March 10, 2021 Update
The Quick Update:
We are spending a lot of time working on scenarios for how to safely open Camp Mendocino—in some form—for summer 2021 and, as you can imagine, camper and staff safety is our #1 priority. We are optimistic that we can give you a meaningful update in early April and will update you via email and through our website as we have more specific information.
How We are Making Decisions:
Earlier this year, we started a Covid-19 Health & Safety Task Force to help us make decisions about our ability to safely open Camp Mendocino this summer. This 20-person task force has been utilizing research and best practices from a variety of sources to think critically about the summer. Taking account of Covid-19 considerations, we have been discussing policies and procedures related to: health and safety, facilities and operations, transportation, family experience and communication, programs/activities, camper experience, and staff experience.
Who is on the Task Force:
Year-round Camp staff
Seasonal Camp staff
What Guides our Decision Making:
Survey Results from over 100 families
BGCSF’s extensive experience operating in person over the past 12 months
State and local government guidance
Available scientific research
Trusted organizations like the American Camp Association
What Camp Might Look Like:
Cohorts of campers
Social Distancing required
Testing of campers and staff
Pre-Camp quarantine for campers and staff
Changes to the Camp schedule
Changes to staff expectations
In the meantime, although we may not have the answer to many questions, please contact our Camp office via telephone or email. We are happy to talk with you.
We know that our campers need us more than ever right at this time. We hope that we can see at least some of the smiling faces we missed in 2020. Again, we hope you all are safe, healthy, and well.