The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect so many aspects of daily life, and has caused nearly everyone to implement new strategies. Through much prayer and conversation as a board and a team we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our regularly planned summer camps for the 2020 season. We want to keep Hope Bay Bible Camp as a unique and positive experience for all, and the health and safety of everyone around us—our campers, our summer team, and our community—is paramount. We believe this is the responsible choice, and although it makes us sad, we’re choosing to focus on the ways in which we can still serve people and meet needs this summer. We’ve been working on some creative initiatives and are excited to now put all of our attention and energy into those.
For those who have paid registration fees or deposits for our previously-planned camp-weeks, we will be offering full refunds. An email will be coming your way soon, explaining how that works.
Camp At Home
Because we can’t bring kids to camp, we want to send camp to kids! Registration will soon be live to receive a fully stocked parcel of the unique Hope Bay Bible Camp experience for Junior, PreTeen, and Teen campers. We’ve developed games and activities to promote exercise, creativity, and exploring the outdoors, and to engage kids with some familiar faces and places of Hope Bay, all while keeping screen time to a minimum. Each package Includes:
-Limited edition 2020 camper t-shirt
-Fun, self-contained activities including tangible elements and instructions
-Tuck (snacks) for the week
-Access to recorded cabin devotionals, campfire events, and chapel sessions from our amazing summer team
Our program team has put a lot of effort into making this a positive experience. Think of it as a care package for campers. You can register for Camp At Home early next week on our registration page.
The registration fee includes all materials and shipping (anywhere in Canada!) and only covers our costs. We’ve made this as affordable as possible, but if finances are still a challenge for you, please contact us, as we always want camp to be available to everyone.
On that note, if you‘d like to sponsor a box for a family to enjoy, please visit our sponsorship page.
We know that interaction with peers and cabin leaders is a key part of camp, so we’ve teamed up with One Hope Canada to provide an optional short virtual experience. MyCamp is an app designed specifically with children in mind, and will be available in early July. Children can register for a week of Camp Canada to participate in a live event each weekday, followed by a “cabin” chat facilitated by Hope Bay cabin leaders. We’re offering two weeks of Camp Canada through Hope Bay: Week 2 - July 13-17, and Week 3 - July 20-24. Visit the MyCamp website to learn about the app and its online safety features, and head over to Camp Canada to sign up!
Potential Summer Options
We recognize our unique resources here and are hoping to offer safe and socially-distanced options for families of Pender Island in this unique season. As we work closely with provincial and regional protocols, we’re discussing the potential of some limited local summer programs.
We may be able to host individual or small-group local families for short retreats, and/or Day Camp sessions for locals. We’re taking a careful look at the BC Restart program to determine plausibility, and are considering a variety of ways these ideas could be implemented. Although these are not yet determined or guaranteed, if you’d like to express interest in either option, you can contact me directly at email@example.com.
We’re excited to introduce a Hope Bay online store this year—something we’ve wanted to do for quite some time. On the website you can purchase a few special products to help support us through this challenging financial season while showing off your love for Hope Bay Bible Camp. Some of the items are handcrafted or handprinted, and exhibit our small-campy feel. Visit our online store to view the merchandise options for this year. The deadline for orders will be June 15. This allows us to produce reasonable quantities and not spend extra money on leftover stock, so I encourage you to check it out right away. If you'd like to simply support us through a donation, we welcome you to visit our giving page.
We’re thankful for your patience and understanding as we seek to implement new strategies in this uncharted territory. None of us really knows how long this pandemic will last, nor its lasting impacts. Like each of you, we will miss the joy, excitement, and connection that summer camp brings. We love doing camp and we love connecting with people, so we can’t wait to welcome you here when that is once again both safe and responsible. In the meantime, may you be surprised by joy in these uncertain times.
Interim Ministry Director
May 15, 2020