SUMMER 2020 UPDATE
Dear CRL Parents,
It is with heavy hearts that we share our decision to pause camp this summer. Our mission over the last century has been to provide a safe, outdoor environment where girls can be connected to nature and to one another. The unique sisterhood of CRL is founded on social interaction and meaningful relationships across age groups.
The strong bonds foster empowerment and independence in our campers and our counselors. We passionately believe that the world needs this sort of authentic connection now more than ever. We considered in depth how we might have camp adhering to the CDC and American Camp Association recommendations. While we pride ourselves on that camp “can-do” spirit of adaptability, it is clear that what we could offer would not align with the mission and traditions we have worked for decades to create. The adjustments to our camp program would leave our campers disappointed and compromise what we strive to be for our children. And the safety of our campers and staff will always be first and foremost in our hearts and minds.
After a period of grieving the summer we have lost and shedding tears with many of you, we will direct our Riva-Lake perseverance to providing an amazing 2021 centennial summer experience. We believe this is the best way that we can practice what we strive to teach to our campers. Circumstances get difficult, but together, as a sisterhood, we can grieve, then pick ourselves up Riva-Lake Strong and emerge from the challenges with character that has been strengthened by adversity. We believe this can best be done in community. In the coming weeks we will share some ways that our campers and counselors can laugh and cry as one sisterhood. While this will not be "online camp," and will be purely elective, we hope you and your family will enjoy the activities, and it will not burden you as a parent. We will also communicate with you about our 2021 plans for an amazing 100 year anniversary celebration that campers and alumnae will look forward to and cherish.
Parents, we know you have questions. We will communicate with you in the next twenty-four hours on options regarding your deposit, tuition payments, and other frequently asked questions.
We will miss the sound of laughter cascading across hill. The laughter will return to CRL. It always has.
- Camp Riva-Lake Board of Directors