Covid-19 Update - May 21, 2020
Covid-19 Update - March 27, 2020
TO OUR RENTAL GROUPS, CAMPERS, AND OUR SUPPORTERS
We are living in very interesting times. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all
your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge
Him and He will direct your paths.” No matter what comes, we know that God can
always be trusted. We believe that He has great plans to work through these current
challenges to His glory. Our trust is secure in Him.
Like so many people, I am amazed at how quickly things are changing. It seems
almost daily there is an announcement about how COVID-19 is impacting our world
and community. As a camp, we are trying to deal with these ever changing and
unprecedented situations in the best possible way, and we ask for your patience and
understanding as we respond to it.
The health and safety of our staff, guest groups and campers are my highest priority
at Ness Lake Bible Camp. We have extensive policies and procedures in place to
ensure the camp is a safe place for all people. Our cleaning and hygiene protocols
are at the highest level. In addition, we are actively monitoring all COVID-19 updates
from the B.C. and Canadian health authorities and government officials, and other
reputable sources in establishing our protocols to protect the camp community and to
prevent infections of this virus.
SPRING AND SUMMER 2020
Ness Lake Bible Camp has temporarily paused its operations until the COVID-19
virus is under control. Like many camps, Ness Lake Bible Camp relies on a
combination of summer camp fees and donations to fund our programs. However,
our summer program also depends on year-round revenue. A child paying $300 for
summer camp is only paying approximately 40-50% of the actual cost of camp. The
remainder of the revenue required is given through generous donors and year-round
rentals. At this point, Ness Lake Bible Camp is likely to lose all of our spring revenue.
We have adjusted our budgets and made contingency plans all the while trusting that
God will supply our needs as He always has. While Ness Lake Bible Camp has
temporarily laid off almost all the staff, many have indicated they wish to
volunteer some time while living at camp to keep this ministry moving forward.
Regarding SUMMER 2020, we are all about loving kids and giving them one of the
best weeks of their entire year. Despite the uncertainty of everything, we are still
hoping to have camp this summer, while realizing that this may or may not happen.
Since there is so much uncertainty as we look ahead to the future, our hope and
prayer is that the current COVID-19 situation will improve in time for summer camp to
happen. We will give updates as we continually assess the situation.
APPROACH TO REFUNDS
We know some may be concerned about refunds. If we are unable to run summer
camps and year-round programs due to COVID-19, we will provide full refunds.
SO THANKFUL FOR OUR FRIENDS
Ness Lake Bible Camp is deeply dependent on the partnership ministry of so many
people and organizations who share our vision to “present the gospel to the least
opportunity to hear of Christ, especially children and youth, and we disciple believers
for living and serving in the church.” Your prayers and financial support are
especially important at this time.
LET’S ALL DO OUR PART
Please join us in doing everything within your ability to help stop the spread of this
virus, and in praying that God will intervene and bring healing to all who are suffering.
Continue to pray especially for those on the front lines – the emergency responders,
the medical staff and people directly affected by this virus.
On behalf of all of us here at Ness Lake Bible Camp, we want you to know that we
are praying for all the children, youth and families throughout Northern BC. I also
invite you to share any prayer requests that you may have – it would be an honour for
us to lift them up to God.
We can’t wait to welcome everyone here as soon as this is all over!
To access this information in a document form: COVID-19 Update – March 27, 2020
Ness Lake Bible Camp
One Hope Canada Statement re. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Due to the information quickly changing concerning COVID-19 protocols, we ask you to contact us directly for guidance in relation to any spring booking or summer programs. We are in close communication with public health authorities and will make adjustments as additional COVID-19 guidance is provided.
Because camp happens in close communities, we have always taken great care to develop and maintain disease management practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare. We believe that prevention is one of the best lines of defense and regularly remind campers of the importance of good hygiene and sanitation practices.
As an extra precaution, our camps are installing additional hygiene stations and will undergo aggressive daily cleaning and disinfecting practices to minimize the spread of disease. We are updating these screening, cleaning and disinfection policies to mirror current best practices recommended by public health authorities.
In order to accommodate the concerns of families, we have updated our refund policy. A full refund will be issued to any camper who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to others who have. In addition, if a week of camp has to be canceled due to a directive of the local health, a full refund will be issued.
Families of registered campers will be updated on any changes or new information. In the meantime, if you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 250-967-4248.
On behalf of Ness Lake Bible Camp
This summer our team at Ness Lake Bible Camp was looking forward to one of our best summers ever because we know that being at camp is one of the best weeks of the year for children. They not only have a ton of fun, but they make memories they will never forget and their lives are changed forever.
Unfortunately, in order to best ensure the health of our campers and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 summer camp season due to COVID-19. We are sorry about this and disappointed as well.
This past week we received confirmation from the Provincial Health Authority that overnight camps are not permitted this summer. We are absolutely committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers and campers and recognize that one of the highest needs is the safety of everyone at camp. Therefore, we are following the very best health advice. It’s extremely disappointing to close camp for the summer but we know it’s the right thing to do.
Parents and Guardians of registered campers please check your emails for more information regarding the process of issuing refunds and the options available to you. Because of the volume of refunds that we will be processing, it may take up to two weeks. If you haven’t received an email from us by June 8th, please contact the office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 250-967-4248. If you have questions please visit our website for answers to a list of frequently asked questions or contact the office manager.
We look forward to enjoying the presence of staff and campers at camp when we can gather together safely again. We plan to connect with children periodically during the summer at various places. We also plan to work on projects at camp throughout the summer that we may not be able to with hundreds of campers running around the property. It is also a time for our property and our full-time staff to take a breather from the rigours of busy summers and year-round guest groups. Almost like leaving a field fallow for a year without planting, some of our full-time staff have worked tirelessly through many summers in a row and will benefit from a slower paced summer season. Until then, we hope to remain connected via our social media platforms. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to let us know how you’re doing.
Finally, please pray for our camp – for the children who will not be able to attend this summer, for the many volunteers who were planning to serve, and for our full-time staff team, navigating Ness Lake Bible Camp through these unprecedented challenges. We appreciate your prayers and financial support during this uncertain time. Even though we have made the difficult decision to not run camps this summer, we still have ongoing costs related to the year round planning, maintenance, and administration required to run the camp. We have made every effort to reduce our expenses at this time but we still need your help.
We look forward to re-emerging poised, ready, and willing to serve children and our community again in the near future.
May the Lord continue to be your Refuge and Strength,
Ness Lake Bible Camp