Canceled Events & Summer Camps
After much prayer, research, and discussion, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the following events/weeks of summer camp. There were many factors that went into that decision, primarily the safety of our campers and their families. We have also taken into consideration the current stay-at-home order and future restrictions that will likely remain on group gatherings. It saddens us greatly to have to cancel these events/weeks of camp, but we are trusting God to provide for your family and for Bair Lake Bible Camp at this time. Our target date for making a decision regarding all other youth summer camps is June 5. Please contact us if you have any questions!
Summer Kick-Off (May 23): Canceled
Elevate (June 14-20): Canceled
Juniors 1, Rookie 1, Rookie 2 (June 21-27): Canceled
Day Camp 1 (June 22-26): Canceled
- All of our summer camps are currently waitlisted. We would encourage you to add your child’s name to the waitlist if you are interested in registering them for a summer camp. Once we make a decision regarding the week of camp your child is waitlisted for, we will contact you.
- If we cancel a week of summer camp your child is registered for, we will refund ALL payments, although we would encourage you to donate or rollover your registration to Summer 2021. If you change your mind about sending your child to camp, we will refund all but a $30 cancellation fee.
- Our target dates for making decisions regarding summer camps are listed below:
May 29: 4th of July Family Camp
June 5: All other summer camps
ACTION REQUIRED: Your Voice Is Crucial!
Christian camping has faithfully served hundreds of thousands of children, adults, and families across the state of Michigan for decades. At Bair Lake Bible Camp, we provide a refuge from the distractions of life so families can experience connection, develop life-changing relationships, take a break from technology, and have fun in a unique environment.
We believe that within the next week decisions will be made that may not allow us to run overnight camps for the entire summer. This is not only devastating to Bair Lake Bible Camp and affects our ability to impact children with Jesus Christ, but it will directly impact kids who are struggling with anxiety, isolation, and a lack of connection from significantly disrupted routines.
Now, more than ever is a crucial time for kids to go to camp. Children have been dealing with so many disappointments as they have not been able to see friends and family in weeks and schools were canceled with very little notice. Across the state, children are asking for the opportunity to return to normal and their Bair Lake Bible Camp experience is a vital piece of their summer routine.
Will you help the voice of Christian Camping be heard? We need your help to make the case for children to attend camp this summer.
If you live in Michigan, please take action by emailing, writing a letter, or making a phone call to the following government officials (see sample script below) to let them know how important summer camp is for children’s mental health, both now and in the future. Share your story of how camp has positively impacted you, your child, and your family. Ask these officials to consider inviting camps into the discussions to determine if there is a way for them to safely operate camp this summer.
Mail for Dr. Joneigh Khaldun:
Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Chief Medical Exec.
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48909
Email Dr. Khaldun through Cheryl Rockefeller, Senior Executive Management Assistant: RockefellerC@michigan.gov
Hello, my name is (insert your name) and I live in (insert where you live). I am contacting you to ask you to put steps in place that will allow overnight summer camps to take place this year. My family has been positively impacted by camp (share your story).
Many children look forward to summer camp all year long, and this is especially true this year after all of the disappointment they have experienced over the last few months. I know that children all over the state of Michigan would benefit emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually by attending camp this summer.
If kids cannot go to camp this summer, (if your child couldn’t attend camp this summer, what do you see the negative impact will be on them and your family?). I am asking you, as you represent the people of Michigan, to include overnight camps in your discussions and decision-making to determine how camp might safely run this summer.
I know that these times are unprecedented. Thank you for all of your work to care for the residents of Michigan in this crisis.
Where We Are
You may be wondering how COVID-19 is affecting BLBC and our upcoming events. Thankfully this crisis hit during a season that is considerably less busy than our other seasons. This has given us the luxury of studying the issues involved with COVID-19 from the best available resources and making intentional decisions about how we can best continue to fulfill our purpose of inspiring this generation to encounter God. The lull in activity at BLBC has also allowed us to implement additional disinfecting and sanitizing protocols to keep campers and guests safe and healthy when they return.
What We Are Doing
As a Bible camp that is rooted in Christ’s Word, our primary desire is to love God supremely and love our neighbors as ourselves. As I’m sure it is with you, COVID-19 is challenging us to think of ways we can love our neighbors that we had never previously considered. Of course, biblical love often requires us to sacrifice our own resources to meet the needs of others. A secondary desire is to be good and responsible citizens who obey the governmental authorities God has sovereignly placed over us when obedience doesn’t cause us to disobey our Supreme Sovereign, the Lord Jesus Christ. After prayerful consideration and with a desire to love God, love others, and be good stewards of the Kingdom of God, we have made the following decisions as to how BLBC will move forward in the face of this crisis:
- We will comply with all governmental mandates concerning group gatherings and social distancing. We will give due weight and considerations to all recommendations that do not rise to the level of mandates. Having said this, we will allow time for the government to revise its mandates and recommendations within the timeline we have set for making decisions. For instance, if the government recommends canceling events of a certain size for the next eight weeks, we won’t cancel that early. Rather, we will wait until the event enters our decision timeline to allow us to see where we actually stand with COVID-19 and allow for the possibility of the government shortening its window.
- We will plan as if summer camp will not be impacted by COVID-19, but prepare as if it will be. Our desire as a Bible camp is to be able to conduct our regular summer camps, but we recognize this decision may be taken out of our hands. Our target dates for making decisions regarding summer camps is listed below:
May 29: 4th of July Family Camp
June 5: All other summer camps
- We will be as generous with our cancellation and refund policies as we can possibly be as good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. All of our current cancellation and refund policies remain in effect with these potential outcomes based on COVID-19 driven decisions:
- If we cancel an event or summer camp week, we will fully refund the guest group’s or camper’s registration fee and deposit. To lessen the financial impact on BLBC, we would ask that everyone who is able roll their deposit and payments forward to a rebooking within the following year.
- If a guest group leader or a camper parent decides to cancel out of an abundance of caution not required by law or at our insistence, we will shift any deposit and payments already made to a rebooking within the following year.
- If a guest group leader or camper parent decides to cancel under the circumstances above and is unwilling or unable to rebook, the appropriate provisions of our cancelation and refund policies apply (e.g., for summer camp cancelations less than 30 days prior to the start of camp, registration payments are nonrefundable).
What You Can Do
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 that God would stem the tide of this virus so it would not 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 888-899-7712.
Yours In Christ,
Drew Gardner, Executive Director