Campers, we missed you this summer, but we know that canceling our 2020 Summer Sessions was the right decision for everyone's safety. Many of us want to know what Grier Summer 2021 will look like. At this point in time, with so much still uncertain, we aren't ready to announce yet what the next season of Grier Summer will look like, but we hope we can share that information with you in the near future.
We know that many campers have been looking forward to attending Grier Summer. For some, this summer would have been the continuation of a tradition, while others might have been looking forward to their first sleep-away camp experience. With an array of games to play, activities to enjoy, and close friendships to develop at Grier Summer, the announcement of this season’s cancellation may be difficult to swallow.
It is with love and sadness in our hearts and safety and wisdom on our minds that I announce that Grier Summer will not be offering a 2020 camp season.
While we had hoped to be able to put together a shortened and enjoyable camp experience in July - local, state and national guidelines have led us to conclude that this is unwise. While we were prepared to make many adjustments and changes in order to make a camp season happen as it has for 45 consecutive years, the reality of COVID19 is that there are still too many safety concerns for us all to be together this year.
Aware of the health benefits of coloring, Grier Summer created coloring pages that highlight some of our favorite scenes at camp! Our Grier Summer coloring pages are available for download for FREE and include scenes of the majestic Old Main, the triangle windows of the Art Building nestled among the pine trees, dancers learning from their instructions, vocalists gathered around the piano in the Choir Room, and a rider jumping with her horse!
With the daffodils and forsythia in bloom in Pennsylvania, I am reminded that spring is here and summer is coming. I am reminded that even in the midst of much uncertainty, anxiety, and strain - there is beauty, brightness, and color all around. I am struck that the Summer 2020 theme, "Color Me Happy," picked months ago, is timely and relevant. While having definitive answers about what the next days, weeks, and months will hold would be helpful - we are all having to tolerate the reality that planning for the immediate future is mostly out of our hands.