Open Letter to Treasured Friends and Supporters of Camp Hapitok

From the Board of Directors of the Friends of Hapitok

December, 2015

As many of you may know, this last year has been a very difficult one for the Friends of Hapitok and the future of Camp Hapitok.  In February we learned that our relationship with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE) would be changing and that we would no longer be under their umbrella.  This coupled with the rising costs for camp put Camp Hapitok 2015 in jeopardy.  However, with a successful crowd-funding campaign and the generosity of Dr. Brescia from SLOCOE, we were able to have camp for yet another year.

Camp Hapitok has been providing a unique summer camp to children with speech and language disorders in San Luis Obispo County for over 45 years.  It has created opportunities for teenage volunteers to be one-on-one camp counselors (TIGRs).  It has shaped an incredible Camp Hapitok family that includes adult staff, generous donors and a passionate board of directors.

Losing the umbrella of SLOCOE necessitated changes in our operations and forced us to take a long-hard look at the ongoing viability of our organization. We have spent countless hours, with the help of a board consultant, looking for a solution to our operational and financial issues. After careful consideration of our current situation, future needs and the ability to meet those needs, it is with great sadness that the Board of Directors is announcing their decision to dissolve the corporation and close Camp Hapitok.

We sincerely thank all the Campers, TIGRs, Staff and Camp Directors who have been the spirit of Camp Hapitok over the years.  We are grateful to the many faithful donors, service organizations and sponsors that have contributed their time, talents and treasures to Camp. We also thank the parents who have trusted us with their children and the Speech/Language Pathologists & Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing who have recommended campers over the years.

We especially thank our Camp founder, Doreen Deppler, who has remained on our Board for the duration, and had a vision of a free and unique summer camp for children with speech and language needs and brought that vision to our community.

Even though we may be closing our doors, we hope you, along with us, will take comfort in knowing that Camp Hapitok has made a difference in the lives of countless children and in realizing,

The Hapitok Spirit will live on in each and every one of us….