Update: April 26, 2020
From the ADKNY Board:
An announcement from Palisades Interstate Park Commission Executive Director Joshua Laird regarding Harriman Group Camp 2020 Season.
More info will be shared when it becomes available. We will share information about Nawakwa opening as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding.
Dear Group Camp Directors,
I hope this finds you well.
I am writing to inform you that we have decided to delay the commencement of the Group Camp season until May 15, 2020. Please do not take any steps to occupy your camp facilities until that date.
We will let you know as soon as possible whether the delay will be extended beyond May 15 depending on the status of COVID-19 public health guidelines as the date grows closer.
Our determination follows a similar decision to delay the opening of public campgrounds and other recreation facilities across New York State. While our group camps operate differently than most public campgrounds, our decision reflects similar concerns about the challenge of maintaining mandatory public health guidelines for social distancing when so many of our camps rely on shared restrooms and shower facilities. Further, our Group Camp cabins are constructed primarily of timber that would be especially difficult to clean and disinfect if contaminated with the novel coronavirus. We also have concerns about placing our Group Camp and emergency response staff at greater risk of exposure once the cabins are occupied.
We realize this news may come as a disappointment to those feeling the need for fresh air and exercise, or who may view our camps as an opportunity for even greater social distancing. Nonetheless, we feel this decision is appropriate and follows public health guidelines issued by the CDC and NYS Department of Health.
ADKNY announcement issued Saturday, March 21, 2020
Given the realities at hand and the need to be careful and vigilant, individually, socially, and as a club, the New York Chapter announces the following:
- All group hikes will be cancelled and rescheduled when possible. This means that the traditional Palm Sunday Hike to St. John’s in the Wilderness scheduled for April 5th is cancelled.
- Although Camp season at Harriman Park normally starts May 1st, the opening of Camp Nawakwa will be delayed until further notice
- The first work-day of Spring at Camp Nawakwa, usually held in early May, will be rescheduled