May 27, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we write you today with the decision to not host our 2020 summer camp sessions at Camps Airy & Louise. Although we were planning on announcing this decision on Sunday, Governor Hogan’s announcement this afternoon preventing overnight camps to open has caused us to make the formal announcement today.

This was an incredibly difficult decision, one that was made after two months weighing all options and considering all of the professional input and guidance from trusted resources (including the American Camp Association, CDC, Maryland and local health departments, our own medical team and many others). Ultimately, this prudent decision ensures both the safety and well-being of our camp community and our ability to deliver the camp experience our families and staff have come to expect.

Founded in 1922 by Aaron and Lillie Straus, Camps Airy & Louise has always been a safe place for children to spend their summers. The Straus Foundation has remained an integral part of our story and our community for nearly 100 years and will continue to partner to ensure Camp’s success for the future.

Resources to support families and staff during this time will be available on our Summer 2020 webpage:

If you are a current family, staff member, or alum – please refer to your email sent May 27 for more information on Zoom town hall and community meetings.


Lee Coplan, Board President, Camps Airy & Louise
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

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