COVID-19 and Camp

Updated 3/27/20

Amid the ever-changing reality of COVID-19, Gales Creek Camp is making contingency plans for the summer.

Gales Creek Camp exists for kids and families living with type 1 diabetes. At this time, we’re still hopeful that camp will happen this summer.

We meet regularly to reassess the situation, and we are monitoring the developments of this pandemic as it relates to camp. The GCC volunteer executive team is made up of representatives from the diabetes medical community, from education and from varied industries. They provide insight and expertise that feed the decision-making.

Diabetes summer camp is unique, and it comes with a unique set of challenges under these circumstances. At the moment, our major points of consideration include:

  • Camp is a gathering place of about 100 people on-site at any given time. As we get closer to summer, depending on how things have progressed, health authorities or our own Medical Committee may determine that the risk is too great to bring our campers together this year.
  • GCC relies heavily on its medical volunteers. Because of the enormous stress being put on the medical system, these doctors, PAs, and nurses are necessarily focused elsewhere. At present, they are largely unavailable during the planning phases of camp—and more importantly, they are likely to be unavailable or severely limited during the camp season.
  • GCC also relies heavily on donations of medical supplies. Many of these basic supplies (like exam gloves, alcohol swabs, syringes) are in high demand, and our concern is that they won’t be available to us.

Whatever comes, we will strive to provide timely updates. If it becomes impossible to hold onsite camp this summer, we will let you know as soon as possible. In that event, we will work to develop a few engaging “virtual camp” opportunities that can provide some connection between our campers and families. And we will stand ready to bring people together again as soon as it’s safe to do so.

While it is the very last thing we would want, if your camp session is cancelled this summer, you will be given the option of a credit for 2021 or a full refund. Or, if you are able, you can choose to donate whatever you've paid to Gales Creek Camp, which will help your not-for-profit camp through the financial disruption caused by this national emergency. If you need your refund immediately, please let us know here. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out here.

We appreciate that you are a part of the Gales Creek Camp Community. We wish you the best as you navigate this uncertain time. And we look forward to seeing you again.

We will camp on.