News Archive: May 2020

A Letter to our Alumni and Friends

To Our Camp Kinderland Community,

With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to report that Camp Kinderland is unable to open for the summer of 2020. This decision was informed by guidance and information from our local authorities, as well as the medical professionals that we deal with each summer.

This decision was informed by guidance and information from our local authorities, as well as the medical professionals that we deal with each summer. Our number one priority is and has always been, the health and safety of our campers, staff, and our Kinderland community, and the health risks posed by Covid-19 makes a safe opening impossible.

We share the heartache and disappointment of the campers and staff who were eagerly looking forward to being at Kinderland this season. And we know that for some of you, those campers, CITs, and staff are your own children and grandchildren. All we can promise them is that Camp Kinderland will be here for all of us when this crisis is over.

Tuition is our main source of income. The problem we face is that we have many ongoing expenses whether or not we have camp. From holding on to our essential year-round staff, to paying our mortgage and real estate taxes, from insurance premiums to maintenance costs, and loan repayment… our shortfall will be huge.

Our projections show Camp Kinderland facing, at a minimum, a $250,000 loss if all tuition payments are reimbursed.

We are appealing to our current camper families to consider donating part or all of their tuition payments or rolling their payments over to the summer of 2021 to ensure Camp Kinderland’s survival.

We have endured recessions, depressions, and wars; Camp Kinderland has made it through droughts, hurricanes, and tornadoes, through relocations, polio, and political attacks. We cannot allow COVID-19 to steal the legacy of Camp Kinderland, passed on by generations of fighters and dreamers to the children of tomorrow. We will need all your generosity for Kinderland to get through this. 

Camp Kinderland must—and will—survive. El pueblo unido…the people united will never be defeated!

In Solidarity,

Cindy, Billy, Alice, and Ira

 

A Letter to our Families

Dear Camp Kinderland Parents,
 
I hope that you and yours are safe and well.
 
With heavy hearts, the Board of Directors and I are deeply saddened to report that Camp Kinderland is unable to open for the summer of 2020. This decision was informed by guidance and information from our local authorities, as well as the medical professionals that we deal with each summer.
 
Our number one priority is and has always been, the health and safety of our campers, staff, and our Kinderland community. We cannot practice social distancing in our bunks, our indoor spaces, or even our dining hall. The health risks posed by Covid-19 makes a safe opening impossible.
 
We share the heartache and disappointment of the campers and staff who were eagerly, even desperately, looking forward to being at Kinderland this season. Camp is an oasis for them, and now more than ever, they may be feeling an even greater need to be there. All of this contributed to making this decision even more difficult.
 
This summer is our 97th season, and it will be the first time in our history that we have had to close. We are heartbroken, but Camp has faced many obstacles in our rich and storied history, and we are still here.
 
Together, let us look ahead to the summer of 2021, and begin the hard work necessary to guarantee that Camp Kinderland will survive. We will be reaching out to you in the next week as we create space for our community to come together and stay connected. Your input will be crucial.
 
We are all looking forward to welcoming you back to camp next summer and we are sending you our love and support.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Cindy Zingher
 
Camp Director


 
Refunds, Rollovers, and/or Donations

We are offering our families several choices:

Donations: Making a gift of some or all of the funds you have already paid is a generous way to help Camp Kinderland weather this unprecedented crisis and ensure our safe reopening next summer and for generations to come. We will need the support of our community to continue to improve our facility, hold on to our essential full-time staff, and stay connected in innovative ways. Thank you to everyone who is able to make this vital gift to Camp Kinderland during a time of extreme hardship.

Rollover: We can rollover your summer 2020 payment towards tuition for summer 2021. This will help with Camp Kinderland’s short-term financial stability, and we are extremely grateful.

Full or Partial Refunds: We know that many of our families are also facing hardships at this time. We can process a full refund in the amount paid or you may choose to take a partial refund and make a donation with the remainder. Our camp staff will be contacting you in the coming weeks to process your refund. Thank you for your patience as we expect hundreds of emails and calls over the coming days.

Please fill out the following form to indicate your choice:

2020 Tuition Rollover, Donation, Or Refund Form