Program Update

In the midst of COVID-19, our first priority is the health and safety of our community. As a result, the office in Bellingham remains closed, our programming suspension has been extended through May 4th, and most staff members are home with their families.

Despite this time of uncertainty, we continue to plan for the summer camping season. Certifications, inspections, and repairs and maintenance on our facilities continue in hopes that we will be open in June. Most day and resident Camp staff members have been hired and are busy with online trainings, and meeting virtually with their peers and supervisors. (Check out staff on Camp Kirby’s Instagram story this week, during our virtual spring day camp!)

Precautions and Safety checks

Management is also addressing additional precautions we will take this summer to keep our campers and staff, safe and healthy. We are working closely with ACA (American Camp Association), our insurance company, Camp Fire National, and all local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.

Some of the precautions and safety checks that we will either continue observing, or that will be added to our current procedures include:

  • Temperature checks and additional screening measures by trained professionals, during our normal camper check-in.
  • Additional hand-washing stations throughout camp with scheduled times for each cabin group, under direct supervision of counselors.
  • An increased number of health care professionals, both on-site and on call.
  • Targeted education with campers regarding personal hygiene, social distancing, and other safety practices.
  • Added policies and resources for the quarantine of any campers/staff showing signs of illness.
  • Extra precautions regarding food and meal service.
  • Frequent ongoing surface sanitation.
  • Extended cancellation policies for campers with immune deficiencies and/or who are showing signs of illness in the 14 days prior to their camp session.

Suspending or rescheduling all in-person fundraising and programming, is necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, it has put an enormous financial strain on Camp Fire Samish & Camp Kirby. Our funding gap has risen to over $100,000. Your support is needed now more than ever.

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to Camp Fire Samish & Camp Kirby. It is in difficult times that we often discover the strength that resides in the unity of our mission to inspire, empower, and provide for youth.

As always, WoHeLo –
Erin Walker
Executive Director