June 22, 2020

Dear Campers, Staff, and Families,

We hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe. During this time of COVID-19 uncertainties, we cannot thank you enough for your loyalty, commitment, and patience as we confront the ever-changing challenges presented by the pandemic. The dedication of our campers, families, and staff has been essential to the long success of Camp de Benneville Pines, and we are counting on that support going forward.

After exploring many options to providing a quality, fun, and safe camp experience this summer, it is with heavy hearts that we cancel summer 2020 YoUUth and Family camps.

In making this difficult decision, we are guided by science and our deepest held Unitarian Universalist values. This pandemic teaches us that our actions directly impact the health and well-being of our family and neighbors; and until we know more, we choose to keep our camper community safe and at home. We know this painful decision disappoints and break hearts. Please know this decision was made in love with the safety of our camper community in mind. There are too many "unknowns" to properly plan a quality program given the State restrictions that are in place (as of May 31, 2020).

So that campers and families can stay connected with one another and the camp, we will be offering some virtual summer camp programs in July. Use the link at the end of this letter to learn more and to register for Virtual Camp Connections 2020.

We are here to support you if you have questions or just need someone to hear your disappointment; grief and loss resources are provided via the link below. We are already looking toward next summer and our expectation that we will be together again. We are so grateful for all of you!

Click here and check back regularly to access important information about summer camps 2020 and a special video from us about summer youth camps.

We are now pleased to announce Virtual Camps 2020.

Check the Camp de Benneville Pines website Calendar page for more information and to register.

In community,

Marianne Swift-Gifford                 Geoff Anderla            Janet James

Incoming Camping Ministries       Camping Ministries    Executive Director
Director                                         Director

cm@uucamp.org                         cmd@uucamp.org       director@uucamp.org