We can’t wait for Summer 2021!
We remain confident and committed to offering our program, albeit may be with some changes. We are all chomping at the bit to know exactly what those changes are, but we must continue to employ our well-exercised patience muscle.
We are in the research phase as we review the American Camping Associations Covid-19 guidelines, utilize the experience and resources of fellow camps and camping professionals throughout the West Coast and country, and review the existing policies and protocols in place for other industries (such as hotels, restaurants, and schools). As we go, we are applying and implementing the findings for a number of different scenarios and plans for next summer.
We remain committed to:
- The health and safety of our entire camp family.
- Providing community, support, and camaraderie to our camp family in whatever capacity possible.
- Living out Aj Ypekanbe, “Serve All,” in all that we do. We will continue to serve each other above ourselves by living out our core values: inclusivity, empathy, stewardship, integrity, authenticity, and mindfulness.
For those that love advocacy and being the squeaky wheel, you’re invited to join in the #SaveNextSummer campaign created by fellow camp professionals. As states and counties throughout the country release Covid-19 guidelines for residential camps, California has yet to do so. These guidelines are essential to our opening and running camp in 2021!!
What you can do:
- Find your representatives.
You can find them by putting your address
- Write your representative a letter or an email.
If you aren’t sure what to say, here are some handy templates. Just go to the links and copy the text. Then paste it into a word processor. The parts in red need to be personalized so that you can tell YOUR story. Then print it out and send it (or email it!) using the contact info you found in Step 1.
- Share your story
Post a story, photo, tiktok, whatever you want using the hashtag #SaveNextSummer so that we can make sure as many people as possible know about our campaign!
For information regarding the national movement to save next summer:
For information regarding California:
Updated May 26th
Dear Camp Family,
With heavy hearts we share the sad reality that due to Covid-19 we will be unable to operate as usual for Summer 2020. The summer camp experience that we all know and love is now postponed until Summer 2021. This decision has come from many hours of research, meetings, and conversations with fellow Summer Camp professionals and our local Health Department.
We remain committed to:
The health and safety of our entire camp family.
Providing community, support, and camaraderie to our camp family in whatever capacity possible.
Living out Aj Ypekanbe, “Serve All,” in all that we do. We will continue to serve each other above ourselves by living out our core values: inclusivity, empathy, stewardship, integrity, authenticity, and mindfulness.
We are getting creative in our brainstorming for what we possibly can do this summer! We can’t emphasize enough the importance of your voice in guiding our steps as we dream and plan (all within the parameters of local health department regulations, of course). Please take a few moments to fill out this short and simple survey.
Help us make 2020 great! Fill out this short survey
We are immensely grateful to each and every one of you that has made this business one full of joy and life.
We will miss you all, the ones we know and the ones we didn’t get to. We will miss many things this summer… The wonderful sounds of kids playing. All the beautiful campers and staff. The intense, fullness and immenseness of life lived abundantly. The songs sung around the campfire and beneath the stars, surrounded by the towering pines. The buzz at mealtimes. The peanut butter jelly table. The Birthday Song and subsequent huckage. “What time is snack time?” Lazy afternoons by the Lagoon. “Story time is OPEN!” The Overnight and the growth and camaraderie that happens there. The gift of watching the camp family come together and learn to love and lift each other up by living Aj Ypekanbe, “Serve All.” This is the heart song that we, the Ellena family, and many others, have sung every summer since 1956 & it will be sung again – Summer 2021, we look forward to you!
We hope each of you, new or veteran, will consider rolling over your enrollment with us so that you can continue to take part in the magic!
Session A: Sunday June 13 — Friday June 25
Session B: Sunday June 27 — Friday July 9
Session C: Sunday July 11 — Friday July 23
Session D: Sunday July 25 — Friday August 6
* Please make note that these dates are subject to change before relevant school districts announce their 2020-2021 dates.
We are here for you. In addition to our full-time Office Line, Anna will open our Summer Only Parent Line from 1pm-5pm, Monday-Thursday, starting May 13th until May 28th. This is available for anyone – parent, camper, or alumni – that wants to ask a question about our decision or what’s next, share a good memory or word of encouragement, or simply process.
