Summer Camp 2020
Dry Creek Baptist Camp Family –
As many of you know, we have been busy planning and praying for summer camp throughout this pandemic. While it deeply saddens us that camp will not look like it has in the past, we are excited to announce some new plans for the summer! These plans are still subject to change as the situation continues to unfold and government recommendations are updated, but we hope that we’ll be able to hold camps in the following manner, or something very close to it.
First, dates for some camps are changing due to capacity restrictions and staff limitations. We will no longer be hosting two weeks of Youth and Preteen camp, and Girls Mission Camp is moving to the last week of our summer. The summer schedule is now as follows: Boys Mission Camp and Journey Camp (June 29 – July 2), Impact Youth Camp (July 6-10), Preteen Camp (July 13-16) and Girls Mission Camp (July 20-23).
We are currently planning to host one camp each week. If waitlists become necessary, we will create them as fairly as possible based on order of registration. However, as we get a better idea of the number of registrations and capacity limitations, it may become possible and/or necessary to split a camp into two shorter (3-day) camps in one week. If this happens, we will make everyone aware of the changes promptly.
The second major change we’ve had to make is with our counselor policy. In order to reduce contact between campers and staff who are from different parts of the state or country, we have decided we cannot have DCBC staff counselors staying in dorms with campers. This means that all campers must be registered with a church group, and every church group must send at least two male and two female counselors with their campers. We are deeply saddened knowing that this will mean some children who are not affiliated with a church will not be able to attend camp, but we are doing our best to connect these campers with churches in their area.
This will also allow different church groups to remain as separate as necessary during meals and activities as well as in the dorms. In addition, we have evaluated all of our cleaning procedures and are proud most of them already exceed recommendations. However, we are also purchasing some new equipment that will allow us to be even more thorough. We don’t know yet what the recommendations will be at the time of camp, but we’re also working on plans for regular and thoroughly-documented symptom checks, an almost exclusively outdoor program, and other procedures to add additional levels of health and safety to camp.
If you or your church group have already paid deposits and are no longer able to attend camp because of date changes (or are uncomfortable attending due to the situation), we would love for you to roll the deposits over to the same camp next summer or prayerfully consider forgoing them as a donation to our ministry. However, we know that many are facing financial strain during this time, so refunds are also available.
We are so thankful for your continued support and want you to know that the health and safety of your children remain our highest priority. We are continually re-evaluating in light of current government recommendations and probable guidelines for the future. We will all have to make some changes and sacrifices for camp to be able to happen safely this summer, but we are excited to have a plan! We will continue to make announcements on social media and update our FAQ page as we have more information. Please continue to pray with us for camp, staff, and campers as the situation unfolds.
Dry Creek Baptist Camp