Letter from the camp director: COVID-19

Dear Friends,

As we all follow the evolving COVID-19 crisis, I know we all share a lot of concerns and hopes for the well-being of our loved ones and communities.
With so much uncertainty and change, it is hard for any of us to plan, but we want to share current thinking with you about Mountain Friends Camp.

At this time, we plan to assess the possibilities for the summer season over the next month. We hope to have more clarity on our summer plans by May 1st, pending any national and local health updates. We are deeply hopeful that the public health crisis will have been addressed to the point where we are able to proceed with our plans for camp this summer, as always with much attention to safety and hygiene while at camp! It is also possible that COVID-19 will continue to advance in ways that make us change these plans, either due to the health department or travel restrictions or our own careful discernment about what is best for our campers and community.

If you are already registered for camp, or plan to do so soon, we are remaining open to registrations and proceeding with cautious hope. Please do not make final travel plans, purchase airline tickets or other non-refundable decisions at this time. I’ll continue to send updates as events progress. You can also consider buying the travel/camp tuition protection plan offered through CampDocs.com, our registration company (please read their terms carefully to understand what is and is not covered). If we do have to cancel sessions, we will of course provide a full refund of camper fees. I’m always more than happy to check-in with you individually about your plans and questions, understanding that information is updating on a rapid pace.

Camp Staff, thanks to all who have already applied for this summer! I so hope we all get to come together and make a wonderful experience for the campers. I’ll be in touch as we learn more and hear from you. We are continuing to welcome new applications as well.

We are not hosting any in-person camp events this spring, at least not until further notice. We are thinking of ways to connect virtually and provide some of the spirit and fun of camp at home, so check back and follow our facebook page (facebook.com/MountainFriendsSummerCamp/) for more information. I welcome your ideas too!

 A few resources you might find helpful:

Every year we rely on our wider community for support and gifts of many kinds, and I know this will be true more than ever this year. I am so grateful for each of you, and the community we have built and nurtured at MFC over the years and know that we will proceed through these challenging times with open hearts and careful attention to Spirit and science!

I am thinking of all of you, and sending virtual hugs and handshakes.
Ana Ebi
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February 17th Multicity Events for Mountain Friends Camp!

Join Friends in Colorado and New Mexico, and virtual connections across the country today for sharing greetings, news and raising funds for Mountain Friends Camp 2019! The specific purpose of our fundraiser is to help buy a washer and dryer (a target amount of about $1,000), so we can stop sending staff off to town for laundry. Any additional amount raised will go to our campership fund!

Santa Fe: COME ONE AND ALL!  Santa Fe Monthly Meeting (directions) is hosting a “Bet You Can Do It” ASIAN BUFFET to raise funds for MFC. We’ll hear from young friends and camp staff about their time at camp, and connect with the virtual all camp get together. 630 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM. 12 pm. 

Boulder: Boulder’s Senior Young Friends (SYFs) will be supporting Mountain Friends Camp with a pancake fundraiser. (Event Facebook Link)
The SYFs (many of whom are past campers) invite you to join them and other Friends for a delicious pancake lunch, and learn more about Mountain Friends Camp! 825 Upland Avenue, Boulder, CO. 11:30 am.

Virtual: Join Friends of Mountain Friends Camp all over the country for our first multicity MFC event! Reach out to Ana (director@mountainfriendscamp.org) if you would like to join in the group video chat, or even host an event in your town! We’ll also be live-streaming part of the time on Facebook, see info here
Our goals are to raise $1000 for a camp washer and dryer for 2019, get more people excited about coming to camp this summer, and have FUN!

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Remembering Senta

We are sorry to have sad news to share in this holiday season. Senta Hoge, our host from 2014-2016 at the Santa Fe Tree House Camp, passed away December 9th. Please join our Mountain Friends Camp community in holding Senta and her loved ones in the Light. Senta passed on quickly and in her own home,  leaving behind memories of joyful and peaceful times in nature in the minds of the thousands of children and adults who came through the Tree House Camp over the decades. 
The Mountain Friends Camp board members prepared a few affirmations and memories of Senta to share with her loved ones. If you’d like to add yours, email Ana at director@mountainfriendscamp.org


“I find it hard to actually believe that Senta has passed on ~ since she clearly didn’t age a day since i first met her as a small child to when my children first met her! Her advice to simplify life by just feeding the campers baked potatoes nightly might not have influenced menus at camp, but it influenced menus in my home. Senta’s indomitable presence and consistent, unapologetic strength as a woman will be remembered by myself and many other young girls and women who crossed her sphere of influence. You will be missed, Senta.”
-Bonny Moss, MFC Board President

