BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — An email sent late Wednesday to parents of campers at American Heritage Camp in Delray Beach may make it difficult for other area summer camps to open this summer.
BocaNewsNow.com reported exclusively on Tuesday that American Heritage would not open for the 2020 summer season. The announcement followed an email blast from Eagles Landing Camp that — if Florida enters “phase two” of recovery — it is planning to open. The camp owner —- Matt Cannold — reiterated to us Wednesday that Eagles Landing Camp would only open if he felt it was safe to do so. Cannold said he is dedicated to kids having fun and wants that option to exist, especially now.
But an email sent by American Heritage may make it difficult for ANY camp to open. In three paragraphs, American Heritage’s leadership team sums up the unknown, what it means for kids and families, and why opening — they believe — would be irresponsible.
Dear Camp Families,
As all of us continue to navigate our way through the unprecedented challenges of the Covid–19 Pandemic of 2020, it has become clear that in the interest of the safety and well-being of all of our campers, their families and our staff this year’s camp season must be canceled. This decision comes with deep sadness and disappointment for all of us. Canceling camp for this summer was decided only after extensive research and monitoring of the information available from the most knowledgeable medical authorities on the COVID – 19 virus in the world.
The nature and characteristics of this terrible virus make it impossible to know with certainty when social distancing restrictions will be safely relaxed enough to allow the close physical group interaction and activities that form the essence of summer day camp.
We must put everyone’s safety above our love of camping and the joy our incredible summer camp program has brought to thousands of children over the past 36+years. We confidently expect to be back in full operation for the summer of 2021 and we look forward to renewing old friendships, making new ones, delighting and caring for your children in the future and offering as usual the finest summer camp experience anywhere.
As we reported earlier on Wednesday, St. Andrews is taking a wait-and-see approach. Pine Tree Camps — which operates out of Lynn University — did not respond to our request for information.
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