Office: (530) 257-4419
Parent Line: (530) 310-9215
Updated April 15
- Extending our April 1st cancellation policy until May 1st, meaning cancellations will incur a $200 fee rather than the full $500
- In the event that MMR does continue yet you feel uncomfortable sending your camper for Summer 2020:
- Any tuition and deposit paid will be rolled over to Summer 2021.*
- In the event that MMR does not continue as usual for Summer 2020:
- We will provide information regarding refunds at that time.
March 12, 2020
Dear Mountain Meadow Parent:
We have been watching the news and monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely. We recognize the WHO’s change in declaring COVID-19 a pandemic and international recommendations for social distancing. We continue to closely monitor the situation and public health recommendations and will plan and communicate any actions accordingly.
The safety of campers and staff at MMR is paramount. As of right now we are going to continue to operate for Summer 2020.
The social distancing recommendations from the State of California, the CDC, and WHO have been set for the next 8 weeks (or close to), which means there is hope things will improve around early to mid-May. With hope in our hearts, we are going to move ahead as scheduled and will continue to monitor and update you as necessary.
- Washing our hands thoroughly (under water for more than 15 seconds) is always the best and most effective preventative measure.
- Remind your kids to keep their hands off their face! Pathogens enter our body through the eyes, nose and mouth.
- Until we know more, we would suggest restricting any travel outside of your area until the federal recommendations for social distancing are changed.
- What we should do if we develop cold symptoms (runny nose, fever, mild cough):
- Call your doctor (avoid going in unless requested) to talk through your symptoms and their recommendation for next steps.
- Don’t forget there are other illnesses out there.
- If fevers are high see your doctor to rule out influenza
- If you have a red sore throat with or without fever or an upset stomach see your doctor to rule out strep.
What’s a pandemic?
A “pandemic” disease sounds much scarier than a mere “outbreak.” but it’s important to remember that “pandemic” refers to how many parts of the world are dealing with an elevated rate of the disease — and says nothing about how serious that disease is.
Why does it matter that something is called a pandemic?
Pandemics must be battled, at the international level, significantly differently than epidemics. Where there’s a pandemic, we are all in the fight together and there are essentially no “sidelines.” In other words, stopping the spread is unlikely but slowing the spread to prevent healthcare system overload (referred to as “flatten the curve”) and unnecessary harm is possible and something we all play a part in. This is why measures like social distancing and hygiene etiquette are so important.
What we are doing:
MMR Directors have had a number of meetings regarding our existing healthcare protocol and decided to implement the following changes in response to COVID-19:
> Pre-session ‘Recent Health and Travel History Form is required before arriving at camp (made available 2 weeks prior to session start date).
> Health screening on opening day will include fever check and more thorough education on proper hand washing and cleanliness practices
> Increased monitoring of shared items while at camp
> Increased training and monitoring in health and cleanliness protocols (in the kitchen, healthcare center, cabins, activity areas, public areas, etc.)
> Increased hand sanitizer stations at various activities
What YOU can do:
- Engage your children and educate them on COVID-19 and proper cleanliness and sickness habits to develop before sending them to camp. We should all be increasing our awareness of face touching and hand washing.
- Hand washing, proper cough etiquette, etc.
- Remain calm, your campers are looking to you for cues on how to respond. It is of the utmost importance that as adults, we maintain a calm and collected mindset as we respond to the developments. Hysteria is not the answer, it will only prove to increase anxiety and inhibit our ability to respond appropriately.
- Comply with the recommendations for social distancing. Only go out socially when necessary, and if you do, be mindful of proximity to others and your hygiene. Even if you and your littles are not at high risk, you may come into contact with someone who is. This is more than a “me” issue and requires consideration for the greater “we.”
- Avoid unnecessary travel.
Coronaviruses are typically seasonal and so we can hope that by the time weather warms and the regular flu season ends, this virus will burn itself out, too. Until then we try to control spread and take care of each other.
We recognize that our children are deeply important to us all, and that the current status of social distancing with many aspects of regular life “paused” it is a natural response to feel fear and concern over what that means for the future. We encourage all of us to remain diligent in where we go for information regarding COVID-19 and that we are maintaining a clear and level head as we respond.
As mentioned, we are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with Health Department and CDC recommendations to keep MMR a safe space for our camp family.
Please do not hesitate to call or email us to answer any further questions you may have. The CDC and WHO provide more detailed coronavirus information on their websites and your personal physician is a valuable resource for specific medical questions you may have.
Rest assured we will keep you updated with any changes.
Mountain Meadow Ranch Directors