This Page will be updated regularly with the latest news regarding summer 2020 at BB Camp
We will continue to communicate with you as timely as possible, as we proceed through this information gathering process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your BB Camp staff, Michelle Koplan, Executive Director, mkoplan@bbcamp.org, Bette Amir-Brownstein, Overnight Camp & BB Day Camp Lincoln City Director, bamirbrownstein@bbcamp.org, or Chanel Bourdeau, BB Day Camp Portland Director, cbourdeau@bbcamp.org. We will be happy to answer your questions as well as we can at this time. In the meantime, we send good wishes to everyone in our camp family. We appreciate your patience, partnership, and on-going support. We look forward to being in touch again when there is more information to convey.

 Please consider giving to the BB Camp Bridge Relief Fund. BB Camp depends your generosity!

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UPDATE Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dear BB Camp Community,
Please join me in giving to the BB Camp Bridge Relief Fund. BB Camp is a special place for so many of us. A place in which we all belong—a place which is truly “home away from home” for me and immeasurable others.
At my second home, BB Camp, I spent many ruach-filled (spirited) and joyful summers as a camper, on beautiful Devil’s Lake. As a counselor, I learned how to teach Jewish values and leadership to our next generation. And, now for nearly a quarter of a century, I have been honored to serve as the Executive Director of our beloved BB Camp. Through the lens of the Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming the stranger), I have led countless children and adults “home,” to Camp and to our ever-growing agency, providing year-round and life-long programs for our community.
Now, our BB Camp home is in need. The financial implications of the cancellation of the 2020 BB Overnight Camp summer, due to COVID-19, are serious. BB Camp relies on fees to cover our summer costs, plus our year-round efforts to plan for camp, including staff salaries, year-round programming, and maintaining our beautiful grounds, all to sustain a world-class experience.
Please join me as we journey over the bridge back home, turning our attention to raising the dollars necessary to keep BB Camp moving forward toward the summer of 2021 and to creating a sustainable future for BB Camp.
Thank you for all you have already done for BB Camp. I am so appreciative of your continued support! Please join me in giving to the BB Camp Bridge Relief Fund. BB Camp needs your generosity today. Todah rabah! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Please contact me if I can help further. Stay healthy, stay safe, stay strong. Zay Gezund (Be Healthy)!
Warmly,
Michelle Koplan
Executive Director
PS. Have you heard that BB Camp is serving free meals (two meals per day, seven days per week) to hundreds of local Lincoln City children through our BB Camp Free Meals Summer Food Services Program? In the first two weeks of the summer, we have already served 5860 meals! The number of meals is expected to continue to increase throughout the summer!
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UPDATE Friday, June 12, 2020

After receiving lots of feedback from parents and campers, we are thrilled to announce our new Portland Middle School Camp offerings!

Please join us for a session of BB Middle School Days this summer! BB MiddleSchool Days focuses on forming and strengthening positive relationships between campers, as they participate in our innovative programming and gain leadership skills.

BB Middle School Days will be modified and unique due to the current COVID-19 State guidelines; however, our camp will imbue the excellence and BB Camp magic that you have come to expect from us.  Our Professional staff and beloved BB Overnight Camp counselors will lead our campers in exciting and fun activities, while campers connect with each other, adhering to the State’s guidelines.

Activities will include:

  • Chuggim (Group activities): Groups will participate in traditional BB Camp activities such as arts & crafts, Israeli dance, athletics, drama, and more.
  • Leadership Building: Campers will work as a team to create an activity that they will lead for a younger group of campers. They will gain leadership skills in communication, programming, and role modeling.
  • Jewish Enrichment: Each day, BB Middle School Days will follow one of BB Camp’s 7 core values, and campers will take part in interactive activities based on these core values.
  • Individuals: Campers get to choose from a number of BB Camp activities, some examples of these are friendship bracelet making, chill on the hill, and nature walks.
  • Shabbat: We all know Shabbat is one of our favorite BB Camp activities. BB Middle School Days will bring the activities and feelings of the best parts of our BB Camp Shabbats…the music, the togetherness, the Israeli dancing (“Let’s get sweaty!”), and the delicious challah. We can’t wait to celebrate together at BB Middle School Days!

Dates
Grade 6 – Grade 8
9:00am-4:00pm

Session 1: July 6-10
Session 2: July 13-17
Session 3: July 27-31
Session 4: August 10-14

Choose your own weeks! (Minimum one full week)

6th GRADERS!
For all weeks between June 29-August 21, there may be available weeks in BB Day Camp Portland. Already signed up for a different BB Day Camp Portland week? Upgrade to BB Middle School Days Today!

