Camp Sequoia Details

Listed below are some more details, a list of what to bring to camp, and information on pick-up and drop-off. Also, have a look at our incredible camp staff!

Pick-up & Drop-off

Each morning begins at 9:00 a.m., with a safe and distanced car-line drop off. Starting at 8:50 am, one of Blithewold’s staff members will be eagerly awaiting your arrival in front of the carriage house barn doors. Please stay in your vehicle and pull your car around to wait in the line, it should not take long as we only have 13 campers! A temperature will be taken and parent will sign each child in for the day. The child will be greeted by our friendly counselors and activity will begin right away. Please wear a mask!

Afternoon pick-up is at 3:00 p.m. As early at 2:45 pm, a staff member will be waiting in the car line to sign out your child. We will bring your child out to the car. Both drop-off and pick-up will be in the same area outside of  Blithewold’s restored Carriage House, a barn-like building located next to Blithewold’s parking lot. We ask that parents please be punctual; Blithewold staff cannot easily accommodate early or late arrivals/departures unless we are notified in advance.  A photo ID will be required to sign out each child.

If your child can not attend camp due to illness or other reasons, please call us no later than 10 am at 401-253-2707.

 

Emergency Policy

If your child can not attend camp due to illness or other reasons, please call us no later than 10 am at 401-253-2707. Please note that there will be no refunds for days missed due to illness or other reasons. Also, camp tuition will not be reimbursed if we are given less that two weeks notice. If you give two weeks notice, we reimburse in full minus a $25 administration fee.

Safety Measures

-Counselors will be wearing masks and or face shields. We will ask children to wear a mask or face shields on an as-needed basis when we are not outside or closer than 6 ft.

-Each child will be given a hand-sanitizer, but feel free to bring your own from home.

-We will have our own restrooms that are not open to the general public, they will be sanitized before and after each use. We will take small group trips to the restroom frequently throughout the day.

-Surfaces will be sprayed and wiped frequently

-Assigned seating, supply backpacks, and activity groups will remain consistent for the week

What to Bring:

Recommended Clothing
Children should arrive dressed for activity. We will be spending time outside as much as possible! We suggest you equip your child with an extra outfit, extra layers, water shoes for outdoor play and sneakers for indoors play, and waterproof outerwear (bathing suit (can be worn under clothing, towel.) All should be labeled.

Water Bottle
Please bring a re-useable water bottle each day, labeled with your child’s name.

Lunch
Lunch is at 12 Noon.
Bring a lunch each day with your camper’s name on it. Microwaves & refrigerators are not available.

Snacks
Participants should bring their own healthy snacks. Snack time is 10 am, an optional second snack will take place in the afternoon after lunch. Please inform the camp director immediately if there are any food allergies. We occasionally do food preparation activities for snack. Please let us know if you prefer your child to opt out and only eat his/her own snack.

Sun Glasses/Block
Many activities will take place outdoors. Please arrive with your child already wearing sunscreen. We will re-apply after lunch, so please pack sunscreen as well as bug spray.

Gym Bag/Backpack
A gym bag or backpack is recommended for belongings. Please label with your family’s last name. Each camper will place belongings in a “cubby” at the beginning of the day.

Money/Items of Value
It is best to leave all personal equipment such as Ipods, hand held electronic games, sentimental, monetary or items of personal value at home.  If you choose to bring these items, Blithewold is not responsible for any loss or damage.

Meet our Camp Sequoia Staff:

Head Counselor – Poe Johnson

My name is Poe Johnson and I’m so excited to be freshly recruited to the Camp Sequoia team. I’m a long time resident of Rhode Island with a strong passion for youth outreach, advocacy, and environmental sustainability. Raised by a National Park Service ranger and a teacher, I learned the importance of fostering a strong relationship with the natural world at a young age. Formerly, I’ve been a camp counselor at W. Alton Jones in West Greenwich and a teaching assistant at The Met High School in Providence, Rhode Island. I’ve also worked with multiple non-profits in Providence while pursuing my BA in Public Relations at Rhode Island College. I’m thrilled to utilize my experiences and enthusiasm to provide a safe and immersive learning environment for our young explorers. With summer upon us, I’m looking forward to a fun and restorative camp season on the Blithewold estate.

Assitant Counselor – Casey Motta

My name is Casey Motta and I live in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with my family. I
currently attend Portsmouth Abbey School and I previously went to St. Philomena
School. I have been a part of Camp Sequoia for almost my whole life now; I started out
as a camper for 4 years, then I became a CIT for 5 years. I have now been able to
continue as a counselor; Camp Sequoia means so much to me and I am very excited to
have camp this summer. I never thought that I would grow up through this camp but
now I can’t imagine my life without it. I love to be outside playing many different games
and sports. I have never been afraid to get my hands dirty creating things with nature or
doing art projects. As a camper I was always catching frogs and knew where the crabs
were hiding at the beach. I also enjoy music and have been playing the trumpet for
many years. My favorite part of this camp is meeting all the kids and getting to know
them over the course of a week–or in some cases the whole summer. I am very
enthusiastic to continue the Camp Sequoia traditions for another summer.

Assitant Counselor – Sarah Dugal

My name is Sarah Dugal and I am ecstatic to return to Camp Sequoia this summer. Currently, I attend Portsmouth Abbey School and live in Tiverton, Rhode Island. At my school, I play volleyball, squash, and lacrosse. Also, I play the piano and love relaxing on the beach and reading in my free time. Previously, I went to Saint Philomena School, yet during the school year I blithely anticipated summer vacation, as I would drive along Ferry Road to Camp Sequoia. As a camper, I always enjoyed creating different crafts pertaining to each week’s theme and proudly presenting my work to my parents. Additionally, I appreciated the ability to explore different parts of the Blithewold grounds, such as the beach and frog pond. After being a camper, Counselor-in-Training (CIT), and counselor, I have grown to appreciate Blithewold and Camp Sequoia and hope to instill this adoration in our campers as well. I look forward to another year at Camp Sequoia and an amazing summer!

Contact Information

If parents/guardians need to contact camp staff about any changes in pick-up/drop-off, or any other additional information. Please consult the list below:

Julie Christina, Education Programs Manager
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 401-253-2707 ex. 16

Jillian Cleveland, Communications Assistant and Registrar
E-mail: jclevelan[email protected]
Phone: 401-253-2707 ex. 15

You can also contact our counselors at the Visitors Center at 401-253-2707 ex. 38
The phone will be answered if they are in the camp space at the time of your call.

Required Forms:

These forms are covered when you sign your child up for camp.
Feel free to print these for your own records.

Health History Form

Camp Pickup Authorization Form