Dear Monterey Recreation Families,

After months of carefully following and evaluating the evolving COVID-19 situation, the City of Monterey Recreation Division has reached the heartbreaking decision to cancel our traditional, in-person activities this summer. This includes our many Community Center programs, Field Sports Camps, Summer Playgrounds, Whispering Pines Day Camp and Camp Quien Sabe Youth Overnight Camp and Family Camp Weekend.

Notifications conveying the news, along with our deep sadness, were sent today to families, staff, and other members of our camp and youth communities. This year marks the first time in over 65 years that we will not offer our essential and dearly loved summer camps.

Coming to This Difficult Decision

We arrived at this conclusion after ongoing conversations with local and regional medical authorities and other experts, as well as deep consideration by the City leadership team. Ultimately, we determined that there are simply too many risks both known and unknown, both now and over the full summer, to hold our programs as usual.

Although we have continued to plan, prepare and hope for another amazing summer, the risks posed by COVID-19 threaten our mission to the Monterey community: the health and well-being of our children and staff that attend camp, along with their families back home. These risks also compromise our ability to provide the excellence in programming and participant care that are hallmarks of Monterey Recreation programs. The required changes to summer activities such as reducing the number of campers, no contact sports or games and more, which would render the heart of the summer program experience unrecognizable and would not permit us to live by our goals of health, safety and community.

Virtual Recreation Experiences

This is an incredibly challenging time and we are deeply grateful for everyone who is part of the camp and youth program community, including staff and alumni, all of whom have deep emotional connections to our programs. As we sing at camp, “We are the campers, campers are we. Bom! Bom! Bom! Happy go lucky, careless but free, please help us! We are the best of, all of the rest of, we are the campers. Rah! Rah!” While nothing can replace the feeling of being together in person, Monterey Recreation is committed to offering virtual recreation opportunities this summer to ensure that the ties that bind campers to one another and to their summer home remain as strong as ever. The Monterey Recreation team will be serving our participants and families in new, creative and different ways through this unique moment in time.

Moving Forward and Looking to the Future Together  

The decision to cancel in-person activities and camps this year is based on our values, with health and safety as our highest concern. This is the best decision, even as the reality is also clear that its financial ramifications are significant, both today and looking forward. If at any point, new conditions arise that enable us to be able to provide in-person gatherings, doing so will be our top priority.

If you have any questions, please contact Interim Recreation and Community Services Manager, Shannon Leon at or call the Monterey Recreation Office at 831.646.3866 and we will return your call as soon as possible. 

For now, we are stronger together by staying apart. Until we are able to see you again, may we each move forward with hope for better days ahead. How thankful we will be when we can be together again. We will come through this more resilient than ever! 


The Monterey Recreation Team

For the latest information:

Monterey Recreation | 831.646.3866 |