Camp & COVID-19 Updates
Camp is Coming…to YOU! Here at High Rocks we are gearing up for this summer’s unique camp experience: Camp Comes to You. Due to COVID-19, we aren’t having our traditional, award-winning, residential camps this year. We are packing up many of our much-loved, time-honored traditions, adventures, lessons, and learning, and delivering them to you in person, on screen, and through the mail. From July 12th through July 24th, High Rocks Academy for Girls will be hosting a series of classes, workshops, meetups, concerts, games, and watch parties for all registered campers. Prior to the start of camp, you’ll receive a box of supplies, goodies, and camp magic to get you prepped and provisioned. You’ll also get a schedule of events, links, and projects so you can choose how to personalize your camp experience. Whether you connect online or do projects on your own, be sure to let us know in order to receive fabulous prizes and presents. From exploring art to cataloging fireflies, from learning how to grow and prepare food, to having important discussions about the world around us, High Rocks’ Camp Comes to You will help stave off the summer doldrums and get you active and engaged making friends, making art, and making a difference. Still time to register for girls 8th through 12th grade, but don’t wait--camp is just around the corner, so apply now!
Since the advent of COVID-19 , the High Rocks has responded to the needs of our students, our families, our partners, and our communities. Our goal is to maintain a balance of three: first, maintaining our core mission and focus, second, learning to work and deliver programs in a whole new way involving teleworking and social distancing, and third, responding to the unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 outbreak in our communities.
So what’s different? From helping college students relocate mid-semester, to supporting our grassroots partners in finding and meeting community needs, we are listening and responding. We are working with our AmeriCorps partners across the state to help them in these times of need. Since the outbreak began to affect our communities directly, High Rocks has had to make an extraordinary pivot to focus on our food access programs and our AmeriCorps members and partners on the front lines of food access for children, families, and seniors across the state. We can see a food access and food insecurity crisis already rising around our ears.
We have ramped up our hot dinner program at the High Rocks Hub Café, serving free dinners to students and $5 dinners to the community, and have proceeded with production planning for our market gardens. We have kept all of our essential services open – those related to food access and food production. They are more needed than ever, demand is high, and the future is uncertain. Our team has provided individual mentoring and support to all our middle, high school, and college students – keeping an eye on all our folks from slightly afar. We are thinking outside of the box and being creative about ways to provide college prep and Zoom dance parties.
Camp is going to look a little different this summer. We have introduced our new model of Camp Comes to You, and our staff, volunteers, and interns are coming up with brilliant ways to engage our participants using that special sauce that creates the magic of camp. We are still accepting camp applications. While we are sorry we can't host our participants on our campground this summer, our students’ safety, health, and happiness is our top priority.
As a leader of a grassroots community organization that stands at the intersection of many community support initiatives, we’ve been connecting resources and people across our communities and our state. Over and over again, the High Rocks team and our many community allies have been rising to the challenge. We couldn’t be more proud to be in business with all of you.