News From the Mountain Top — June 2020
News from the Mountain Top
It is with great sadness that I must announce that we have cancelled all our Youth, Family and Adult camps for the 2020 summer season. Camp’s leadership kept camper safety first and foremost in their minds when reaching this difficult decision. With so many unknowns about COVID-19 and the pressures on people to stay safe at home, it became apparent that running camps this summer was just not possible.
We are using this time to take care of needed maintenance and updates to cabins. The forest is also using this time to rebuild and repair itself. Please take a moment to read about what staff and nature are doing to keep camp alive and what you can do to help.
Read here what a raccoon family, a blue jay, a squirrel, and volunteers are up to at Camp.
There is no way to articulate my deep disappointment at not being able to gather together this summer. July 1st marks my 25th anniversary on the job! I am sorry to miss celebrating this milestone with you. Until we are together on the mountain top once again, I send you my best regards and love. Please stay safe and be well.
Your Home on the Mountain Top
2020 Summer Youth and Adult Camps have been canceled.
We are working with volunteer deans to create Virtual Camps whenever possible. While virtual camp is certainly not the same as being together at Camp, it is a way for campers to stay connected, try something new and support Camp. We will let you know when Virtual Camps are open for registration. Check the de Benneville Pines website at www.uucamp.org and click Camp Calendar to stay updated on camp information.
WE HAVE A HUGE MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
COVID-19 Emergency Fund Drive
Without a revenue stream from summer camps, your mountain home is experiencing a financial crisis. Camp de Benneville Pines needs support from everyone who has shared Camp’s magic and memories and wants to ensure Camp will be here for many more generations. Read more here about the Camp’s emergency needs.
At Camp there is always something that needs to be fixed, but due to our usual busy-ness, just never gets done. On-site staff and volunteers are utilizing the Camp’s closure as a time to get caught up. If you would like to help repair, revamp and restore Camp, I’d like to hear from you at email@example.com. Love for Camp never ends.
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I welcome you to click on this link and listen to John Lennon’s “Imagine” that has been “re-Imagined” by a friend of mine, John Riesenman. This reimagined version calls to human kind to wake up and pay attention to what we have done to planet Earth. As I have been seeing the wildlife re-enter the forest around de Benneville Pines, I imagine they too are enjoying a break from human interactions.
Keep the spirit of de Benneville Pines and yoUUr faith alive in your heart.