2020 Annual Appeal Letter
President of the
Board of Trustees
At Nichols Day Camp, we feel that it is fair to say that, for the most part, we all hope that 2020 ends sooner rather than later. We also hope that this annual appeal letter finds everyone healthy and in a good place. We are also looking at a much brighter future as we envision the 2021 season at Camp.
To move on from the non-existent 2020 camp season, the Board of Trustees would like to explain why Nichols Day Camp closed. Last April, with all the uncertainty around Covid-19, the Board made the unprecedented decision to close Camp for the entire season. That decision was not made lightly. There were many meetings during the months and weeks that lead up to the closure. Ultimately, Nichols Day Camp prides itself on providing a safe and happy place for campers and counselors. Based on our diverse campers and counselors, as a Board, we could not say with certainty that we would be able to provide safety and security to our community. And, for the first time in 57 years, Nichols Day Camp closed.
During the summer of 2020, the Board of Trustees voted to improve the camp buildings by repairing the decks and stairs to the office and the Scamp Camp. We also finished building the Nurse’ Station and added a bathroom to the office. In the summer of 2019, Nichols Day Camp bought the adjacent-neighboring property on Herrick Road. We refer to it as the “Parker House.” We have been cleaning the Parker House and drafting plans to house counselors for future camp seasons. We believe that by providing housing for our counselors, we can diversify Camp by including counselors from across the country and around the world.
As we turn the page in 2020, we keep in mind the economic impact on our beautiful Peninsula. Through your generous donations, we can ensure that the children who want to go to Camp in 2021 can. It is time to return normalcy—especially for the children. They need us, and we miss them and their echoes of laughter that can be heard all over Walker Pond.
The Board of Trustees