Just the other day I overheard someone say, “We are in for another COVID-19 summer.”
I was caught off guard and most of me wanted to disagree. “We are moving forward”, a strong voice in me proclaimed,“we are planning camp, hiring staff, buying supplies. We are back in business”.
Another voice nervously replied, said “yes, but things will be different than they were before 2020, before COVID-19.”
Of course I know this, but sometimes my heart forgets and dreams of summer camp as it was and as it has always been. I am likely not alone. It is true that some things have been lost, but we are not without hope and when reviewing the latest COVID-19 recommendations from the American Camp Association this caught my eye.
“The safety and health of campers and staff is always the highest priority at camp, and camps have a long history of planning for and managing communicable diseases. With the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the United States, camps are reviewing and updating health-related plans and procedures.”
It’s true, we have adapted again and again for changing times. Granted this time feels more significant, but we know how to do this; we know how to create a safe environment at camp. We have done our research and made necessary changes to ensure that our campers and our staff are safe at camp. We have also kept the spirit of camp alive. There may be some activities we cannot do but there are more we can do. We are focused on the can! We can come together and play, build relationships, be in the natural world, pray, celebrate faith and life, and grow. And there will also be fun as we swim, ride horses, hike, create art, play games, swing on the giant swing, sing around the campfire and so much more. It may not be completely camp as we have always known it, but it will be a positive camp experience that none of us will forget.
CYO Camp Rancho Framasa is safe this summer and camp is essential this summer. Our children have no doubt had a tough year and coming to camp can help alleviate some of their stress and give them back a piece of normal and hope that our world is healing.
Below you will find a link to our COVID-19 safety practices for you to review. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are open to discussing the topics that are important to you and your family.
We hope to see you at camp soon!
CYO Camp Co-director
COVID-19 Safe Practices
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