Camp and the Pandemic

In 2020, we were deeply disappointed to cancel all overnight camps. Like dominoes, the cancellations just kept rolling in, and as much as we tried to hold on to hope, it just didn't feel right to proceed with services that involved overnight stays in tight quarters and when the opening of our campgrounds remained uncertain. 

We know that now more than ever, our campers need to feel accepted and loved. Now more than ever, our campers need to know they are valued and be among friends. Thus, in place of traditional overnight programming, we have been holding smaller, socially distanced CONNECTIONS outings, have been providing VIRTUAL programming, have been sending encouraging notes to hundreds of campers, and have been delivering encouraging yard signs to campers across the metro area.

We absolutely realize nothing can compare to overnight camp (for OH! so many reasons!) but, we feel it’s crucial to remain connected and encouraged during these unordinary days. 

We will soon be planning and announcing how we will be creative in 2021 while maintaining safety. Our campers, families, volunteers, and staff are precious to us. We are taking advise from health experts extremely seriously and have also been very grateful for the wisdom from the American Camp Association. To view the Prevention Plan we are currently implementing, visit the link to the right or click HERE.

We encourage each in our community to take care of yourself and one another. We have been holding and will continue to hold each of you in our hearts. May you find peace amid the uncertainty. And may you know that we are here for you. Even in these challenging times, Camp Encourage will continue to be a space for encouragement and growth.

UPDATE, November 10, 2020: Our in-person CONNECTIONS outings are being placed on pause due to the rising pandemic. Be watching for updates when the programming returns. Until then, be sure to visit THIS PAGE for virtual opportunities and join us for the upcoming Holiday Drive Thru.