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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2021
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APPEAL TRIBUNE
UO releases deadlines for
students, staff to submit
vaccination status
Jordyn Brown
Register-Guard
USA TODAY NETWORK
All University of Oregon students
must show proof of vaccination from
COVID-19 by the first day of classes on
Sept. 27, with employees and students
in the residence halls having to submit it
weeks earlier, under the university's
new COVID-19-related requirement.
The UO will offer incentives for stu-
dents and employees who submit their
immunization records for COVID-19 be-
fore Sept. 1.
All seven of Oregon's public universi-
ties are requiring the vaccine for in-per-
son activities this coming school year or
an exemption request, which is allowed
under state law.
“Our planning for fall will continue to
be guided by science and best prac-
tices,” UO Provost Patrick Phillips said
in the July 27 announcement.
“It presumes that the majority of our
community will be fully vaccinated this
fall under our vaccination requirement,
and we will maintain appropriate public
health safety measures. As we look to
coming back together in fall and we re-
sume something closer to normal, we
will continue to rely on our collective
sense of purpose and care for our com-
munity.”
Students who don't submit either
their vaccine status or an exemption re-
quest will have a hold put on their rec-
ords, preventing them from registering
for classes. UO employees who don't
submit either will "held accountable for
compliance as they would other univer-
sity requirements, including possible
disciplinary action up to and including
termination of employment," according
to UO.
The deadlines for UO students and
staff to submit their vaccination status
or request an exemption are:
h School of Law faculty, staff and stu-
dents: Aug. 13.
h Residence hall students, upon
move-in and no later than: Sept. 14.
h All employees outside of the School
of Law: Sept. 17.
h All other students: Sept. 27.
Students and employees who re-
quest an exemption from the vaccine re-
quirement will have to follow more safe-
ty protocols. For example, everybody
living in congregate housing facilities
(such as residence halls) who is not fully
vaccinated will be required to test week-
ly for COVID-19.
Face masks are still required indoors
for everyone, regardless of vaccination
status. Face masks can be removed
when individuals are in a room or cubi-
cle alone, or in an area designated for
eating.
Volunteers and "unpaid appoint-
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with disabilities after the fires of 2020
was a nearly 100-year-old building that
couldn’t be occupied, a couple pavil-
ions, one house and piles of rubble.
Between the wildfire destruction and
COVID-19, there were concerns the
camp would never come back. But
thanks to the efforts of the small staff,
board, volunteers and donations from
people and businesses throughout the
West, a dozen people at a time get to en-
joy summer camp again.
For Christensen, Upward Bound is
more than a place to draw and play
games like ring toss, particularly after a
year when social activities were limited
due to the pandemic.
“It means everything to me to see her
be able to come out and do these things
and see the people she enjoys and get
her out of her normal, everyday rou-
tine,” Christensen’s stepfather, Jared
Goodwin, said.
When Christensen was reunited with
Gjesdal on a sunny July afternoon, the
smile on her face told the story. They
told jokes, colored and laughed as if two
minutes passed since they last saw each
other, not two years.
“Maybe they wouldn’t open it this
year,” Christensen said she worried.
“Now it’s opening. They let everyone
join and come.”
Restricted opening for camp in
2020
The Christian-based camp on the
south bank of the North Santiam River
was founded in 1978 to provide recrea-
tion and education for people age 12 and
older with disabilities.
It initially was based at a site along
the Little North Fork until moving into
the former Gates School in 2018 after
four years of renovations to the campus.
The move to a location with perma-
nent buildings allowed people with
more significant disabilities to attend;
there are concrete and asphalt paths
Ricky Sosa and Thomas Shultz play a
game of Uno at Upward Bound Camp in
Gates. BRIAN HAYES / STATESMAN JOURNAL
and more shelter, like the old gym that
was straight out of a Works Progress
Administration picture book.
But the move to the former schools
was difficult for some campers “because
at the old place people were coming
there for 50 years,” long-time counselor
Jessica ‘Glowworm’ Butler said. “It was
a nice change: new scenery, more things
to do. It was more open for people in
wheelchairs.”
By 2019, the camp had grown to host
up to 20 people at a time in the summer
and held programs for people with dis-
abilities at other times of the year, in-
cluding dances in Salem.
Some of the former school class-
rooms were converted into bunkrooms
for campers and counselors. The cam-
pus was lined heavily with trees, mak-
ing shade plentiful. Few vehicles passed
by and at times the only sounds were of
the North Santiam River on the other
side of Gates School Road and of people
laughing.
Camper activities were limited only
by the imagination of the staff mem-
bers. Games like basketball and throw-
ing water balloons let the campers es-
cape their regular lives. When the CO-
VID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Upward
Bound came perilously close to being
closed for the year. Camp director Diane
Turnbull, however, was determined to
give as many people as possible the op-
portunity to attend.
She consulted with the Oregon
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Health Authority to create a strategy to
have up to four campers a week. Each
person was required to stay in separate
spaces, wear masks and stay distanced.
Each worked with one staff member the
entire time.
