Camp Colman 2020 | a Message From Bria, Executive Director
Last updated: April 29, 2021, at 2:41 p.m. PT
Originally published: April 29, 2021, at 2:38 p.m. PT
While nothing like we thought it would be, 2020 at Camp Colman was a year of helping, healing and home. The pandemic caused us to close our doors to campers in the spring, and we adjusted to focus on what could be done.
Many families in our community were faced with unforeseen challenges and the Camp Colman team was certain we could help. Partnering with the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s Hunger Initiative program, our Food Services Manager, Connie, and her team fired the kitchen back up and prepared over 7,700 meals during the spring. Our Facilities Director, Jeff, and his team transported the food to families in need in South King County. It was gratifying and healing to be able to serve and lend a hand.
As summer neared, we realized we wouldn’t be able to offer our traditional youth summer camps. While a heartbreaking decision, we knew it was the right decision in terms of health and safety. Under the leadership of our camp Program Director, Daniel (better known at camp as ‘Shibby’) and with the support of our Teen Program Director, Taffy, we created a home away from home for families through Family Camp. Families enjoyed a private cabin, fresh cooked meals eaten at their cabin and wide-ranging activities including swimming, boating, teambuilding, archery, beach exploration, orienteering, crafts, family campfires, fort building and more. After spending months at home, the opportunity to get outdoors, let camp staff take care of food and activities, and just enjoy stress-free time together was a truly healing experience for families.
In the words of a few of our families:
“I feel so thankful that my family was able to go to camp! We needed this so much more than I could have imagined. We had an amazing experience. It was our first camping trip ever.”
“My family enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, activities, beach walks & campfires. It was an enjoyable, relaxing, time. The meals that were served were great and we felt safe from COVID-19. Thank you for the wonderful experience.”
“This was a wonderful experience! I have not allowed my children around anyone since March, so this was a needed and well-deserved break that made me feel very safe. Thank you.”
We can’t predict all that’s ahead in 2021 but we do know this – Camp Colman will again welcome campers in whatever capacity we are able. Our focus will continue to be on providing high quality programs with a little extra attention on helping our campers and staff feel safe and providing space for healing, recovery and growth.
Thank you to everyone who has provided support during these times, we are grateful for you!