Luethi-Peterson Camps

Update January 2021

Dear Campers, Staff Members and Families of LPC,

Over the past few months, the European Central Office has gotten many requests for applications and interest in camps for this summer. It has been heart-warming to feel this support. Like many plans and events over the past year and for the foreseeable future, we are unable to say with certainty whether Luethi-Peterson Camps and related activities can take place this summer due to continuing concerns for staff and camper safety.

While this pandemic has been a very hard challenge for continuing our normal summer camps, we hope to recreate some LPC spirit in some form this summer. Some ideas we had during our annual conference were: (i) localized summer camps where campers and staffers within a small geographic region may be able to meet for shortened versions of LPC camps; (ii) localized day camps; (iii) localized offers which may include overnight hikes, day hikes, 1-2 hours of folkdancing, distanced singing and other camp-like activities similar to Support Group weekends; (iv) Work Camp Opportunities which would include working on various projects for some of our houses including Freedom (USA), Birch Point (USA), and Heggnes (Norway); (v) digital workshops and activities similar to the digital treasure hunt and Camp Birthday last summer.

While it is exciting to think that some of the above may be possible this summer, it is very important to stress that this is all dependent on what the situation will be in the coming months.

By April we hope to have a clearer vision of what will be possible this summer. We would also like to hear from you and what your interest in LPC is for this summer. If you are interested in receiving more information about the LPC program for this summer, please fill the form: https://cutt.ly/LPC2021InterestForm.

By filling in this form, we will put you on our mailing list to receive updates on the situation for LPC 2021. We will also be providing updates via our website.

I hope wherever you are, you are well, staying safe and were able to celebrate this festive season in some way or form

On behalf of Luethi Peterson Camps Int.

Executive Committee: Francesca Memè, Tommaso Besozzi and Tomek Chilarski

 

Update from excom November 2020

Dear LPC Family, Parents, Counsellors and Campers

We very much hope that you and your families all stay healthy and safe during these challenging times.

Given the current pandemic situation we are not yet in a position to make decisions about the summer of 2021. We plan on holding our usual winter meeting at the end of December and will post an update in regard to applications and potential camp options then. In the spring of 2021 we should know more about the chances of running safe and smooth camps in the summer and if so, how and where we could run our camps. At this stage it is certainly too early to make any final decisions.

We do hope that the situation during the winter and early spring will get better and we will be able to organize our camps and offer an LPC summer to as many children as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact us here lpcexcom@gmail.com if you have any questions.

With warm greetings,

LPC Executive Committee

Francesca Memè, Tommaso Besozzi and Tomek Chilarski

We are holding a virtual LPC Camp Birthday over Zoom, everyone is welcome to join in, whereever you are! We will have a whole camp in just two hours, with activities and a silent Auction to benefit LPC.

We hope to see you there!

Click this link to sign up: Click here

The world wide LPC hunt 2020

What does LPC mean to you? A chance to get to know new people from all around the world? Experiencing different international locations? Embracing independent thinking? Reliving cherished LPC traditions? Experience all of these, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, in the first ever World-Wide LPC Hunt !

The World-Wide LPC Hunt is a series of LPC-themed puzzles. You will join a “Family” (this is, after all, LPC), with whom you will work online to solve each weekly puzzle. Every week, beginning around mid-July, each member of your camp Family will receive a link to an LPC-related puzzle to solve. When the answers to all the Family members’ clues are combined, you’ll uncover the answer to the weekly puzzle. At the end of 5 weeks, you’ll receive a Final Clue that ties together the weekly puzzles and reveals where we all found LPC this summer!

Sign up by completing the LPC Hunt registration form by June 15 to participate. You will need to commit 1-2 hours per week to Hunting. No LPC experience needed, no puzzle expertise required, no purchase necessary, no excuses not to play 🙂     Sign up now!

If you have any questions, e-mail your friendly World-Wide LPC Hunt Coordinators at   lpc.hunt20@gmail.com.

