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CAMP & COVID-19 UPDATE
AS OF APRIL 17, 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 Families
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. If you go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant-cases.html you will see that cases here in California are still high and beginning to climb again, and are of great concern to us. Thankfully, several vaccines are now approved and being administered and according to the CDC by mid-October we should hopefully reach a point of containment.
Currently, summer overnight camps for children with or without restrictions, are not permitted by the Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino County Health Departments or by the State of California until June 15th at best. The State of California has implied that residence camp will be able to return sometime in June, but under a lot of restrictions which are 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:
New strains of this virus have been seen and their impact has not been fully explored, and the news on these new strains is not good so far.
A game plan for how to properly address the safety and well-being of your children in camp during this pandemic should have been developed months ago by the State and local health departments so that camp could have been working toward reopening this summer – but this hasn’t happened.
The health and safety of our campers, volunteers and staff are our top priority and will always come first.
Based on the foregoing and on countless hours of exploring all the possibilities and timing of yet to be released guidelines, the Camp4Kids 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. We want you to know that Camp Oakes is 100% in agreement with our decision as they also want to make sure that all campers, staff members, and the general public remain safe and healthy during these difficult times. They have been a great partner in helping us to come to this conclusion.
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 were compromised.
We have proven this past year that though we can’t be together in person, we can still come together in a meaningful and productive 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!"