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The health and safety of our campers and community is always our highest priority. Our staff have prepared a BB Camp COVID-19 specific Operations Manual, which includes guidance from our medical experts, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Camp Association (ACA), and the Association for Camp Nursing (ACN).  It is important to us that our families feel confident and comfortable having their child(ren) spend their summer with us at any of our programs. We understand that an essential part of your comfortability is knowing exactly how our camp procedures will look this summer.  Please feel free to review our protocols: COVID-19 specific Operations Manual.

UPDATE Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dear BB Camp Community,
This pandemic has certainly compelled us to struggle with forces beyond our control. As we emerge from our sadness and heartbreak due to the cancellation of BB Overnight Camp, our creative team has begun to pivot our programming and focus on our BB Day Camps and new offerings for our community.
The health and safety of our campers and community is always our highest priority. On May 15, the Governor’s Office released guidelines for Oregon’s Day Camps to open and operate. Over the course of this last several weeks, our staff have been reviewing those guidelines and preparing a BB Camp COVID-19 specific Operations Manual, which includes guidance from our medical experts, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Camp Association (ACA), and the Association for Camp Nursing (ACN). It is important to us that our families feel confident and comfortable having their child(ren) spend their summer with us at any of our programs. We understand that an essential part of your comfortability is knowing exactly how our camp procedures will look this summer. Please feel free to review our protocols: COVID-19 specific Operations Manual.
Although our summer Day Camps’ programming will be modified and uniquely different than in the past, our camps will imbue the excellence and BB Camp magic that you have come to expect from us. Our Professional staff, beloved returning BB Day Camp counselors, and several of our amazing BB Overnight Camp counselors, will lead our BB Day Campers in exciting and fun activities, while adhering to the State’s guidelines.
Many of you know us for our Overnight Camp, but we have also been providing our communities’ BB Days Camps for many years, both in Portland and Lincoln City. We are delighted to announce, for the summer of 2020, with COVID-19 mitigation modifications, our BB Day Camps are OPEN!
At Congregation Beth Israel, starting on June 29, for rising K-6th graders. Weekly camps will run through August 21. Limited Spaces available. For more information, click hereREGISTER TODAY!
Pre-BB Day Camp Info Session:
Thursday, June 25th, 5:00 pm
Please join BB Day Camp Leadership for a parent information session prior to the start of Camp. We will review our operating procedures, as well as provide an opportunity for families to ask questions.
On our BB Camp campus, starting on July 6, for rising K-8th graders. Weekly camps will run through August 21. Openings for local and vacationing campers. For more information, click here. REGISTER TODAY!
COMING SOON!
Over this past week, we have spoken to many of you to understand and listen to the needs of our community. With your feedback, we are quickly developing programs, with COVID-19 mitigations and modifications, for our campers and camp families to launch this summer. We have heard that you are looking for the BB Camp magic wherever you are, so we are rolling out BB Summer Days. More information is coming soon! Keep your eyes posted for the following:
BB CAMP PORTLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL DAYS!
BB CAMP SEATTLE DAYS!
FAMILY PROGRAMS!
ALUMNI PROGRAMS!
And, So Much More……
BB Camp programs are guided by our seven core Jewish values, Kehila (Community), Chaverut (Friendship), Simcha (Joy), Ometz Lev (Courage), Shalom (Peace), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and Dor L’dor (Heritage). There is no amount of physical distancing that could prevent our values from shining through during our COVID-19 summer of BB Day Camps and programs. We know that our campers need BB Camp more than ever before, as they have been mostly confined at home and long to see their friends. BB Camp is committed to providing our campers and camp community an excellent summer experience!

