Summer Camp COVID Update
January 21st, 2021
Plans are in progress for a safe and welcoming summer camp experience for children and youth. There are several safety measures we will have in place, likely for this summer only. They include:
- Hired summer counselors to limit outside exposure
- Activities scheduled in small groups who will remain together for most of camp
- Adjustments to community activities such as campfires and worship that honor the purpose of the activities as well as safety recommendations
- Emphasis on outdoor activities
- Changes to mealtime routines
- Mask usage for staff and campers in indoor spaces and when in close contact
Additionally, there will be guidelines for campers that will include recommendations for what to do before coming to camp as well as a screening process used during registration.
Retreat and Event COVID Guidelines
January 21st, 2021
Our mission is to provide a sanctuary where people connect with God, experience creation, and build Christian community. Sanctuary is only possible when people feel safe, so it is important that you know how that safety is to be provided. The following guidelines and protocols are meant to identify the specific responsibilities of Camp Mack and our guests to maintain the safest possible environment. They are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Kosciusko County Health Department.
To All of our Camp Mack Family: (April 2020)
In the last several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept us mostly in our homes and physically apart from one another. With many staff members working from home, and those at camp maintaining safe distancing and cleaning procedures, the Camp Mack staff has continued to prepare Holy Hospitality for our guests and exciting, challenging, and faith-filled experiences for our summer campers. Our mission is to provide a sanctuary where people connect with God, experience creation, and build Christian community. In order to be that sanctuary, we must be confident that our camps are as safe as possible. For this reason, we will not be able to operate our current camp schedule for this summer.
While it is not a replacement for the tight community created at camp, we will be providing other ways campers can be connected to God and each other this summer. There will be alternative experiences created; we hope to provide some packages for crafts and other activities; if restrictions allow, there may be some limited day activities at camp.
Our summer theme, This is our Prayer, tells us that God is always with us and we can rejoice in knowing our community of faith can sustain us. In my office, a cross hangs above my desk with the words from Psalm 46:10. Be still, and know that I am God… The psalm speaks to anxiety and fear about the frightening things happening in the world, but it begins by assuring us that God is our refuge, and it ends by telling us to stop, take a breath, and to recognize that God is still in control.
During the next few weeks, we will work through plans for providing a positive summer experience and how we will handle registrations and fees. Once we have all plans in place, we will be in contact with all registrants to provide available choices. Campers and their families should receive a contact from us before the end of May.
This decision has only been made after a great deal of contemplation and prayer. We do not want to put campers, volunteers, staff, or families at risk. In the end, we will provide the best and safest camp experience we can for this summer and prepare for an even greater experience in the summer of 2021.
We wish health and strength as you face the challenges of this time. We are praying for you.
Gene Hollenberg, executive director