|Dear DPF 4-H Camp
It is with a heavy heart that Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (CCE-NC) and the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp, announce that we will not operate our sleep-away camp for the Summer 2020 Season. It was not a decision made lightly, but the health and safety of our campers and staff are our main concern.
A camp without hugs, linking arm and arm at council fire, eating shoulder to shoulder while singing the underwear song, coed dances, and all of our other treasured traditions seemed unfathomable to us. We attempted to try each scenario and kept coming back to the realization that it wouldn’t be camp that we all know and love. Social distancing and maintaining safety at camp, with children, is an almost impossible task.
We have decided to focus our efforts, not only on planning an unforgettable summer 2021, but also on expanding our year round 4-H programming. While we are heartbroken, we know that 4-H Camp will still “live in our hearts” and that “Wildwood Road will always take you home”. In an effort to keep the camp spirit alive, we would love to see old camp photos, Camp T-shirts new and old, a camp song sung at full volume, and campers getting outside this summer! It will remind us (and all of you) that “Camp 4-H is in your heart” even when we are not physically at camp. We encourage you to share your memories and memorabilia with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for us to share with our Facebook friends and community.
We are offering full refunds, including deposits, to anyone who has already registered. While this will be financially challenging to Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp and CCE-NC, it is the right thing to do for our camper families and our communities. As you know, as a non-profit organization, we are dependent on user fees, grants and donations for our operations. We will need your help if we are going to continue our mission as we work on a very small margin.
In lieu of a refund, you can apply a credit to your 2021 camp season, which will guarantee your 2020 registration rate for 2021. There is also the option to have your deposit or any amount you can afford donated to CCE-NC to support the DPF 4-H Camp. Your donation will help us cover our fixed operating costs, including supporting our year-round employees. Any donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(C)(3) organization.
If you have not registered but would like to donate to help us through this difficult summer, donations can be made through the CCE-NC website. Checks can also be mailed and made payable to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County, PO Box 148, East Meadow, NY 11554.
We will be reaching out to all our enrolled families in the upcoming weeks and appreciate your patience. You can also reach out to us directly anytime at email@example.com.
We thank you all for your continued support and for entrusting us with your children. Your children are part of our DPF 4-H Family and we will miss their laughter and joy as they grow this summer. “Although our paths must part, you’ll still be in our hearts, until we meet again, I’ll see you soon my friend.”
Again, we are heartbroken that this painful decision had to be made and we are looking forward to hearing camp stories and photos from you, and planning an incredible summer 2021.
Gregory Sandor, CCE-NC Executive Director
Lisa Goldberg,CCE-NC, Camp and 4-H Team Leader
Last updated September 23, 2020