CAMP UPDATE: Falls Creek delays, Crossings cancels June camps; July good for now
Falls Creek delays camp season, unveils tentative start June 28 with new 8-session schedule
By Staff/Baptist Messenger
DAVIS, Okla. (BP) -- Due to concerns from the COVID-19 outbreak, Oklahoma Baptist leaders announced today (April 20) Falls Creek Youth Camp will not begin its regular camp schedule on June 1.
Hance Dilbeck, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said a final decision about a new camp schedule in late June and July will be announced on or before May 18.
"We have been closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus and following the guidance offered by health and government authorities," Dilbeck said. "After a lengthy period of time of prayer and reflection, as well as conversation with numerous ministry leaders, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our early summer camp plans and work toward a later, more condensed summer schedule."
Leaders with Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center have formed plans to host eight sessions in a condensed "split-week" format beginning Sunday, June 28. Groups previously scheduled to attend a week-long session would instead participate in a three-night, four-day formatted session – either Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon through Saturday morning.
"In the unfortunate event that prolonged COVID-19-related factors make it impossible to offer our revised camp as presented, that announcement will be made by May 18," Dilbeck added. "I'm so thankful that Oklahoma Baptists have been so positive and flexible during these times of uncertainly, as well as so eager to take every opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ."
Oklahoma Baptists' Board of Directors' Executive Committee approved the revised plans. While the leadership and camp staff are actively implementing plans to have each of these sessions, the plans are being evaluated each week in light of the developing COVID-19 pandemic.
"The spiritual and physical well-being of our campers is our priority," Dilbeck said. "These adjusted plans are designed for the safety of our campers and to maximize the number of young people who can have an opportunity to hear the Gospel."
Church groups can visit oklahomabaptists.org/fallscreek for the revised camp schedule as well as other important camp information. A list of frequently asked questions about Falls Creek summer 2020 can be found here.
"This split schedule still offers the great preaching, teaching, music and camp activities that students and sponsors have come to know and love," said Todd Sanders, Falls Creek program director. "We are so thankful to student ministry leaders and groups for their help in making this major shift."
New Falls Creek 2020 Summer Camp tentative schedule
Left side shows previous schedule. Bold text shows new schedule:
Week 1 (June 1-5) is now Session 1 (June 28-July 1)
Week 5 (June 29-July 3) is now Session 2 (July 1-July 4)
Week 2 (June 8-13) is now Session 3 (July 5-8)
Week 6 (July 6-10) is now Session 4 (July 8-11)
Week 3 (June 15-19) is now Session 5 (July 12-15)
Week 7 (July 13-17) is now Session 6 (July 15-18)
Week 4 (June 22-26) is now Session 7 (July 19-22)
Week 8 (July 20-24) is now Session 8 (July 22-25)
Crossings cancels June camps, proceeds with July for now
By Staff/Kentucky Today
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Crossing Ministries announced today (April 20) the cancellation of its June camp sessions but hopes to still be able to provide camps in July.
Crossings Ministries, saying the first priority is the safety and security of students and staff, will monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and what local and national governments are recommending.
If the camp is canceled for July, those who registered will be immediately contacted. Weekly updates will be available on the website under the COVID-19 Update tab.
Due to the June camp cancellations, 100 percent of current registration and deposit fees can be transferred to summer 2021. Groups choosing to transfer all or a part of their deposit will be granted early access to registration for 2021 dates and housing. Registrants can also request a full refund or donate a portion of the refund to Crossings to support the ministry during this difficult time.
Click here for a camp refund request form.
Registrants are encouraged to fill out the form in order to request a refund. Access the current statement to know the correct amount to be refunded. To do this, log into your Crossings account from the Crossings website or by clicking here. From there, click "View Itineraries," "View Statement" and "Print Statement" to generate a PDF. Anyone with multiple registrations in June will need to fill out a separate form for each registration.
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This article was originally published by Baptist Press at bpnews.net