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Summer Camp- Canceled

posted May 29, 2020, 1:25 PM by Jody Havens
I just reviewed the email below from Ten Mile  River Camp;  Please let me know if you have any questions.

We are living through an unprecedented and concerning time. We genuinely hope that this email finds you and your family well. Your safety and the safety of our Scouts, families, volunteers, and employees are the Greater New York Council’s top priority. 

As such, we have taken an active and informed approach in evaluating whether to operate summer camp this year. Since the start of this pandemic, we have been continuously monitoring the spread of Covid-19 and the government response in New York State, Sullivan County, New York City, and New Jersey. We have been consulting with state and local government officials, other camp professionals, as well as working with the Greater New York Council’s Crisis Management Committee, GNYC Risk Management, and Camping Committees to chart the best way forward for our camping programs this summer. Over the last two months, our camps have been cautiously coming back online in preparation for a summer opening, and our team has been working on health and safety practices, potential program adjustments, and sourcing supplies to operate the camps. 
 
In the state of New York and New Jersey, it is not yet legal to operate day camps or sleep-away camps. The decision to issue youth camp licenses has been pushed, by the state governments, from the start of May to mid-May to the end of May. As of today, there is no decision on if youth camps can operate, and, if they can run, in what phase is it possible to open. Also, in recent weeks we have been following the rare inflammatory disease in children that may be linked to Covid-19, which could impact the health and safety of our campers, leaders, and staff.  
 
We looked at the decision to open camp in three ways, is it legal to operate, is it safe to run and is it financially viable. After a thorough review, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you that we must suspend Scouts BSA Resident Camp programs at the Ten Mile River Scout Camps, as well as Cub Scout Resident Camp at John E. Reeves Cub World at Alpine Scout Camp, and Day Camp at Camp Pouch for the 2020 summer camp season. We know that camping is an integral part of every Scout’s experience, and this decision was not made lightly.  
 
This decision was made by a dedicated group of volunteers, professionals, and camp leaders. We all agreed that we would like to hold summer camp; however, the restrictions and uncertainty are far too challenging to overcome. 

Virtual Camp Experiences: 
 
Scouts BSA youth can enroll in TMR Go, which is a virtual camp experience. TMR Go will have opportunities for Scouts to work toward advancement and continue to engage in camp programs, virtually, this summer. This program will run for four weeks, starting in July. 
 
Cub Scouts can enroll in an activity box program developed and moderated by our John E. Reeves Cub World team. Activity boxes will be mailed to houses in July, and a guided schedule will be provided for fun activities that Scouts can participate in for four weeks this summer. 
 
Detailed information about your virtual summer camp experience can be found at www.nycscouting.org/summer2020   
 

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