To Open or Not to Open? Navigating the Camp Opening Decision in the Time of COVID


May 21, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. Eastern | 11:00 a.m. Pacific (1.0 hours)

Presentation Description


Sara Deren, CEO of Experience Camps for Grieving Children, will share the risk analysis and considerations that lead to the difficult decision to not open their 10, one-week programs around the country this summer. She'll share key questions and a framework for evaluating primary factors, including: Can we open, should we open, and how do we open? And, in the case where a camp chooses not to open, how to effectively communicate the decision to stakeholders and begin to shift gears to a reimagined, virtual program. 

About the Presenters

Sara Deren is the founder and Chief Experience Officer of Experience Camps. She spent 12 years in the corporate world and received her MBA from Columbia University, where she met her husband, a camp owner, and found her passion in camping and social responsibility. She now uses her business background and love of camp to provide opportunities for grieving children to live a life that is full of possibility.

DOWNLOAD Slides and Additional Resources:

  1. Experience Camps Statement for Camp-celation
  2. Experience Camps Statement for Camp-celation PDF
  3. Camp Manitou (DRAFT) Safe at Camp opening guidelines
  4. ACA Guidelines
  5. Presentation Slides