A Letter to Our Campers

Dear Campers,

Whether this would have been your first summer at Augusta or the next of many, we wanted to reach out to you and to share in your sadness. Wow! What a time this is…Summer camp is cancelled. We are still a bit stunned over here at camp.  Of course, we were hopeful beyond hope that we could make this happen for all of us and, unfortunately, we see now that this is not possible.

We are still coming to terms with the realization that we will not see you this summer. A few weeks of playing and doing activities at camp, experiencing challenge and growth, and finding a new sense of self are the reasons we work 10 months to make sure you have the best 8 weeks of camp. Many of us have found our purpose at Blue Dolphin Summer Camp — creating a second home for you!

This was an extremely tough decision to make, and probably just as hard to hear. Ultimately, we know this is the best decision to ensure the safety of all of you our campers as well as our. Above all, we want Blue Dolphin Summer Camp to remain a safe and sustainable place for us all to enjoy and take risks responsibly. The idea of a summer at Blue Dolphin without the high fives, without the hugs, without the laughter and the songs that make camp so great, are all sad thoughts. We look to the future, for when the potential for wish, wonder and surprise strongly outweigh the risks present at camp now, and they will be back…in time.
We are experiencing a time in history that very, very few in this world have ever experienced before. We’d like to think that, a few months from now when life has returned to some degree of normalcy (…or entered a new normalcy), we will all look back on this time and marvel that all the citizens of the world experienced the same thing at the same time. How often does that happen?

With that, you have likely experienced a ton of new things as well as some being cancelled for you these days. We are sad that summer camp is now a part of that list for you.
Challenge – opportunity – growth – compassion. These are all foundations of Blue Dolphin. This is a whole new opportunity for us all in learning and practicing to be creative, flexible, and resilient humans. 

Consider this to be a one big embers-like time of reflection. What would your counselor do? What would you do? 
Be with your family. Share thoughts, peaks and pits every night. Eat dinner without utensils and see what happens. Initiate a water fight in your backyard. Have watermelon and popcorn for snack EVERYDAY!! Create your own version of a rainbow fruit freeze or a sour patch drumstick. Make s’mores in the backyard. Give your parents a special wake-up. Host campfire songs and skits in your living room. Be the funk in your neighborhood. Go for it. Be camp wherever you are. We’re excited to hear what you come up with!  
We know that you creating wish, wonder and surprise at home will in no way make up for you not literally being here at camp with us. For now, we sincerely hope you’ll carry camp with you wherever you are. Remember that Blue Dolphin Summer Camp — the feeling you get when you are here, the person you are when you are here — is always within you. Camp is in your heart and, therefore, is everywhere you go. Camp is You and You are Camp.
We are saving you a spot in summer 2021 and can’t wait to linger around the campfire once more. 

“This is goodnight and not goodbye.” 

Campingly yours,

Your Blue Dolphin Family