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SUmmer Reflection 2020 •  August 28, 2020

 

"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)

 

What wonderful encouragement during these unusual times and, what a great verse for this summer’s camp theme of “VICTORY.” Praise the LORD that He led and provided for us to even have camp this summer. Your fervent and continual prayers for your ministry here at Camp Shetek were answered and the Lord poured out his blessings. 

 

With all of the COVID protocols and logistics, it would be easy to imagine that maybe this summer was frustrating. I want to tell you that it wasn’t. It was a WONDERFUL summer in all regards (except for the campers that we had to turn away because of numbers restrictions). Time after time we witnessed God in the details and we heard so many comments that this was people’s favorite year ever. 

 

To help as we join together in thanking the Lord, here are a few brief stories from this summer’s camps:

 

  • Periodically the program staff will announce to the campers that if they want to visit about what has been being discussed in the chapel services, they could meet with the staff on the Chapel terrace during their free time. During our youngest camp one of the 2nd grade boys prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart. When his grandpa and grandma came to pick him up on the last day of camp, as he hopped in the car, they asked him, “How was camp?” The first thing he said was, “It was GREAT. I made the most important decision of my life this week. I asked Jesus to come into my heart!” We heard later that he also proceeded to tell numerous other people that this summer at camp he made the best decision of his life. He asked Jesus into his heart. 

  • A boy at the camp fire shared about one thing he learned this week at camp.  He said that “God knows everything you're doing whether you like it or not.” 🙂

  • There was a girl camper, in our camp for 4th and 5th graders, that had gone to a different camp last year and she said that she did not have a good experience there. She was glad that a friend was willing to come with her to this camp this year and she hoped this year would be better. Unfortunately, her friend ditched her and never showed up. As she stood there looking disappointed and anxious, the Counselor said, “Why don’t you bunk here by me.” By the end of the week the camper said, “This has been great. I had a wonderful experience.”

  • Each week the campers receive a booklet on the first day of camp. Besides devotionals and other things, there are 44 suggested memory verses. There is a key verse for each day but beyond that there are 39 other verse that are posted that they can, not only hide in their hearts but also get points for their team for memorizing. One week, all of the girls in one of the cabins recited all 44 of the memory versus. They worked together to help each other. The counselor came into the cabin one day and all of the girls, on their own, were sitting in a big circle, helping each other memorize together.

  • A boy in one of the cabins told his counselor “I finally know that I am a Christian."

  • In one of the girls cabins the counselor would ask, after their devotion time, if anyone would like to pray? There were three girls in her cabin that weren’t comfortable with that. The counselor would periodically ask those girls if they wanted to pray but they would politely say no thank you. As the week progressed, all three of them ended up saying that they would like to pray and so they did.

  • A counselor in one of the older camps mentioned that her cabin was saying, “It would be so nice if we could keep on doing cabin devotions when camp is over.” She suggested that they could. They decided that when they went home, they would all download a certain Bible app on their phones and continue a Bible study as a cabin after camp is over.

  • Another counselor shared that one of the girls in her cabin, that has a particularly challenging situation at home, was just able to be a kid for a week and that was so good for her.

  • One camper told her counselor, “I wish I could just write a letter to heaven.” The counselor said, “You can. Just Pray."

  • 9-Square is a popular game at camp. It’s an active game with lots of rotation of campers. During camp #3, it was so sweet that, across the camp ground you could hear kids singing chapel songs as they were playing the game.

 

I would like to share one other thing. A comment regarding the committed and wonderful staff that you have here at your camp working with your campers. This year, 3 weeks of our youth camps got canceled. We didn’t know until June 17 whether or not we would even be able to have camp at all. In May I sent an email to all of the staff stating that there was a good possibility that we may not be able to have camp this summer and at the very least, we probably wouldn’t be able to pay them what he had originally offered. I encouraged them to feel free to look for other employment if that is how they felt led. 100% of the staff got back to me and said, “I will be there regardless of what happens. You can count on me.” Please say an extra prayer of thanks for our dedicated and amazing staff.

 

As we go forward: As you can imagine, with all of the restrictions and cancelations, our camper numbers and revenue for this year are down considerably. We had 425 campers this summer which is about 500 fewer than last summer. That translates into about $150,000 less revenue. We also had to cancel several other income generating events like the Annual Meeting, Ladies Camp, CampTastic, Dinner Club, and Girl’s Night Out. Please be in prayer with us as we look forward to seeing God work in these details of providing for the financial needs of your ministry here at Camp Shetek. If you feel led to help support the ministry of the camp, you can make your tax deductible donation HERE or mail a check to Shetek Baptist Camp, PO Box 141, Slayton, MN 56172.

 

 

Thank you so much and God bless,

Steve Harms

Camp Director

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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