We are thrilled that you are registered to be a camper at Camp Cherith this summer! What a whirlwind it’s been. We’ve planned and advertised a family camp, day camp, and horsemanship lessons, and have good numbers signed up for each program. Registrar Gerri Wilson has been busy switching campers to other weeks of camp, and registering new campers. Glitter and Squirrel are training our all-summer staff, and we are just about ready to go with regular overnight camp!
Please note the following information regarding our COVID-19 plans for camp.
1. We will be calling all camper families 1-3 days before they leave for camp and asking if the camper has any symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection, or has been exposed to or potentially exposed to COVID-19. If there are any red flags, our nurse will contact the family.
2. Informative COVID-19 related links:
Parent Letter outlining important changes to our program due to COVID-19 guidelines
COVID-19 Waiver for campers: If you won’t be dropping off your own campers at camp or at the bus, please print and sign the waiver, and send it to camp with your campers.
3. Check-in/check-out changes:
Check-in is on Sunday from 1-3 P.M. Check-in will be drive-thru style, with staggered arrival times this year due to COVID-19. If possible, please arrive within the following time frame based on the first letter of the camper’s last name. If you are transporting campers with different last names, choose the time for one of their names.
Check-out is on Friday from 3:00-4:00 PM. Due to COVID-19, we are staggering pick up times. Please pick up your campers at the following times if at all possible:
4. Extra items to pack for 2020:
Because we will be taking daily temperatures, you may want to send a thermometer with your camper. We will have a forehead thermometer for each age group, but it will speed things up if some campers have their own thermometers.
We have been stocking up on hand sanitizer and will have it in every area of camp, but we’d love it if campers had their own hand sanitizer as well!
5. Activity Notes: Because of the need for kids to mix less with other age groups this summer, activity choices will be more limited than in normal years. We apologize in advance that some campers may not be able to participate in their first choice activities due to this COVID-19 requirement.
We will modify plans throughout the summer as guidance changes, and as we see what is, and what isn’t working well. Ultimately, I’m believing God for a quick end to the state of emergency, and an end to COVID-19. I’m trusting that God will help campers grow in amazing ways this summer–spiritually interpersonally, and in their skills.
Kendra “Kenfish” Mohn
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Dear Camp Cherith Campers:
We’ll be having regular camp starting with girls week 2 (July 5-10) through the end of our season!
We’ll communicate more later, but wanted everyone to join us in doing a “happy dance of joy”! Feel free to send a video of your “happy dance of joy” to firstname.lastname@example.org, and she may post your dance on social media.
Things will look a little different due to COVID-19 regulations, so watch your email the week before you arrive at camp for more information on what to expect.
We hope you’ll join us for our family camp June 28-July 3, or for one of our regular weeks starting July 5. If you need to make a change in your registration, contact Gerri Wilson 612-991-3124 or email@example.com.
Psalm 9:1-2: “I wil give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.”
Thank you, Jesus, that Camp Cherith will be ministering to kids this summer. Soli Deo Gloria!
June 14, 2020
Dear Camp Cherith Family,
When life gives you lemons…make lemonade! We have some great lemonade for you. Please read!
We have made the decision to change Girls Week 1 to Family Camp!
Governor Walz is supposed to make a decision regarding overnight youth camps by June 20. Because we don’t know what this decision will be, we are still holding out hope of holding normal camping sessions for Girls Weeks 2-5 and Boys Week 2.
Look for more information on these weeks after June 20. If overnight camp is not allowed, Girls Weeks 2-4 will also change to Family Camp, and Girls Week 5 and Boys Week 2 will change to Day Camp.
Who knows? We may love Family Camp and decide to have it every year! Here’s how it could look for your family:
FAMILY CAMP INFORMATION—ALL AGES WELCOME!
Click HERE for more information and prices and register at camp-cherith.com. (Tip: It’s cheaper than regular camp.)
1. If your parent was already going to volunteer on staff for the week (WE STILL NEED YOU!), we can switch your camper status to “family camp”. You will stay with your parent at night. If you have a brother, he can even come because it’s family camp!
2. If mom or dad or grandma or grandpa or your aunt or uncle or whoever wants to come to camp, you can all sign up together as a family (maximum of 9 per cabin, and at least one must be an adult).
3. If you were supposed to come to camp with a friend and your friend is doing family camp, you could ask if you can join their family for the week. Oh, and bring your brother too. It’s family camp!
4. Come for all or part of the week. We have 5, 3, and 2 day options.
We’re also offering a 10 hours of horsemanship instruction during this week (two hours each day)—so if you love horses, you may want to sign up!
Register now for Family Camp from June 28-July 3 at camp-cherith.com!
As we draw near to our camping season, we are forced to make tough decisions about our summer. At this time, Governor Walz has NOT yet allowed overnight camps to open. Because of that, the Camp Cherith board of directors voted last night to officially cancel our Boys Week 1 camp (June 21-26). Campers registered for that week are receiveing a separate email with more information specifically about that week.
We will make a decision about our first girls week(s) no later than June 14 (two weeks before Girls Week 1). If we need to cancel our overnight camping program, keep the following in mind:
1. We will likely rent camp out to family groups. If you are interested in renting, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can keep you informed about availability and pricing.
2. We will likely still have day camp during Girls Week 5 and Boys Week 2. Any campers who live close enough to do day camp, or who wish to stay somewhere locally, would be welcome to sign up.
If we have camp: The current directives for youth activities and day camp are the same as those for schools. If we are allowed to open, there will be some significant changes to how we run our program in order to be in compliance. Our directors and nurses have worked through what that will look like in each area of camp. Those changes will be shared with you before your campers arrive at camp and will be based on whatever the directives are at that time.
Please pray for our board to make the right decisions for this summer. Also pray for our state legislature and governor to make the right decisions about opening up various businesses in the state. It is my understanding that the legislature is likely meeting again on June 12 and may be able to make changes to the current directives. If things change significantly at that time, our summer may still have a chance! We are ultimately trusting God with the outcome.
If you are scheduled to serve on staff this summer, your director will contact you individually to let you know what is happening and if we could still use your help for modified programming or not.
Board member Molly Layer sent this verse out to our board today:
Isaiah 33: 5-6:
The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
and He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.
I hope you find comfort in those words as I did today.