When your camp purchases a virtual camp portal, it includes your own sub-domain (i.e. campfun.virtual-camp.org) and the ability to customize it in many ways. You can add your logo, a donation link, your social media feeds, and/or a special video that welcomes your virtual campers.
Setting Up Your Program Sessions
You will then put together your program sessions and the age groups you will serve during each of these time periods. Each session would include a number of activity blocks for each program day. For these blocks, you could use your own content or choose something from a shared library. These could be links, documents, or videos that share an arts and crafts activity, a Zoom gathering, a hike on the trail, or anything your camp can dream up.
Your Portal is Secure
The system will help you create login credentials for your campers. Your campers will purchase access to your portal using the same method they currently use to register for your regular in-person programs. You set the price – or you could give it away for free or for just a donation. How much you charge for virtual camp is completely up to you.
Running Multiple Sessions of Virtual Camp
While your portal is active, you can run many sessions of virtual programming every month. If you are running in-person events, your virtual camps could run concurrently with those programs in order to provide an alternative for families who still have safety concerns.
Will campers want to come to virtual camp?
We think that is highly dependent on the content and the way it is presented. We don’t want this program to keep children and youth in front of computer screens for hours at a time, so we encourage you to offer other types of activities. Your virtual portal could be used in conjunction with a “camp in a box” program that sends a camp t-shirt, arts and crafts supplies, and other materials to the campers each session.
Is the Virtual Camp Portal right for you?
This is a challenging time in the history of our camps. It is important for our camps to maintain a connection with our campers and their families. We think the Virtual Camp Portal might help you do that. It is a great way to continue to serve your constituency and possibly generate revenue when these can be difficult to do.