Greetings Friends. I shared a week ago via email (part 1) that we expected to run some sort of on-site program and that it was not clear what all would be included. I will continue to report our progress and plans on a weekly basis.
We received guidance from the Governor’s team Friday at noon stating we would be allowed to run resident camp.
We had a board meeting last night and uncovered some issues and challenges. Our desire remains to use our wonderful property for the community.
So here are a few things I can share with you, even though we are not yet prepared to announce our summer 2020 offerings.
What will summer camp look and feel like? Quite a bit different! Here is a document from the VT Dept. of Health outlining what parents should expect from summer programs. It details who will not be allowed to attend and that staff will be required to wear face coverings a lot. We will probably have mandatory face covering times even for campers. Examples may include when being in the pavilion, or, when cooking together at the fire. Of course, we will adjust our requirements to stay current with VT Health Dept. guidelines if those guidelines change.
In addition, group size will be smaller overall, and, sessions a bit shorter. Distancing will be part of the experience. If we run resident programs, campers will sleep with heads at least 6′ apart in the open air shelters, among other distancing measures.
Will out of state campers be allowed to attend? Only Vermont campers and those who have been in the state for 14 days will be allowed. There may be a pathway to get around that, but, it’s unclear if we will be able to walk down that path.
If spots are limited, who gets one? We expect to give priority to those already signed up, for whatever slots are available. As of today, we have turned registration off for the weekend so no one else can reserve space. We did this to ease any anxiety you may feel about getting a spot for your child. If you already have a spot, meaning, you have signed up online, or, sent in your paper form before this was written, you will likely get to keep it, even if in a different session than what you signed up for.
So much more to plan and work through. Since it isn’t completed, please be patient with us, and, enjoy the hymn I referenced last week. This version is sung by my brother and a few of his friends a while ago. The lyrics are important to me right now and I hope offers you some encouragement.
Hope you’re all finding ways to be outside, care for yourselves, and those around you.
Brandon “Tuna” Bergey