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,

When camp is about to start, we are so excited we can hardly wait! We know you feel the same way. You look forward to camp activities that you may not get to participate in at home; perhaps feeding the animals, learning a new outdoor skill, climbing a mountain, or exploring a canyon. We were excited to watch you make friends and challenge yourself this summer. However, we need to tell you something about camp this summer. Because of the coronavirus, we don’t know if first and second term Homestead will be safe for campers. So we need to skip them for one summer. For now, Homestead’s third and fourth terms are on hold, which means we are waiting to see if we can have you here in a safe way that is still fun.

We know this is confusing and frustrating for you, and that’s okay. We are sad ourselves and so sorry to have to deliver this news. We will miss you if this means you are unable to attend camp. 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. Homesteaders, remember that no matter what, you are caring, thoughtful, and responsible. 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 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 love the Spruce camaraderie and brotherhood. It is a delight to hear the Spruce Song echo through the woods and to watch you support each other climbing, backpacking, or drumming on trash cans in the Spruce Man Group. We know that you have been eagerly awaiting your summer treehouse habitats and nights under the Colorado stars.

This year is different and we have had to change our usual summer plans. This means that first term is canceled, and we are waiting to see if we will be able to run second term. Because of the coronavirus it is not responsible for us to bring campers to camp with so many challenges concerning safety and so much information about the virus unknown. 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 you are unable to attend camp. 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 a 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 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 love the creativity, sisterhood, and love that Saddle represents. You may have met your best friend in a Saddle cabin, on a horseback ride, or on a four-day trip. The respect and support you have for one another is inspiring and heartfelt.

This year camp is different, and we are asking for you to draw on what Saddle has taught you during a difficult time when the world is changing. We will not be running first term because of the coronavirus. We don’t feel it is responsible for us to bring campers to camp with so many challenges concerning safety and so much information about the virus unknown. We are hoping that we will have more answers soon and will be able to run second term but we are still unsure.

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 if it means you are unable to attend camp. 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 potentially being apart this summer, you will always be true 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 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,

Your thirst for the outdoors, sense of adventure, and deep friendships are what make you an integral and unique part of camp. We love hearing about the wide variety of trips you participate in and the challenges you choose for yourself. It brightens the valley when Outpost is in camp hanging out at the lake, enjoying explorations, or getting silly at the dance. You are role models for Spruce and Saddle and big brothers and sisters to Homesteaders. You teach us all about resilience, strength, and fun!

We can imagine that this time has been incredibly difficult for you, missing graduations, sports, and time with friends. With the changes we have had to make this year at camp, we are asking you to remain strong and continue spreading the Outpost love and support. This year, because of the coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel first term. We came to this decision with your safety and emotional well-being in mind. We are waiting to see if the situation changes to determine if we will be able to run second term.

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 beings 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,

First and foremost, we want to commend you for the unprecedented challenges you have experienced this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than most, you have had to face unexpected disappointment and radical restructuring of your lives. Many of you had to miss out on much anticipated and pivotal moments in your high school experience, from sports, to college visits, prom, and graduation. We empathize with you and know you must be missing your time with friends and camp more now than ever.

It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that first term is canceled due to the coronavirus. With so much about the virus unknown and so many challenges concerning your safety, we feel it is not responsible to run first term this summer. We are still waiting to determine whether or not we can operate second term this season, keeping your health and safety our top priority. We understand that this news creates more sadness to an already frustrating year, but we want you to know that everything will be okay. If you are a junior and this was your last year of eligibility for Pathfinding, don’t worry! We’ve decided that you can return next year and celebrate with us on the trail in 2021!

Remember, Pathfinders you are incredible at improvising, adapting, and overcoming situations. Whether it be climbing a peak, pitching a tarp in the rain, cheering each other on, or soloing in the woods, Pathfinders 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