Dear Camp Quality Kentuckiana:
Camp Quality has been regularly monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control, State Departments of Health and our local oncology medical professionals. While much remains unknown regarding how COVID-19 will evolve in Kentuckiana we do know the preventative measures we can take are to maximize individual health practices and to engage in social distancing by reducing social interactions and contact with others. We have an obligation to do our part and take action to help ensure the health and safety of our campers, volunteers, and staff.
Therefore, Camp Quality has made the very difficult decision that all in person camps are being changed to a home-based week of experiences this summer. Please know that this announcement was extremely difficult to make. The health and safety of our campers is our top priority and we simply cannot take any risks of COVID-19 exposure. Our hope is the COVID-19 pandemic will be completely over by June, but the information we are hearing from medical professionals suggests otherwise. At this time, we ask that you refrain from posting on social media about the change for our camp week this summer.
We know how much our campers and volunteers look forward to camp each year. So, we are offering a CAMP IN program during the week of camp. The program will include a camp backpack that will be delivered to each camper prior to the week of camp. The backpack will be filled with 5 “Outrageously Courageous” daily activity cards and associated materials including art and nature exploration supplies and a journal.
Additionally, our camp staff will provide online camp experiences during the week of camp with live streams and recorded sessions. A schedule of the online camp activities will be provided in the backpack. The virtual camp experience will follow this year’s adjusted theme “Outrageously Courageous” and incorporate many of our camp traditions, too.
While the CAMP IN program cannot replace our traditional summer camp experience at Country Lake, it’s a way for us to come together to find community, hope, and laughter during these uncertain times. We hope you will join us! Watch for more information in the coming weeks on how to join in on the fun of our first CAMP IN.
We know you will have questions and concerns. We will do our best to find answers and alleviate your concerns. Right now, our COC is working hard to put together the CAMP IN program. We are hoping to increase our programming this fall so be on the lookout for information about our overnight retreats.
We remain passionate about serving our campers during this year which is full of uncertainties and change. And, like you, we are heartbroken that we won’t have our traditional summer camp, but we are excited about the CAMP IN program. Together, we can do this!
Executive Director, Camp Quality Kentuckiana