Birch Trail Camp
Birch Trail Camp in Northwestern Wisconsin is a traditional girls camp. The whole Chernov family has worked together for two generations to create incredible summers at Birch Trail, where girls grow and flourish, having the best times of their lives. But as Coronavirus took hold in the spring of 2020, Director Gabe Chernov knew that Birch Trail Camp would need to go to Plan B. “It was an extremely hard decision, but we did not open for the 2020 season,” said Gabe Chernov. “But as we looked to planning for summer 2021, I immediately enlisted Laura’s help to ensure our plans were informed by the most up-to-date scientific evidence and public health practice.” Laura and Gabe began meeting monthly in October of 2020 to discuss salient, top-of-mind issues. What capacity of campers is ideal? How will running camp in the time of COVID-19 impact programmatic decisions or the number or duration of sessions? How should dining services be run and what outdoor eating areas might be necessary? How do state guidelines impact the operations of camp? “I have answers and confidence to operate camp as well as to communicate with parents and staff about what is certain and what remains unknown about running camp safely in the time of COVID."
Dr. Laura helped 30+ Maine overnight camps navigate the pandemic information while our camp directors were forming decisions… she was smart, well prepared, well informed, resourceful and compassionate. Laura Kaiden, Director, Maine Camp Experience
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