Camp NEWS

COVID-19 Arrival & Packing • June 25, 2020

 

What should I know as I arrive:

  • THE CAMP GATE WILL OPEN ON MONDAYS AT 1:45 P.M.

  • ALL PEOPLE IN THE VEHICLE WILL HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURE CHECKED

  • ANY TEMPERATURES OVER 100.4 DEGREES WILL RESULT IN ENTIRE VEHICLE DEPARTURE

  • ONLY CAMPERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO EXIT THE VEHICLE

What should I know as I pack:

  • PACK ALL TYPICAL ITEMS FOR A WEEK OF CAMP

  • YOU WILL NEED TO SHOW THE COMPLETED SIGNED WAIVER FORM AS FOUND ON CAMPSHETEK.COM/FORMS

  • A WATER BOTTLE FOR DRINKING

  • A FACE MASK OR FACE COVERING (for required situations)

  • A SMALL BOTTLE OF HAND SANITIZER 

COVID-19 UPDATE • June 15, 2020

 

With all of the fresh-air, sunshine, exercise, and good food for the body and soul that Camp Shetek offers, a week of camp is exactly what our young people need at this time. We are pleased to announce that we are planning to proceed with our camps this summer. We are certainly aware of all of the concerns regarding the Coronavirus and we will be implementing our COVID Preparedness Plan. I would like to give you some initial insight, without going into great detail, as to how we will be moving forward to provide a wonderful week of camp for your child. With your help, we will work to minimize the potential spread of COVID.

Here are a few of the protocols that we will be implementing to help minimize the potential spread of the Coronavirus at Camp Shetek.

  1. Each camper and staff member are going to be responsible to be respective of social distancing as much as possible.

  2. Hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the campground.

  3. All buildings and high traffic areas will be sanitized regularly.

  4. Food service protocols will be adjusted to facilitate mealtime safety.

  5. Parents can send face masks and gloves with your camper to have access to if you would like. Wearing these will be entirely the camper's responsibility.

  6. There will be NO DRINKING FOUNTAINS AVAILABLE. Every camper must bring along a water bottle that is clearly labeled with their name on it. The camp will have scheduled times that we will refill the water bottles.

 

All parents need to go to campshetek.com/forms and download the “Coronavirus Waiver Form and Checklist.” This form will give you more detailed information and will be a required document for your camper to have signed and to present as they arrive at camp.

 

On a different note, I want to share with you regarding the checks that you have sent in for your camper's registration. 99% of the checks have not been cashed yet (a few got cashed prior to this whole COVID situation). On Friday, June 19th, I will be depositing all of the checks. If you would like to cancel your child’s camp registration and get a full refund, please do so by June 19th by emailing the camp at info@campshetek.com. Include the camper's name and the Camp # that they are signed up for. When I receive your email, I will tear up your check before I make the deposit. I will also send you a reply email confirming the cancelation. If you are one of those that I have already cashed your check, I will write you a check for the full refund at that time. Cancelations after June 19 will be subject to our normal cancelation policy.

 

As the parent, you will know your comfort level regarding having your child attend camp. If you decide that it’s better to not have them attend camp this year then we will look forward to seeing them next summer.

 

With all this being said, I would like to encourage you that this is going to be a summer to remember. Our camp theme is "Victory" and our theme verse is "Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us to be more than conquerors, and his demonstrated love is our glorious VICTORY over everything!" Romans 8:37 (TPT)

Blessings,
Steve Harms, Executive Director

COVID-19 UPDATE • May 24, 2020

Greetings from Camp Shetek! I want to share an update with you about how we perceive this summer’s camp schedule as of today. As you know, with all of the uncertainties, it is hard to give absolute clarity but I will list several points regarding the things that we currently know and the decisions that we have made to date.

  1. The latest news from the Minnesota Governor’s office is not encouraging regarding the possibility of having overnight camps this summer.

  2. Ladies Camp (that was scheduled for Friday evening, June 12) has been rescheduled for Friday evening, August 7.

  3. Regarding our big rental camps that come from the cities in June: One of the camps has canceled this summer, and one is willing to reschedule later in the summer if we can make that happen. To tray and save that rental, we are rescheduling it for the week of July 27–Aug 1.

  4. As a point of information, our camper numbers are being capped at about half of what they were last year in an attempt to accommodate COVID-19 regulations.

  5. We are rescheduling Camp #5 (2nd and 3rd graders). We are combining it with camp #4 (4th and 5th graders) during the week of July 20-24. There will be details to follow on this, but we will do things like: 2nd and 3rd graders will have their own cabins, 4th and 5th graders will have their own cabins, etc.

  6. Sunday, July 26, is our “CampTastic” event for the entire family. 4:30–7:00 pm. This is going to be amazing. We have an unbelievable presentation scheduled for your enjoyment. You will love it if we can have it. Details will come later.

  7. When will we cancel camp if we have to? As of today, we are continuing to plan on having our camps and the “CampTastic” event in July. We feel that just in case some miraculous change of events happens, we are not out anything to wait until June 15 to make the final decision about canceling. That is two weeks prior to the start of Senior High Camp.

  8. On June 15, if we decide we need to cancel any of our overnight youth camps, we will cancel all of them at that time. As has been stated before, full refunds will be available and we will give clarity on that process at that time.

  9. As we have updated information, we will post it on our website at campshetek.com/news. Also, if you have not already done so, you can subscribe to receive our email news updates at our website.

 


I would like to ask you to join us in prayer for the camp. It has been used as such a vital and effective ministry in this area for 72 years and it seems that it would be such a waste if this year, it basically sits idle. Let’s pray that if it is God’s will, that He would intercede and make it possible that camp could be open this summer. I feel that, as much as any summer ever, a week at camp would meet so many needs for so many young people.

 

 

God Bless, 

Steve Harms, Executive Director

info@campshetek.com

507-763-3449

 
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