To the RAC Family –
We hope this message finds you and your family well. Like so many other groups, Red Arrow’s plans for the summer have been impacted by this pandemic. Over the past few weeks, as lives have been altered, we have heard from many of you that the RAC experience is needed now more than ever. For boys who have been cooped up at home for weeks, a summer on Trout Lake would be a most welcome return to normalcy. To that end, we are considering every possible way to offer a 2020 RAC camp experience, provided it can be done in a SAFE and socially responsible way.
After much deliberation, we have decided to postpone the 100th Reunion celebration by a year to August 12-15, 2021. This decision was taken in order to maximize the ability for as many of our alumni to attend, to protect the health and safety of our alumni, and to give RAC maximal flexibility for holding a camp session. We apologize for the inconvenience, but trust that you will be understanding. For those of you who have already purchased reunion tickets, please stay tuned for further details. We would request that you simply carry your ticket forward to 2021, but refunds will, of course, be available upon request.
As for the upcoming camp session, we remain optimistic the laughter and cheer of our campers will fill the quad and echo across Trout Lake sometime this summer. However, our many different scenarios are dependent on pending government guidelines. The end date for camp has been pushed back to August 12th, while the start dates remain flexible. If government regulations and health concerns require us to delay the start of camp into July, we will do that even if it means holding an abbreviated camp session this summer. Eric is in close communication with the state, local health authorities and other camps in the Northwoods, and we will provide an updated plan on May 18th. We are also considering a variety of possible changes to our summer routine to mitigate the risk of introducing the virus into camp, potentially including closing camp to visitors this summer.
In the meantime, we are certain that each and every one of you knows a boy who would benefit from a summer at RAC, especially after enduring the isolation and anxiety of this spring. We anticipate a late surge of interest in camp this summer but we rely on you – who are our best ambassadors for camp to spread the word! If you know of a boy who would benefit from the RAC experience this summer, please reach out to Eric and refer them to our website.
Stay safe, and thanks for your continued support,
The RAC Foundation Board of Directors
& Eric Roche – Director, Red Arrow Camp