As concerns about COVID-19 grow daily, our desire as a ministry is to respond with wisdom and discernment and use trusted and available resources. Camp of the Hills places a high priority on guest, camper, and staff safety, and we are continuing to monitor the news and reports about COVID-19.
At this time, we plan to be fully operational for our spring retreat/rental guests, outdoor education groups, and summer camp ministry as scheduled. However, we are postponing the 30th Camp Birthday event that was scheduled for April 18 as a precautionary measure to follow recommended state and local guidelines for containment of COVID-19.
Many of our spring rental groups have cancelled or postponed their retreats. This loss of income, along with the expected decrease of charitable gifts, will create a challenge to cover basic overhead expenses at camp over the next several months. If you are in a position to make a gift to help camp in these uncertain times, it would be deeply appreciated.
We are currently evaluating procedures for summer camp admittance (such as screening for temps, health history, travel history, respiratory status), and we will share that information as we have more clarity on the impact in our region, and the regions we serve, as we get closer to summer camp starting.
As of today (3/16/20), there are no known cases of Coronavirus in Burnet County or by any guests at Camp of the Hills. Because this is a developing issue that is rapidly changing, we are monitoring several federal and local health agencies, like the CDC and State Health Departments, for updates, recommendations, prevention, and containment. As we learn new facts about this virus and the impact it can have on camp, we will strive to take the necessary precautions and make improvements to better ensure the safety of our staff and guests.
As a ministry we believe God is in control of this situation and we do not need to let panic and fear outgrow our faith. Our prayers are with all those directly and indirectly impacted by this, and we look forward to the good that God will weave in and through these difficult times.
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