What’s Happening at Camp?
By Bob Strodel, Executive Director
With all the recent news about COVID-19, I thought I’d reach out to our camp family with some comments about the approach that Christian Camps and Conferences is taking regarding our summer season.
Currently our plan is to open the camp gates on June 28th to welcome our first session of campers to Camp Brookwoods, Camp Deer Run, and Moose River Outpost. This date is still three months away and while we know things are tenuous right now, we are assuming that camp will go forward as planned. We believe that after the disruption the quarantine has caused, parents will be really ready to see their kids head up to camp for recreation, fun, and meaningful interaction with other campers.
If you have been at camp before, you know that health and safety are at the top of our priority list. As each camper arrives on Incoming Day we check him or her for temperature, outward signs of illness and medical history. We always have campers use hand sanitation stations when entering the Dining Hall at meal times, and encourage that throughout the day. We also have experienced medical staff on-site to care for campers and staff, with the latest up-to-date information.
Between now and the summer camping season, three months away, we will be monitoring information from the CDC and the Christian Camp and Conference Association to ensure we are staying on top of developments.
We are continuing to accept applications for the summer, and spaces continue to fill up. Some of our sessions are 100% filled, but other still have a few spaces. So please tell your friends and family members about our wonderful camps. We are happy to send out New Information packages to anyone that requests them.
If we are forced to alter or cancel a session this summer due to COVID-19 CDC recommendations, we will let you know immediately. Also, you can be assured that camp is committed to eliminating any financial risks of signing up for the summer. If any of our sessions are cancelled you will have three options:
1) Receive a full refund
2) Transfer to a session later in the summer (if space is available)
3) Use your deposit for a future summer experience, or
4) Designate your money as a donation to help the camp ministry. As you can imagine, COVID-19 has negatively impacted our ministry due to loss of spring conference group income. Now, more than ever, we are relying on, and are grateful for, the financial support of our camp family and friends.
Over the next few weeks, we will be posting some fun videos about some new stuff at camp, some old stuff, and some informative stuff. Here is a video we did last week discussing some of the new programs at camp this summer. (Make sure to watch it to the end!)
Please feel free to reach out and contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Camp is a happy place, and we are excited to prepare for a fun summer.
Bob Strodel, Executive Director
Bob Strodel has been the Executive Director at Christian Camps and Conferences, Inc. since 1995, and this summer will be his 46th at Brookwoods! His favorite camp activity is