Camp Fire River Bend | Camp Tannadoonah

A message for our Camp Tannadoonah family

Click to watch a video message from our CEO, Amber Grundy

15 May 2020

Dear Camp Families,

Following two months of consideration, we have decided to cancel all June sessions of overnight camp at Camp Tannadoonah. This includes Session 1, Session 2, CIT 1A, Super Week, and Mini Week. We remain hopeful that we will be able to have a July 5 start to overnight programs at camp, but a final decision has not yet been made.

We are planning to offer a licensed childcare / day camp program at camp during the month of June, and possibily beginning in May if there is a need. If you are interested in this program, please fill out a brief day camp survey so we can contact you.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly. The health and safety of staff and the youth and families we serve is always our first priority. We have been consulting guidelines from the American Camp Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), State of Michigan licensing (LARA), and the local health department. Given current social distancing guidelines, it's clear we are unable to realistically start in June. In the coming days, we anticipate information from the CDC, American Camp Association, and the State of Michigan to guide us on decisions for July and August camp sessions – we will announce these plans by June 5 or earlier.

The decision to cancel all of our June sessions, as well as the cancellation of all of our spring programs does unfortunately have a financial impact. If you wish to make a donation to help us during this time, we would gratefully accept contributions to support camp so that we can remain sustainable through this crisis and for many more years to come.

We’ve prepared a Q&A page that will answer the questions we anticipate parents, campers, alumni and friends of camp may have, and others as they come up. Thank you for your support and patience as we try to navigate this difficult situation.

Amber Grundy, Ph.D.
CEO, Camp Fire River Bend

Adam Lucassian
Camp Tannadoonah Camp Director

Sharon Hayward
Chair, Board of Directors of Camp Fire River Bend

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