Among the many difficult decisions the local Extension Associations have had to face together, today they share one that is especially difficult. It is with a heavy heart that Extension, after a very thorough review, has decided to close their residential camp programs at 4-H Camp Overlook.
This decision was not made lightly. Camp leadership spent the last few months carefully following and evaluating the evolving COVID-19 situation. They reviewed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reopening guidelines, attended several American Camping Association webinars and evaluated guidance pertaining to residential and day camps. Extension also remained in regular communication with their respective county health departments.
After considering the information and weighing the risk that COVID-19 still poses, the local Extension Associations have decided that the risk is too high for its campers, camper families, and camp staff to open camp for a typical camp season. They would not be able to give campers the full camp experience while following the guidelines to keep campers and camp staff safe. Under the circumstances, the Extension Associations felt it impossible to meet their mission mandates related to youth development in a camp setting.
Full refunds will be provided to all registered campers. An email has been sent that includes a link where you can see the response from our leadership team:
As of right now, we are planning on moving forward with the 2020 Camp Akalaka program. We are in partnership with the Malone YMCA and are preparing for camp in the best way to operate as normal as possible. We are working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of our campers and we are closely following all CDC and Department Of Health guidelines.
There are limited spots for the 2020 camp season so be sure to register!
We will be offering full refunds for any COVID related cancellations.