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COVID-19 UPDATE (5/16/20)
We recently sent out an email to our 2020 Campers regarding our 2020 camp season. If you have registered for 2020 Family Camp, Youth Camp, or Labor Day Weekend Camp, please click here.
IF YOU ARE A 2020 CAMPER:
Please click here for information on our 2020 camp season and the options available for you in regards to payments already made to camp.
An Important Message from the OFRC/CIC Board of Directors – May 16, 2020
Dear Oakland Feather River Camp Community,
We hope that you and your family are healthy in body and mind, and adjusting as well as possible as we all join together to fight the spread of COVID-19. We know that this is an extraordinary time for everyone and the thought of one day soon being surrounded by friends, family, fellow Campers and nature is something that gives us all hope as we shelter in place.
For the past two months, our Board of Directors and dedicated staff have been working tirelessly and have had countless difficult discussions and weekly meetings about how best to move forward with the summer 2020 Camp season. We have been consulting with health officials, the City of Oakland, and the American Camping Association – exploring numerous scenarios, approaches and timelines in an effort to consider all possibilities that would allow us to safely provide our campers and community with an OFRC experience this summer. As recommended by officials, we waited for as long as possible before making any final determinations.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of all Oakland Feather River Camp programs for the summer 2020 season.
This decision was not reached lightly. We recognize the incredible experience that Feather River Camp provides – to come together as friends or family, connect with nature and enjoy a dip in the swimming hole or a s’mores or two. We especially want to acknowledge our Campers who have yet to experience the magic of OFRC; we sincerely hope you will join us when Camp reopens again in 2021. But we also recognize the need to keep our staff, Campers and the greater Quincy community safe, including those most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Ultimately, the list of uncertainties is still too long, too late into the year and we feel strongly about meeting our social responsibility to prevent the further spread of the virus.
This decision to cancel Camp for summer 2020 has significant and challenging financial implications to our nonprofit organization. Summer program fees not only cover the cost of the Camp experience for our Campers, but also our year-round operations and the required annual upkeep of the facility. The OFRC Board of Directors and staff are actively exploring multiple funding sources to help offset these necessary expenses – including small business loans, support from the local, state, and federal government and planning additional and increased fundraising efforts. However, like many small nonprofits, there is no guarantee that all of these efforts will prove fruitful during this difficult time. We have also tightened our belts wherever possible and have had to make some very difficult staffing decisions. Nonetheless, the small emergency reserve that we’d managed to build up over the years has already been depleted.
The OFRC Board of Directors is charged with the continuing health and viability of our beloved 96 year-old institution and making sure it continues serving OFRC Campers for decades to come. In 2003, the City of Oakland decided to stop operating Feather River Camp. It was then that a group of long time Campers came together to form Camps in Common to ensure that Camp would continue to be able to serve the families of Oakland. That group of committed OFRC Campers, volunteers, and donors helped to see OFRC through some very tough years. It was through their efforts that Camp has endured to this day.
Today, we ask you to become a part of that tradition of pulling together for Oakland Feather River Camp: We are asking you to join the OFRC Board of Directors in making a significant gift to OFRC and CIC to enable us to survive these destabilizing times and to allow for many more camp seasons for years to come.
We will be reaching out in the coming weeks inviting you to make a contribution to support camp. Your support will help us cover the costs we have already incurred to prepare for the 2020 Camp season and also fund our scaled-down, continuing operations, which includes the wages of our 4 year-round staff.
We know this is heartbreaking news. None of us ever imagined we would see a summer without camp, but with your support we will survive this challenging period. Thank you for your flexibility, generosity, partnership and understanding. Please stay safe and healthy, and we can’t wait to see you at OFRC in 2021.
The Oakland Feather River Camp & Camps in Common Board of Directors
Amy Boyle, Ryann Cheung, Diana Christensen, Donna Duhe, Ben Lavender, Stephanie McFadden, Jesse McKeithen, Charlie Michelson, Nancy Murray
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