Camp Pinnacle’s Approach to Coronavirus
May 20, 2020
Thank you for your patience, grace and words of support, all of which have meant so much through many long days and sleepless nights. It is with a sincere sense of responsibility and strong desire to create a memorable experience for children that we humbly announce our plans to open Camp Pinnacle this summer with a modified schedule, reduced capacity, and significant changes to our daily operations. We open in partnership with the Henderson County Health Department and the support of our local government.
The decision to open, when many of our peers will not, is the most challenging decision we have made in our 30 years of working with youth, and one that comes from deep reflection about our purpose and mission. If there is something that has been reinforced over the past few months, it’s that what matters most is family and community. We believe in the power of camp and the sense of community and belonging it provides our campers. This has become more apparent this year, amidst the upheaval, disappointment, and grief our children have faced. Despite these lofty goals, we know opening camp brings risks and uncertainty that cannot be eliminated even with the best intention and preparation. Now that we have made our decision, your decision whether to attend Camp Pinnacle… or not, should only be made after careful thought, considering your family’s individual situation and definition of reasonable risk.
When will Camp Pinnacle open?
We have further delayed our opening until June 28, adjusting our summer schedule to give North Carolina an extra week to enter phase 3 (of our three-phase approach).
2020 modified Camp Pinnacle summer schedule:
- New dates: Session 2: June 28 – July 10 (2 weeks)
- New dates: Session 3: July 12 – July 24 (2 weeks)
- Same dates: Session 4: July 26 – August 7 (2 weeks)
- New session: Session 5: August 9 – August 14 (1 week)
Our counselor team will be arriving on June 13 for a two-week “Quarientation.”
How will Camp Pinnacle be different this summer?
Though parts of camp will look different this summer, we believe we can retain much of our original programming, continuing to create a fun, substantive, and valuable experience.
We have been working diligently over the past several months to adjust our policies to meet recently released guidance from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, American Camp Association (ACA), and the CDC. Please review the following PDFs for information about what to expect this summer.
What do Camp Pinnacle parents need to do?
Once you decide if attending camp this summer is the right decision for your family, please complete the 2020 Summer Options form in your CampInTouch account by Sunday, May 31. (If we have not received your completed form by then, we will transfer your tuition to 2021.) Should you decide that camp is not the right option for your family this summer, we humbly ask you to move tuition forward to 2021. You may also request a full refund. (** Session 1 campers will have to re-do this form with new dates).
Can new families still sign up for 2020?
New applications for summer 2020 will be considered after June 1.
We look forward to an enhanced partnership this summer, and more than ever, we appreciate the love and generosity of the Camp Pinnacle community.
Jane and John Dockendorf, executive directors
Fayssoux Moss, director