Letters to our campers

We know these are challenging times, and we want to offer our camper population love and support as we navigate these difficult decisions.

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Dear Homestead,

We know you have been looking forward to camp all year and how hard it was to hear that first and second term were canceled. Many of you have been hopeful that you will be able to return to camp for third or fourth term and we are sorry to tell you that we need to cancel them for this summer. Please know that camp is not going anywhere. We are looking forward to seeing you next summer and watching you make friends and challenge yourself.

The animals will be waiting for you and mountains and canyons will be ready to explore! However, this summer we need to be honest with you. Because of the coronavirus, we need to do more than ever to keep you safe this summer and that means that camp cannot look the way it normally does. We know it would be sad not to have dances and special days or to hang out with your friends in different cabins. We want camp to be safe, fun, and normal for you and this is why we have chosen not to run this summer.

This is confusing and frustrating and you may be upset that you had to hear this news again. That’s ok; we are sad ourselves and will miss you so much. If this was going to be your first summer at camp, we are sad we do not get to meet you and hope to have you with us in 2021. Remember that no matter what, you are caring, thoughtful, and responsible. It is who you are - your smile, your joy, your challenges, your strengths and your friendship - that makes camp special and those things are in you wherever you are. Your family and Camp love you very much and we want you to be safe, happy, and healthy. This is why we have made this difficult decision because we care about you and want to keep you safe. Camp will always be there for you and we will always work hard to create fun summers for you in the Red Creek Valley.

Be well, CSC

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Dear Spruce,

We know it has been hard to wait for the news about second term and want you to know that you have been very patient and brave at a time when the world looks very different and confusing. Remember your Spruce camaraderie and brotherhood when times seem sad or scary. We need to be honest with you about camp. This summer we have to cancel second term because of the coronavirus. Camp is a place for lending a friend a hand, midnight football, and chanting during Spruce Day and in order to run camp, we would not be able to do these things this summer. We want camp to be fun, safe, and normal for you and this is why we have decided not to run this summer.

You may be feeling angry, upset, sad, confused, or a combination of these emotions in reaction to this news. We want you to know that this is normal and that we are feeling sad as well and determined as ever to provide you an incredible summer experience. It is disappointing to deliver this news and we will miss you. If this was going to be your first time attending camp, we are sad we do not get to meet this summer and want you to know that you are a part of the Spruce brotherhood.

Spruce boys are caring, thoughtful, and responsible, and we hope that you will remember these skills when times are tough in the same way you would use them to climb a peak or support your friends. Remember, that it is who you are - your smile, your joy, your challenges, your strengths and your friendship - that makes camp special and those things are in you wherever you are. Your families and camp love you and want you to be healthy, happy, and safe, which is why we have made this difficult decision; because we care about you. You are part of camp’s spirit, creativity, and life. Camp is always here to support you, and you are always an important part of camp. We will continue to work hard to create summers of significance for you in the Red Creek Valley.

Be well, CSC

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Dear Saddle,

We know you have been looking forward to second term and have been excited about seeing your best friends, riding horses, and challenging yourself on the trips. This year the world is different and we are asking for you to draw on the love, creativity, and sisterhood that Saddle has taught you. We have made the sad and difficult decision to cancel second term because of the coronavirus. We need to do more than ever to keep you safe this summer and that means that camp cannot look the way it normally does. We know it would be sad not to have dances and saddle day or to hang out with your friends in different cabins. We want camp to be safe, fun, and normal for you and this is why we have chosen not to run this summer.

You may be feeling angry, upset, sad, confused, or a combination of these emotions in reaction to this news. We want you to know that this is normal. We are feeling sad as well and we believe that you still deserve a summer of significance. It disappoints us to deliver this news, and we will miss you so much. If this was going to be your first time attending camp, we are sad we do not get to meet this summer and want you to know that you are still a part of the Saddle sisterhood. Whether or not you have been in Saddle before, Saddle ladies are above all, caring, thoughtful, and responsible. We know that you have these qualities and that despite being apart this summer, you will always be a true friend.

Remember, that it is who you are - your smile, your joy, your challenges, your strengths and your friendship - that makes camp special and those things are in you wherever you are. Your families and camp love you dearly and we have made this difficult decision because we care about you. Your safety, happiness, and health are our top priorities. Camp is always here to support you and you are always an important part of camp. We will continue to work hard to create summers of significance for you in the Red Creek Valley.

Be well, CSC

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Dear Outpost,

Thank you for being kind, patient, and resilient as you waited for news of camp. We have explored every option and worked to overcome every obstacle but have had to come to the heartbreaking conclusion that in order for camp to be safe, fun, and normal, it is best to cancel for this summer and plan for 2021. With the alterations we would have to make to camp to keep you safe such as canceling dances, special days, and keeping cabins apart, we did not feel that we could create the summer experience you deserve. We know that this is difficult news and empathize with the sense of loss you may be experiencing. We are asking you to remain strong and continue spreading the Outpost love and support.

We are sorry to have to make this choice and understand that you may be feeling disappointed, sad, and upset. We are also feeling these emotions and want you to know that you are not alone. Camp will always be there for you, whether or not you are physically here this summer. If this was your last year of Outpost and you are worried about missing it, next summer you can return to camp and participate in an additional year of Outpost if you prefer instead of moving to Pathfinding. Camp is wherever you are and we know that you will make the most of the summer of 2020 by being the caring, thoughtful, and responsible human being we know you to be. Remember, that it is who you are - your smile, your joy, your challenges, your strengths and your friendship - that makes camp special and those things are in you wherever you are. If you ever need anything, you can always reach out to us. Camp is here to support you. Your families and camp want you to be safe, healthy, and happy this summer and we all love you dearly. We will continue to strive to create summers of significance for you in the Red Creek Valley.

Be well, CSC

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Dear Pathfinding,

For most of you, your world has been turned upside down and we want to thank you for accepting these challenges with patience, strength, and grace. Many of you have been looking forward to Pathfinding since you were in Homestead and continue to remain hopeful that Pathfinding might be possible this summer. We are still considering that possibility, but that all depends on us receiving timely guidance from the State of Colorado and that guidance being favorable to running Pathfinding. It is a real possibility that, like the other camps, we will have to officially cancel Pathfinding as well. Regardless of whether Pathfinding runs or not, if this was going to be your last summer, we will welcome you back in the summer of 2021. We understand that this news inspires hope but could also be disappointing. We want you to know that everything will be okay. We are making these decisions with your health and safety in mind and the desire to provide a fun and normal summer camp experience for you.

Remember, you are a Pathfinder; incredible at improvising, adapting, and overcoming situations. Whether it be climbing a peak, pitching a tarp in the rain, cheering on your friends, or soloing in the woods, you are strong and capable. You are a positive influence that the other camps aspire too. Keep moving forward. Keep giving each other love and support. And remember that camp will always be there for you. It is who you are - your smile, your joy, your challenges, your strengths and your friendship - that makes camp special and those things are in you wherever you are.

Please reach out to us if you have questions or just want to talk. We are here to help in any way we can! You are valued and loved by your families and by camp, and we want you to have a safe, healthy, and happy summer. Remember to be caring, thoughtful, and responsible. We will do the same and we are working hard to provide you a summer of significance.

Be well, CSC