What a trying time, and an amazing time to be alive. I know that you, like we, are experiencing the highs and lows of uncertainty as we navigate new waters. Some of you may have gone from being donors to being receivers, and if that's the case, I hope you'll reach out to the organizations around you who are volunteering their time and revamping their programs to meet need related to COVID-19. Expanding Opportunities has joined multiple local efforts to help feed and provide resources for our neighbors in Maine. We hope Camp Forest will also continue to be a vital resource for children and families.
According to our latest update from Maine's governor, Janet Mills, Maine Summer Camps may be allowed to continue starting on July, 1st! This means that our camp may be able to proceed as planned, since our schedule begins in July, and Camp Forest is well set up for social distancing:
We have small camp sizes (8 or fewer campers per counselor)
Our programming is 100% outdoors
We can accommodate multiple stations at a time where everyone can be supervised and still keep their distance
Our outdoor setting demands that we already have rigorous protocols in place for observing and carrying out hygiene and sanitation
We cater mostly to a Maine-based crowd, so attending camp won't require travel for most of our campers
What we need to do:
Adjust our knife safety protocols for smaller groups, since this activity requires constant vigilance
Engage the children in more small-group activities to allow for proper distancing
Prepare ourselves for even lower camp numbers due to fears and the Corona-related late start/hindrance to our marketing campaign
How you can help:
Help us get the word out to campers throughout Maine (and, later, in other areas allowing travel, if restrictions loosen): We have camp weeks available!
Continue contributing to our campership fund: now more than ever, parents are in need of educational, outdoor, inspiring childcare while they work from home or ease back into their jobs.
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