It is with a heavy heart that we need to announce that Camp RIO will be closing onsite programming for the Summer 2020 Season. We will run a virtual camp, “Camp Rio to Go” for four weeks beginning on Monday, July 6th. We are hopeful for our fall and spring programs to open this coming school year, and we are already planning for summer 2021.
We want to share with you how we came to this decision. As you can imagine, it was not an easy call to make. In making this decision we weighed the following factors:
COVID-19 has created so many unforeseeable circumstances that continue to change every day, and many of these changes are out of our control. We know that this is hard. It is hard for all of us. Our planning for summer 2020 began last fall – camp doesn’t just start in June. Months have been lost to this virus for our staffing, fundraising, programming, and the like. To our campers and families- we see you. We will do everything in our power to support you. We are planning an amazing Virtual Camp Experience that is available during all four weeks of July. Even though Summer 2020 has been canceled, you will be able to access camp and spend time with some of the counselors you met last summer.
To Our Prospective Families:Thank you so much for wanting to join the Camp RIO family this year. We hope that you will consider registering for one of our virtual camps. If you put a deposit down for Summer 2021, you will get a week of ‘Camp RIO TO GO’ for free! (This is a $50 value.) It includes a kit for the week with all the supplies your camper will need to participate. Click Here for more information.
To Our Camp RIO Families:If you have registered for summer 2020, we will be contacting each of you soon (if we haven’t already) about your registrations. Please be patient, as we are reaching out to everyone and working through each family’s needs and preferences regarding their fees and registrations. The following choices are available to you:
To Our Campers:You mean the world to us. We will miss you so much. We feel sad and we want you to know that it is OK to feel sad, too. We know you have spent a lot of time online for school in the last few months, but we promise ‘Camp RIO TO GO’ will be so much more fun! We would love to see you there.
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To ALL:Please stand with us through this incredibly difficult time. Our Camp RIO Community is so important to us and it is imperative that we are here to serve you for many years to come. Please know that we took a lot of time in order to come to the decision to close physical camp this summer. We have had discussions with other camp leaders, tuned in to every state and local update on recommendations, and considered all viable options for ways we could stay open. There are so many camp programs around the country that are having to make this decision. We are not alone. We are all in this together. And, somehow, we will be better for it, and Summer Camp will continue for years to come.
Yours in Camping,
Camp Rio Director