Summer Camp Suspended for 2020 Season

These are difficult times. Please understand that this was a most difficult decision for our board.

​The following letter, was sent to our parents and our entire LWSA community to explain our thinking.

 

Please contact Executive Director Amy Tripp at amy@lwsa.org if there is anything you would like to discuss.

 

 

  

     Summer Camp Suspended for 2020 Season

Dear LWSA Family,

 

I write today with news that I never expected to write. After two months of careful consideration, LWSA’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to suspend our 2020 summer camp program. 

 

For the past 32 summers, LWSA has provided a unique opportunity for personal, social, and emotional growth through the sailing camp experience. Many young people have called our camp and Lake Winnipesaukee home for many years.  Losing that for this summer is painful.

 

An incredible amount of research, thought, and care went into this decision. In making this decision, three core rationales stood out:

1.    Safety – if we opened for summer 2020, could we meet the high standard of safety we hold ourselves to? While summer camp as we know it involves some risks, our industry knows how to manage those risks through rigorous instructor training and planning. However we cannot confidently mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19 in the next 3 months – too much is still unknown.

2.    Experience – even if we could open, with stringent rules and many limitations, would the experience resemble the summer camp you know and love? Would we have to eliminate many of the practices and activities that make the school special for our kids?

3.    Inclusion – the available guidance from public health authorities calls for camps to exclude campers who are immunocompromised, campers who are cared for by grandparents or live in a home with older individuals, and campers outside your local community (to name a few examples). LWSA serves all of these populations. Excluding certain campers so that others might join together is counter to what our program stands for.

 

This outcome is sure to raise many questions for campers, families, and community members, so please feel free to contact me at amy@lwsa.org with any questions you may have. 

 

Additionally, there may be concerns about refunds. The short answer is that all payments made for summer 2020 may be refunded in full, or offered as a donation to LWSA (partially or in full). Please click here to initiate your refund.   As difficult as this decision is for our campers, their families, and our staff, it is also financially difficult for our organization. So as always, your support is greatly appreciated.

 

Whatever your relationship to LWSA,  there is a feeling of loss. We feel it too - sailing is a vital part of all our lives, and we never imagined we would see a summer without camp. We remain confident in our future, and we hope you will join us again for summer 2021.

 

We are currently considering some other options to get kids safely on the water. We will stay in touch, and hope to have more for you on that by mid June.

 

Stay safe, and stay healthy!

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Tripp

Executive Director

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