“Today I am remembering Senta’s love for the animals…Because I had known her for 30+ years, I knew many of her animals and got to watch her care for and about each one of them!
She had two dogs named Uno and Etso that were her hearts delight for sure. For a while she took care of Boufka, Mieke’s dog and also Alec, Charles’s dog And of course Nanga… Besides Trigger, she had a horse named Martini that she rode. And adopted Pompeii two years ago. There were also donkeys and goats. She loved and fed the birds, all kinds..She protected the horny toads and the owls. Senta definitely was ‘one’ with the natural world and all it’s many inhabitants. Looking back, I find it curious that there were deer living on her property this summer after many years when we saw none. Maybe they were coming to give her a gift in her last summer? Once there was a woodpecker that lived near her house and we watched it all year into the next summer..She was really happy it kept returning.. (like the ravens) So Senta, I hope you are in a place where the animals are close in spirit and know that I will always remember your compassion and curiosity for all ‘God’s critters’…”

-Beverley Weiler

“Over and over when we were at the camp, Senta would stop to chat and share little suggestions about cool wooded areas on the property good for a hike or a nature activity, plays and programs they used to put on at the pavilion, the importance of clear safety rules at the archery area, how the barn could be used on a rainy day. I think at first I saw this as her having difficulty “letting go” of her leadership role. As I listened more carefully I heard her much more just wanting to give from her experience, to share her love of the place and of the outdoors especially. Quite a richness of years put into that dream.”
-Eric Wright

“When I first met Senta I was in my early 50s and feeling I was almost on the downhill side of life. I was so impressed and inspired to learn that Senta was already my age, and had a long and busy career behind her when she and Charles conceived the idea for Tree House Camp and then slowly but steadily worked to put flesh on the bones of their dream for the next several decades: a whole new life when many people in their phase of existence would  be contemplating a future of week-earned rest and retirement.
Although Senta came across as a somewhat formidable presence at camp during the times she came down to survey our daily activities, yet there were a couple of times when I was with her neighbor Diane when Diane was checking in with Senta about necessary doctor visits and the like. Then I was privileged and humbled to see the vulnerable gentler side to this amazing woman, and the love and respect in which she was held by those who were closest to her. I am only sorry that I entered her life so late in the day, and could not learn more from this unique fellow being.”

-Lucy Bauer

“Senta lived and shared her deep love and connection to the animals at camp every year. Last summer in her introduction to Tree House Camp talk with the campers, I heard for the first time about the family of ravens who’d lived at the Tree House Camp since before the camp founding. She’d known them as individuals, talked to them, they watched her and respected her space, they wouldn’t come into the kitchen area but if she brought an apple down to the horses and left it for a moment it was fair game. With all the animals, her lesson for kids and adults was, “Oh, well they’ve been here longer than we have. This is their home you are visiting.”
In 2014 I was planning to travel in Jordan and Israel/Palestine in the fall, and loved her advice and excitement for me and Ari. Her stories about exploring with Charles, car camping with one other couple, driving for days across the desert and finding waterhole across Saudi Arabia were wonderful. I’d love to hear more, hopefully from those she had more time with to relax and share stories.”

-Ana Ebi

Senta at the ropes course, 2016

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Family Camp News-Single Parent Camperships and More!

We still have plenty of room in our family camp session, July 26-29, so please help us spread the word!

Are you a single-parent who would like to bring your family to camp? A MFC donor has generously offered full camperships to help single-parent families. We also have partial camperships available for any family for whom cost would be a barrier, we want everyone to be able to attend Mountain Friends Camp!FamCamp3sm

See the Family Camp page for updated information and a new Frequently Asked Questions document. We’re looking forward to building community and lots of fun activities like nature hikes, creating art projects, story telling, music making, skits and cooperative games, Quaker worship, and time to relax and simply enjoy the beautiful outdoors and our camp community. Contact the camp director with any questions

Thanks to Brooke, Brad, Beverley and the Santa Fe Meeting for organizing a visit and photoshoot at the Tree House Camp this spring!

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Board Weekend in Denver

Mountain Friends Camp thanks the Mountain View Friends Meeting for your warm hospitality during our annual board board meetingweekend March 20-22. Board members were joined by campers, young adult staff and a few interested local Friends for a fun weekend of worship, discernment and plork (play+work) for our Quaker summer camp. Nine of us traveled from four states plus DC, and nine came from around Colorado. Our focus for the weekend was visioning and planning the next 5 years. We spent time considering the locations we’ve held camp at so far and what we need and want in a permanent location (and how to discern the difference between needs and wants!). Our recent 501(c)3 status, camp policies, staff orientation, support for grieving campers, 2015 plans, finances and outreach kept us busy. We divided up board tasks into three main committees for the next year, and invited campers and others join and participate in committee work. Of course since this was about camp we also had great food, singing, games, worship, fellowship and outdoor time in the beautiful Colorado sunshine.
Big thanks to Paula and to Ruth for hosting so many out of towners, and to Penny and Judy for bringing us delicious that gado gado dinner Saturday! Most everyone stayed for Meeting for Worship on First Day, with a few of our camp staff taking the First Day group to the park for some camp games. Afterwards we enjoyed a bountiful potluck spread, and showed some pictures for a MFC Q&A. We left with warm hearts and renewed resolve from the many reminders of what we love about Mountain Friends Camp!board meeting
REMINDER: We still have plenty of room for campers age 10-15, family campers, and are looking for 1-2 medics and a few male counselors. Learn more, sign up, refer a friend, contact Ana, or donate to support our camp mountainfriendscamp.org

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