We truly had a wonderful Decoma 2021 summer and we can’t thank you enough for sharing your wonderful campers with us.
With 2021 behind us, we are looking ahead to an incredible 2022 season. We are currently planning for two scenarios, a COVID-19 summer similar to 2020/2021 and a pre-COVID summer similar to 2019 and all of our 72 camping seasons before that. At this point, we are thinking that we will likely see a combination of both but are hopeful that we can operate with even less restrictions than last summer. Decoma WILL RUN THIS SUMMER, and we know we can operate smoothly and safely in both scenarios.
The health and safety of our camp community always comes first, especially during these crazy times. We are working closely with the American Camping Association (ACA) to ensure that all necessary precautions and protocols are in place. All COVID-19 related decisions are made with guidance provided by the ACA along with the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). For the past two summers the guidance received from these organizations was integral in forming our COVID Action Plans. Being that the circumstances around COVID – 19 are everchanging, we will continue to remain flexible and will adapt our programming as needed. As such, we will not make any final decisions about our safety protocols for the upcoming season until much closer to opening day.
Although we remain hopeful that 2022 will bring with which it a loosening of camp restrictions, it is possible that for the safety of our camp community, we will have to make changes to our program as we did last summer. The biggest COVID safety measures put in place for last summer included running modified bus service (utilizing central stops) and cancelling before and after care. We are hopeful that we will be able to go back to our door-to-door bus service and provide extended before/after care. That said, we want you all to be aware of the possibility of major changes such as those mentioned above. Of course, we will notify you immediately of any and all changes and/or decisions we do make.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time. We are always happy to hear from our Decoma families. Camp will be here before we know it and we cannot wait to see your campers’ smiling faces! Until then, stay healthy and think summer!
The Deutsch Family