Coronavirus Statement     Read Here

 

To the Camp Good Days Community,

For the first time in the 41 years since I started Camp Good Days, our summer programs are going to be impacted, and we are going to have to adjust to a new normal. We know that our participants look forward to coming to camp each year because it is a chance to see the friends they have a special bond with and, at the same time, it provides them with an opportunity to get away from their daily life. We are going to try and give every opportunity to our campers to attend our programs. While many things are up in the air right now, we wanted to share with you our ideas on how we MIGHT move forward.

We are setting a tentative opening date of camp for August 1, 2020. Any in-person programs whether day programs or residential camping programs will not happen until this time. We will follow the stay-at-home orders and mandates as they continue, and we will keep updated on any information that is given from the government regarding camping programs along with recommendations from the American Camp Association and the Children’s Oncology Camping Association. This may mean that in order to accommodate the many programs we have, programs may be combined or shortened, or pushed to weekend programs in the early fall. We may also combine our programs for the campers diagnosed with cancer and sickle cell anemia with the programs for their siblings.

Unfortunately, this summer will be the first summer since the early 90s that we will not be having our international Doing A World of Good Program (DAWG). The American campers who normally attend this program will still be able to participate in the programming we create.

The safety of our campers, volunteers, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. We will be having our camp facility professionally sanitized before any programs begin and then cleaned and disinfected after each program. We are working closely with our Medical Director, Michelle Roach, to ensure that we will be well equipped. We are committed to following any mask, spacing, sanitization, and any other requirements that may be mandated by the Department of Health. We have already made arrangements to have hand sanitizer in each of the cabins and throughout camp. Since many of our campers have compromised immune systems, we are taking health and safety guidelines very seriously.

While I know that there are still many unknowns, and I am sure you all have more questions than answers at this time, I hope that this update gave you some peace of mind. We are doing everything in our power to hopefully be able to have our camping programs this summer and we will adjust and tweak them as needed to make sure everyone is included. Once we learn more about the trajectory of this pandemic, we will be able to provide you with more specifics.

We have been hosting our online Courage Clubhouse sessions for our campers and their families, and our bi-weekly volunteer sessions. If you would like to participate in these sessions, CAMPERS learn more HERE, VOLUNTEERS learn more here HERE. Please know that Camp Good Days is here for you, and if you need anything, call our office at 1-800-785-2135 or look through our website for more information. Other ways to keep up to date on all things Camp Good Days are to follow us on Facebook and to listen to our monthly radio show with WYSL 1040AM and 92.1FM. You can find the podcast HERE.

I can assure you that since cancer doesn’t stop during a pandemic, neither do we.

Thank you for your continued support of Camp Good Days and Special Times!

Sincerely,

Gary Mervis

Founder