March 7, 2021 Update
We are happy to announce that Mountain Friends Camp plans to return to Collins Lake Ranch for a 2-week session, July 10-24, 2021! We missed seeing you in person in 2020, and are looking forward to being together again this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic will require some changes as we make plans for camp. However we know that the essence of camp– time spent in nature and with friends– is more important than ever this year!
This page is a living document and we’ll be sharing more updates as camp approaches. We are closely following public health developments and guidelines from the CDC and the American Camp Association regarding camp operations, and look forward to additional camp guidelines from the New Mexico Department of Health this spring. We have learned a lot in the past year from the camps and organizations that continued to meet in person about how to minimize risk for children and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our hosts at Collins Lake Ranch are also excited to welcome us back. They have developed ongoing safety procedures for their residents and staff at the Autism Center. They have used the yurt campground to host a remote learning pod of 15 Mora Public School students since the fall without COVID spread, and are making additional updates to the property.
Currently, the Mountain Friends Camp Health and Safety Committee is working on the details of our plan for returning to in-person camp. While we don’t know every aspect of what will be necessary come summer, we anticipate that we will be using multiple layers of protection in order to keep camp as fun and safe as possible. At this time, we expect to use measures including pre-arrival requirements, testing, outdoor eating and activities, masking, increased ventilation indoors, limited camper numbers, increased handwashing, physical distancing, and a “closed bubble” approach to our session. Every summer we take precautions to prevent and prepare for communicable diseases at camp, and while we know we can’t completely remove the risk of diseases, including COVID-19, we will work hard to make this a joyous, restorative and safe summer for all of our campers and staff.
Due to uncertainties of the pandemic, our director and board waited until February to determine our plans for this summer. The registration system is underway, and in the meantime returning campers (and siblings) can sign up to hold your space at camp here: Mountain Friends Camp 2021 Pre-Registration Form.
We will need to be especially flexible and diligent this year, and continue to appreciate the flexibility and trust from our camp families as we move forward. Please contact the director with any questions or offers of assistance. Thank you to all who have helped Mountain Friends Camp thrive over the years, we are grateful for all of you as we move forward together into our 12th summer.