COVID-19 Summer Camp Changes

Summer 2020 Information

6/27/20 Update

4/20/20 Update

Due to current events, we have decided to make a few changes to our advertised summer program this year:

  • Postpone start of summer camp programming

    • Counselor training July 6 – 10

    • Beginning of summer camp July 13

  • Cancel Peak Adventure high school camp

  • Reduce number of nights for 6-8th grade camp

    • New schedule:

      • Mon. 8:30am – 4:00pm

      • Tues. & Wed. 8:30am – 7:00pm

      • Thurs. 8:30am – Fri. closing

  • Added week of camp July 27 – 31

  • Make camp registration more accessible

    • Change deposit for all camps to $5

    • Flexible payment plans and scholarships for those under economic stress

    • Complete refund of all payments if we are required to cancel summer camps

We are working to provide camp experiences that honor the recommendations of the Berrien County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and proper governing authorities. Respecting the guidelines provided, we are committed to providing a safe camp where children will participate with peers and make decisions that are rich in spiritual and emotional growth.

 

The Lord is not surprised by our current social circumstances. I encourage you to “...pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6:18).”

 

King Asa was fully committed to the Lord all his life (1 Kings 15:14), but when afflicted with a disease in his feet, did not seek help from the Lord (2 Chronicles 16:12). Let's remember to seek the Lord while heeding the advice of the health professionals God has blessed us with.
 

Many of us have watched the capabilities of our health system grow exponentially during our lifetimes. Human capacity to cure disease and relieve symptoms is truly amazing. I am grateful for the knowledge and abilities of our healthcare providers. Their willingness to serve at the expense of their personal health security is worthy of admiration and honor. Even more, I encourage you to receive their guidance while knowing that our Lord is healer. Let's seek Him and glorify Him, remembering that the resurrection of Christ provides our hope for eternity with Him. Praise the Lord! 

Greetings from Five Pines!

We are striving to provide the normal fun and encouraging programming you expect from Five Pines in our new COVID-19 pandemic environment. We are moving forward respecting COVID-19 but not fearing it. Per CDC and State guidelines, we are employing social distancing techniques, washing hands often (campers too), and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. More about your camper's experience below.

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE: We must remove the overnight experience from our schedule this summer. 3rd-8th grade campers are directly affected by this change. We were hopeful the State of Michigan would allow us to facilitate our overnights. However, as a Day Camp, under our current executive orders, we are unable to provide the overnight experience we were hoping for. Thursday night pick-up will be at 8:00 PM for 3rd-8th grade campers. We are sorry to announce this necessary adjustment. Dinner will be served to these campers and staff.

 

VERY IMPORTANT CHANGE: Your camp experience is also changing because of COVID-19. Registration, drop off, and pick up of your camper will be facilitated from the comfort of your vehicle. We will email more details about these processes as you get closer to your camp experience.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 

  • Your child will NOT be required to wear a mask but may if they so choose. It is very unlikely we will be in a position to encourage campers to use a mask, but we are asking parents to send a mask in case of these possible situations (i.e. severe weather).

  • We are required by the State of Michigan to receive answers to some questions about your child's health and record their temperature each day. At registration, we will provide several small forms with these questions to document and assist in the timely drop off of campers each day. Please be diligent in the completion of these forms. We want to provide camp to all of our campers, but if a child is sick, they should stay home in respect of our greater community. 

  • We will be outside more often and encourage excellent personal hygiene and more respect for others' personal space.

  • Additional personal space will be provided for inside experiences.

  • "Family groups" of 10 campers will move through camp together. These family groups of 10 will not be in close contact with other family groups, significantly minimizing potential exposure outside of your camper's family group.

  • Some staff members who have close contact with more than one family group will use masks in appropriate situations.

  • We will require campers and staff to wash hands often. We will use sanitizer if soap and water are not available when needed.

  • We will clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces daily with an EPA registered disinfectant per label use.

 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are eager to provide your camper a fun and safe week at Five Pines!

 

Sincerely,
Nate Parsons
Five Pines Ministries, Executive Director
(269) 815-5527 (Office)

(269) 815-5527

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