by Steve Purdum on December 05
These Things We’ve Come to Know
Within the past few weeks you have likely heard from everyone who has your email address (from your friends and family to the folks that change your oil!) with expressions of gratitude. At the risk of blowing our own horn, we’d like to share a few things we are grateful for this past year and also share some of what we have come to know, even as so much remains uncertain.
First and foremost, we are grateful for the opportunity to have Camp this past summer. We’re grateful for the kids, families and staff that invested in the experience, and the good fortune we had with all our programs. We are also grateful for what we have learned- what we have come to know, and how this will inform us as we move into the New Year.
We know now that COVID-19 will be with us for a while, and as it moves from being a pandemic (exponential spread) to being endemic (consistently present), we know we will still have to address it in the Camp setting. Even so, we know that Camp can run.
We also know:
*There are effective ways to limit the severity of the disease by vaccination.
*There are effective non-pharmacological interventions that can be implemented to limit the likelihood of uncontrolled spread.
*That children are incredibly resilient and compassionate in their care for the health of others.
*That kids have had their childhood altered in ways that leave them in need- in need of just that, a childhood, and an experience that allows them to stretch and grow.
*That the health of our Camp community is a community effort.
*That we will embrace advances and adjust to setbacks.
Of course, there is still much that we do not know, and just how our summer will be affected and what exact protocols will need to be. We don’t know if we will require vaccination for attendance, but we know we need to consider it.
For now, we renew our pledge to give timely updates- sending messages only when we have something to relay, or something that requires action on your part. Until then, let us join the chorus of those wishing you all the best this holiday season and our deepest gratitude for providing this experience for your child.
Steve, Julie, Cheryl, Mary Jane and Nate