To Our Camp Community
It is with much sadness that we write to tell you that all July in-person programming at Camp Wingmann is canceled for the 2020 summer season. As upsetting as this news is, it stems out of concern for the health and safety of our campers, their families, our staff, and our local communities, so we have had to accept that canceling camp is the right thing for us to do.
From the start of the pandemic, the Camp Director, Wingmann Staff, and members of the Board, have been working closely together to find a way to open camp safely while adhering to the new COVID-19 standards. We pooled expert science-based resources, especially in public health, and conducted outreach to dozens of organizations – schools, camps, associations, and government agencies – to develop a set of safety criteria. We have come to realize that no measure taken would truly allow Camp Wingmann to assure the safety of the camp community. Additionally, we have required that all staff get tested prior to beginning our staff training and several tests have come back positive. This has further reinforced our decision and has made it clear that we will be unable to provide the safe and enriching summer experiences our campers deserve.
All children enrolled in a camp program for 2020 will have a guaranteed spot for them in 2021. You have the choice to either receive any 2020 tuition and deposits as a refund, turn it into a charitable donation, or roll tuition forward to the summer of 2021.
As a non-profit organization, we rely on the generosity of our community members to meet our mission and to serve our local community, as we have been doing throughout the pandemic by coordinating with the Department of Children and Families to assist families hit hard by COVID-19 and providing continuing employment for staff and contractors. Canceling summer camp will have a dramatic impact on our operating budget, and we hope you will consider converting all or a portion of your tuition into a charitable gift. Please call or email our office about your deposit and tuition refunds. (e:firstname.lastname@example.org p:(863)453-4800)
This decision was painful for everyone involved. We planned and prepared like never before to welcome, love, and care for your children on campus this summer. Our deepest heartache is knowing how disappointing this news will be for the campers who have come to know Wingmann as the place in which campers and caring adults gather, laugh, and grow together. We wish it were different and appreciate your understanding in this unprecedented time.
We are already looking toward next summer and our expectation is that we will be together again. The kind of transformative growth that happens for campers at Wingmann, through experiences that teach resilience, service to others, and stewardship to the world around us, and the ways we lean into creating thriving, sustainable communities, is something needed by young people and our society now, more than ever. We are grateful to be on this journey with you and appreciate your continued presence in our lives. Please stay alert for potential programming, we will develop as circumstances allow during the school year including New Beginnings & Winter Camp!
Joshua Joseph “JJ”