(English) Covid-19 update, April, 2020

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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