Greetings from Camp Concordia! We hope and pray you are well during this challenging time in our state and nation. Camp Concordia board members and staff are doing everything in our power to open and run camps beginning July 5th!
We were encouraged on June 1, when the Governor's Executive order 2020-110 opened up day camps for children as of June 8 (subject to guidance issued by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs). There is some indication of a push to get overnight camps running in July, and Camp Concordia has most of the summer ministry staff necessary for a July start-up. Due to personal financial needs, some of the staff who hoped to join us needed to obtain full summer-long jobs. Although staff training has been delayed, we need to begin training soon so we can be prepared for children's summer camps scheduled to start July 5th.
As of June 5, the Governor's Executive order 2020-115 stated residential camps remain closed for the time being; however, her goal is to get the state to Phase 5 before July 4. There are strong indicators from other members of the state that we should be ready to reopen safely in early July and the day camp publication could help guide resident camps. The publication does not explore specifics on requirements, so we will need to tackle them when they come; however, there still exists the possibility the Governor may say we cannot run summer camp.
What are SOME examples of the things Camp Concordia is doing to reopen safely?
What you need to do to send your camper safely.
And...what might your camper do this summer?
We will be connecting you to a new 2020 Essential Camp Information sheet soon to help you with packing, check-in and check-out details.
We are scratching our heads and wondering, just like you. We can all pretend to be scientists and/or prophets, but really it would be...just...pretend. God has this. And we are being as observant about what to do and how to move forward as we possibly can be. And so you might ask: What might summer camp 2020 look like?
The Camp Concordia Board of Directors met Saturday, April 25. There has been lot of discussion and prayer around summer camp. No one wants Camp Concordia to be the cause of something bad for any of our families. We know we are dependent on the information given to us by the state of Michigan. So this is our plan:
Summer camp would look different than it has the last few years. Team building in close groups would be eliminated for now and there would be more "separated" activities like canoeing. Not too much of a change. We are exploring the idea of tube bandanas for each camper to wear and use when the time is right. Meals would be outdoors as often as weather permits and would be in shifts so campers can spread out. Cabins would have 1/2 the campers (a 12 person cabin would have 1 staff and 5 campers).
All of this will strain Camp Concordia financially, but we believe we can make it happen and there is a good reason to make it happen. Making these changes for 2020 does mean we will not get that $60,000 new roof for the Lodge and will instead buy the $60 can of roofing repair to temporarily fix our leaks. We can live with that if you can.
If Camp Concordia cannot run this summer, families will be given options for their deposits and payments.
At this date, the state of Michigan has not made recommendations or mandates about summer camps in 2020. The CDC should be providing guidelines this week for running camps safely. Thankfully, our summer staff have agreed to work all or part of the summer with some exceptions. Praise the Lord!
Dear Camp Concordia Friends, Guests and Campers-
First, please be assured that the Camp Concordia Ministry Team and Board of Directors are paying close attention to the ever-changing situation in Michigan and around the world in regards to COVID-19. Know that, as we do our very best to respond as a ministry, we are PRAYING for you and your families and CAN'T WAIT to serve you this summer!
Friends, please remember: “… God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Tim 1:7
How is God going to handle this one? Plagues, famines and wars have not kept the truth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, from being shared to the ends of the earth. We WILL trust in Him.
Our lives have been affected in unanticipated and climatic ways by the spread of COVID‐19. The good news: God is still in control and our hope is not in the things of this world. So we think clearly and make healthy responses as we place the needs of the most at‐risk people in our community ahead of our own.
But what about this summer? As you wrestle with BIG unknowns, your summer plans may be on the bottom of the heap. But here is an encouraging word. As of March 23, 2020, Camp Concordia is planning to proceed with children’s and youth camps this summer. The current Executive Order for the state of Michigan lasts through April 14th. Of course, at this time there will be a need for reassessment and possibly a need for flexibility and adaptation.
Still, we are preparing and moving forward - with a few changes to amplify our usual safe environment. We are about 80 days away from our 2020 Summer Camp season and the health of your children and camp’s seasonal staff will remain on the top of our heap. We are monitoring the situation as closely as possible. So, along with our normal pre‐summer communications, we will update you about changes related to Camp Concordia.
In the meantime? Pray for those affected by COVID‐19. Consider how you can be a light to those in your community - like a campfire in the dark. Camp Concordia is a place that refreshes and renews so campers can go back to their community and share the love of Christ. This is our opportunity (our time to shine) as the body of Christ, to be supportive to our neighbors (while keeping our social distance).
Hug your kids today and remind them that "God's got this!" Look up at the night sky as a family and marvel together at God's handiwork! Watch a sunrise snuggled with your kids and thank God for another day. Find things to be thankful for as a family in the midst of the unknown! Take these moments to look for glimpses of God in the world He's created right in your backyard.
REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMP - Register your child for SUMMER CAMP now! After a spring like this one, I encourage you to be even more intentional in pointing your kids to the Savior. Summer camp is a great way to do just that. So register today before spaces fill up. We’re trusting God that this year’s summer camp will be one of the best ever. We will continue to exceed health and safety standards for summer camp, so no worries. Get them signed up. You’ll be glad you did.
Here is our Mom's weekend picture while our girls are all off having a great weekend! God's blessings, have a great weekend!!
Our children had a WONDERFUL time. Thank you SO much for all that you do! We'll be back next year and we'll bring more friends! They loved every minute of it!
Camp Concordia has a lot of new families taking advantage of our unique setting for their children's summer camp experiences. So we thought we would post our 2017 Annual Report in order for each of you to check out how we function, how we spend, and if we have integrity.
2018 is turning out to be a year much like 2017. Camp Concordia has see growth, has had an exceptional staff and has been able to operate in a fiscally responsible way.
As with all growth there is growing pains. We had enough staff to operate in 2017 and in 2018, but we really needed more. We are constantly reaching out to churches and colleges to help us get students to look toward Camp Concordia as an essential growth and service experience.
Please pray for Camp Concordia's ministry with children, youth and families so that we will continue to focus on the essentials and urgencies of Michigan families and congregations. Thank you for your support.
Dr. Craig S. Oldenburg, Camp Director
2017 Annual Report
Enrolling groups is encouraged at Camp Concordia for two reasons: