As you know, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very carefully. While planning for this summer, we have considered a multitude of factors, including government restrictions, the health and safety of our guests, students, and staff, and our ability to physically prepare for camp amongst all of the current restrictions.
With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to consolidate our camping ministries this summer. We are still planning to offer both our family and youth camp programs! However, summer 2020 will look very different from typical Word of Life Camp summers. We will not be opening the Island property for camp this season; all youth camps (The Ranch, Wild and Island) will operate from the Bible Institute property. In addition, our family camps programming will all be run from the Pines property, with limited overflow lodging space available at the Lodge property. This is not a decision our team wanted to make, but at this time we feel it is the safest and most responsible way to operate this summer.
We want you to know that we are all in this together and summer is the capstone of your education at Word of Life. Obviously, these changes will affect the way that camps operate, and some positions and assignments will change, but you are still a critical part of this ministry. There is a great need for both Camp and Camp Crew counselors, and we need you ministering alongside us in order to create the best camp experience for both campers and Camp Crew this summer.
At this time, we are still planning to open as scheduled and all current arrival dates remain unchanged. If there are changes in these plans due to government regulations or continued health concerns, we will be sure to communicate these as soon as decisions are made.