to greet your camper and
welcome them to Colorado. They will help guide the campers to the shuttle and make
sure everything is fine. Campers arriving outside these hours will be responsible for
getting themselves to the shuttle. Airport pickup location is on the East side of the baggage claim level, outside of door 513, on Island 1.

Shuttle Drop-off Arrangements

August 4th and August 10th: A Westfield staff member will be at the airport between the
hours of 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM to guide the campers from the shuttle to their flights.

Medication

There is a Nurse at the First Aid Station that is open from 8 to 5:30.  They also have Emergency First Responders always on site.  The nearest hospital is about 10 minutes away.

Prescription/over-the-counter medication, including Epi-pens

Please note that these are the State's rules, not ours. All medication must be given to the Camp Administrative Director upon arrival. 

  • Prescription medication to be taken during camp including Epi-pens and Inhalers: The State requires we have the completed doctor's form including the ‘Authorization for Self-Administration’ form.

  • All medications must be in their original container. The container must have a label that includes the following information:

    • date of prescription

    • directions for the medicines administration

    • name of medication

    • camper’s name

Over-the-counter medication to be taken during camp

The State requires an authorization signed by the doctor. Medication should be in its original container.

Altitude

The Estes Park Center sits at an elevation of 8,010 feet.  Each person experiences the effects of having less oxygen differently.  By drinking lots of water and taking time to acclimate, most people do just fine.  Some people may develop headaches or feel a little nauseous. We will talk to the kids about being at high altitude and monitor them for any signs of altitude issues and will encourage them to stay hydrated during camp. They will each receive a water bottle and we will remind them to keep it filled. Please review this information with your camper. Please also stress to your camper that carbohydrates are important, especially the first few days. The food provided at mealtimes is very healthy, nutritional and varied.  But if the kids don't eat it, they won't feel well.  Mixing Powerade with water in their water bottle is also effective, especially for the first few days.  We have been advised to provide energy drinks (Gatorade, VitaminWater, etc), Tums and Ibuprofen as needed should the camper begin to experience symptoms. They are also advised to sleep as needed, and that's perfectly fine. Please stress to your camper that they must speak up should they feel any of the associated symptoms.

Mailing Address

Westfield Academy of Debate Overnight Camp at:

  • YMCA of the Rockies

  • 2515 Tunnel Rd, Estes Park, CO 80511

Emergency Contact Number and Emails: 

Please feel free to contact us at any time.  You can reach Karen at:  (860) 371-5849 and at admin@westfieldacademy.net. You can reach Ann at:  (860) 869-0513 or at AnnWalshHenderson@gmail.com.  In an emergency, if you cannot reach us, you can call the Estes Park Center directly at: (970) 586-3341 and dial 0 for the operator and ask that they contact us.

Safety and Security

  • Access to the dorms is closely controlled by our staff members and the YMCA security, who will hold the keys and ensure that only authorized personnel enter the dorms.

  • All staff members have been thoroughly vetted, including a background check performed by an independent agency.

  • Our well-trained Program Assistants are drawn from among the finest students at our nation’s best colleges and universities. In past years our staff has hailed from Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, Oxford, Northwestern, Middlebury and McGill. Program Assistants supervise students for their entire stay and are each assigned to lead a “pod” -- a group of about 8 campers.

  • For added safety, adult faculty and staff members reside in the dorms and are present at meetings, debates, MUN simulations, discussions, meals, and activities throughout the day.

  • Communication Guidelines: It is important for students who attend Westfield to connect with our camp community. To encourage that connection, we limit the amount of time that students are allowed to use cell phones. While we are in class and activities, students may not use their cell phones for making calls, surfing the web or texting. If campers bring phones, please have them put a piece of tape on their cell phones with their name on it. During camp, they will leave them in their rooms. Because we are in the mountains, there is limited cell phone coverage. To minimize the possibility of homesickness (see below) we ask that calls and texting with families be infrequent. We are parents and we know how challenging this can be from a parental perspective. When you send your child to overnight camp, especially the first time, we as parents want to be checking in. We have found that this drastically increases the probability of homesickness.

  • Homesickness is not unusual, even with older children. While some children may experience initial homesickness, most feel much better within a day or two. If you can handle their temporary discomfort, they will probably be able to manage it too. Homesickness may be more pronounced if the family went through a recent loss or stressful period. Please let us know if there are any such situations that we should be aware of. Homesickness, while uncomfortable, usually leads to making a child feel competent when they successfully overcome it. Remember that while your child is at Westfield we are a team and we are here to help you and your child work through the transition and adjustment to camp life.

  • Electronics Policy: Camp is an electronic free zone. We are asking campers to not bring their computers or electronic devices. They will not need them. We know in this day and age this might seem radical but this is a camp about communication. We want the kids to engage with each other, the staff and their amazingly beautiful surroundings. If students need to use computers, we have access to some in the library

  • Spending money: We recommend sending your campers with some spending money. There is a little coffeeshop in the lodge that sells specialty coffees and a popcorn machine that is always going. There is also a camp store that sells souvenirs and food. One night each week, we will be taking the kids into Estes Park which has many stores including places to buy taffy, fudge and ice-cream. There are also lots of stores in town that sell all kinds of souvenirs.

  • Respect: Throughout both weeks we will be stressing that the one inviolable rule in this program is Respect - both for each other and for yourself. We will all work hard to create an emotionally safe, friendly and positive environment in which to learn and practice these skills.

Meals

The campers will be provided daily 3 all-you-can-eat meals and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.