Camp Blessing Family,
After much prayer and consideration, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors and Management team of Camp Blessing have made the difficult and heart wrenching decision to not hold on-site camp operations for the upcoming summer of 2020. Due to the increased infection rate and the ever-evolving quarantine regulations coupled with our strong commitment to the health and safety of our campers, volunteers and staff, as well our desire to be financially responsible with the long-term mission of this ministry, we do not see an alternative path forward this summer.
We know our camper families, as well as the numerous volunteers and staff will grieve not being able to come to a place they love. We know that for many families, this is one of the few extended periods of respite during the entire year. It’s crushing to think about our property sitting idle this summer. However, after consulting with public health officials, medical personnel, and business leaders, we believe this to be the wisest decision for everyone involved.
We are actively exploring all options for how best to serve and support our campers, their families and caregivers as well as our staff and volunteers over the next several weeks and months. We will communicate with everyone regarding any plans as soon as they are determined.
As you can imagine, losing most of our spring retreat season and suspending summer operations puts Camp Blessing in a difficult financial position. Since September, we have spent a significant amount of time, energy, and resources preparing for Summer 2020. We have been busy recruiting & hiring summer staff, improving our facilities and purchasing supplies for the summer.
As a not-for-profit ministry, we have limited cash reserves. While we desperately want to run our summer program, taking a “wait and see” approach puts Camp Blessing at significant financial risk if we are forced to make this decision closer to summer.
These are hard times for all of us. Instead of choosing fear, anxiety, or worry, we are encouraging our Camp Blessing family to stand firm on the spiritual foundations that we know to be true: God is in control. God is good. God has a plan. While we don’t understand what He’s doing or how He will use this yet, we are confident that He’s got this!
Handling Your Account
To help us navigate this difficult season, please prayerfully consider the following options in regard to your account. At your convenience, reply to this email by April 30, 2020, to let us know how you’d like to move forward with your account:
- Would you consider donating your 2020 deposit and any camp fee payments you’ve made to help our ministry navigate this unprecedented financial challenge? (Camp Blessing is a 501(c)3. This option is tax deductible.). Or
- Please email email@example.com to request a full or partial refund.
We appreciate your patience during this process as it will take us some time to process everyone that was registered for Summer 2020. To make it easier on families, if we have not heard from you by April 30, 2020, we will assume you would like to donate your funds to Camp.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Camp Blessing has been fervently praying, analyzing and evaluating how we can weather the financial impact. After much prayer and consultation, the Board of Directors made the very difficult decision to suspend in-person camp for 2020 and significantly reduce our full-time staff in order to survive this extended period. The decision was not made lightly. Additionally, the remaining staff reduced their compensation and all non-essential spending was eliminated.
As some of you may be aware, Glen and Laura Elder were, unfortunately, included in this overall reduction. This was not an easy decision, and we know it will be received with mixed emotions. However, the Board of Directors had a duty to our campers and families to ensure the long-term survival of camp. Words cannot express how grateful we are for the Elders’ incredible contributions to camp over the past 15 years, and for their passion for the special needs community. They will forever be a part of the Camp Blessing family, and we are confident God will bless them in their future endeavors.
We also want you to know the mission and ministry of Camp Blessing is not changing. We will still share the Good News of Jesus Christ to individuals of all abilities and their families through a Christ-centered camp experience, surrounded with unconditional Love and Acceptance and wrapped in unbelieveable Fun.
The days ahead remain uncertain, and we still need your help. With the significant amount of camper fees and deposits we have had to refund, we need your support to ensure the survival of our mission. We know times are hard for everyone, but if Camp Blessing has impacted or transformed your life, and you are able, please prayerfully consider making a donation at here.