A loving message from Appel Farm to our whole community…
We hope this message finds each member of our Appel Farm community healthy, and weathering this COVID-19 storm as well as possible. Thank you all so much for your patience and support over the past couple of months, as we have been trying to figure out how, when, and if we could open camp. Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision not to open Camp 2020 in person this summer.
We have analyzed all the expert guidelines, scientific advice, and changing daily news reports, and we’ve waited as long as we could in hopes that government and health officials would announce that it’s safe to open summer camps.
But there is still too much that is unknown about this virus. New Jersey’s current shelter-in-place order and re-opening timeline, along with the impact of travel restrictions, the risks for people with underlying health issues, recommended quarantines, isolation practices, and social distancing guidelines, all add up to an experience that is not Appel Farm. Our camp’s culture is the complete opposite of the “social distancing” that is necessary to keep our community safe at this time. Camp as we know and love it cannot run safely enough this summer, and we can’t risk the safety of our campers, families, and staff. We are so sorry for the sadness and profound effects this will have on our entire community. We are grieving with you and our hearts are aching.
We’re sure this news brings many questions and mixed emotions, and we are here for anyone who wants to talk through feelings, ask questions, offer their help, or learn more about the exciting virtual camp activities we are planning for this summer.
Our Camp 2020 theme, Love Grows, will be more important than ever this summer. Rooted in Al and Clare’s vision and 60 years of being a safe haven for creative kids, the Appel Farm community will work together to create space for our hearts to grow and for our creativity to blossom. Appel Farm love will grow all year, all over the world, in each of us, until we can be together again. Whether it’s your first summer or your 20th, we will look forward together to the special and spectacular Appel Farm Arts Camp 2021 and many more to follow. We’ll be together before you know it and until then, remember that we’ve all got our Appel inside us forever.
Love Grows: A Message for Our Campers
We can only imagine all the feelings you may be feeling right now, having heard the news that we can’t be together at Appel Farm this summer. We want to keep you safe and healthy so we can be together again for many summers to come!
As your camp family, we want to share some messages from some of our beloved Appel Farm counselors and staff. This video is for you. The messages of love and connection are just for you. Whatever it is you are feeling, we will be here to feel it with you. Watch it over and over again, if you need to. Make your own video or make art to take care of your feelings. Always feel free to share what you’ve created with us. Our words and our art can help each other deal with our feelings, allow us to feel less alone, and hold each other up when we may feel down.
We will share many ways to stay connected this summer, but for now, let’s feel our feelings together.