Camp is awesome! Girls with more frequent outdoor experiences are more likely to seek challenges and are better at solving problems—qualities that will help them both academically and personally in the future.
Dear Camper Families,
With heartfelt regret, we are writing to inform you that Girl Scouts of Maine resident, day and parent/child camp programs at Camps Natarswi, Pondicherry, and Scelkit will not be held this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related health concerns. The safety of our camp population and staff are the greatest priority in coming to this very difficult decision.
Since March, the Camp staff has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the State and Federal health advisories for preventing further spread of the virus and insuring personal safety. The state of Maine’s summer requirements for group size and quarantine, in addition to the CDC safety and sanitation protocols recommended for camp operation, have led us to the conclusion that we cannot achieve the necessary degree of safety for campers and staff at our regular summer resident and day camp programs.
Social distancing requirements change the very nature of camp, and the quality of the experiences that girls have there. However, we are still exploring what programs might be possible for later in the summer, and are actively trying to re-imagine some family and troop outdoor opportunities, if it is safe to do so. Depending on COVID restrictions, we will let families know if we are able to offer any short-term sessions.
We know these changes may disappoint many children and parents because Camp is more than being outdoors; it is about personal growth and relationships between girls and the counselors they come to love. There is no substitute for this direct, special and energizing outdoor experience.
Our camp directors and staff had high hopes for our camp season and were expecting a fantastic summer. They will miss each and every one of our campers! They will definitely stay in touch with the girls over the summer.
We will be in touch separately about the process for refunds and free camp earners. All will be honored.
We are thinking of you all and hoping that your family and all your loved ones will stay safe during this extraordinary and challenging time. We know there will be brighter days and awesome camp summers ahead.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Joanne Crepeau, CEO
Mary Ellen Deschenes, Chief of Outdoor Operations
Nicole Nelson, Camp Pondicherry Director
Treasa Wheeler, Camp Natarswi Director
Penny White, Camp Scelkit Director