May 13, 2020
Dear Camp Fire Campers, Parents and Friends,
For the last six weeks, we have all faced a great deal of uncertainty and unease as our country has been battling the COVID-19 crisis, saddened by the loss of life for many, and coping with the challenges of isolation, social distancing, homeschooling and for many, loss of jobs.
At the same time, those of us here at Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have been researching, brainstorming, and discussing how we might be able to carry on our day and resident camping programs in a whole different way.
Camp is inherently a social experience, it’s a community and culture designed for children and adults who learn together, play together, live together and laugh together. Camp is a unique opportunity to connect with others through hugs, high fives, pats on the backs and team-building activities. The very essence and heart of some of our camp programs is incompatible with the strict form and expectations of social distancing, which for now is the only weapon in fighting the spread of COVID-19.
The safety of our campers and staff is, and always will be, of the utmost importance. The ability to provide quality programming is also a factor we as a staff have considered. It is with this in mind and a heavy heart that the leadership staff of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa have decided to cancel all camp programs at Hantesa, modify our programs at Canwita (Ames), and provide virtual camp opportunities for Des Moines day camp programs.
We recognize that you as camp parents – and especially your campers – will be very disappointed. For some, 2020 would be their first year as a camper, for some their last, and we know the excitement and anticipation of the activities they were looking forward to experiencing. Over the years, Camp Fire Heart of Iowa has provided opportunities for and enabled tens of thousands of youth to grow through experiential learning, become independent and truly discover who they are.
Along with disappointment of no or a different camp experience comes numerous questions. We have prepared a Q & A page that hopefully will answer these questions. Please check out the Q & A and let us know what you would like to do or if you have any other questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your child’s program director will also be reaching out to you about the details of their particular program. Check out our website www.campfireiowa.org or our Facebook page for more information. While nothing can replace the joy and excitement of our summer camp opportunities, we have plans to stay connected to you and your camper while we plan for THE BEST SUMMER EVER in 2021! We thank you for your support and look forward to the time we all can be together again.
Camp Fire Heart of Iowa