Here's where we stand. Stage 2 of the state's re-opening plan, beginning on June
1, will allow for the opening of Day Camps for Maine children and those who have
met the 14 day quarantine requirement.
The Maine CDC and the American Camping Association are releasing their
guidelines and recommendations for day camps in the next week or so. While we
will carefully review and give these guidelines a lot of consideration, they are only
recommendations. Our decision to operate this summer will be driven by our
confidence in providing a safe, healthy and fun environment for our campers and
staff. This continues to be our priority. We have given ourselves until May 29 to
make that decision.
Kids that come to camp cannot be expected to maintain social distancing or wear
masks. If that is part of the criteria of gatherings for our 30 campers and staff, we
will most likely not be able to conform. While health screenings, disinfectant
cleanings and hand-washing/hand sanitation are certainly procedures we could
successfully adopt, masks and social distancing for kids playing games on the field
or swimming in the river are not.
I know this is as uncertain and anxiety provoking for you as it is for us. All we can
do right now is to continue to investigate and learn best practices for a safe summer
ahead and communicate with all of you on a regular basis. Tomorrow, we will be
attending a virtual town meeting with health experts and camp professionals
throughout New England. We look forward to continuing our information gathering
We understand the frustration that comes with uncertainty. We will continue to do
everything we can to provide answers for you in a timely way. As hard as this is for
all of us, we can only base decisions on what we know and understand. Thanks for
your continued patience as we navigate the many factors involved with opening
camp this summer.