COVID-19

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:

  1. The health and safety of our entire camp family. 

  2. Providing community, support, and camaraderie to our camp family in whatever capacity possible. 

  3. 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! 

 

 

 

2021 Dates*

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

We recognize that these are hard and uncertain times. It seems every other day there is a new development pushing back a return to 
normal to a later and later date. We hope you have been able to find moments of connection with your loved ones despite social distancing, peace amidst the chaos, and rejuvenation during the unexpected time of rest. As Directors, we have taken time to educate ourselves, process each new announcement, and carefully consider what is best for MMR. 
 
After taking this time, we thought it important to share our hearts with you:
 
First and foremost, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our camp family – your children. At the forefront of our considerations and plans is this simple yet complex fact. Second, we recognize that to many of our campers and staff, MMR is a backbone of community, support, and camaraderie that is looked forward to all year long. We remain committed to providing this community and support in whatever capacity possible. Third, MMR is driven by our mission: Aj Ypekanbe, “Serve All.” In all that we do, we strive to serve each other above ourselves by living out our core values: inclusivity, empathy, stewardship, integrity, authenticity, and mindfulness. Fourth, camp is a creative business that is accustomed to catching curve balls. We are no strangers to improvising and accommodating to provide the best possible program. None of the above facts will be changed by the current situation, we remain committed to our camp family. Finally, we will always strive to keep you informed and up to date. 
 
As a result of the recent U.S. Federal and California State orders, we request patience from you, our camp family, as we wait to finalize any plans and preparations for Summer 2020 until forecasted announcements from California governor about what to expect for the summer months. That being said, we remain realistically hopeful that MMR will go on, albeit may be with some adjustments. 
 
In light of the above, we offer the following:
•Extending our tuition and forms deadline until June 1st. 
We recognize many are in a situation that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to get to the doctor to update immunizations or are unable to work consistently.
 
We are also implementing a new Covid-19 cancellation policy: 
  • 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. 
 
* If this is not possible (i.e. camper has aged out, other extenuating circumstances) we will discuss other options on a case-by-case basis.
 
We hope you can rest assured that MMR is working tirelessly to ensure that any decision made is one that has been carefully researched and weighed and made in light of local health department and CDC recommendations as well as in line with the decisions of fellow WAIC and ACA camps. 
 
We are here to help if you have any further questions or concerns and would be happy to have a more thorough conversation with you at any time. We are available at our office at (530) 257-4419, by responding 
to this email, or emailing Anna at annamarie@mountainmeadow.com 
 
Take care of yourself and those around you,

 

 

 

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.

 

Hygiene

  • 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.

 

Travel

 

  • Until we know more, we would suggest restricting any travel outside of your area until the federal recommendations for social distancing are changed.

 

 

Treatment

  • What we should do if we develop cold symptoms (runny nose, fever, mild cough):
  • Isolate
  • Hydrate
  • Call your doctor (avoid going in unless requested) to talk through your symptoms and their recommendation for next steps.

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  • 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.

 

Thank you,

Mountain Meadow Ranch Directors

 

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