Flying Horse Farms COVID-19 Statement

FLYING HORSE FARMS DAY CAMP/CAMP UPDATE (5/20/20): 

After reviewing Governor DeWine’s RestartOhio guidelines for Youth Day Camps and Camps, we have made the decision to maintain the suspension of all onsite summer programming at Flying Horse Farms. We continue to place Campers First as we assess and consider the necessary facility updates to create a medically safe camp environment, the needs of an already at-risk camper population, and the ongoing demand for our medical volunteers to deliver essential care in area hospitals and clinics. As much as we miss campers and families, we believe this is the right decision to ensure safety and well-being for all.

Our team is working hard to prepare a memorable summer with the launch of virtual summer camp for more than 450 campers in early June – complete with campfires, cabin chats, crafts and more. Through this platform, we’ll be able to connect with campers wherever they are, offering fun, connection, and the healing and hope that can only come from camp. We invite you to join us for some fun and to experience your own joy-filled camp moment this summer as there will always room for you around this campfire.

 

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Dear Friends of Camp,

We are in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive uncertainty daily with “new normals” being introduced every day. Yet within this uncertainty, we continue to operate with clarity.

At Flying Horse Farms, our first core value and north star, is Campers First. It is the filter through which we make all decisions. The health and safety of all who come to camp is our highest priority and we understand campers and families put their trust in us to ensure this each time they come through our gates.

It is with this trust in mind that we have made the difficult decision to suspend this year’s Summer Camp sessions at our
Mt. Gilead, Ohio location.  

There are many reasons for this conclusion. Among them – the current restriction on large gatherings, the unknown effects of COVID-19 with an already at-risk camper population, the understanding that our healthcare partners and volunteers are needed to deliver care in area hospitals and clinics, and many more.

But as we’ve said before, camp is a community and a feeling. It is more than a place. And our camp community will be bigger than ever this summer as we deliver camp in a whole new way that brings magic to campers wherever they are. With absolutely no waitlists.

Our team is working hard to bring campers another unforgettable summer in innovative, creative ways that deliver favorite camp moments – dancing, bedtime chats, skits, and more. Camp magic is sure to be spread far and wide this summer through new outreach, digital, virtual, and possibly across the globe programming!   

We’ll keep you updated as the new programming comes together. You just may want to tune in too for a little camp fix and joyful moment of your own – because we all could use a little of this right now.

We’re grateful for all you’ve done and continue to do to support healing and transformation through the magic of camp – whether together in Mt. Gilead or connected from afar.

We look forward to seeing you around our campfire very soon.

Nichole E. Dunn
President & CEO

We encourage you to stay up to date and follow recommendations around preventing the continued spread of COVID-19 provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health. And, to follow the same basic preventative measures that apply for similar illnesses:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Make sure to cough and sneeze into your elbow or shoulder rather than hands
  • Avoid touching your face
  • If you are feeling under the weather, stay at home
  • Limit travel and contact with those who are ill

 

At camp, we are following the ODH and CDC guidelines as well as the direction of camp’s Medical Director, Dr. Barb Galantowicz, and the SeriousFun Children’s Network medical advisory board. Additionally, we are:

    • Cancelling non-essential in-person meetings and conducting them via conference or videoconference as needed
    • Cancelling any work-related travel and discouraging personal travel to high risk areas
    • Utilizing our remote work arrangements when necessary
    • Asking any employees who travel to/from a high risk area or believes that they have been exposed to self-quarantine for 14 days
    • Continuing to follow our own stringent cleaning protocols that account for allergens and communicable illnesses
    • Standing ready to implement camp’s infection policy and exposure control plan as needed