It is with heavy hearts that we announce the decision to not host our 2020 summer camp sessions at Camps Airy & Louise. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Updates

May 13, 2020

To registered families & staff:

We hope that you have had a chance to review the letter we shared two weeks ago and are continuing to stay safe and healthy with your families. 

We’re reaching out today to re-confirm that no decision for this summer has been made, and we again commit to informing you of our decision regarding summer 2020 no later than June 1. 

We recognize that other camps have made and will continue to make decisions both before and following our own, and strongly believe that each camp will need to make the best decisions for their own community. We support all of our camp colleagues through this unprecedented time.

In the event camp is unable to run this summer, families will have the option to rollover enrollment or request a refund.  If camp is able to run, we know that some families will have to make a difficult decision about allowing their children to attend camp.   These options (rollover or refund) would be available at that time as well. 

Camps Airy & Louise continues to wait to receive guidance for overnight camps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Camp Association (ACA), which we expect to receive within the next week.  Once that guidance has been received, we will then consult with our own medical team, programming staff and state and local health departments to determine the impact it will have for us from both a community health and an experience standpoint. Again, by June 1, we will make the most appropriate and responsible decision for our camp community, and will email you again at that time.

In the meantime, we thank everyone in our community for their patience and their support.

All the best,

Jonathan Gerstl, Executive Director
Alicia Berlin, Director, Camp Louise
Marty Rochlin, Director, Camp Airy
Neil Berlin, Director of Operations, Camps Airy & Louise

April 29, 2020

Dear Camp Community,

First and foremost, we hope this message finds you in good health and staying safe with your families. We are doing the same while continuing to plan for the summer of 2020. We are proud of the traditions we have created for campers and their families, and the trust we’ve earned from them over nearly 100 years. This strong foundation is precisely what has made Camps Airy & Louise a valued community resource for so many generations.

As the days go by and as we get closer to summer 2020, we are focused on the important work that happens every year during the “off-season” to prepare for our time on the mountain. This includes holding recruitment events to find new staff and campers from around the globe; hosting reunion events and sharing new camp swag throughout the year; making physical improvements and developing new activity areas at each camp and evaluating, refining and improving our programming to make each summer unique and better than ever. This hard work and steadfast commitment to our camp family keeps our full-time staff busy all year long.

In mid-May, we expect to hear from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA), both of which will be sharing their guidance on how camps can safely function in the COVID-19 environment. We are eager to hear from them and from the State of Maryland, and to factor that into our thoughts and decision-making process for the upcoming summer. As those events occur, we will provide further updates – with the goal of a more definitive decision about the start of camp by the end of May.

We hope you all stay healthy, and we look forward to being together soon,

Jonathan Gerstl, Executive Director, Camps Airy & Louise
Alicia Berlin, Director, Camp Louise
Marty Rochlin, Director, Camp Airy
Neil Berlin, Director of Operations, Camps Airy & Louise

April 7, 2020

We wanted to reach out to wish you and your family a Happy Passover.  With the ever-changing world, we hope that the Passover Seders bring your family a little bit of a constant – even if your seder is over Zoom!

We are continuing to plan for an amazing summer at Camps Airy & Louise at this time, with obvious focus on impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The safety and well-being of our camp community is (and will always be) our number one priority.

The current uncertainty in the world may provoke questions about the ability for Camps Airy & Louise to open this summer.  The short answer is – we are 2.5 months away from camp.  We expect much to change over this time.  We continue to work on many different scenarios for camp and are constantly participating in conversations regarding COVID-19 with many agencies and organizations, including the CDC, American Camp Association, Maryland Department of Health, Association of Independent Jewish Camps, and many more.  We ask that you be patient and continue positively thinking about camp as we get closer to the summer.  Our goal is to make more definitive decisions about the start of camp by the end of May.

Our “Beyond The Bunk” program has been busy working to engage our camp community over social media.  We want to thank our great staff members who have led activities such as live Bingo, home tutoring, workouts, folkdancing, games, and bringing us into their homes to celebrate Shabbat.  Leading into Passover, we will be posting a special Camp afikoman hunt tomorrow on all of our social media platforms.  Please stay tuned to FacebookAiry Instagram, and Louise Instagram for more content!

We appreciate your patience as we all navigate through these unprecedented times.

Like you, we want nothing more than to be at our summer home.

Jonathan, Alicia, Marty, & Neil

Jonathan Gerstl, Executive Director, Camps Airy & Louise
Alicia Berlin, Director, Camp Louise
Marty Rochlin, Director, Camp Airy
Neil Berlin, Director of Operations, Camps Airy & Louise

March 12, 2020

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Camp Families – 

We are sure you have been following the news and see the impact of the COVID-19/Coronavirus in your own community and around the world.  This is an unusual time and we wanted to communicate briefly.

We are continuing to plan for camp – and would like for you to as well!

Above all, the well-being of our staff and campers is our number one priority.  We know a lot will change between now and the start of Camp. Camps Airy & Louise are closely following updates provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland Department of Health, as well as industry professionals with the American Camp Association.

Because camp happens in a close community, we have always taken great care to develop and maintain medical practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare. While the coronavirus currently poses no immediate concern for Camps Airy & Louise, we are actively engaged in preparation for camp and the impact that coronavirus may have.  This entails looking at how campers and staff will be screened before coming to camp (e.g., recent travel, current health, and temperature and symptom checks); our basic hygiene procedures; building, bunk and bathroom sanitation; our plans to keep camp families informed; and what additional training and orientation we will provide our staff.  We are also confident that our past experience dealing with similar issues that affected our camp community over the years will serve us well as we prepare for any contingencies that may arise.

We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available and invite you to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Jonathan Gerstl, Executive Director
Alicia Berlin, Director, Camp Louise
Marty Rochlin, Director, Camp Airy
Neil Berlin, Director of Operations, Camps Airy & Louise
Dr. Steve Thompson, Director of Medicine