Camp makes a lasting impression!
Each year, generations of campers and volunteers gather at locations across the Northern Lights Region to engage their faith, relax in the safety of a judgement-free zone, and watch in wonder as everyone gives and receives the good news message of Christ. These testimonials are just a taste of what camp means to our participants and the volunteers who give so graciously of their time to lead the camper.
Regional Camps Update
May 20, 2020
I know that many of you are already looking forward to summer plans, as our communities are starting to open back up, and you may already be thinking about church camp. After much deliberation and conversations, the regional board with a unanimous vote affirmed my recommendation to cancel our overnight camps for this summer.
This was not an easy decision to make, but it is our intention that whenever we gather as a region, we do so with the safety of all at the forefront of our minds. With too many variables and the need for added precautions in place for us to gather, made it clear that we could not be confident that everyone would be safe at camp, or those communities to which our participants would return.
Along with the health concerns we have started to notice that recruiting volunteers for this summer was going to be more difficult than usual because of those with additional health risks and uncertainty around their work schedules, caused some of our volunteers and directors to decline to staff an in-person camp.
While we do not know where our communities will be come July, now is the time to make the difficult decisions as we also make arrangements and plans for alternatives. The Youth and Children’s Ministry team and camp directors will be meeting soon to discuss our options for this summer and how we can continue to serve our regional youth and children.
Some of the options that have been brought up are a virtual camp format, a camp day organized in our local communities, or a end of summer day camp at our facilities. Each of these ideas do pose their own set of challenges as well as their advantages. Our hope is to provide a way in which we can continue to celebrate our Creator and our camping communities even though it may look different.
I am reaching out to our facilities to work with them on how we as a region can help them through this time. We recognize that the loss of our regular camps for this summer poses financial challenges for each facility and we want to continue to support Cane Ridge West and Gwinwood in this time. One idea that is being worked on, is to promote a camp in a box fundraiser. This will require volunteers to help bring together items that reflect the essence of camp, and send them out to households, churches, and camp alumni who want a piece of camp at home this summer.
If you would like to discuss with me more about this decision or to offer your help as we move forward I would welcome to hear from you- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace in Christ,
Rev. Chris Snow
Youth and Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Northern Lights Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)