9/18/20 2021 Camp Dates are set: Saturday, June 26 – Sunday, August 15
Please check back for registration details on 9/30/2020.
6/1/20 Fraser Sunbeam
Dear Camp Tecumseh, 5/19/20
I hope this letter finds each of you and your families in good health.
As you know, our COVID-19 Task Force has continued to meet and gather all of the pertinent information necessary to decide the best course of action for Camp Tecumseh this summer. In reviewing required and recommended protocols under New Hampshire, Center for Disease Control and the American Camp Association guidelines, the Task Force has recommended to the Board of Trustees, and the Board has agreed to not open Camp this summer. With heavy hearts we concluded it would be impossible to maintain the health and safety of our campers and counsel staff, and simultaneously deliver an appropriate Camp Tecumseh experience under these most unusual and unfortunate circumstances.
The burden of this decision is massive and cannot be understated. Tecumseh is an institution defined by grit, resilience, toughness, and togetherness. We have run successfully and continuously for 117 years, through world wars and other challenging circumstances. This was not the outcome any of us wanted.
Now that we have arrived at this decision, however, we are determined to innovate and do all we can to help the Camp Tecumseh family remain connected and grow stronger.
There are so many things that make the Camp Tecumseh experience special. We all have our favorite aspects of Camp: taking in a Tecumseh sunrise, hearing an inspiring huddle or prayer speech, learning from a dedicated counselor at our favorite instruction period, running a High Noon, enjoying our friends during free time, chowing down on chicken fingers and fries, competing in a fiercely contested Blue-Gray activity, battling together in outside competition, nailing a game winning bucket in Senior League, performing in our G&S operetta or conquering a challenging mountain climb! While we will miss these types of experiences this summer, we are determined to do all we can to make the most of the 2020 camp season. The senior staff and I are now working on a Summer 2020 plan that will include a variety of virtual Tecumseh experiences. We are committed to working with each family and camper to drive home Tecumseh values, and make our community and every individual in it stronger.
Please allow us until the end of May to communicate with you regarding refunds, credits and donations that will best help Camp Tecumseh. Anyone who wants a refund will receive it, and all June 1st installment payments have been canceled. We are also committed to compensating our staff during this difficult time. They work hard every summer and will do the same this summer.
This will not be the last that you hear from us, but rather the start to a unique Camp Tecumseh experience that will make our bonds stronger, and bridge the gap until the summer of 2021. Do not hesitate to reach out with thoughts or suggestions in this unprecedented time as we move forward together.
“United we shall always stand, Tecumseh sons, are we.”
~Camp Tecumseh song
Robert L Gray IV
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Dear Camp Tecumseh Community, 5/13/20I hope you are in good health and good spirits. I’m writing to update you on our planning for this summer. As you may recall from previous emails, the Board of Trustees established a COVID-19 Task Force that has been working with me and other senior staff members to monitor and assess COVID-19 information. That process is guided by our Board Chair, Bob Gray, Vice Chair Buck Buckley, and two trustees who are practicing medical doctors, one in Boston, Dr. Michael Kain, and the other in Hanover, NH, Dr. Campbell Levy. The Task Force has worked diligently and deliberately to help me assess how, if at all, we can open Camp this summer. Their dedication to and support of Camp Tecumseh in such a difficult time is a tremendous inspiration to me. I cannot thank them enough.While we are fearful that we may not be able to be together this summer at Camp, we continue to gather information. The health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority. New Hampshire Governor Sununu’s task force is set to publish guidelines for residential camps in the next week. If they are true to their timeline, then Camp Tecumseh is on track for a mid to late May decision about Camp as originally set forth. It’s not clear if those guidelines will allow us to open Camp, and even if they do, whether or not we can conform to those guidelines and still provide our boys the great Tecumseh experience we all know and love.As a Camp community, I believe we owe it to ourselves and those that came before us to not relinquish hope. We ask the boys to grind out every point, stroke, pitch and play, and not give up on anything until the very end. Our Board Task Force is bringing that same resilient spirit to this process.We completely understand if you need to make decisions before we make an official announcement. If we do not open Camp, I will send a separate email regarding your choice of a refund, credit or donation. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me with questions.Thank you for being part of the Tecumseh community. Let’s all remain Tecumseh Strong!Doug
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