RANDOLPH – The Girl Scouts of Western New York announced Tuesday they have canceled their 2020 summer camp season due to COVID-19.
Girl Scouts CEO Alison Wilcox in a statement says more than 2,000 girls will be impacted by the decision. In addition to campers, some 160 seasonal staff cannot be hired due to the virus outbreak, officials said.
“While this is obviously a hard decision, we doubt this comes as a surprise to most people,” said Girl Scouts CEO Alison Wilcox. “We must put the safety of girls, families, volunteers and staff first, and there’s no way we can see accommodating campers in proximity to each other and staff in camp settings safely during this time.”
The Girl Scouts of Western New York plans to offer virtual and alternative camping and Girl Scout programming instead.
“We made the decision now so seasonal camp staff have as much notice as possible to help them make alternate plans for summer jobs, and parents have notice to find alternative child care for the summer,” Wilcox furthered. “We also understand the disappointment our Girl Scouts and their families will feel without these opportunities. We want them to know Girl Scouting has remained strong for over 100 years and our camp programs will still be here for future summers.”
The non-profit organization operates Camp Timbercrest in Randolph, Camp Piperwood in Fairport, Camp Windy Meadows in Lockport and Camp Seven Hills in Holland.
Wilcox says all camp property rentals are cancelled through August 31, and pre-registration fees for campers and rentals will be refunded in full within 30 days.
In addition, the suspension of all in-person Girl Scouts activities is extended until at least June 30.