Dear Moosilauke Families, Staff, Alumni, and Friends,
We hope you all are safe and healthy, and enjoying some special family time during this uniquely challenging period.
As you know from previous communications, we have been engaged in significant research and planning into whether we can open Moosilauke in a manner that ensures the same high level of safety and health for our campers and staff that we have all come to expect. Our planning and insights have been greatly enhanced by Bill and Sabina’s roles helping The Thacher School evaluate the same issues relative to opening as a boarding school this fall. As part of this effort, they have had the opportunity to talk directly with a number of leading experts on the pandemic and the various medical advancements being worked on. Bill has also been a member of the national COVID-19 steering committee put together by The Association of Boarding Schools.
Unfortunately, after several weeks of careful consideration, we have concluded that in order to protect the health and safety of our campers, our staff, and our local communities we need to suspend all camp programming for summer 2020.
As you can imagine, this decision has been a difficult and painful one for our family. And we know it is very disappointing for your family. 2020 will be the first summer in 116 years we are unable to open our camp. We are confident, however, that this is the right and appropriate decision given the current spread of the pandemic, the geographic diversity of our camp community, the complexities of undertaking best practice social distancing at camp, and maybe most importantly, the continuing lack of adequate testing capability and an effective treatment.
Even though we will not be coming together in person this summer, we are working on a number of fun and creative avenues for staying connected and keeping the Moose spirit and traditions alive and well this summer. Stay tuned for more details.
In closing, please know we are already in planning mode so we can deliver the best Moose experience ever in summer 2021. Until we see you then, please stay safe and don’t hesitate to be in touch with questions.
Bill, Sabina, Ken, Ingrid, Preston, Jake, Quinn, Charlotte, Port, and Heide