Dear Camp Friends,
We know a lot more than we did last week! Governor’s restart team gave the go ahead one week ago and our board of directors gave the go ahead on Wednesday night of this past week. Working with our camp doctor and leadership team, we continue to create a modified way of doing camp that minimizes opportunities for virus transmission and utilizes guidance from the VT Health Department, CDC, and American Camp Association.
We are almost finished with our updated schedule. We will not run all of our scheduled programs and plan to announce that by Wednesday of this coming week. The first week of camp will be July 6 and will be Launch day camp for ages 6-10.
We know we will have at least four weeks of residential camp and probably two weeks of day camp. After we share our updated schedule we will be emailing each family currently signed up and work to get you into whichever of the new programs you would like. The way that process will work is fairly simple:
Respond to a future email indicating preference of session (we will give a deadline).
Pay your balance (by a deadline).
Review the materials we will send and prepare your camper for the modified experience (we will get this to you before the decision and payment deadlines). Noteworthy modifications relate to some new activities and some missing favorites, occasional required face covering for all (like during drop off, bathhouse, and meal prep. times), lots of hand-washing, assigned sleeping spaces etc. We believe while it will feel quite different, campers will enjoy what we are preparing.
We plan to limit a camper to one session for the summer. Our goal is to serve as many different campers as possible given the reduced capacity (planning for 36 campers at a time so we can best follow guidance and requirements). Until we help each enrolled family get into new sessions, we will keep registration closed. After the decision deadline for current enrollees we will open registration back up until all spots are filled.
I am praying a part of Isaiah 40 for each of you. It’s a prayer that I needed very much this week. Starting at v. 28: “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to those who have no might God increases strength… they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Bless you.
Brandon “Tuna” Bergey