Covid-19 update, April, 2020

Dear LPC Family,

We would like to announce, with deep sorrow and disappointment, that we have made the decision to cancel all LPC camps planned for the summer of 2020. The pandemic outbreak did not slow down to the extent we had hoped and the level of uncertainty has not subsided. With heavy hearts, we took into consideration the current situation in Europe and in the United States, the travel restrictions which may continue throughout the summer, and the legal restrictions put in place in many countries that prevent large gatherings. It has been a very difficult decision, but the only one our organization can make in this situation in order to ensure the health and safety of all our camp participants.

This situation is as emotional to us as it is probably to all of you. This will be the first year in which no camps are held in the summer since Luethi Peterson Camps Inc. was founded in 1948 and the first summer camp organized in August 1949. We believe that we, as a community, should now look for any ways to take as much good out of these disappointing circumstances as possible.

The philosophy behind LPC camps envisions building a close social community where children and staff members are living, cooking, creating music and art, working and learning together. The restrictions imposed on any social interactions globally make it impossible for us to be physically together in a close community for three or four weeks. Nevertheless, no camps this summer does not mean we cannot be together in an alternative way, organize different on-line events, games or even shows. We have already heard many different ideas from directors and staff members as to how the LPC community can be together without being physically close this summer. LPC radio run by Piet-Hein van der Ploeg every Sunday is an illustration of what we have in mind – for info on how to tune in check out our official Facebook page! We will be happy to hear more of such initiatives and will try to build up a platform where we can share our thoughts and implement our ideas.

Depending on the global situation, we hope we will be able to resume LPC camps in summer 2021.

May this difficult time be one of bringing us together regardless of not having camps this summer.

We hope you all stay healthy and safe.

With warm greetings,

LPC Executive Committee

Francesca Memè
Tommaso Besozzi
Tomek Chilarski

Covid-19 update

Dear LPC Family,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, the world is facing an emergency. The measures that countries need to adopt are bringing a great deal of disruption to our daily lives and our societies. We all have to deal with fears and anxiety, because of the health threat to people we love, the economic uncertainty, separation from family members, etc.

We are hoping to run our LPC camps this summer, and are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to do so. However, we are committed first and foremost to the safety of our participants. We will not run camps if this cannot be done safely, but we will not cancel them if we know we can have another safe and successful LPC summer in 2020. At end of April or at the very latest in mid-May, we hope to have enough clarity to be able to assess our possibilities and will make definitive decisions about the summer.

Luethi-Peterson Camps was founded in the aftermath of World War II, when barriers betweennations seemed insurmountable, in order to bring together children from countries that had been at war and give them the opportunity to become friends. May this trying time for the world be one of solidarity, within nations and between them, and let us hope that, after East Asia (where some countries have achieved impressive results in their efforts to contain the outbreak), good news will soon start to come from the rest of the world too.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Contact us at lpcexcom@gmail.com or through the director leading your camp.

With warm greetings,

LPC Executive Committee, Francesca Memé, Tommaso Besozzi, Tomek Chilarski

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak

LPC is following closely the developments of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, which has now been declared a global pandemic.
It is too early to know how the outbreak and the containment efforts that are being enacted in different countries will affect our summer camps this year.
While we are carrying on with our usual preparations to make sure all our camps take place as planned this summer, we are also working on contingencies, trying to be ready for any situations. We will of course inform in a timely manner all parents, campers and staffs of any changes to our program that may be a consequence of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, if you are the parent of a 2020 camper or are a staff member in a camp, please direct any queries to the camp’s director(s).

Fundraiser for Nepali students to attend camp

Fundraiser for Nepali students to attend camp:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-nepali-students-to-lpc

Four young people from rural Nepali villages in Sindupalchowk District have been accepted to Luethi-Peterson Camps (LPC), international summer camps held in Europe and the United States. While LPC has offered full financial assistance for these four girls, it puts a huge burden on the organization which is family-run and volunteer-based. LPC International has asked for help fundraising to supplement the funds they are offering. Not only do the four girls need assistance with the camp tuition, but also with many other expenses including passport and visa fees, gear, travel insurance, and flights to and from the camp site.