UPDATE Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear BB Camp Community,
It is with great sadness that we share that BB Overnight Camp is canceling our 2020 summer sessions. Over the course of the last many weeks, we were engaged in a process with our Board and committees to examine and discuss various scenarios at every angle. We worked tirelessly with the Governor’s Office to assist in providing resources for guidelines to open up Oregon’s overnight camps, so that we could maintain the option to choose what would be best for our community. We immersed ourselves and meticulously monitored COVID-19 data and information from local, state, federal, and national agencies. Based on the health and well-being of our campers as our top priority, we had hoped to be able to make the best decision for BB Camp. And, the Board was on the brink of a decision. You have been incredibly patient, as we took the necessary time to consider all that was in front of us. We appreciate you, our BB Camp community, for sticking with us through this very challenging time.
However, we just received the following from the Governor’s Office:
“After much consideration, and in consultation with the Oregon Health Authority and local public health officials, our office will not be allowing overnight camps to operate this summer. We are seeing increased cases in migrant housing and other settings involving overnight programming and, when it comes to Oregon’s children, we can’t take the risk of opening overnight summer camps.” 
As you can imagine, we, like you, are heartbroken beyond words. Not to share a summer with our campers and staff on beautiful Devil’s Lake is unfathomable. We share in your disappointment and are deeply saddened to not have the opportunity to discover, play, and enjoy a magical summer at BB Camp! Please take a moment with your children to express sadness together; listen, embrace the loss, find meaning in rituals, and savor the gratitude of the lessons of camp, which will continue through the summer and into the future.
Over the course of the next few days, our camp staff will be reaching out to every camper family to connect and answer questions. You can also expect to receive follow up communication regarding camper accounts.
Rest assured; we will find ways to gather virtually and in-person with social distancing so that we can be together as an overnight camp community in the months ahead. Additionally, we are currently examining how to best run our BB Day Camp programs in Portland and Lincoln City. Thank you for your continued patience. We anticipate rolling out details for our programs very soon….
Although, we will not gather and build friendships for life during our 99th summer at BB Camp, it’s important to remember the ruach (spirit) of BB Camp lives within each of us, and our beautiful site will eagerly await our arrival for summer 2021!

UPDATE Thursday, May 28, 2020

We have heard from many in our community, and we know that families are anxiously waiting for our “wait and see” position to change and for BB Camp to announce decisions. We are so grateful for your patience. Yesterday, BB Camp, along with our fellow Oregon overnight camp providers, met with the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority to work through proposed guidelines to open and operate overnight camps in the state of Oregon.
We are committed to our priority of the health and wellbeing of our camp community. Our Board and Staff are carefully and thoughtfully analyzing the everchanging information. We want to make the best decision possible, given the data we have. We also recognize that many of the Jewish camps across the country have made their decisions. And, we recognize that Oregon’s experience and cases with COVID-19 has been lower and very different than much of the country.
We know that families need answers from us, so that summer plans can be made. We expect to hear from the Governor’s Office and the Oregon Health Authority shortly. Additionally, in the coming weeks, our Board will continue to be engaged in this very important decision. Our hope is to provide answers for all three of our summer camps (BB Overnight Camp, BB Day Camp Portland, and BB Day Camp Lincoln City) as soon as possible. Camp staff are prepared to act quickly if given the “green” light by the Board and the State authorities. If we are able to run our camps, the experiences will be unique, magical, and will look like never before.
We cannot thank our BB Camp community enough for your continued patience as we navigate through this turbulent time. We are committed to share information with you as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE Thursday, May 21, 2020

This week, the BB Camp team had a very positive meeting with the Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s team regarding the guidelines for Summer Camps. In addition to providing the American Camp Association Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance in regards to COVID-19, as a resource to the Governor’s team, we presented the value of summer overnight camp for thousands of statewide children, young adult staff, and the community. We highlighted the importance of camps making the best choice for their own communities to open and operate if they so choose, with the understanding of each camp’s unique resources and facilities. And, we stressed that time is not on our side, and we need to act quickly.
The Governor’s team was very responsive and collaborative. They indicated that it was the Governor’s Office intention to ensure overnight camps could open, with overnight camp guidelines yet to come (Oregon State’s Day Camp Guidelines were published on May 15). They indicated that it was their hope to announce the overnight camp guidelines by the beginning of June. With our nearly 100 years of service to the community, BB Camp offered to assist as an integral resource for the Governor’s Office as they work towards creating guidelines for Oregon’s overnight camps to open and operate. We are meeting, again, with the Governor’s team on Friday afternoon.
Additionally, we conveyed to the Governor’s Office that the headlines being sensationalized by the media were not helpful to our field, and asked if they could help in some way. It was shared that they indeed asked the media to retract headlines, and they’re working with the Governor’s and OHA’s communications teams to correct any misinformation provided to the community. They indicated their willingness to put out a public statement to correct the messaging.
We can’t thank our BB Camp community enough for your continued patience as we navigate through this turbulent time. We are committed to share information with you as soon as it becomes available.

UPDATE Saturday, May 16, 2020

The health and safety of our BB Camp community is always our highest priority. Governor Kate Brown announced, during her recent briefing, that summer camps throughout the State of Oregon will have the opportunity to open this summer. As you may have heard or seen, Guidelines for Summer Day Camps in the State of Oregon have been released from the Governor’s Office.  Within the Guidelines, there is a line which indicates that overnight camps will not open and operate “at this time,” which is a different message than in the two former drafts. Until we receive forthcoming clarification from the Governor’s office on what “at this time” means, BB Camp remains in a “wait and see” position.  Once we review the guidelines, BB Camp’s leadership team, with our medical experts, will assess how we can best serve our community. We know that during this turbulent time, our campers are looking forward to BB Camp now, more than ever!

UPDATE Thursday, May 14, 2020

Governor Kate Brown announced, during her recent briefing, that summer camps throughout the State of Oregon will have the opportunity to open this summer. Tomorrow, we expect the Governor’s Office to provide the guidelines and recommendations, informed by the Oregon Health Authority, to allow for the opening of the season.
The health and safety of our BB Camp community is always our highest priority. Once we review the guidelines, BB Camp’s leadership team, with our medical experts, will digest the information. We will then assess how we can best serve our community, within the guidelines provided. We understand that our BB Camp programs may not look like they have ever before, which will likely include modifications to our programming, offerings, and possibly session schedule changes. As we consider a variety of options, with health and safety as our lens, we want your feedback. Please complete this survey to help us as we think deeply about Summer 2020!

UPDATE Thursday, May 7, 2020

The BB Camp leadership has established a plan to carefully move us through the decision making process for our summer programming. We remain committed to stay our course to “Wait and See.” We have been told that the “Field Guide” from the American Camp Association (ACA), informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be published in just a few short days . With this resource and protocols from our local health authorities, we will make our decisions for summer programming in the coming weeks.  We will continue to communicate with you as timely as possible, as we proceed through this information gathering process.

UPDATE Thursday, April 30, 2020

We hope you are staying safe, healthy, and getting along well at home. As many of you may have heard, there are several camps, both regionally and nationally, who have now chosen to cancel their summer sessions. During this time, camps and organizations are assessing their own factors to determine what is best for their camp community. The processes and timeframes vary greatly from camp to camp and will not necessarily align with each other. BB Camp continues to stay our course to “Wait and See.” We are patiently waiting to receive guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), resources from the American Camp Association (ACA), and protocols from our local health authorities. We will make our decision for summer programming on the information provided by these sources.

The health and safety of everyone in our BB Camp community is always our highest priority. Before we can open for the season, we must know from local health authorities that it is safe to do so. In addition to our local experts, we are heeding guidance and advice issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA). Both organizations currently are preparing “Field Guides,” including decision trees, which we believe will be available shortly, to aid camps in making prudent decisions for this summer. We remain hopeful about opening camp, but we have an obligation to prepare responsibly.

Once we receive the guidelines, BB Camp plans to digest the information and work through our committee process to be planful. BB Camp intends to be driven by science and data to make decisions that are best for our BB Camp community.

UPDATE Friday, April 24, 2020

Many of you were able to join us at one of the BB Camp Family Information Sessions this past week.  Thank you for your time and great questions.  Our goal was to “pull back the curtain,” and give an insider’s view of what BB Camp is grappling with in the face of this pandemic.

Safety and security are always the highest priority for BB Camp. We shared that, with the assistance of multiple national and local resources, we have been thinking deeply about the details of medical and operation protocols and procedures for all three of our camps.

Additionally, we communicated that the American Camp Association (ACA)- our accrediting body- and the Association for Camp Nursing (CAN) are working diligently with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to produce guidelines on how to safely open and operate day and overnight camps.  We have been on multiple calls, every week for the past six weeks, as these protocols are being developed. Currently, we are patiently waiting for the final version of the official CDC guidelines to be disseminated, which we are told will be delivered in the next few weeks. Once we have the CDC and ACA guidelines and protocols, then we will be able to develop our own BB Camp plans, procedures, and protocols, which we will share with our families.

During the Family Information Sessions, some of the most salient questions arose surrounding the May 15, 2020, balance due date, plus the cancellation and refund policies. We heard your concerns. The financial impact of this pandemic is deep and pervasive. It has touched us all. As always, BB Camp is here for your family and the community. Immediately following the Family Information Sessions, the BB Camp Board of Directors convened and made unprecedented decisions due to these uncertain times. Please see the following:

Final Balance Due Date Extension for Summer 2020:
Final balances are now due by June 5, 2020, rather than May 15, 2020. Families can process the payment through your CampInTouch Dashboard, or BB Camp will automatically charge the card on file on June 5th. Payments made prior to the June 5th deadline are very much appreciated during this unprecedented time.

If your family is experiencing financial challenges and needs to make other payment arrangements, please email Allison Kaufman, Operations Director, akaufman@bbcamp.org to make arrangements or apply for financial aid.

Updated Cancellation and Refund Policies for Summer 2020:
If BB Camp is offering a child(ren)’s camp session, but the family chooses not to send their child(ren):
For any cancellations related to COVID-19, received after March 16, 2020, and up to 15 days prior to the first day of the camper’s session, the family will be provided the options below. Within 14 days prior to the first day of the camper’s session, BB Camp no longer will offer refunds or credit for future camp programs.

