An 11 year old girl spending the night in her own tent under the redwoods; a 13 year old girl overnight backpacking from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the shores of the Pacific Ocean; a 12 year achieving a bullseye in archery; a smoky evening campfire full of laughter and song; girls solemnly raising the American flag early on a misty morning. All of these and much more, the essence of Camp Artemis, we have found cannot be duplicated through an on-line program.
For the past two years, the Artemis staff has attempted to recreate the Camp Artemis experience virtually. Virtual Camp Artemis 2020 was a good on-line program but fell short of the expected and treasured in-person Camp Artemis experience. This year, 2021, very few girls chose to register so Virtual Camp Artemis was cancelled after the Artemis Youth Staff spent 9 months attempting to make the online Camp Artemis experience better.
Even with vaccination and faith, COVID is still present and changing. Under California Department of Public Health, overnight camps have many shifting and challenging requirements to keep campers and staff safe. Safety and affordability have always been a cornerstone of a Girl Scout experience and all those combine to make it difficult to plan, manage, and execute an in-person Camp Artemis experience as we have come to know and want.
To forecast the future of the coming year is not possible. With that uncertainty we, the Directors of Artemis, have decided to close the ALTA and Camp Artemis programs for the upcoming 2021-22 year. We will review during the spring of 2022, the process of starting up our powerful Artemis program for 2022-23 with an in-person camp planned for July, 2023.
ALTA/Camp Artemis is 16 years strong. The spirit of Artemis is real. We will be back as a premier program of the Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast.
In the spirit of Artemis and Girl Scouts,
Sue Roth, Director
Alyse Herrera, Director
Violet Ramirez-Vandiver, Director