April 30, 2020
Hello Awakening Community,
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
We have written, and rewritten, this letter several times because we have news to share and while likely not unexpected, it will be disappointing to hear.
The health, safety and well-being of our campers and staff has been Camp Awakening’s top priority since our founding more than 38 years ago – and is the deciding factor in today’s announcement.
At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors, we came to the difficult decision that Camp Awakening must suspend all on-site and in-person camp programs for summer 2020 as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
We are following the advice of health, government, and camping authorities and Camp Awakening’s own volunteer Medical Advisors. We feel confident that this is in the best interests of our entire community, but like you, we are incredibly sad and disappointed.
However, we pledge to continue our mission to “create fun, safe and supportive environments where youth with physical disabilities can increase independence, learn new skills, develop confidence and make lasting friendships”. We are working on new and innovative ways to reach our campers and staff through the summer as kids of all ages and abilities need connection and community now, more than ever.
The Awakening community is strong, thoughtful and supportive, even when we’re not together in person.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a voicemail at 416-487-8400.