One of St. Martin’s greatest strengths is its strong community, a diverse group of individuals with many gifts and talents who celebrate their shared values and commitment to our students and school.
With 20 years of experience as an educator and decades leading summer programs, Juan Lumas is a seasoned and highly regarded teacher, coach, and mentor. He and his wife Raynette are the proud parents of Maddox ’29 and Caleb ’29. In his fourth year as the StM Summer Camp co-director, Lumas--with co-director Christine Berry and the camp staff--courageously took on the challenge of opening the Summer Care program, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for campers and families in need of care.
In our Snapshot of a Saint series, we learn more about the individuals who make our community exceptional. Here’s our Q&A with Juan Lumas
What has been the best part about having the summer care program?
The best part about having the Summer Care Program is being able to see StM campers and students playing together in a safe environment. Having Summer Care, albeit different from the regular camp, has provided campers and staff with a sense of normalcy during these unusual circumstances. I love seeing our kids enjoying themselves, and their smiles make all of the hard work worth it.
As a parent and as the camp co-director, what makes you feel certain that our campers, counselors, and campus are healthy and safe?
Honestly, nothing is 100% perfect. But the camp staff and school leaders have spent an immense amount of time and effort to put this program together. We did our very best to come up with a protocol, based on ACA (American Camping Association), CDC, and state guidelines, that will provide a safe space for our campers and students.
What are some of the biggest changes you’ve had to make with the summer care program, and how are the campers adapting to those changes?
We wash our hands a bunch! The kids have been placed in smaller groups to limit the amount of exposure among the campers. We have also created cohorts which basically means that the kids and counselors within a given group only interact with one another. I was worried about this procedure at first but it has worked well. The kids are really having a great experience!
What advice would you give to parents who are trying to prepare their children for the new safety practices?
I believe the most important thing we can do as parents is to prepare them by explaining what the new standards will be. There will definitely be an adjustment period for the kids. What I can tell you is that, based on Summer Care thus far, the kids have acclimated well to the changes.
What are three words you would use to describe being back on campus?