These four girls are the host sisters to six teachers who have been living in rural villages in central Nepal for the past year – one of the teachers is LPCer Sachi, who explains:

“We lived with Nepali families who took us in as their own, teaching us everything about how to live and thrive in a Nepali community. Our four host sisters have been integral to our experience in Nepal. They each immediately welcomed us, the only foreigners in their village, to their home, school, and community. They have spent so much of their time sharing everything about their world with us, being patient with our misunderstandings and mistakes while trying to navigate a new culture and language. Each of them have impressed us with their independence, love for sharing their culture, energy, boldness, resilience, and maturity. Attending LPC would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them, as they wouldn’t otherwise be able to leave the country, let alone take a break from the duties of a Nepali daughter.”

Please consider expanding LPC’s reach and supporting these young people – even a small amount goes a long way!

Here are some examples of the expenses we are anticipating per camper:

Camp tuition: $1,300-$1,500
Flight: ~$1,000
Visa fee: ~$200
Passport fee: $100
Sleeping bag: ~$100
Travel insurance for 4 weeks: $60-$200
Hiking backpack: ~$60
Hiking shoes: ~$60
Toiletries: ~$30
Raincoat: ~$25
Water bottle: ~$5
Socks: ~$5

USA LPC World Gathering July 2020
SAVE THE DATE! 60 Years in the Freedom House
Thursday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5, 2020
103 Moulton Road, Freedom, New Hampshire, USA

Come together as we celebrate LPC’s 60 years of wonderful camps in the Freedom House. The festivities will begin on Thursday evening, July 2nd and end after lunch on Sunday, July 5th. Our program will be full of typical LPC activities and themes that are dear to us, and we hope that you will be there to launch LPC Freedom into another sixty years! We will have a daily schedule with optional course offerings–please let us know if you would like to lead a course!
Thursday, July 2, arrival after 12:00
Friday, July 3, Festivities begin
Saturday, July 4, Main event day
Sunday, July 5 Departure day
REGISTER AND JOIN US!

We have three different options for payment contribution. The costs listed are per person. This includes accommodation in the Freedom House ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS, with meals from Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch and T-shirt. There will be an opportunity to state dietary preferences closer to the date. Directors and counselors who will attend LPC camps in 2020 are $75 Directors and counselors who will attend Freedom in 2020 will be free. Registration cost per person for full weekend:

DONOR OPTION: $500 ($350 will go into the LPC-US Inc. Scholarship Fund)
BASIC OPTION: $200 ($50 will go into the LPC-US Inc. Scholarship Fund)
ECONOMY OPTION: $150

Financial assistance is available. Please contact us if you need financial assistance to attend the event. Children aged 6-12 are $75, and children under the age of 6 are free.

LODGING

There are 36 Beds available in the Freedom House. They are available on a first come first serve basis. There is also space for 10 tents for those who wish to camp, which will also be allotted on a first come first serve basis.

There are a number of hotels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and Airbnbs in the area for additional accommodation. If there is enough interest, we can organize a shared rented van leaving from Boston on July 2nd with optional return on July 5th.

REGISTER HERE!: https://forms.gle/Vq63zE4UzTRznT7t9

QUESTIONS? Email Lily Bell, the contact person for the event at lily.grace.bell@gmail.com

Thank you, LPC-U.S. Inc.

 

Here are a list of the LPC camps in 2020:

For Younger Campers

USA Site: Freedom, New Hampshire
Ages: 9 – 14
Dates: July 13th – August 9th
Directors: Laia Fabre (Spain) & Rose Cowan (USA)

Estonia Site: Kiidi
Ages: 9 – 14
Dates: July 12th – July 31st
Directors: May Lee Watase (USA) & Maaike van der Rhee (Netherlands)

For Older Campers

Norway Site: Heggnes, Dale i Sunnfjord
Ages: 14 – 17
Dates: July 26th – August 19th
Director: Till Schwantes (Germany) & Viola Ciucciomei (Italy)

USA Site: Birch Point, Maine
Ages: 14-17
Dates: July 13th – August 3rd
Director: Thomas Kasebacher (Austria)

Poland Site: Piechowice
Ages 14-17
Dates July 9th – August 6th
Director: Travis McCoy Fuller (USA)