Unfortunately, we have to cancel camp this year. We know this has been strung out for awhile. We just did not want to leave any stone unturned, and we can honestly say we have not. Our student ministry staff visited our last viable option possible last week. Due to COVID-19 regulations and requirements, it would be literally impossible to carry out social distancing. Here are some key examples:
With the possibility of someone catching the virus and bringing it home to a family member or friend would just be horrible.
- Shared sleeping areas. Even with spacing students out, it would not be feasible to minimize contact.
- Shared bathroom areas. This goes without saying, but it would be impossible to minimize contact on shared surfaces.
- Shared eating areas. Same as above.
- Other churches will be on the campus. Even if we fully followed every guideline there is, we cannot fully trust other churches will and that puts us at risk.
I know that we can find ourselves on different spectrums of this issue (mask/no mask, social distance/no social distance, etc.). Valid reasons and arguments can be made from both sides. We are simply trying to do the right thing here. Could cancelling camp be an overreaction? Yes. I just would rather overreact at the expense of safety. On the other side of things, if we did have camp, it would be drastically restricted and regulated and, therefore, it would not be able to complete our goal and reason for camp in the first place.
Plus, with all the the COVID-19 cancelations earlier in the year, many schools sanctioned events, sports and vacations are happening in July. This makes July very busy for many of you.
We know this is unfortunate. We are bummed. This is my first time in close to 15 years, not being at a camp of some sort.
We are working on some possible things to do later in July but nothing is official yet. We will keep you posted.
As far as the refunding process, we will issue a refund to the card you used to pay or we will be sending you a check to the address we have on file. If you have moved recently or want to be sure we have the correct address, please reach out to us.
Again, we are sorry. We tried every way that there was to make camp happen. Because we know God is sovereign, we can mourn on what could have been but we must know that we can joyfully trust Him for what He has planned.
If you have any questions, please let me know!