Welcome to Camp and Retreat Ministries Of Oregon and Idaho!
March 2, 2021
We are aware that this site has shown the same message for a long time; sadly, that is a reflection that some of what was posted remains in place. In the Spring of 2020, the Governor of the State of Oregon prohibited overnight camps for school aged children (K-12). At about the same time, the Bishop of the United Methodist Church for Oregon-Idaho instituted a plan of action that reduced our ability to provide adult and family opportunities. These remain in place.
While we have learned a great deal about COVID-19 in a year’s time, we are aware that there is still more that we will be learning as we go through the next phases of this pandemic. One voice that I have listened to that makes sense to me is Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a physician and social scientist at Yale. In his post that you can see here, he lays out a timeline for this pandemic. He essentially says that we are in the immediate stage through the end of 2021, we will be in the intermediate stage in 2022-2023, and in 2024 and beyond we will be in the endemic stage.
What does this mean for Camp and Retreat Ministries? I have two parts to that answer. The first is that we understand that for the next couple of years we will continue to experience limitations due to the virus. These limitations may be adjusted as we go along, but we understand that there will be mask-wearing, physical distancing, additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and that we will have to lower our capacity threshold (fewer people on-site at one time) to assist in maintaining physical distancing protocols. We also understand that to accomplish some of these things we will likely need more staff, while serving fewer people. It also means upgrading some of our facilities, as well as addressing concerns as to how to serve meals and how campers share the dining hall. This means that we will also see a very challenging couple of years with our operational finances. To address these elements of our operations, our team meets regularly to review our policies and procedures to align with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA).
The second part to my answer relies upon the decisions of the states’ leadership and the Bishop. These decision-makers continue to carefully weigh the plans that they have put in place to assure that those who participate in gatherings at camps will have as positive and healthy an outcome as possible.
As you consider what this means to you, know that we are doing all that we can to offer an experience of our mission to “create sacred spaces of Christian hospitality and learning”. You can also participate in our summer camp survey to help us understand more fully where our camping community is right now with regard to their intentions about summer camps or alternative programming that we are considering offering.
You can also keep in touch with us through our weekly GoCamping e-news. You can check out past messages as well as stay up to date with weekly information.
See you on the adventure ahead,
Rev. Todd Bartlett, Executive Director, Camp and Retreat Ministries
Camp and Retreat Ministries is a partnership between the United Methodist Church of Oregon and Idaho and the Oregon Diocese of the Episcopal Church. Let us know how we can serve you!
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