Dear Moosilauke Parents, Staff, and Alumni,
We hope you and your extended family are healthy and making the best of a very difficult situation.
To state the obvious, we are in a very dynamic situation where every day brings new information. While we can’t predict the future, there is currently no factual basis to believe with certainty that Moosilauke will not open as planned in June. Given this, routine pre-camp planning continues–we are enrolling families, we are finalizing our staffing for the summer, and we are making plans to get our facilities beautiful and ready for Opening Day.
We are, of course, also undertaking a number of actions, and creating new policies and procedures, directly related to the COVID-19 crisis. To this end, we are working closely with public health officials and experts, the American Camping Association, and peer institutions to ensure that Moosilauke is in step with all best practices before the summer starts and while in-season. On a daily basis we are monitoring developments with the novel Coronavirus through the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. We encourage you to refer to these and other professional sources for factual and objective information as well.
Although none of our plans are final, and we know there are no magic remedies, we are analyzing the following specific steps aimed at enhancing camper health and helping to prevent the spread of illness:
- Enhancing our health screening of campers and staff before they arrive, at bus pick-up areas, and immediately upon entering Camp
- Hiring additional staff to regularly sanitize routinely touched surfaces
- Expanding our quarantine facilities
- Taking temperatures and doing health checks regularly throughout each session
- Enhancing food preparation and serving procedures
- Expanding hand washing and sanitizing facilities
- And of course, we will emphasize and make routine multiple hand washings and sanitization throughout each day
With all of this, please know that we are bringing our decades of camp management experience, plus our expertise gained from currently helping to run one of the country’s leading boarding schools to bear on the situation. As always, our number one concern is the safety, health and well-being of our campers and staff.
Given the long lead time until Opening Day, and the rapidly changing environment, much could change, for better or worse, before the end of June. We remain hopeful, however, that Moosilauke’s 116th season will open as planned. As our Backcountry Leadership Program motto implores us: “Hope for the best, plan for the worst.”
Please know that we will be communicating regularly, but we hope you won’t hesitate to be in touch with questions or suggestions.
Bill and Sabina
P.S. If you are looking for a break from all the bad news, click here to watch our video from Summer 2019.