Safe is Groovy

This summer, ESP is dedicated to carrying out our mission, giving people with disabilities and their families an opportunity to engage, connect, and thrive. As we continue this mission, the current Covid-19 crisis continues to inform the choices we make to provide the safest service of our mission possible.

We know that camp is much more than just fun for our families. It is relief and support for parents who have been without therapists and teachers for months. It is a return to routine for our campers. And it’s the valuable recreation and education that our participants need to support their growth.

With this in mind, ESP has made a decision for our summer camp based on the information we know at the current time. For now, this is our plan that provides as much camp to as many campers as possible while also following in line with the recommendations we have received.

ESP Summer Camp 2020 will consist of 6 mini camp locations (50 or less total people, including campers and staff) around our service region. These sites are to be determined and we will do our best to send your camper to the closest site to your current place of residence. Each of the 6 days camps will run the same programming and take place from 9 AM – 1 PM. Typically, the camp day runs until 3pm. Unfortunately with the closing of pools/group activity locations, we need to make the day 2 hours shorter to 1PM for the month of June.

In addition to this adjustment to six mini camp locations, ESP has made the following adjustments to ensure the safety of our camps:

Overnight Camp 2020: Our Overnight camp partner, CTL, has closed their camp for the summer. With the increased expectations placed on residential camps, they have had to make this difficult decision. As such, ESP will not be hosting overnight camps this summer.

Updated Camp Schedule:

The shortened camp day will take place from 9AM – 1PM across 6 locations in June and July with a break for the week of the 4th.

Our six mini camp locations include Athens Church, Bethlehem Church in Winder, Bethlehem Church in Bishop, and Crossroads Church. We are incredibly grateful to these organizations for opening their doors to us.

In these uncertain times, we are aware that Summer Camp in any capacity may not be the right choice for every family. We are giving each family the opportunity to make this difficult decision for themselves and creating as much flexibility as possible. With the ever-changing climate of this virus, all plans are subject to change with as much advance notice as possible. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to jake@extraspecialpeople.com with any questions, comments, or concerns. 

To support our continued efforts to provide our families with what they need most during this difficult time, please consider making a donation to our relief fund: