Please review the following information about the camp regarding
our business operations and upcoming events.
COVID-19 and Camp
May 8, 2020
Dear Lions, Camp Family & Friends,
We hope that all of you are staying safe and healthy during this difficult COVID -19 pandemic. This pandemic is not something that any of us expected or were prepared to handle, including the camp. It is with a heavy heart that we announce that for the first time in camp history, the Colorado Lions Camp will NOT be holding summer camp. This decision to close did not come lightly. As this pandemic continues to grow, our utmost concern is for the health and safety of our campers and staff. A large population that we serve are the most vulnerable when exposed to COVID-19 and we do not want to potentially compromise their health. We are still waiting for guidance from the CDC, American Camp Association, and our local and state government to provide guidelines to prepare camp and open in a safe manner. It saddens the staff here at CLC because we love camp just as much as the campers, and it hurts our hearts to not be able to share these incredible experiences & milestones with them. So, what does this mean for the camp moving forward? And how can our camp family, friends & Lion clubs help? Well, we are glad you asked! We have some great news to share!
We are happy to announce that we are offering eighteen (18) three-night respite weekends starting in September! We will host one camp session every month from September 2020 - April 2021. Our campers can still have that same camp experience, but it will just be on a smaller scale, so we can stay safe and follow social distancing guidelines. Respite weekends are limited to eight (8) campers at a cost of $300 for each session. Camp fees paid for the summer session(s) can be rolled over to next year, applied towards respite weekend(s), or refunded. We have been calling our campers, families, and agencies, and they are all excited about getting the opportunity to be able to return to a camp they call “home”.
What happens to the camperships and donations that our amazing donors have sent in? Well, we will still be assisting campers to attend our respite weekends. Those funds, along with individual donations, club donations, Pennies for People, and Dollar-a-Month contributions, will also help offset the cost of keeping our doors open. Donations are still needed during this difficult time as we prepare for our upcoming respite camps, finishing up maintenance projects, and knocking items off our never-ending “to do” list. We will be cutting back our hours and trimming our expenses so we can hit the ground running in September.
The Colorado Lions Camp has faced many obstacles in the past 50 years and we continue to be strong. We will get through this, not alone, but together! Your support for our powerful mission is what makes this all possible for the incredible campers and families we serve.
We leave you with these words… “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the “HERO” within us is revealed.”
Lion Erin Newport, Camp Director &
Lion Michelle Werner, Executive Assistant
May 8, 2020
The camp office will continue to be open with staff members working both remotely and onsite. You can continue to reach the staff through email and phone. We do not encourage onsite visitors at this time, please.
2020-2021 Respite Camp Weekend
August 12, 2020
Only eight (8) spaces are available for each session. Camperships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis to assist with the camp fees. Eligibility requirements apply.
Check here for Session Availablity - Respite Program
(PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND OUR OPERATIONS FOR THURSDAY CHECK-IN AND SUNDAY CHECK-OUT, THANK YOU)
"$50,000 for 50 Years Giving Tree Challenge"
July 27, 2020
Dear Colorado Lions, Campers, Families & Friends,
Michelle and I hope this message finds you and your family well. We wanted to reach out to you and update you regarding the 50th Giving Tree reveal and picnic, scheduled for Saturday, August 8th. It is with much consideration that we decided to cancel this event due to the overwhelming increase of COVID-19 cases in Colorado. We have come up with an alternate plan that Colorado Lions Camp is extremely excited about. Instead of an in-person event, we will arrange a video presentation of the Giving Tree at a later date. To honor your contributions we will be sending a special handcrafted plaque designed by your campers, a thank you letter, a video of the reveal, as well a picture of your personalized leaf. We will be placing our order for leaves and the tree next week and we should have everything completed early September.
Please understand this decision is in our best interest to support our community's health and safety, as well as our Lions family, who are so close to our hearts. We appreciate your continued support and understanding. Together we will get through these tough times and develop a stronger unity!
We miss visiting with our Lions friends and family. We hope to open up the camp again soon for visitors and to bring back the number of Lions volunteer opportunities: workday, grilling out on Sundays for campers and staff, and the possibility of bringing back Lions Day at camp! We have a lot of great ideas on how to bring everyone closer together.
if you have any questions, comments, or just want to check-in, please contact me or Michelle att he camp office at 719-687-2087! We would LOVE to hear from you!
Lion Erin Newport, Camp Director.
Thank you to all of our hardworking Lions who continue to support this amazing program! We will keep everyone posted regarding date changes and program updates as they become available. If you have any questions or clarifications we are here to assist. As always, thank you for your continuous support!