Summer 2021 – The Future Is Ours!

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Hello Camp Family,

October 15, 2020

We miss you all so very much! I hope that you know that! This year has been so hard on everyone, and not having your laughter, love, and light at camp has made it even harder. You have to know that we want you all to be safe and healthy, and we hope beyond hope that your lives have been as smooth and kind as possible, in the midst of this pandemic. We know this has been so hard on all of you. So many of your resources and programs are not operating and we are devastated to have to continue to be a part of that.

We know that you are all eagerly awaiting the release of our camp dates for programs in 2021. We have been working hard over the last few months trying to figure out how we can offer camp programs in 2021 safely for our campers, families, staff, and volunteers. As of October 15, 2020 - We are not able to post dates for our future. It is imperative that we have the right information, that we are in the right phase, and that we know that we can safely offer programs to you - before we commit to our camp dates.

What does that mean? That means we are working with the American Camp Association, Special Needs Camps around the country, the CDC, the local and state health boards, and a group of amazing volunteers who are a part of all things COVID to help give us the right guidance on how we create and provide our programs for you. We have to look at every aspect of our programs and figure out the answers to how we care for our campers with each step. We are writing new policies. We are creating new ways to do things. A lot of things will have to change at camp, for us to be able to offer our services to you.

What kinds of things are we looking at and considering? That is a great question. First and foremost we have to take into account that a great number of our campers have compromised immune systems. Next we are hopeful for better treatments and protocols for the virus as well as accurate, affordable, and available rapid/quick testing. From there we are looking at how we quarantine staff, if campers can isolate before coming to camp, mask wearing and PPE for staff and campers, and then how we assist with activities of daily living. While we know you are winning at all of this at home - that all changes when we travel and bring new groups of people together. We are looking at hands free stations for hand washing, hand sanitizing, and water bottle filling. Meal time rotations. Lowered camp capacity to accommodate for social distancing. We are researching cleaning and disinfecting protocols and companies. Finally, we are figuring out how we run programs that keep our campers & staff sociallly distanced from each other, but still social. We have SO MANY things to worry about to create these programs and services and we want you to know that we are working hard towards our future possibilities. It is also super important to note that we also have to be in Phase 3, at a minimum, for any of this to happen.

We are hopeful that the winter will give us more information, more access, more resources, and more knowledge that will help us make all of these decisions. We are grateful for this time as it is giving us the opportunity to look at every component so that when it makes sense to open our doors - we can!

We don't have all of the answers. We don't know what 2021 holds. We don't know what kinds of programs we can run. We don't know how many programs we will be able to offer. But what we do know, is that we WILL be here ready to welcome you back with elbow bumps and hoots and hollers when we get the OK to do so. And we can't wait!

We love you all so very much and we are so grateful that you are a part of the Camp Beausite family. We will do our best to keep you posted and in the know. As soon as we know what our future holds, you'll know!

Stay Healthy! Stay Safe! Stay Happy!

Yours in Camping,
Raina Baker, Executive Director

Dear Camp Family,

July 16, 2020

Hello Family. It is time to update you about where we are headed for fall, winter, and 2021. We have made yet another difficult decision to cancel our fall weekend programs. We know this is hard for everyone, and we are working hard on figuring out how we do camp in the future.

If you are registered for any of our fall programs, we will be in touch regarding your refunds and credits.

We are hoping that taking a little more time to let COVID iron itself out, and for the health community to figure out some best practices, treatments, and vaccines - that we will be able to return to some fabulous programming in the spring of 2021.

If you have any questions or if you need any additional information, please feel free to reach out us at 36-732-7222 or via e-mail at info@campbeausitenw.org.

We miss you so much. But have faith my friends. The future is ours and it is going to be spectacular!

Yours in Camping,

Raina

 

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

April 18, 2020

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:

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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