Petition in Virginia Regarding Overnight Summer Camps

A coalition of overnight summer camps in Virginia banded together this summer after Governor Northam rolled out his Phase 3 restrictions and guidelines. We have been actively pursuing financial assistance from the state since we are the only business sector in all of Virginia that has been prohibited from operating in all three phases of reopening. This means that overnight camps in Virginia will go for almost two full years with little to no revenue.

We are urging our legislators to include us in the amended 2020 budget currently under consideration by the General Assembly.  Our chances for funding from this special session are slim so, if we’re not included this time, we will begin lobbying efforts again later this fall to be included in the 2021 budget when the General Assembly meets in January.  

There are some ways you can help us in our endeavor:

  1. Sign our petition on Change.org so that your voice is heard!  We have close to 3000 signatures and would like to get to 5000. This can be signed by anyone, not just Virginia residents!   
  2. If you are a Virginia resident, please contact your legislators in the House of Delegates and Senate and ask them to fund Virginia’s overnight camps so that we may keep serving children into 2021 and beyond.  Here is a link to easily find out who your legislators are and their email addresses:  VA General Assembly. All you need to do is enter your physical address and, Voila!  Up pops your legislators.  
  3. If you have a little extra time on your hands, please email Senator Howell, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Delegate Torian, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, too, and tell them to include us in the budgets currently being worked on. 
  4. If you are an overnight camp in Virginia and would like to join our coalition, please do!  Currently, there are about 25 camps involved to one degree or another.  Our next Zoom chat is currently scheduled for 3:00pm Tuesday, September 29.  Here’s the link: VOC Zoom Meeting.

If you have any questions about all of this, please contact Ann Warner, Ann@CampMontShenandoah.com, 540-588-1493.

Read the OpEd piece, Can Summer Camps Survive?