No one involved with Lions Camp Merrick and our mission would ever want to close for a summer knowing what LCM means and does in the way of education, training, and support for our campers. We feel the safety and welfare of our campers and their families, counselors, and staff are our top priority. After extensive research and communications with the ADA, DECA, CDC , our state and local authorities we made the difficult decision to cancel LCM’s 2020 Summer Camps.
Camp is about playing together, celebrating accomplishments around the flagpole, laughing, singing, talking, dancing… To look at the social distancing and the need for PPE’s at camp and how this would affect our program is a stretch. These protocols would make camp unrecognizable and the extreme opposite of what camp is. We are grieving the loss of this summer experience as many parents and campers may feel as well. We know this will be a difficult message that parents will have to share with their children. Please know we are working with our leadership team to see how we can reach out to campers with a message of hope and being together next summer. We will work on making sure summer camp 2021 has all the excitement and fun you expect from camp AND MORE!
Any families who have already made payments will have the choice to either receive a full refund, apply the funds to summer camp 2021 or donate the funds or portion of funds to help LCM thru this difficult time. Your tax-exempt donation would help us with our loss of income from several sources due to COVID19.
We thank everyone for your understanding and patience during this difficult time and we look forward to seeing everyone in summer 2021.
Your LCM Staff
Welcome to Lions Camp Merrick! Camp has been an incredible part of our lives, and we are so thrilled to bring the many joys of the camp experience to your family!
At Lions Camp Merrick we believe that each child needs to feel special and not special needs. One of the greatest experiences in life is the look of joy and pride in a child’s eyes when they accomplish something they thought they never could or would do. LCM’s programs match the needs and abilities of the children we serve so they are given the chance to “be all they can be”. Our dedicated counselors are always on hand to instruct and give caring guidance to our campers, but we find that it is our amazing children themselves who play the largest part in supporting and encouraging each other.
LCM is a special place, a unique haven for children in today’s fast-paced world. Here campers laugh, learn, and live together as they enjoy the pleasures of summertime friendship and fun. They build skills and character, and create remarkable friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
We pledge to you to care for your children as if they were our own. Each day, we strive to create a secure setting where all children are challenged and supported to grow into their best selves. Please do not hesitate to call us any time before or during the summer! We are always available to discuss your camper’s experience and to partner with you in creating the best summer possible.
With warmest regards,
Lions Camp Merrick