Coronavirus Updates – March 27th, 2020
Dear Huckins friends and families,
We are sending along positive thoughts with this note. Our thoughts are full of warm, summer memories and fond thoughts of our friends. We hope everyone is doing well and we urge you to reach out to the Huckins community if that brings you comfort and connection or if you need support. We, of course, are staying up-to-date on the COVID-19 situation and we will continue to place periodic updates on our website www.camphuckins.org. Please check there for relevant and current information going forward.
We are very pleased that Heather Kiley, our new Executive Director, started today. We look forward to moving through this spring and summer with the luxury an overlap in leadership and all of the benefits that affords to us, our staff, our campers and to our entire community.
At camp: We still have some snow on the ground and the lake remains frozen but we can see the channel across the lake at Robin Hood where the water is shining in the sun. Our maintenance team is working on cabin repairs and we just completed a new laundry facility behind the dining hall that will provide more washers and dryers for our summer staff. Everyone in the office is available on the phone and we will continue to answer your calls and questions.
To our Campers: We are sending big Huckins hearts and hugs. We will begin having divisional camp sing-a longs on Zoom and will send out the information soon. We hope you will continue to remember our four YMCA character values – Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility — and exhibit them each day. You are strong and we can get through this together. We can’t wait until we meet again. Until then, let us know how you are doing and how you keep your YMCA character values front and center while at home.
As Jody walks around camp each day with her dog Djinda and the kittens, she feels the power of camp. The smell of Huckins’ pines and the echoes of laughter and song make her smile as she thinks of all of you and the wonderful memories we share.
Frequently asked questions:
Is camp currently open to visitors?
In response to the emergency stay-at-home order issued March 27th, by NH Gov. Chris Sununu , requiring all non-essential organizations to close and discouraging unnecessary travel, Camp Huckins has made the decision to close our property to guests at this time. Summer camp does not begin until June 27th, 2020 and we will continue to update the community.
Is camp accepting phone calls and emails?
Yes. Our staff is currently working remotely (for the most part) and we are actively monitoring emails and phone calls.
We are monitoring several reliable sources of information about COVID-19:
www.acacamp.org American Camp Association
In the Huckins Spirit,
Jody and Heather
Memories made at Camp Huckins will last a lifetime.
An important aspect of our camp is to encourage the development of leadership skills. Many of our staff and program specialists started as campers and worked their way up to become counselors. Many eventually return as professional program staff members to pass on their valuable skills to new generations of campers.
Huckins is not—and has never been—a complicated place. Perennial friendships, hearty laughter, singing at the top of your lungs, and waking to the call of the loon are the simple memories that carry through a lifetime. Fresh air, open sky, and the time and opportunity for young people to become more confident and self-assured, these are the basic traditions and values we hold dear.