But even with the precautions, some
of the campers who had been coming for
decades couldn’t go because of the
chances of contracting the coronavirus
and passing it on. Ricky Sosa, from Sa-
lem, was among them.
“It was really hard,” his sister, Alexia
Sosa, said. “He had a hard time really
kind of understanding what was the
reason why he couldn’t.”
The last set of campers of the year
left in the last week of August.
young people from Silverton and Ohio
helped install it to give the area some
green space among all the burned-out
tree stumps and shrubbery. It’s been
named Heavenly Meadow.
And groups came forward to build
Mary D’s Walking Path – named for a
longtime camper – around the new
meadow and through the campus.
It feels like a summer camp again.
There are still some trees, but most
are gone and the shade along with it.
Stacks of wood dot the campus. A fire
pit, an especially safe one, is in the cen-
ter of the meadow.
The campers play games like tic-tac-
toe and bowl in the pavilions in the sum-
mer heat.
The white tents are circled in the cen-
ter of the campus, dotting the area like
the center of a target. They are now the
focal point.
“People just show up with energy and
time and ideas in many cases, some
things that I never thought of. Where
the tents are going to go? How do we
make sure that people have showers?”
Turnbull said. “Just all kinds of stuff.”
Fires wipe out much of the campus
A week later, like a lot of the Santiam
Canyon, the Upward Bound campus
sustained massive damage in the Labor
Day fires.
The main school building, which
dates to 1927, miraculously survived,
though not without scarring such as
blistered paint and melted metal fix-
tures. The pavilions were largely un-
scathed, and Turnbull’s residence re-
mains.
That’s pretty much it.
Buildings of metal and wood melted
to the ground. The skeletons of a row of
Forest Service trailers took up most of
the field by the road. Half-scorched
trees perilously close to toppling over
were everywhere. Puddles of glass dot-
ted the site. The efforts of all those years
of making the campus beautiful, like
when the young people from Ameri-
Corps came in 2019 and painted build-
ings and built nature trails, were gone.
Most of that debris remained six
months after the fires were extin-
guished.
At one point, it seemed all that was
left of the camp was Turnbull’s endless
optimism.
Because of the debris and how long it
took to remove, it was impossible to
plan a camp this year until the Oregon
Department of Transportation and the
Federal Emergency Management Agen-
cy cleared it in May.
“We did work a little with (U.S. Sen.)
Ron Wyden’s office and (Oregon Rep.)
Jami Cate’s office to help advocate for
us, and they did a great job,” Turnbull
said. “I was so grateful because we actu-
ally got ODOT out here and got the work
going. We didn’t have much time.”
Or money. The camp needed money
to purchase nearly everything all over
again.
Temporary power has been connect-
ed to the original school building, but it
is only useable for storage. The building
needed extensive renovations before
the fires, and the fire damage didn’t help
it.
Upward Bound received a series of
grants from groups including YMCA and
Oregon Community Foundation to pur-
chase items like 20 white tents and fur-
niture for the campers and counselors
and to rent portable bathrooms and
showers. The Lefave family from Newb-
erg donated a manufactured home that
serves as the kitchen and offices for the
camp.
All of that help provided what the
camp needed to be able to host people
again.
Then more help came.
Kuenzi Turf & Nursery and JB Instant
Lawn, both of Silverton, donated about
10,000 square feet of grass. Groups of
A permanent solution
While the tents and other donations
saved camp this summer, they aren’t a
permanent solution. Upward Bound
needs occupiable buildings to be viable
in the long term.
Fletemeyer & Lee Associates, an ar-
chitecture firm from Colorado, is gifting
Upward Bound with a new master plan.
“It is a bit of a blank canvas, which is
great,” Beckie Mason said while drop-
ping off her daughter, Rebecca.
Turnbull said the camp has been sur-
veying current and former campers and
their families to find out what features
they would like to see.
Ideas include an archery range,
bunkhouses that look more like a camp
than a school from the 1970s, and a
ramp to the North Santiam River so
those using wheelchairs can get to the
water.
And almost all of those suggestions
include a pool.
“Now it’s just a matter of putting all
those pieces together and writing a cou-
ple of narratives and they start looking
at our information and what it is our
campers are saying they want, what the
community is interested in having, all of
that kind of stuff, and what are the reg-
ulations around here,” Turnbull said.
The camp had insurance but is re-
ceiving assistance with fundraising in-
cluding from Camp Taloli, a camp for
deaf children outside Stayton, which
held a benefit concert for Upward
Bound.
Finding the joy again
For days, Amy Zybura kept telling her
mother, Rebecca Ede, about how much
she was looking forward to seeing old
friends, meeting new friends and eating
S’mores when she got to camp.
Even without many modern ameni-
ties and after all the destruction of the
past year, reuniting with friends in
Gates was the highlight of her year.
“Camp is something that we’ve done
with her since she was 11 years old; she’s
34. She loves camp. That’s her summer,”
Ede said. “If she can get to camp in the
summer, that just fills her with such joy.”
Bill Poehler covers Marion County for
the Statesman Journal. Contact him at
bpoehler@statesmanjournal.com
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Twitter.com/bpoehler.