Summer 2020 Camper Registration

COVID-19 Update:

Dear Quaker Lake Family,

 

Thank you for the outpouring of support, prayers, and patience as we have fought to make summer camp a possibility this year. It is with a heavy heart we announce the decision to cancel the remaining six sessions of our traditional camping season.

 

This decision was not made lightly. Countless prayers, hours of research, dozens of Zoom meetings, and many tears led us to this conclusion. We know this will be a huge disappointment to hundreds of our campers who have waited months for this experience, to our Summer Staff who give so much of themselves to make each summer possible, and to our year-round staff who dedicate each day to the life-changing ministry of camp.

 

Our decision is the result of multiple factors including guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, state and local governments, the American Camp Association, and extensive conversations with our own medical director and other medical and public health officials.

 

While summer camps have been permitted to open as part of North Carolina’s Phased Opening Plan there are major restrictions. Under this guidance campers must:

 

  • Remain solely with their cabin group for the duration of each day of the session

  • When interacting with campers from other cabins campers would be required to wear a face covering or practice social distancing.

  • Campers could only be assigned classes with their cabin, preventing them from choosing their own classes.

  • We would be unable to hold any camp-wide activities unless social distancing was in place. This includes all-camp games, THRIVE, team competitions, and evening games. This also impacts our ability to provide meaningful programming during rain or storms.

  • Pool use would be allowed but the number of campers would be limited.

  • There would be no activities where campers might come in contact with each other (Gaga Ball, sports, etc.).

  • Meal time and service would be required to change in ways that are impractical and incompatible with camp programming

  • Required face coverings when social distancing is not possible, which would be impractical in the summer heat.

 

The combination of this guidance and the mandates above convinced us that a summer camp program with these restrictions simply would not resemble the Quaker Lake experience your camper has grown to love. Perhaps most importantly, we would not want to sacrifice the special aspects of worship at Quaker Lake. Morning Praise, Discovery, Vespers, M&M, and Closing Campfire would all be drastically different—or even absent— from the Quaker Lake experience as we know it based on the guidance described above.

 

 

We are diligently monitoring the situation as it changes. Please be on the lookout for programming opportunities offered in new ways. Quaker Lake is a special place for all ages to gather, worship, and grow, and we long for the day when we can enjoy it together again!

 

Like many organizations, Quaker Lake has been severely impacted by the financial implications of this pandemic. The cancellations of rental groups, spring events, fundraisers, and now summer camp have drastically reduced our income. We have already spent a portion of the tuition you paid as we prepared for camp this summer, including fees for each camper’s registration and processing fees for each credit/debit card transaction. We hope those who are able will consider blessing Quaker Lake financially by allowing us to retain some or all of the tuition you have paid. This ministry has always relied on financial support from those who care about Quaker Lake for its survival, and the need is greater now than ever. If you would like to help further, contributions may be made to the QLC Foundation by clicking here.

 

As stated in the COVID-19 Cancellation Policy you are entitled to a full refund. Please respond to this email by June 30 letting us know if you would like a refund, and how much you would like to receive back. A financial statement is attached to this email which shows how much tuition you have paid.

 

Thank you for trusting us with your children each summer. We count it a privilege to minister to them and eagerly await when we can see them again.

 

Our best to you and your family,

 

Heather Varner

Camp Director

Quaker Lake Camp

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