June 1, 2020
To Our NJY Camps Milford Community,
With the heaviest of hearts and tears in our eyes, we share with you that Camp Nah-Jee-Wah, Cedar Lake Camp, Teen Camp, and Round Lake Camp, will not be opening this summer as planned, making 2021 our 100th summer of NJY Camps.
Since March, we have been cautiously optimistic about opening camp, making contingency plans and hoping for a clear path to emerge for us to open in a safe manner. We have spent many hours combing through guidelines, speaking with medical professionals and meeting with our colleagues to redesign our program to keep our camp community safe from COVID-19.
However, as we looked at photos and videos from past years, we know that our best camp memories come from time spent arm-in-arm, not six feet apart.
Given the overwhelming unknowns, including the newly-identified Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, along with the uncertainties of our state’s regulations and in consultation with our board of directors, it is clear that we cannot open camp safely and provide campers with the amazing experience that you have come to expect from us.
We have wished for nothing more than to be in camp this summer — to see our staff, our families, and most of all our campers. But, we know that we will have to wait for next year to be together in person at our “Home Away From Home.”
You likely have many questions, and in time, we will be connecting with each family individually. In the next few days, we will provide you with more detail, as well as your options for a refund or for rolling over your tuition to 2021. We ask that you wait until receiving this next email before deciding how you want to proceed.
In the meantime, we invite you and your campers to watch this special video about how much camp means to all of us.
We thank you for all of your support during this difficult time.
We wish you good health, safety and better times ahead as we look forward to being with you in Summer 2021 to celebrate the 100th summer of NJY Camps.
Stephen P. Seiden
Janet Warm Fliegelman
Interim Executive Director