COVID-19 Decision Regarding Summer 2020
To our Camp Lokanda Community,
It is with tears in our eyes and broken hearts that we deliver such sad news to our camp family. While we wanted so badly for our campers to take the journey up Snake Road to their summer home, we have made the difficult decision to postpone camp until Summer 2021.
We have spent the past two months consulting and collaborating with camp colleagues and organizations, doctors and epidemiologists, PPE and testing suppliers, and many of you. Your trust in us and support has been unwavering and we are so thankful to each and every family.
We have been planning for every conceivable contingency, set up protocols and explored every scenario to see a path to making the summer happen for our campers and staff. After a thorough review of the recommendations from the ACA (American Camp Association), in conjunction with the CDC, one thing has become clear; it would be unrealistic to follow these recommendations and run camp in a manner that would ensure the safety of our camp community.
The limitations that are needed would require us to alter all of our programs, limit our activities, special events, and most importantly, the camaraderie and connections that we have with one another. Camp is everything but social distancing. We cannot imagine Lokanda without being able to give our friends a hug, or even a high five. How can we not dance together in the dining hall and or sing our alma mater arm in arm in the social hall?
We have all spent every day since last summer thinking about getting back to Glen Spey, especially in the last few months, when it seems like it was the silver lining. The Summer needs to be Magic and we promise it will be even more so in 2021.
We know the decision to postpone camp is disappointing for all of our staff, campers and especially our older campers who were looking forward to their Upper and CIT Summers. We want to assure them we will be excited to have them back in 2021 for the summer they’ve been waiting for since Lower Camp. We will set up Zoom calls with each group to talk more about how to make Summer 2021 their best ever!
To our new campers, we have loved getting to know you over this past winter and we look forward to the many more get-togethers and summers we will spend together. As a camp community we will stay connected through Zoom gatherings and social media events, and once appropriate gather in person.
We understand how surreal and emotional this situation is for everyone. We feel it too and are here to support you every step of the way. The warmth, love, and spirit of our Lokanda family will keep us connected until we are all back together as one.
Please share this video message from us when you share the news with your camper(s).
We love you. We miss you. We will be back better than ever in 2021!!
With so much Lokanda Love,
Ronen and Dana