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CAMP & COVID-19 UPDATE
AS OF APRIL 1, 2021
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For those who wake up every morning thinking they are one day closer to Summer Camp, this is for you.
To All our Loyal and Dedicated Camp4Kids Family’s
We hope this message finds you well and healthy and that you are beginning to see at least a glimmer of light at the end of this COVID-19 tunnel!
When we last communicated with you all, we were hopeful even knowing we were still facing so much uncertainty. Thankfully, several vaccines are now approved and being administered to adults, yet the pandemic continues on.
Currently, summer overnight camps for children, with or without restrictions are not permitted by Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino County Health Department or by the State of California. The State of California has implied that residence camp will be able to return sometime in June, but under a lot of restriction yet unknown.
Camp4Kids prides itself on the quality of its camps and on its staff. We do not see how waiting to June to resume camp allows anyone enough time to prepare for the type of camping experience we believe in. Below are just a few reasons we believe rushing to open a camp does not make sense.
Even though we have started to see vaccines roll out for older adults, essential working adults, teachers and other related parties that work with young adults, we have seen delayed vaccine trials for children.
Developing, new strains of this virus and its impact has not been fully explored, and the news on these new strains is not good so far.
Time to develop a game plan for how to properly address the safe and well being of your children in camp during this pandemic should have been developed months ago by the State and local health department so that camp could have been working toward reopening this summer. Since the health and safety of our campers, volunteers and staff are our top priority and will always come first, based on the above and on countless hours of exploring all the possibilities and timing of yet to be released guidelines, the Board has made the difficult decision to not host in-person Summer Camps this year. We know how disappointing and devastating this decision is for our Camp4Kids community. We were all holding out hope that we could resume an in-person Camp by the summer at the very least, especially since we were unable to hold camp last year.
As we shared before, we must think of the safety of everyone in our Camp community. As much as it pains us to be apart, it would pain us even more if anyone’s health and wellness was compromised.
We’ve proven this past year that though we can’t be together in person, we can still come together in a meaningful and intentional way if we try—and we plan to do so for the remainder of this year and look forward to returning back to camp in 2022!
We are looking at other many other options and opportunities for us to gather as a camp community. Events like winter camp, family camp, counselor in training (CIT) leadership development and virtual gatherings are all being considered. When we have a clear understanding of when we can host such events, we will be in contact with you via email and social media.
We know this isn’t the news we were hoping for as we all looked forward to 2021 bringing us all back together. It’s been so challenging in countless ways for us, including feeling homesick for our Camp family.
You can count on your Camp4Kids family to do all we can to support each other and remain close until we’re able to safely be up on the mountain again.
Until we meet again,
"We started sending our girls to camp 3 years ago and this by far was the best decision for them by us sending them camp. Our girls feel free to express themselves, feel loved, cared, team worthy and valued by the staff and campers at camp. I’ve seen them come home from the week of camp so excited to share, relive and fulfill the promises they’ve made at camp each year.
If you are on the fence about sending your kids, Send them! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Our girls lives are forever changed by sending them to camp. We are so forever grateful for Camp4kids!"