All 2020 Summer Sessions Cancelled
After much discussion, research, and thought, we are sorry to announce that all sessions at Deer Crossing have been cancelled for this summer. For the past 37 summers, we have handled everything Mother Nature has thrown at us, from a frozen lake during staff training and six feet of snow in the campground on the first day of camp, to building a new beach when drought lowered the lake level by 60 feet. This year, the unprecedented worldwide event that is Covid-19 has put obstacles in our path that have no clear way for us to climb over or canoe around. Deer Crossing is known for our efforts to keep campers and staff healthy and safe, and this year more than ever, that extends to your family at home as well. Using information and guidelines from El Dorado County, State of California, CDC, and the American Camp Association, and from many conversations with other member camps of the Western Association of Independent Camps, we feel that this decision is the best way in which we can protect our broader camp community this year.
We were so looking forward to seeing this summer’s campers, playing Pirates and Galleons in canoes, honing their climbing skills, or patiently waiting for that big trout to bite. While this decision has been hard on us, we know it is also hard on them and perhaps on parents too. Your camper may feel sad, be angry, and even grieve the loss of a summer activity they looked forward to. One of our favorite child-development authors, Tina Payne Bryson provides some very helpful tips that you can use to help your camper get through this and build their resilience at the same time.
We will refund all fees you have paid for this summer. If you are willing, it would help our small business if you are willing to defer some or all of your paid fees to enrollment in summer 2021. When enrollment for next summer opens later this Fall, you will receive priority enrollment in the session of your choice. For now, we will reach out to you by phone over the next two weeks to discuss these options and answer any questions you may have.
2021? In the spirit of summer camp, we remain optimistic that we will be back at Deer Crossing and Loon Lake next summer. We look forward to sharing the beauty of the High Sierra and the fun of canoeing, kayaking, rock-climbing, tree climbing, sailing, windsurfing, using the kick-wheel, hiking, performing at campfire, and just enjoying a beautiful mountain sunset with camp friends. We hope that your camper will be there too.
In the meantime, in keeping with the no-electronics, get-outside-and-DO-something ethos of Deer Crossing, we are looking into the possibility of running some outdoor activities for our camp families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Last October, some camper families joined us for a naturalist-led beginning sea kayaking trip in Elkhorn Slough on Monterey Bay. We’re hoping for more otter-viewing as well as activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, orienteering (map and compass) races, and kite building and flying–all in small group settings with appropriate physical distancing. If you have any ideas, let us know!
If you have any questions or just talk about the situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are still here.
Thank you for your patience and your understanding,
Ellen & Jim