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The intended start of summer camp is one month away. Luzerne County is still in COVID-19 Red Phase and Yellow Phase timing is uncertain. The Lands at Hillside Farms intensely modeled what camp would look like under Yellow Phase, assuming Yellow Phase will be achieved by mid-June.
The Lands at Hillside Farms’ mission is founded on sustainable decisions with the love of neighbors at its core. We recognize that our summer camp is not the cheapest camp offered and there are reasons for this. Our staff to camper ratio is 5:1 at the high end. We bring in experts to speak with the children about wildlife, natural resources, agriculture, and more. The campers are immersed into the agriculture experience in a hands-on manner, and there is a base education center where the campers gather for peer interaction as well as for relief from harsh heat or rain.
Yellow Phase, our current best-case scenario, requires practices that would completely change the nature of the camp, making it nothing more than usual. The Lands at Hillside Farms is not about “usual” and does not see the economics of the situation being worth one millionth of a percent as much of the safety of your children, our neighbors.
With this, we regret to inform that The Lands at Hillside Farms will be cancelling regular summer camp for 2020. This decision was exceptionally difficult to make, as education is what we are. We hope you forgive us for these circumstances and will consider our camp in future years.
We ask that you please be patient with us as we determine the best manner to deliver your refund.
It will likely be a manual check sent to your address on file.
Children’s Grief Camp begins later this summer and may be delayed depending upon our COVID-19 Phase, but every effort will be made to hold Grief Camp, even if holding the camp during the fall is necessary.
Our Education Director, Sierra, is working on summer educational opportunities for "would have been" campers in the instance that we achieve COVID-19 Yellow Phase. Please stay tuned in case your child has the desire to experience The Lands at Hillside Farms in a form other than camp this summer.
We sincerely appreciate every one of you and are deeply grateful for your understanding.