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Summer 2020 Update

6 Points Sports Academy Families,

It is with broken hearts that we share our decision to cancel all in-person sessions held in Asheville for summer 2020.

While we have continued to plan, prepare, pray, and hope for another transformative summer at 6 Points Sports Academy, the risks posed by COVID-19 threaten our most sacred value – the health and well-being of our children, staff, and faculty that attend camp – along with their communities back home. These risks also compromise our ability to provide the excellence in programming and participant care that are hallmarks of 6 Points.

You might be asking, “Why are you making this decision now and for the full summer?” Our ongoing conversations with and learnings from local, regional, and federal medical authorities, The Centers for Disease Control, and many leaders in camping, along with deep exploration by our camp professional and lay leadership teams, have led the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to the difficult conclusion that there are too many known and unknown risks for us to create an acceptable pathway forward for this summer. As soon as that became clear, we wanted to communicate to you, our community. We believe that you and your children deserve the clarity, that while painful, allows for healing and moving forward towards hope, joy and better days ahead. 

While this news about camp is devastating, we also acknowledge the global suffering caused by COVID-19 and are sending thoughts and prayers to you and your community. We acknowledge the many weeks that we have already been sheltering-in-place and the related emotional challenges that all of us have faced in many ways. Please find resources below to support you and your children during this difficult time.

We hope you take a moment with your children to express sadness together; listen, embrace and savor the gratitude for the blessings of camp, which will sustain into the future.

We will be gathering as a community tonight at 6:30pm EST to comfort one another and share in an important camp moment.

Please see below for further information regarding our community huddle this evening, financial implications and next steps, and more. See you this evening and we will look forward to continuing our virtual time together throughout the months to come.

Sincerely,

Danny, Hannah, Nina, and Sam


Let’s Come Together as a 6 Points Sports Academy Family

Dealing with news like this is hard under the best of circumstances. It is even more difficult in the current reality of social isolation and sheltering-in-place. More than ever before, we need to be together as a camp family to comfort each other, celebrate all that is good and special about 6 Points, and share in a virtual, communal hug.

Join us for an all-camp virtual gathering this evening, April 30 at 6:30pm EST.
Please click here to register

Emotional Support for Campers, Staff & Families

Not having camp in person this season will be heartbreaking, and we want you to know that we are here for you. Our professional staff and lay leaders are working together to provide support to you and your family. We understand how hard it is to break this kind of news to your children and want to support you through that process.

  • Join us for a webinar with our camper care staff about helping your child through this situation. Register now >
  • We have curated some resources for sharing the news with your child. Read more >
  • How else can we support you and your family? Let us know >

Virtual Camp Experiences – Bringing the Magic of Camp into Your Home

While we are sheltering-in-place physically, we see our virtual experiences as bringing us together socially and in spirit. These experiences allow us to see the faces of our friends, hear their laughter, sing our songs, learn new skills, and grow in new ways. Our ongoing virtual community building, new friendships, reunions, growth, and learning together will make our in-person experiences that much sweeter in the future.

  • We have had so much fun with Shabbat Sports Trivia, Scavenger Hunts, Value of the Day and much more. Check out our robust set of upcoming virtual offerings. Explore >
  • As we work on planning additional virtual programming for this summer, we would like to understand what your family would enjoy and find meaningful. Please complete the following survey to share your insight and feedback. Take Survey >

What is the Financial Impact of This Decision?

We made the decision to cancel in-person activities at camp this year based on our values, and with the health and safety of our campers and staff as our top priority. We know you have questions about the tuition you already have paid and about what this means for the future of camp. The financial ramifications of this decision are significant for all of us.

Next week you will receive a follow-up email which will detail several options on how to handle your tuition, including options to make a donation that will be generously matched by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, to credit fees paid for use on future URJ programs, and/or receive a refund.

What do I do now?

  1. Join us for our virtual gathering tonight at 6:30pm EST
  2. Hug, listen, support your children
  3. Review resources about talking to your child
  4. Look out for the email containing some logistical and financial next steps, coming next week

You are in our hearts, and we are counting down the days until we can be together again.

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