Camp Krem: Tragic loss. Determined rebuild.
It is with sadness, we report the tragic loss of Camp Krem to the recent wildfires that swept our state. For many of our children, Camp Krem has been a home away from home and the highlight of their year – and for many of us, it has offered much needed respite from the challenges of caregiving. Established in 1957, Camp Krem has provided over 200,000 days and nights of respite to thousands of families (an estimated 37,000 enrolments in the last 63 years). Now most of the beautiful facilities are ash and rubble.
It is ironic good fortune that summer camp had been canceled due to the pandemic. As a result, evacuation involved only three live-in staff and a very plump pig. If this had been a normal summer, evacuation would have been difficult, especially for families on vacation and for the dozens of international staff who would have found themselves homeless.
Happily, the board and staff of Camp Krem are committed to rebuilding as soon as possible. The lovely swimming pool and related structures somehow survived, as did most of their vehicles, their playground and some of lower camp.
Cleanup is underway, damaged road repaired, electric and water being restored and a rebuilding plan in development. As soon as the current lockdown allows, Camp Krem will resume its many wonderful programs.
The large rebuilding effort can use support:
- Please click here to Donate.
- Volunteers of all kinds, from professionals, contractors and journeymen to unskilled but cheerful workers.
Like a phoenix, we expect Camp Krem to rise from the ashes, stronger and more beautiful than before. Good luck to all!