Day Camp 2020: Moving Forward

Although we are extremely disappointed, we are announcing the cancellation of Day Camp for 2020. Our Elder Board met over the weekend and made the decision to cancel. We are well aware of the reach and impact of Day Camp within our church and within the larger Galloway community, so we wanted to take a few minutes and explain our thought process for cancelling.

As we face the new challenges of life in a pandemic, we are faced with various restrictions. Many businesses are closed, churches aren't meeting, schools are closed, etc. We know this all too well. Fortunately, those restrictions are beginning to loosen. However, as we looked at the CDC recommendations for camps and houses of worship, there will be many restrictions moving forward. Restrictions such as social distancing, face coverings, and limited group sizes are likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Our primary goal in running Day Camp is to love our community and tell them the Good News about Jesus. One of our other main priorities is to maintain a safe environment for our campers, our junior & senior counselors, and our volunteers. At this time, it is unlikely we will be able to comply with the CDC recommendations in a way that will provide the level of safety we seek. Asking Kindergarten students to wear masks on a hot summer day is an exercise in futility. Asking volunteers who may be vulnerable themselves to come in spite of the risk is irresponsible. With those things in mind, the Elder Board decided that the best course of action would be to cancel Day Camp for this summer.

We are working on a plan for some family friendly events throughout the summer. We don't feel that we can offer a camp but we do want to offer some fun, family based activities. So please stay tuned and check back regularly. We should have a better idea of what those events are and when they will be in the coming weeks.
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