A letter from our Director

Dear families and friends of Blue Dolphin,

For two months, we have waited and remained hopeful. 
Like many of you, we have been adapting our lives to the new world we live in… trying to find the balance between camp time, work time, parent time and global pandemic time. Quarantine with our students this has meant homeschooling, and parenting while also navigating the pathway of Blue Dolphin’s present and future. We are so grateful for living in the great city of New. We are now writing the letter that we didn’t want to write, and sending you a message that many of you didn’t want to hear.

The summer of 2020 has officially been cancelled at Blue Dolphin. 
To open or not to open? This is the question that we have been grappling with for over a month now.  Watching the curve, waiting for guidelines, surveying parents, and consulting with county officials…none of these avenues gave us the confidence that operating a summer camp and gathering children and adults from around the state and from literally around the globe was a good idea. It sure sounded like a great idea back in January and February. Yet the reality of what the consequences could be led to our final decision.

Along with concerns about everyone’s physical health and safety as well as the financial health and safety of camp many questions had no answers… 
Could we bring all of our staff here and guarantee the well-being for all of our campers? What if all went well and we were shut down midway through the summer? What if we had an infection at camp? What if…? What if…?
With so many unknowns here in June, we put up the white flag and decided that this is how the summer must be. A summer without camp. As ‘unprecedented’ as it is, this is our new reality. 

While the impact of this decision on Blue Dolphin’s future is not entirely known, we do know that this was the best choice we could make with the information we had. Not only for the health and wellbeing of our campers, families, and staff but also for Blue Dolphin itself.

Your trust. Your love. Your support. Your families. Your children. Our Campers. 

This is why we are here and why Blue Dolphin has been full for the last many years. It is why we work 10 months of the year… so we can play at camp, be creative with, and inspire your children.
Whether this was to be your first summer or the next of many, thank you for trusting us with the safety and wellbeing of your camper. This means the world to us.  We cannot thank you enough for your continued support and belief in Blue Dolphin.
We look forward to lighting the campfires again next summer and making smores.
Campingly and Sincerely Yours,
 
BDSC Office Team