COVID-19 Update Jan. 2021
Greetings, friends of Michigan Area United Methodist Summer Camp!
I hope and pray that you are well and safe and that God continues to carry you through this challenging time!
You will soon receive in the mail a sign of hope: the 2021 Summer Camp brochure! In it you will find our 2021 summer camp programs, schedule and registration form (complete descriptions of camps are online). We hope to share a great summer with you where you can “ReConnect, ReCreate and ReNew” your relationship with God and one another.
You probably have many questions about summer camp in the time of COVID-19 – how it will work, how we will keep everyone safe and healthy, how to decide if you will participate. Your concern is very understandable. We have challenges, too, as we seek to comply with local, state, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Camp Association (ACA) guidelines and prepare the way for a safe summer. Here are some things to consider as you make your decision:
- Michigan Area United Methodist Camping will strictly follow guidelines from the local and state health authorities, and protocols established (and regularly updated) by the CDC and the ACA.
- We will not hold camp if we feel we cannot provide a safe environment for the campers and staff.
- All registration money will be refunded if we cancel your camp event.
- A nurse will be present throughout the summer to help establish and enforce health and safety protocols for campers and staff.
- All paid and volunteer staff will go through thorough training in health and safety protocols and be supervised carefully.
- In general, activities will be outdoors (including most meals), involve social distancing, and utilize face coverings when required. Indoor activities will be limited, involve face coverings, social distancing and ventilation.
- Capacity for each program will be reduced to provide better supervision and proper distancing for sleeping and eating.
- Campers will most likely enjoy all activities with the same group or pod.
- Public areas of the camp facility will be cleaned and sanitized frequently each day.
- Health forms for registering and attending camp have been updated for 2021 to include COVID-19 protocols.
There is a yearning – emotionally, spiritually, physically – to get outdoors in God’s creation, play, laugh and learn, and just be together again!
With all that being said, it is more important now than anytime in recent memory for children and youth to experience summer camp in 2021. There is a yearning – emotionally, spiritually, physically – to get outdoors in God’s creation, play, laugh and learn, and just be together again! I promise that we will do everything in our ability to provide this needed experience of summer camp in 2021, assuring the health and safety of all who participate.
This is still a work in progress. I hope we can keep you informed as we learn how best to operate Summer Camp 2021 in the next few months. Please don’t hesitate to call or write me or our staff with your questions and concerns.
I thank you so much for your participation in the Michigan Area United Methodist Camping community and ask for your prayers as we seek a wonderful transforming experience this summer!
Grace and Peace,
Rev. David Berkey, Executive Director
Michigan Area United Methodist Camping
PO Box 134, St. Johns, MI 48879