The following communication from Camp Director Dale Decker was sent to all our camp families on May 18.
It is with heavy hearts that we share our plans to cancel all in-person activities held on our site for Summer 2020. If at any point new information emerges and conditions change that allow us to safely provide in-person gatherings, we will do so as a top priority.
While we have continued to plan, prepare, and hope for another transformative summer at Camp Bob Waldorf, the risks posed by COVID-19 threaten what we hold most dear – the health and well-being of our campers and staff that attend camp.
You might be asking, “Why are you making this decision now and for the full summer?” Our ongoing conversations with public health officials, national camp leaders, and our staff and Board of Directors have led us to the difficult conclusion that there are too many known and unknown risks for us to create an acceptable pathway forward for this summer. As soon as that became clear, we wanted to communicate to you, our community. We believe that you and your campers deserve the clarity, that while painful, allows for grieving, healing, and moving forward towards hope, joy, and better days ahead. This also enables our team to plan and create exciting camp programs that you can experience with us at home.
We hope you take time with your campers to express sadness together; listen, embrace the loss, and savor the gratitude for the magic of camp, which will continue through the summer and will sustain into the future. Please find resources here to support you and your campers during this difficult time.
We know that camp is more than a place, but the relationships we build with one another to form our community. The relationships that we rely on to celebrate life’s victories and lean on in times of sadness. We are a strong community that will continue to grow even during these challenging times.
We will look forward to continuing our time together throughout the months to come. You are in our hearts, and we are counting down the days until we can be together again.
In the Camp Spirit,
Camp Bob Waldorf Director
For more information and a list of Summer 2020 FAQ, click here.