Summer 2021 – The Future Is Ours!

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Dear Campers, Parents, Staff, Friends, and Family,

Camp Beausite Northwest will be closing for the Summer 2020 Season.

We are hopeful for our 2020 fall and 2021 spring programs to be able to happen. We are in full swing planning for summer 2021!

We want to share with you why this is happening and how we came to this decision. As you can imagine, it was not an easy decision to come to. Camp Beausite Northwest is built on the foundation of our mission to provide inclusive learning, social, recreational, and therapeutic opportunities for adults and children with special needs, and their families. For us, a key aspect of this is to create a physically and emotionally safe environment for our campers and our staff.

COVID-19 has created so many unforeseeable circumstances that continue to change every day that are out of our control.

  • Our planning for summer 2020 began last fall – camp doesn’t just start in June. Months have been lost to this virus for our staffing, fundraising, programming, camp physicals, and the like.
  • For our campers, our families, and our staff – being close is a part of how we do things at camp; riding in buses, caring for campers, swimming, high fives, hugs, meals, activities. 6 ft. distancing doesn’t work for us to do what we do.
  • We cannot begin to “guess” or “hope” that things will change enough, for us to be able to provide our programs and SAFELY operate camp this summer.
  • Our number ONE priority is the health and safety of our campers and staff.

We know that this is HARD. For all of us, but our campers and families. We see you. We will do everything in our power to support you. We still have three weekend camps on the books for this fall, and we will do everything we can to provide support to you. Even though Summer 2020 has been cancelled, you haven’t heard the last from us.

To Our Prospective Families:

Thank you so much for wanting to join the Camp Beausite family this year. We hope that you will join us for a weekend program or for summer 2021. Keep an eye on our Camp Programs page. We can’t wait to meet you!

To Our Registered Families:

If you have registered for summer 2020, we will be contacting each of you soon about your registrations. We will begin processing refunds next week. Please be patient, as we are reaching out to everyone and working through each family’s needs and preferences regarding their fees and registrations. This process will take at a minimum a few weeks. Please see our Camp Cancellation Policy.

To Our Campers:

You mean the world to us. We will miss you so much. We feel sad and we want you to know that it is OK to feel sad, too. We are working so hard to get you back to camp.

To Our Staff:

You are our glue. We could not do what we do without your dedication, kindness, and willingness to be a part of this incredible organization. Please know that we are hopeful for your return as soon as it is allowed. Weekend Camps are going to need you and summer 2021 will be here before we know it.

STAY CONNECTED:

Please sign up for E-mail Updates. Starting on May 15th all of our group e-mail communications will be going out via our online news and information platform. This is where we will share information about upcoming programs, the state of camp, staffing needs, camper fun, parent information. ALL OF IT!!! Please make sure you sign up for our e-mails so we can keep you in the loop about our FUTURE.

To EVERYONE:

Please stand with us through this incredibly difficult time. Our Camp Beausite Community is so important to us and it is imperative that we are here to serve you for another 30 years. Please know that there are a million things that needed to be considered in order to come to this conclusion. So many moving parts. So many variables. So many what-ifs. There are so many camp programs around the country that have made this decision – we are not alone. We are all in this together. And, somehow, we will be better for it.

 

Yours in Camping,

Raina Baker

Executive Director