COVID-19 and Summer Communications, Updates, and Resources

What a challenging time for all of us. We hope that you are all healthy, and our thoughts are with those who are ill, facing a challenging economic situation, or working on the front lines to contain this virus.

A lot has changed since our first e-mail regarding COVID-19 on February 27th, and a lot continues to change.

We continue to prioritize:

  • Your child’s health and safety
  • Clear communication with you
  • Acting with integrity, and doing the right thing

Please use the following FAQs to help you understand even more of our thinking and process:

    Will Camp Granite Lake be open Summer 2020?

    Things are evolving at very rapid pace, and, as of today (4/3/20), we are making plans to adjust our summer.

    We are asking you for time and patience, as we make informed decisions based on the information we get from the health department, childcare licensing, and local health experts and physicians. Your child’s health and safety comes first.

    As a result, we will be holding off on charging additional scheduled payments until we are able to provide more clarity about summer.

    Email to Families - March 31st

    Dear Camp Granite Lake Parent:

    What a challenging time for all of us. We hope that you are all healthy, and our thoughts are with those who are ill, facing a challenging economic situation, or working on the front lines to contain this virus.

    A lot has changed since our first e-mail regarding COVID-19 almost five weeks ago, and a lot continues to change. 

    While we remain optimistic, our summer camp schedule could change. As a result, we will be holding off on charging additional scheduled payments until we are able to provide more clarity about summer.

    We are asking you for time and patience, as we make informed decisions based on the information we get from the health department, childcare licensing, and local health experts and physicians. 

    As we start to work through the options, we continue to prioritize:

    • Your child’s health and safety
    • Clear communication with you
    • Acting with integrity, and doing the right thing

    You will hear from us again by April 15th with another update. If you would like to speak with us sooner, please reach out.

    In the meantime, you and your campers should join us, and hundreds of others,  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at noon MDT to celebrate “all things camp and more” on our Live Web Show!

    Sincerely, 

    Tommy

    Can we still sign up for camp?

    Yes! In the middle of all of this craziness, we are still accepting applications. And, we will be holding off on charging any payments until we are able to provide more clarity about the options this summer.

    Are there any changes to how you will run camp?

    Probably. Possibly. Maybe. Tommy, Tom, Krista, and Abbie are reviewing  all our procedures and imagining what important changes should be made, and may be required. As we learn and decide on more, we will share our plans.

    The Difference Between Worry, Stress, and Anxiety

    We have found this New York Times Article titled The Difference Between Worry, Stress, and Anxiety to be helpful in understanding all those feelings inside of us, and our kids.

    Email to Families - February 27th

    Dear Camp Granite Lake Parent:

    I woke up this morning, turned to my wife, and asked “How do you think we should approach all that’s happening with coronavirus?”

    Ali is a pediatrician who works in the hospital setting, and has always been a great advisor to me on how to approach child and community health at camp. (You can read my story of how she guided us to be one of the first camps in the country to require immunizations here.) And, I think she is more reliable and much calmer than anything in the news or social media!

    Knowing that this is all going to evolve quickly, here is what we are planning to do in the short-term:

    • speak with local experts in pediatric infectious disease about how to apply what is known (and unknown) to the camp community and environment
    • continue to engage with the American Camp Association, whose CEO just sent a small group of us a draft email with an update about where their efforts are going to be concentrated
    • closely monitor the progress of the disease, and, like you, pay attention to CDC recommendations and guidance
    • communicate with our partners at the Jefferson County health department, who we have worked closely with before and with whom we have a great relationship

     And, finally, we plan to continue to give regular updates to you, our community of camp parents, with what we learn and how it might affect all of our summer plans!

    Thank you for trusting us,

     Tommy

     



    How Camp Granite Lake is Responding to Potential Disruptions from COVID-19

    Our Priorities are: your child’s health and safety, clear communication with our camp families, and acting with integrity.