An Announcement About Summer 2020

Dear Camp Family,

I am greatly saddened to share that we have made the painful decision to cancel our 2020, in person summer season. Our decision was not taken lightly and we share in the feelings of sadness with all of you.We approached this tough decision with two main questions in mind. First, can we provide a healthy and safe camping experience and secondly can we create the meaningful camp experience our community loves? 

Unfortunately, our challenge became even greater when Cal State University Channel Islands recently informed us of their decision not to host any outside summer programs. As we searched for an alternative site and reviewed the available information from the CDC and the American Camping Association, we could not confidently answer our primary questions. These circumstances made it clear that we had no other choice but to cancel this summer.

Where do we go from here? Forward, together as always. We will stay engaged with you and your campers throughout the summer, virtually now, and hopefully in person again as soon as we can. In the coming weeks, you’ll receive communication from our team about upcoming virtual events for different ages, groups (looking at you Mitzvah, Leadership, and CIT’s specifically) and families to keep us connected as we head into the summer. 

What happens to my camp fees? Within the next half hour, you will receive an email with directions on how to choose from the three main options: donate all or a portion of your fees to help camp; roll your fees into next summer or refund your fees. Even though camp won't be happening in the traditional sense there are many fixed costs that we have and have incurred. Any donation will go a long way in helping camp absorb those losses. Additionally, through the generosity of JCamp 180 whatever fees are donated will be matched on a 1 to 1 basis helping us even more. If you request a refund, please allow a two to four weeks turnaround from the time you submit your form. We appreciate your patience as we process this. 

Ultimately we understand the impact this difficult decision has on you as families. While we are closing camp this summer,  we are not leaving your side. We know this is a sad decision. It will be especially tough for our campers and it is totally natural for anyone connected to camp to feel sad. We hope that you’ll join us for the activities throughout the summer so we can smile together again soon. We look forward to seeing you virtually and again in person when the time comes, until then stay healthy and safe.

With Love,

Seth Toybes

Douglas Lynn
Executive Director


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