Summer Camp 2020 Plans

As you know, Covid-19 has made a significant impact on life and ministry. As our state begins to reopen in phases, I know many of you are making plans for the summer. I wanted to give you an update on our plans for summer camp that was previously scheduled to take place in just a couple months.

Over the past few months, we’ve done our best to seek wisdom so we can make an informed decision that would be in everyone’s best interest. We’ve diligently tracked health and safety suggestions and discussed these matters with a combination of our staff, several parents, the camp venue staff, some of our elders and deacons, and Colonial’s Re-Entry Task Force on which I serve. We’ve also observed decisions related to other camps that were scheduled to meet later this summer.

It’s become increasingly clear that the best way to love and serve our student ministry families this year is by postponing both of our summer camps to a weekend in the fall. The most obvious move is to combine it with our “NEXT” weekend event on September 25-27, 2020.

This year, NEXT will look more like a retreat than a conference. While it’ll be hosted on Colonial’s campus, our plan is to create as much of a summer camp feel as possible! This means having camp-style games, special activities, a guest speaker for the sessions, and even a nationally-recognized band for an evening concert… It’s going to be a weekend to remember!

We’re also considering ways to make that weekend special for both middle schoolers and high schoolers. It’s likely that each group will have their own activities and sessions on separate parts of the campus for maximum fun, safety, and spiritual impact. This event will also be significantly less expensive than our typical summer camps. We want to make this opportunity as accessible as possible for students to enjoy.

And since we know this decision affects our seniors (Class of 2021) the most, we’re making plans for a special getaway in the spring just for them! We’re also planning to have some special one-night events for our middle school students later this summer, as allowed.

I know you probably have more questions. Please know that more specific details will be released soon. While we know some students may be disappointed, we’re trusting God, knowing that ultimately, this is for our good and His glory (Rom. 8:28).

Thank you all for your patience and steadfastness during this unusual time. We do believe the best days are ahead and hope to see each of you soon!

Here for you,