A Letter from the Director

July 16, 2020


Dear friends,


We're excited for the opportunities we have during these strange times.  


DAY CAMPS

Provincial regulations allow us to still operate Day Camps this year, and we're working hard to make this a great experience for Pender kids and teens!   We're planning to offer three separate weeks for different age groups:

  • PreTeen Day Camps: July 27-31
  • Junior Day Camps:  August 3-7
  • Teen Day Camps: August 10-14

Register now! Space is limited.  Pre-registrations will receive a free t-shirt!  We strongly recommend pre-registering online.  In-person registration at the start of each week will be available only as space allows.


CAMP-IN-A-BOX

We also celebrate  the fifty three "Camp At Home" boxes that were registered throughout the country.  From northern BC to Ontario, parents  have signed up to bring some of our camp offerings to their children.  This endeavour has allowed us to share  with children and teens far beyond our property!  Our program team has invested so much energy and countless hours in creating content and filling these parcels.  I'm proud of them.  The workload was bigger than anticipated, and they're just finishing up this week.  About half of the boxes will be delivered this weekend, and the remainder should be mailed early next week.  For those who have been waiting, we're grateful for your patience.


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What a bizarre season this has been for everyone.  It's going to be great to have the laughter and excitement of kids here once again.  Thanks for sticking with us!


DEREK BROUGHTON

Interim Ministry Director

Previous Updates

The COVID-19 situation has continued to change over the weeks and months.  Consider this the 'back issues' of our updates.

  • June 22, 2020

    Dear friends,


    Although this has been a strange and difficult season for all of us, we want to do what we can to meet the needs of families here on the island.  It's important for everyone to stay active and to get outside, and we want to help you to do that.  We believe in the power of camp, and are so grateful for the opportunity to still provide some offerings of camp this year.


    With more specific instructions and protocols having come to us over the past few weeks, we now feel that we can safely offer some creative options this summer.  It's important that we all work together to keep everyone safe and everyone feeling safe.   Using government approved guidelines from the BC Camps Association, I'm in the midst of creating our official safety plan for operations here at Hope Bay.  When the document is  complete it will be publicly available.  


    FAMILY FUN DAYS

    Beginning soon, families can sign up  to enjoy the camp on their own.  Each individual family will have access to our camp property and activities, facilitated by our program team for day-use.  Details are still being formed, so keep an eye out for when this all comes together.


    DAY CAMPS

    We're excited to offer three weeks of Day Camps  for our Pender community this year.  The BC government has approved day camps for this summer, which is good news!  To adhere to safety protocols, campers must sign up in advance and register for the entire week.   This year we've created three separate age categories, similar to our typical overnight camps:

    • July 27-31: PreTeen - Ages 10-12, $150/week
    • August 3-7: Junior - Ages 7-9, $150/week
    • August 10-14: Teen - Ages 13-16, $150/ week

    Registration will soon be live for these events, along with our plan and protocols to keep everyone safe.

    Follow our Facebook and Instagram streams to stay in the loop.


    Don't forget that our 'Camp-At-Home' boxes are still available to any campers who can't make it here in person.  Registration closes up on July 1st, so that we can pack and send them early in the summer.


    We're looking forward to providing fun and recreation to our community, and can't wait to hear the laughter and excitement of campers on our property once again!  Thanks for your support as we seek to do this well.


    DEREK BROUGHTON

    Interim Ministry Director

  • May 15, 2020

    Dear friends,


    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.


    Refunds

    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


    Camp Canada

    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 derek@hopebaybiblecamp.com.


    E-Store Fundraiser

    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.


    The Future

    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.


    Derek Broughton

    Interim Ministry Director

    May 15, 2020

  • March 17, 2020

    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 defence 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 cancelled due to a directive of the local health, a full refund will be issued. If you are able, please consider a donation of either: The full amount to help us through this tough time, or $20 or more to cover credit card fees (which we are unable to recoup) and administrative costs (each registration has to be manually refunded or transferred). If you would like to donate all or part of your fees, please let us know in your email. Tax receipts will be issued in early 2021 for all donations of at least $20.00. Thank you so much.


    Families of registered campers will be updated of any changes or new information. In the meantime, if you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 250.629.3194.