For the past several weeks, we have been reminded on numerous occasions just how much hope Camp John Marc gives to its campers, parents, families, volunteers, staff, and medical team members. We often hear that our campers’ week at Camp is their favorite week of the year and the thing that gives them the confidence and strength to face not only the challenges associated with a chronic illness or major physical challenge, but all the challenges each day brings.
Knowing that our program and our campers are so cared for and so immensely loved has given me great strength and encouragement, especially in times as uncertain as these. Over the past couple of weeks, we have been working in partnership with each of our summer camps, our Medical Advisory Committee, and our Board of Directors to assess our plans for the Summer of 2020. We know and are aware that thousands upon thousands of people look to us for hope, for support, and to make a decision that puts health and safety first and is in the best interest of our campers, camper families, volunteers, staff, medical teams, and the many others that help make the magic of Camp John Marc possible.
With a heavy heart and understanding the emotions that follow for us all, I am writing to let you know that we have made the decision that all week-long camping programs at Camp John Marc for the entirety of Summer 2020 are cancelled.
Although we know that we cannot replace all of the joy and experiences that come from physically being at Camp, I am excited to let you know that we will be continuing the mission, spirit, enthusiasm, and activities of Camp John Marc in a virtual setting. Below you will find a video made for our campers and camper families by Camp Director Megan White that covers this program and some safety matters.
We look forward to a time when this “new normal” fades into our “next normal” and that we may all be together again. We are continuing to assess the status of our Fall weekend camp programs and will keep you apprised of their status as we know more. It is important to always remember that Camp is more than a place.
Stay tuned for more info!
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