Summer Camps are ON!
We are excited to share our plan to move forward with overnight summer camps! Thank you for your patience as we navigate a season of unique challenges and obstacles. Here is the current information we have regarding overnight summer camps:
1. We are running our normally scheduled summer camps starting July 5 (Explorers-ATAC weeks). While we are committed to offering high-quality programming for every week of summer camp, please recognize these weeks of camp will look different this season as we navigate new guidelines and safety procedures.
2. Those camps will be shortened by one day to a Sunday-Friday schedule. Due to the shortened length of camps, we are offering a $40 discount off of the registration cost. Please consider paying the full cost of camp if you are able as a way to support Bair Lake Bible Camp’s ministry! Many of our operating costs remain the same, regardless of how many days we have campers on grounds. If you would like to apply the discount or if you would like a refund, please call us at 888-899-7712.
3. Middle School ATAC (August 2-7) will not be going off-grounds this year. We will be keeping as many elements of the ATAC program as possible, but off-grounds trips are not feasible under the overnight camp guidelines from the State of Michigan. For this reason, the tier 3 cost of ATAC has been reduced from $429 to $389.
4. Payments will now be accepted online and over the phone. All balances will be due the Friday before your child’s week of camp begins. Final payment due dates for each camp are listed below.
Explorers: July 3
Middle School Classic: July 10
Teen Classic: July 17
Juniors 2: July 24
Middle School ATAC: July 31
5. We will continue to accept wait list registrations in the coming weeks. When we determine our final capacity, you will be notified if your child is registered or on the wait list for your selected week of camp.
What Will Camp Look Like This Summer?
We have adopted a cohort model for both our overnight and day camp ministries this summer. A cohort is a small group of people designated to serve as a “family unit” throughout the entirety of the week. This summer, each cabin will be designated as a single cohort. Each cohort of campers will remain separate from all other cohorts as much as possible. When cohorts must be in the same location (for example: meals, chapel), groups will be separated by at least six feet of physical space and items will not be shared between cohorts unless they are properly sanitized.
All ACE activities will still be offered, except for the high ropes course.
Tubing will not be available this summer.
The pool WILL be open and more than one cohort will be able to use the pool at the same time due to the presence of many chemicals that kill viruses.
The lakefront will also be open.
The Bair’s Cove will be open, but campers may not have quite as much access as they would during a typical summer.
Traditional free time will not be possible while using the cohort model. Cabins will stay together during “free time” and rotate through a variety of activities.
Campers will NOT be required to wear masks for any camp activities.
Check-in and Check-out
Your child will be dropped off and picked up using a curbside method. Parents will only get out of their vehicles to unload luggage and say goodbye to their camper. We will not be holding an end-of-the-week rally this summer.
Pre-Arrival Health Screening
Campers and their families have a key role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19 before arriving on site. Please follow the pre-screening guidelines below starting 14 days prior to your arrival at BLBC:
Take and record your child’s temperature daily.
Monitor the following symptoms: fever of 100.4°F or greater, new onset of a cough, new onset of shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, vomiting, etc.
Self-quarantine your child to the maximum extent possible. Campers should strive to limit the number of people they interact closely with.
Daily Health Screenings
An expanded camper health screening will be conducted for all campers and staff upon arrival. We will also be conducting daily screenings for all campers and staff, including temperature and symptom checks. If your camper does not meet the health screening requirements, they will be sent home for the safety of everyone on grounds. If your child becomes sick while at BLBC, you will be responsible to pick them up as soon as possible to prevent the spread of any sickness to other campers or staff.
Cabins will sit together during chapel and each cabin will be separated by at least 6 feet of distance. Each cabin will enter and exit Pineview one at a time to maintain social distancing.
Meals will be served family-style in the dining room. We will not be using buffet lines. All campers will eat together in the dining room and each cabin will be separated by at least 6 feet of distance.
What You Can Do To Help
As you can imagine and like so many businesses and non-profit organizations in this time of uncertainty, we are bracing ourselves for the financial impact COVID-19 will have upon BLBC. We are a relatively small ministry that doesn’t have months and months of operating expenses held in reserve. We know we have a God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and the wealth in every mine who will faithfully provide for all of BLBC’s needs. Please pray for safety this summer, and for this virus not to negatively impact our upcoming ministries. Please pray for wisdom for our leadership team and Board as we make decisions moving forward. If you have the ability, please give. I know this is a time when most of us are focused on providing for our own families. That’s fitting and right, and should be our priority. But many still have steady incomes and abundance from which they could share to help ensure ministries, such as Bair Lake Bible Camp, continue through the tough times when the people we serve need us the most. While we haven’t yet rolled it out, our ministry fundraising focus for 2020 is to challenge people to become monthly donors. Even if you can’t afford to give a large sum at this time, would you be willing to commit to give a smaller amount on a monthly basis? Gifts of even $10-20 per month would be extremely helpful to stabilize our revenue during turbulent times like these.
Thank you for caring about BLBC! Thank you for encouraging, supporting, volunteering, coming, and sending your campers. We greatly appreciate your partnership and trust this information helps you understand where BLBC stands in light of COVID-19. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at email@example.com or call us at 888-899-7712.
Yours In Christ,
Drew Gardner, Executive Director