If child is sick within 14 days of the camp session and not allowed to come to Camp:
BB Camp will provide the options shown below.

If BB Camp cancels any sessions: Families will be notified immediately and will be provided the options below.

OPTIONS (see above for details and date deadlines):

  1. Contribute your camp fees to BB Camp as a donation- Your donation will be matched 1:1 by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and may be tax deductible. We will provide an acknowledgement letter for your gift. Thank you!
  2. Credit your deposit and camp fees towards your camper(s) 2021 summer camp session(s).
  3. Refund in full, including deposit- Refunds may be disbursed over a period of time.

BB Camp is committed to serving community. We have been, and will continue to, work hard to create excellence in programming and services now and into the next 100 years. In order to do this important work right now, BB Camp relies on your support. As a nonprofit, we want to ensure we come out on the other side of this crisis in a strong position, ready to serve.

If your family needs to cancel, please consider a donation, of any size. Your gift will be matched 1:1 by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s All Together Now match program. What we know for sure is that when this pandemic finally slows down, the programs and services we provide at BB Camp, the BB Camp magic, will be needed like never before!

P.S. The following are links to a just a few of the resources we are monitoring daily from some of our partners that might interest you:

UPDATE Tuesday, March 31, 2020

We hope this message finds you and your family healthy and comfortable during this unprecedented and unpredictable time. We understand that there are a lot of unknowns and while summer camp plans may not be at the top of your mind today, we want to assure you that we are planning for an amazing, exciting, and most importantly, a safe summer of camp activities starting as scheduled at the end of June! To answer questions that you may have, we
have compiled the following information for you.

Is Camp still happening? Yes! BB Camp is in constant communication amidst this COVID-19 situation with the American Camp Association and a myriad of other national resources and medical experts to ensure our staff are prepared for the summer. We are diligently planning
for an amazing, exciting, safe, and healthy summer of camp activities, with BB Camp sessions
starting as scheduled!
Is there still an Early Bird Discount? Yes, our final Early Bird Discount has been extended to April 8th, just before Passover! Please help us grow our BB Camp community and encourage friends to join us this summer! When do I need to pay my full balance? Final balances are due by May 15th. Families can
process the payment through your CampInTouch Dashboard, or BB Camp will automatically charge the card on file on May 15th. Payments made prior to the May 15th deadline are very much appreciated during this unprecedented time. If your family is experiencing financial challenges and needs to make other payment arrangements, please email Allison Kaufman, Operations Director, akaufman@bbcamp.org to make arrangements or apply for financial aid.
Are there program insurance options? BB Camp is happy to announce the availability of Program Protector Plan insurance options for families. See information here.

Despite all of BB Camp’s efforts, what happens if our session is canceled? BB Camp is a nonprofit organization and canceling any sessions will be extremely challenging for us financially and, of course, emotionally. All year long, we look forward to seeing our campers over the summer! The financial implications of closing any of our camps will be serious, as we have incurred – and will continue to incur – many costs, whether or not camps run this summer. This will have a lasting impact on our budget, our programming, and our organization for years to come. We want to retain staff throughout the duration of this pandemic in order to continue to provide a growing range of on-line programs and services alongside planning for what we expect to be a fabulous summer at BB Overnight and BB Day Camps! And, we want to ensure we come out on the other side of this crisis in a position to serve our BB Camp community for the next 100 years. What we know for sure is that when this pandemic finally slows down, the programs and services we provide at BB Camp, the BB Camp magic, will be needed like never before!

If BB Camp cancels any sessions, families will be notified, and will be given several options, including:
1. Contribute your camp fees to BB Camp as a donation: Your donation may be tax deductible. We will provide an acknowledgement letter for your gift. Thank you!
2. Credit your camp fees towards your camper(s) 2021 summer camp session(s).
3. Refund in full: Refunds may be disbursed over a period of time, depending on a variety of variables at that time.

What is the refund policy if BB Camp is offering our session, but I don’t feel comfortable sending my child(ren)?

If you cancel before May 15th, you’ll be refunded in full minus the deposit. After May 15th, we no longer can offer refunds.

What is the refund policy if my child is sick right before and not allowed to come to camp?

If you cancel before May 15th, you’ll be refunded in full minus the deposit. After May 15th, we will require a doctor’s note for a refund minus the deposit. As the COVID-19 situation is fluid, it is possible that this policy will change as we more closely approach the summer.

BB Camp ruach (spirit) is alive and well, and we are here for you! We are so excited to welcome our campers to a summer of building friendships for life!