Parents of 2020 Campers!
I hope this finds you and your families’ healthy and
finding small ways to enjoy the extra time spent together. Every year, when May rolls around, there
always seems to be a little extra spark in anticipation of the summer camp
season. We spend all year preparing and longing to sing one more silly camp
song, to play one more round of slip n’
slide kickball, and to share in 1 more all camp mass.
Camp Tekakwitha has served as a ‘home away from home’ for so
many campers. It is more than just a place, it’s a community. A community that
welcomes every single person for exactly who they are and encourages them to explore
and grow into who God has called them to be. As with every community, we are there to
support one another through the good times and the challenging times.
This year has placed before us an obstacle that is so
unpredictable and has many moving parts. The health and safety of our campers,
staff, and community is our number 1 priority in all that we do. We have been
hard at work exploring all options/possibilities while ensuring every necessary
precaution is taken. We have been collaborating with the Shawano County Health
Department, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, The American Camp
Association, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, our very own
medical director, and camps in the surrounding area to make the most informed
decision that is in the best interest of all.
Upon collecting all of the information and spending much
time in prayer, we have decided to make the difficult decision to Cancel
Sessions 1 – 4 for the 2020 Summer Camp Season. As of right now, we are
planning on running sessions 5-9 starting July 5th, 2020 and going
through August 7th, 2020. The American Camp Association is currently
working with the CDC to produce both guidelines and best practices for all
camps for the 2020 season. Once that document is released (within the next 2
weeks), we will have a better understanding if we are able to safely hold
sessions 5 – 9. Our goal is to re-evaluate and connect with you again by May 15th,
HOW ARE YOUR CAMP RESERVATIONS AFFECTED?
There is a lot of uncertainty right now and we are doing all
that we can to navigate these murky waters and come to the best possible decision
for our community. We understand that so much is being thrown your way right
now and we want to make this process as seamless as possible for you. We know
there are so many who are going through transitions with their jobs and
potentially sacrificing a lot to save money. We would like to get your refunds
to you as quickly as possible. All monies will be returned back to you via an actual check
from the Diocese of Green Bay. Unfortunately, at this time, Ultra Camp is
unable to transition the funds you may have paid for via E-Check directly back
into your account.
Additionally, many families have been asking questions
regarding deferring the funds to 2021, switching to another week, or even ways
to help camp.
With that being said, we are giving all families four
options to choose from:
- Full Refund for Session of Camp
- Switch Camper to a different week
- Defer payment to my 2021 registration
- Donate part of my registration to Camp Tek
We are asking EVERYONE from Sessions 1 -4 to please fill out
this very simple Google Form so we are able to track parent’s wishes via paper
and ensure we are honoring all requests as best as we’re able. Additionally, if
you currently have kids signed up for Session 5 – 9 and you are not comfortable
sending them --- we will honor a full refund for you as well. Please fill out
the Google Form.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
As you may or may not know, Camp Tekakwitha is a 501c3 and
we do everything that we can every single year to provide the best experience
possible. Most of our income is generated by summer camp and so without a few
weeks, we are going to be doing everything we can to keep camps ahead above
waters. Many folks have asked how they can help and so we wanted to provide
this option for them. We would greatly appreciate any/all gifts. Please know,
however, that we, by no means, expect anyone to donate knowing the financial
burdens everyone is facing.
Although this summer is going to look significantly
different than originally planned, we know that the Lord is with us always and
the rallying of our community will keep the energy of the summer at an all-time
high. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to discern and prepare for
the shortened summer season. Our summer
staff has been remarkable through this situation and I know they’re eager to
spend time (even if just a few weeks) out here this summer. Know of our prayers
for you and your families – prayers of health and safety, prayers for the
uncertainty, and prayers for anything else you’d like us to offer up.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha……pray for us!
Rebecca Sievers, Camp Director