Camp will return in 2021

06/02/2020

To our Rainbow Camp family,

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the decision made by Massachusetts Rainbow and Rainbow Camp of Massachusetts that ​Rainbow Camp will remain closed for the 2020 Camp Season​.

All of us at Rainbow Camp know how deeply you all have been hanging on to hope for RCMA 2020, what would have been the highlight of a very difficult year. We, too, have been clinging to that hope, because we know the magic and importance of Rainbow Camp for our girls. While we have prayed for the world to heal so the 2020 Camp season would be able to continue uninterrupted, the safety and health of our campers, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance.

Rainbow Camp understands the seriousness of the COVID-19 health situation, as we have been thoroughly keeping up on the information and updates provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, American Camp Association, CDC, and American Academy of Pediatrics. The Massachusetts Reopening: Four-Phase Approach began by entering Phase 1: "Start" on May 18th, 2020. The guidelines state that each phase will last a minimum of three weeks, with the potential to last longer, before moving on to the next phase. Per the list of "Essential Businesses and Activities, residential/overnight summer camps are not permitted to open until Phase 3. Hypothetically, if all goes as planned, we would enter Phase 3 the first week of July, however, there is limited information as to what types of precautions or safety measures would still be in effect at that time. While we are experts in all things Rainbow Camp, we are not experts in public health. With the multitude of protective measures and safety guidelines put in place coupled with the financial burden of having to potentially limit the number of campers registered for each week and/or cutting down on the number of weeks of camp (ex. holding 2 weeks versus 4), we are unable to ensure a safe summer for our campers, staff, and volunteers.

With remaining closed for the 2020 Camp Season, this poses a great concern for the future of Rainbow Camp. Fundraising will be our main focus throughout the rest of 2020 and into 2021 in order to ensure RCMA will be able to open for the 2021 Camp Season.

We have already begun to formulate plans for various fundraising events, and encourage our campers and staff as well as other Rainbow assemblies to reach out with fundraising or event ideas for Rainbow Camp!

Moving forward, our plan is to continue monitoring all COVID-19 information throughout the summer. If circumstances change, we will explore other unique RCMA experiences to be held either later in the summer or early fall.

If you're already registered for RCMA 2020, you will be receiving an email with further information.

Today, we start the countdown to RCMA 2021. Rainbow Camp will continue to be here for you throughout the year, for anything you might need. If you have questions, ideas for fundraising, send us an email at ​rcma.register@gmail.com​!

We love you, Camp loves you, so let's all lean on one another and get through this summer together! RCMA will be thinking constantly about all of you over this weird summer, and we hope that you stay safe and healthy until we're able to be together again at the most magical place on Earth. Keep an eye out on our social media pages for the magic we will be creating to keep the spirit of Rainbow Camp alive! Remember, if everyone lit just one little candle what a bright world this would be! Light your candles, girls, and don't forget, Cabin 20 is waiting for you! #Open20in2021