May 17, 2020
Dear Clearwater Community,
We have made the difficult decision that we are unable to run Clearwater 2020 summer activities in a safe and responsible manner. Reaching this conclusion has involved a great deal of research, discussion, and reflection on Clearwater’s identity. Ultimately, the health and safety of our campers, their families, our staff, and our local community were paramount in our considerations. All of us understand how disappointing this decision may be, especially at a time when the opportunities that camp provides for growth, development and happiness are needed more than ever. However, we know that the Clearwater spirit calls us to be resilient, resourceful, and optimistic about the days ahead when we will be together again.
Please know that we carefully tracked the recommendations of health experts and authorities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic while exploring many alternatives and ways to hold camp activities while maintaining physical distancing. In addition, to delay the decision regarding summer 2020 further would mean we would not be able to prepare camp effectively and efficiently for the summer, train staff, or provide camper families with ample time to make alternative plans. Now we must look to the future.
We will work together to strengthen our connections and find ways to continue to enrich each other’s lives. Let us accept this challenge as a community and look for the silver lining of opportunities it presents so that future campers will benefit from Clearwater’s deeply rooted values and traditions. We call you to action to send us ideas, comments, concerns, and questions. With your help, we will use this summer wisely to strengthen our beloved Clearwater.
On behalf of the full board and staff, we thank you so much for your support and commitment to Clearwater! We will get through this together.
P.S. We realize that you have many questions and we are here to answer them. We have anticipated some of your questions and prepared these Frequently Asked Questions.