SALVATION ARMY SUMMER CAMP 2021 - UPDATE
COVID-19 continues to shape the landscape of ministry in the Canada & Bermuda territory. To respond responsibly and effectively to the present realities the decision has been made to not engage in overnight camping programs for the 2021 camping season. While we acknowledge that COVID-19 realities vary from region to region, the degree of the unknown and the need to engage in proactive planning for summer ministry made a territory-wide decision the most effective course of action.
This decision and announcement come with disappointment and a degree of heaviness and regret. Camp continues to be the most effective evangelistic ministry within the territory, and a truly fertile ground of spiritual and leadership development for everyone involved. Camping is a vital ministry that will continue within the territory. While we acknowledge the loss we may feel at this time, we celebrate and embrace the reality that the 2021 camping season has not been cancelled. Camping ministry will look different in 2021 but it will still take place.
In these days, the Canada Bermuda Youth team across the territory is actively engaged in designing a dynamic and adaptable plan for the 2021 summer ministry season. This collective plan is being developed to meet what we see to be the five key deliverables of the Salvation Army camping ministry:
It is acknowledged that summer camping programs, both overnight and day camp, create an environment of safety for many children and youth who come from broken or unstable homes. Camp is a place to get away from the stresses of home and have a safe place to rest and find support.
Camping ministry develops community for both staff and campers. Campers are afforded an opportunity to connect with others, make friends, learn new skills, and have enriching experiences. At the same time, camp staff groups create a rich Christian community that is rarely replicated in non-camp environments. Camp creates friends for life.
The camp offers an ideal environment for introducing people to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. This reality holds true for both campers and camp staff.
The camp offers an ideal environment for leadership development and discipleship. For both lay and officer leadership, the camp environment is fertile ground for growth and development.
Through camping ministries, The Salvation Army provides a service to the public, particularly the segments of the public that are socially and economically depressed.
Some will be thinking back to summer 2020. We celebrate the many Kingdom building initiatives that took place last year, and at the same time learn from the ones that did not turn out as planned. We are now much more effectively positioned for the 2021 summer season than we were in the Spring of 2020. Planning for all contingencies of camping in 2021 began in September of last year, and building off the successes and lessons of 2020 we are believing for a very impactful camping season.
BEAVER CREEK CAMPING 2021 -UPDATE
Beaver Creek Camp will not be offering an on-site overnight camping experience this summer as we do our part to flatten the curve of Covid-19 and keep our staff and campers safe. However, we are excited to be offering a virtual experience for children, youth and families in the Prairie Division. To sign up for a virtual camp you can apply through your local Salvation Army Church or Family Service office. If you need more info feel free to fill out a contact form on the website and we will reach out to you.
This summer will also provide an opportunity for staff to work on projects around camp as we prepare with great anticipation for an on-site reality in the future.
This summer will be intentional in Leadership Development for our staff. Their training will enable them to be better prepared to work with children and youth at camp, in the local setting, and in their communities.