May 14, 2020
To our Camp Laney families,
After weeks of consultation with our medical staff, legal counsel, insurance providers, some of our camper families, and our fellow camp professionals in Mentone, we are cancelling all 2020 summer sessions.
As much as our campers need camp, and as much as we need campers at camp, we feel the risk of spreading COVID-19 among the camp community and communities beyond is too great a risk to take. We lived through the H1N1 pandemic at Camp Laney in 2009 and we still had cases despite our best screening efforts. We had Tamiflu as a prophylactic for H1N1 but containing the outbreak was challenging for our medical staff. There is no treatment for COVID-19 and testing can be unreliable. COVID-19 is much more dangerous than H1N1.
This decision has been painful. Our greatest concern is the health and safety of our campers, staff, and community. Thank you all for your kind words of support, your prayers, and your continued patience.
Each summer the campers and staff give each other the gift of the camp experience. We tell the boys the camp experience is something they can always use. If they hit a rough spot they can think of their successes at camp and the fun friendships we share. It will be a while before we can give that gift to each other again and we look forward to that day.
Rob Hammond Director
Full-Time Associate Director
Whitney has been on staff full-time since 1994. He started coming to camp in 1977 and has never missed a summer. He and his wife Rita live in Mentone, Alabama year round.