It is with deep sadness that we have made the heart-breaking decision to close
Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp for Summer 2020.
We thank you for your patience and encouragement during these last few months. We have worked hard to responsibly adapt our program to meet the evolving guidance and mandates from federal, state and local agencies, while ensuring the health and safety of our campers – all while keeping YSSC’s engaging camp experience intact. While we feel confident in the modifications we have put in place, in the end, the Madera County Health Department has not taken action regarding residential summer camps in time for us to operate our program.
We know kids are missing out on so many opportunities and wish we could have provided a summer experience they need more than ever. We so wish we could relay this disappointing news to you in person, but since we cannot, we have recorded a video for your family below.
We are so sad to share with you that we cannot have camp this summer. Camp has always been a safe place for you to come each summer and we want it to always feel like a home away from home. With all of the rules that have to be in place to keep us all safe during this time, we knew we couldn’t run camp the way it is supposed to be: full of high fives and hugs, trying new activities for the first time, and sleeping under the stars with your cabin.
It’s okay to feel disappointed and upset about this- we feel really sad and disappointed with you!
You’ve been counting down the days since you last ate banquet cake and stood around the meadow with your candle, singing the goodnight song with your cabin. For some of you who have never been to camp, you have been waiting so patiently all year for your chance to experience camp for the first time and we are sorry that you won’t be able to do that this summer. We know you all have been so excited to come to camp and we were, too. Since the final day of camp last summer, we have been planning for your arrival! This summer will not be the same without you.
Today will mark the day that we start counting down until next summer. We will be planning and dreaming of new night games, activities and characters to bring camp alive in Summer 2021. There will be the best staff in the world, a camp t-shirt and a s’more at Star Rock waiting for you!
You are what we will miss most about camp! After all, we are the Home of the World’s Greatest Campers! While it won’t be the same, we will find ways to stay in touch this summer.
Cujo, Salsa and Sprinkles