COVID-19 and Camp: Updates and Resources

Fall Family Weekend Program Update

August 14, 2020

Dear Members of the Double H Ranch Family,

As part of our Double H Ranch family, you are always in our thoughts and we hope you are all well and staying safe and healthy.

As we all continue to navigate an ever-changing landscape brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, our priority at the Double H Ranch remains the health and safety of our campers, their families and caregivers, our volunteers, and staff. I am writing to you today to share our decision to suspend on-site programming for the Fall Family Program season. We remain committed to providing the magic of camp through alternative camp programs for campers and families virtually.

The Double H Ranch Medical Advisory Board, Board of Directors, and our year-round team determined that the risk is too great to begin hosting our traditional, on-site programs. While we understand this is disappointing, the decision was made to ensure we maintain the trust that you put in us to deliver safe and medically sound programming. We arrived at this decision through careful evaluation of the guidelines set forth by NYS Department of Health and CDC, as well as availability of testing, PPE, and medical staff availability.

This summer, an incredible team of staff and volunteers worked hard to provide over 450 campers an at-home camp experience through virtual campfires, Cabin Chats, Talent Shows, and activities provided in our Bear Hug Delivery boxes. Campers were able to connect with each other, counselors, and make memories in new ways. We can confidently say that through these experiences, we know we can make the magic of camp happen anywhere. We look forward to continuing these unique and innovative Camp@HHome programs for our families this Fall.

Together, the year-round staff, Medical Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors will continue to monitor, evaluate, and consider all scenarios to create a medically safe environment for on-site programming to resume. A decision regarding the 2021 Adaptive Winter Sports Program season will be made in the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued support of the Double H Ranch as we continue to navigate these challenging times together. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Health & Happiness,
Max Yurenda
CEO


 

Resources

Helping Kids Cope during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Dr. Gerry Florio, PhD

We advise the following to Safety Guidelines for COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are sick, stay home and do not attend Double H programs or events.
    • All participants will be given a health screening prior to all programs

For general information and resources related to COVID-19, please visit the World Health OrganizationCenters for Disease Control and Prevention or the NYS Department of Health.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 518-696-5676.

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