COVID-19 Update

4/1/20 Update:
Coronavirus shouldn’t stop connection. We’re planning interactive, engaging weekly options for you, our camp family. 
The first ZOOM call happens Monday, April 6 at Noon. It’s titled: Socializing at a Distance: Hello Camp Family!
To register, please send an email to food(at)naturesfarmcamp(dot)com with your child’s name/s and we’ll send you the Zoom link and password.
For our first call, kiddos should come prepared to share with us something about camp (or summer) they are looking forward to.
P.S. For updates on the new additions (kid goats!), take a peek at Angelic Organic Learning Center’s Facebook page.  

3/20/20 Update:
Dear Camp Families, 
In this difficult time of shutdowns, closures and cancellations due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we understand if you’re questioning what is going to happen with Nature’s Farm Camp at Angelic Organics Learning Center.
We are watching the COVID-19 developments closely and are in regular communication with our local health department and the American Camp Association. Our first priority is, and always will be, the safety and wellbeing of your children. 

As a small camp with room for only 26 participants each week, we’re in a unique scenario where, if needed, we can limit registrations to 20 campers and 5 staff. We also follow strict cleaning and disinfecting guidelines which protect against this and other contagions at camp. However, if restrictions tighten or recommendations to enforce six feet social distancing continue, we would simply be unable to move forward with camp.
Because we just don’t know what summer will bring, we’re moving forward as if the situation will improve before June. As new information becomes available we will continue to reassess and update plans, and communicate them to you. 
In the meantime, there are a few things we can say for sure:

  1. We are still accepting registrations for camp.
  2. We will refund your money in full if camps are cancelled. 
  3. We are not processing refunds right now. Even if you plan to pull your kids from camp, we cannot process your refund at this time. 

I bring up #3 because we have two solid months of programs for April and May on the books at Angelic Organics Learning Center. These groups and participants need attention, communication and potential rescheduling and or refunds before we get to summer camp. We are a small organization so must prioritize what needs to be done to handle things in an organized fashion and ensure accuracy. 

In the meantime, exciting things are still happening here on the farm. Tim is finalizing the hiring of camp staff, Katie is updating and finalizing health forms and waivers, I’m working on American Camp Association standards, and Robb and Randy are making minor repairs at the lodge in preparation for camp. Baby goats are also due any day now…and as your kids know, farm animals need to be cared for everyday.

If you have already registered, we will send an email from HealthECamper next week with our updated health related forms. We thank you for filling them out sooner rather than later. In the meantime, please get yourselves outside when possible to preserve your physical and mental health.
We hope you and yours are healthy, and are very hopeful camp is a go this summer. We can’t wait to spend a week or two with your amazing children. Please fee free to reach out to me or Tim with questions and concerns. 

Jackie and Tim
Nature’s Farm Camp at Angelic Organics Learning Center

Jackie de Batista
Executive Director
Angelic Organics Learning Center

Building sustainable local food & farm systems since 1999.

1545 Rockton Road
Caledonia, IL 61011

Office: (815) 389-8455
Jackie Cell: (815) 742-6781

Tim Magner
Executive Director, Nature’s Farm Camp
Cell: (773) 580-7780

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