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A Letter from the Director

Regarding the cancellation of 2020 programming.

“How Lucky I Am To Have Something That Makes Saying Goodbye So Hard.” – Winnie the Pooh.
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Dear families and friends of Augusta,

For two months, we have waited and remained hopeful. 

Like many of you, we have been adapting our lives to the new world we live in… trying to find the balance between camp time, work time, parent time and global pandemic time. With our 6 year old twins, shelter in place has meant homeschooling, and parenting while also navigating the pathway of Augusta’s present and future. We are so grateful to live in these magical woods with a small community and we are definitely glad kindergarten doesn’t include calculus yet!

We are now writing the letter that we didn’t want to write, and sending you a message that many of you didn’t want to hear.

The summer of 2020 has officially been canceled at Camp Augusta. 

To open or not to open? This is the question that we have been grappling with for over a month now.  Watching the curve, waiting for guidelines, surveying parents, and consulting with county officials…none of these avenues gave us the confidence that operating a summer camp and gathering children and adults from around the state and from literally around the globe was a good idea. It sure sounded like a great idea back in January and February. Yet the reality of what the consequences could be led to our final decision with our board of directors.

Along with concerns about everyone’s physical health and safety as well as the financial health and safety of camp many questions had no answers… 

Could we bring all of our staff here and guarantee the well-being for all of our campers? What if all went well and we were shut down midway through the summer? What if we had an infection at camp? What if…? What if…?

With so many unknowns here in the middle of May, we put up the white flag and decided that this is how the summer must be. A summer without camp. As ‘unprecedented’ as it is, this is our new reality. 

While the impact of this decision on Augusta’s future is not entirely known, we do know that this was the best choice we could make with the information we had. Not only for the health and wellbeing of our campers, families, and staff but also for Camp Augusta itself.

Your trust. Your love. Your support. Your families. Your children.

Our Campers. 

This is why we are here and why Augusta has been full for the last many years. It is why we work a desk job for 6 months of the year… so we can play in the woods, be creative with, and inspire your children.

Whether this was to be your first summer or the next of many, thank you for trusting us with the safety and wellbeing of your camper. This means the world to us.  We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and belief in Augusta.

We look forward to lighting the campfires again next summer.

Campingly and Sincerely Yours,

 

Randy and Kerry O
(…Clove and Annika too!)

We know parenting can be tough at the best of times, and we acknowledge that we’re all doing the best we can in these circumstances. Below are some resources you may find useful.

 

How to Support Your Camper About Augusta Being Cancelled

Partnering With Parents – Site created by Randy to offer many of our own philosophies to parents

Amazing Education Resources – Free Subscriptions

Augusta Blog

We Need Your Help!

Camp Augusta is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To make a tax-deductible donation to support us during this challenging time and help ensure that Camp Augusta continues to serve its campers, please click here.

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