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If you have any questions or concerns related to Covid-19 and Camp UniStar please email info@campunistar.org 

April 16, 2020

It goes without saying that our lives have all been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout these past weeks, the Camp UniStar Foundation Board and Management Committee have continued to work hard to plan for the coming summer, in the hope that we could again provide a beautiful and inspiring week full of fun and friendships, old and new; a respite from our upside-down world. 

However, we have come to the realization, with reluctance and grief, that we cannot make camp happen this summer. The risks to our campers, staff, and the Cass Lake community are simply too great.

Due to these risks posed to our campers, staff, and the local Cass Lake community by the current COVID-19 global pandemic, Camp UniStar Leadership will  be suspending its regular 2020 Camp Season. 

Mindful of our Unitarian Universalist values and of our Camp UniStar Mission, Vision, and Values, we make these recommendations in order to protect our community, honor our relationships, and strengthen camp as a whole.

Protect our Community

  • Staff  and/or camper exposure to COVID-19 while at camp is highly probable, and in the event that any staff member or camper tests positive or becomes symptomatic, camp operations would be greatly strained, likely resulting in closure. 
  • The Cass Lake, Bemidji and surrounding community has limited health care infrastructure which would be further strained by the additional care needs of infected staff and campers. 

  • Camper travel to the Cass Lake area increases the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission between campers, as well as to our staff, the Cass Lake area, and to the local communities along the transportation corridors of northern Minnesota. 

Honor Relationships

  • The decisions we make about what a summer of no camp looks like will honor our relationships with staff, campers, partners, vendors, and the local Cass Lake community. We see our interdependence and mutual responsibility and will seek to use our resources responsibly to mitigate what harm we can.

Strengthen Camp as a Whole

  • The 2020 closure of Camp UniStar could provide an opportunity for exploring virtual opportunities for the camper community to connect in these times of physical distancing 
  • Planning for the 60th anniversary in 2021 remains a focus of Camp UniStar Leadership

March 15, 2020

The Camp UniStar Foundation leadership (Board and Management Committee) are monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. We will adhere to all health and safety recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health as well as the American Camp Association. As these recommendations evolve, we are actively evaluating and planning for summer 2020. Our first priority is campers' safety and well-being.

We know there is an atmosphere of uncertainty as campers wonder if they should change their plans. Currently, we are planning for a full season on the island. If this should change, we will notify our camp community by email and on our Facebook page. We want to assure you that if Camp UniStar weeks change or are cancelled, campers will receive refunds of their payments to date. At this point we are planning to send week confirmations at the end of March.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we seek the best solutions amidst an ever-evolving situation.