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BF Camps: Weekly Newsletter

May 1, 2020

Dear Camp Bernadette and Fatima Community,

During these uncertain and unprecedented times we would like to continue to keep our camp community as informed as possible regarding any potential impact that this could have on our 2020 summer camping season. On March 24th a notice went out outlining our refund policy as it relates to COVID-19 concerns, as well as dates that we would need to cancel camp by if the issue arises to that level. That notice can be
found here on the camp website, along with last week's newsletter.

Bunk Requests and Long Island Bus

The camp's annual Spring Information Packet will be coming shortly. In typical years, this information is sent out to families in early May. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have delayed the opening of registration for the Long Island bus as well as camper bunk request submissions. Please be on the lookout for more information coming from our registrar, Sara Smith (ssmith@bfcamp.com) regarding bunk requests and the bus no later than May 22nd.
Community Update: Camp Closed to Visitors Until Further Notice 

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and for the safety of our camp staff and their families, we ask that you please refrain from visiting Camp Fatima or Camp Bernadette during this time. Access to the property is restricted to authorized personnel. We thank you for your understanding and hope to welcome you back on the grounds soon.
Special Needs Week 2020 (June 7th - 12th) Has Been Cancelled

After much prayer and in following the latest guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, state and local authorities, we were deeply saddened to announce that Camp Fatima Special Needs Week (June 7-12, 2020) will not take place in 2020. The safety of our campers and staff are of our utmost concern.

On April 22nd a notice went out to all registered families for Special Needs Week about the cancellation. If you would like to read the full letter, it can be found here on camp's website.

We want you to know that we are truly grateful for your love of Camp Fatima. We understand how difficult this is for many in our camp community and ask you to pray for the health and safety of our campers and staff so that we can make this week an incredible experience for campers in 2021. We will continue to stay in touch in the coming weeks outlining ways that we want to keep you connected, and we hope to welcome all of our campers here again for Special Needs Week check-in day 2021 on June 13th.
 
Important Notes Regarding COVID-19

We have posted our policy regarding cancellations related to COVID-19 on our website as well as in previous communications. If you would like to review the cancellation policy, as well as ways to stay engaged with your family and faith, please follow this link to our website.

In the event that Camp Bernadette and Camp Fatima cancel one or all sessions due to COVID-19, parents receive a full refund of tuition and registration fees.  However, parents will be given the opportunity to secure their child’s session-specific spot for the 2021 camping season. For questions about cancellation, please contact Sara Smith (ssmith@bfcamp.com ext.102).

Donate to Camp
During these uncertain times, we would like to invite our camp community to consider donating to one of our great programs. We would also like to let you know that next Tuesday, May 5th is #GIVINGTUESDAY, a Global Day of Giving. More information will be coming from the camps, but we ask that you consider donating to the Camp Scholarship Fund or to one of many deserving charities and organizations.
 
Donate to Camp Fatima / Special Needs Week
Donate to Camp Bernadette
Donate to Exceptional Citizens Week

Our camp office phone number has changed!

 

The Camp Office is now: (603) 931-5500

 

One Camp, Two Locations, One Phone Number

For all calls to Fatima or Bernadette, whether during the summer or the off-season, please use our new number (603) 931-5500.

If you keep camp's number stored in your phone, we recommend updating our listing in your contacts. While our old office numbers will continue to work through the end of the summer, we are advising all families to use (603) 931-5500 to avoid any interruptions.

New Videos from Our Camp Community
Camp Community Submission Video #5
Stuck at home and thinking of summer? Some of our campers and staff put together videos highlighting what they LOVE about camp. Enjoy, and remember that we will get through this together!
Would you like to be featured in an upcoming community video? With a parent's permission, record a video explaining what camp means to you and you could be seen in our next post! If you would like to watch our previous camper submissions, they can be found here or on our Facebook page!
2020 Camp Staff Rosary
During Holy Week, our 2020 camp staffs recorded a video for our community praying the Rosary. We invite our camp community to join us in prayer!
Open House Postponed
The camp Open Houses at Bernadette and Fatima scheduled for May 2nd and 3rd have been postponed. Stay tuned in to upcoming camp communications for a rescheduled Open House date.
Do you or someone from camp you know have a story you'd like to share with the community? We have campers, staff, and alumni all around the world with unique talents, achievements, and experiences that we'd love to share. Let our office staff know, and we might spread your message to the whole camp community in the Community Spotlight section in an upcoming newsletter!
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