(updated on April 21, from original post where they had announced a delayed season opening)
From Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake)’s Executive Director Emily Martz:
After careful thought, we have decided that Great Camp Sagamore will remain closed for the 2020 season. If you have signed up for a program this year, we will send you an email shortly about your registration.
This is a difficult decision. We know how many of you rely on Great Camp Sagamore to help disconnect from the white noise of everyday life. This is also hard because we know that instructors, seasonal employees, and local businesses depend upon Sagamore during the season.
But our first responsibility is safety. We must do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. Our programs require people to closely interact – communal meals, lodging, and tours are essential and part of the fun.
We remained hopeful for a partial season, but new information shared by health experts confirms that encouraging people to gather would be irresponsible. The Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health have concluded that at the very least, reliable and widespread testing and tracking are required before people can safely gather.