Dear Camp Friends,
We did it! 7 weeks of summer camp. 185 campers, 29 staff members, and checking with Rupert on exactly how many gallons of hand sanitizer, simple green, bleach, and other cleaning/sanitizing agents we’ve used.
When we started camp in July, I was surprised, and admittedly a little disheartened. Why did we have to be so strict? Will camp even be camp if we aren’t gathered close for fireside, or piled one too many around a picnic table for supper? Will we be able to feel each other’s love and care even though we can’t see smiles through masks?
The answer is simple, and became clear as soon as campers started arriving. We didn’t bend rules so that we could offer the experience of camp to 185 young people this summer. So that they could reclaim some normalcy, and be with people who care about them, and learn about God in the middle of a global pandemic. While most camps closed or pivoted to virtual, we wanted to see if we could actually follow the guidance and actually avoid virus transmission. Well it turns out you can take people from many different households, live together, and not infect each other! All Covid-19 tests taken came back negative and all of the parents who responded to our post-camp surveys, stated their child was healthy or did not suspect their child of Covid-19.
But more importantly than no virus transmission, campers had powerful experiences and our mission was accelerated. At the end of each week, campers have the opportunity to write “Dear Friend” letters to camp supporters. We got to read some of them and I wanted to share a few of them with you- in case you have wondered if camp was still “camp” this year. (spoiler – it was as good as ever)
See photo and video highlights from our summer here
For more details about our pandemic response, see our FAQ page here.
Kellyn “Benji” Boyden
Media and Communications Manager
P.S. We have a few volunteer opportunities including lawn mower, book keeper, wood cutters. Are you interested in any of these?