A word from the Executive Director of Kirkwood Camp
To Our Kirkwood Family:
The health, safety, and well-being of every camper, staff, volunteer, and guest is our highest priority. We have done much consultation, research, and deliberation–but at this point, the Kirkwood Camp Board of Directors and Full-Time staff have come to the conclusion that having 2020 on-site summer camp programs at Kirkwood has become effectively impossible. Without widespread testing or a vaccine for COVID-19, it is simply not safe to offer on-site programs to children and youth this summer. So, with much sadness, we are announcing that our entire 2020 Summer Camp Schedule has been cancelled.
For 60 years, campers have been coming to Kirkwood to make new friends, to try new things, to build their faith in God, and learn more about themselves and our beautiful outdoor environment. One summer off, though disappointing to our Kirkwood family, does not undermine our ongoing mission to build bridges connecting kids to each other, to the creation we so desperately need to understand and care for, and to learn to love a God that has always known and loved them.
We will be doing our best this summer to honor our mission in other ways–both with exploring alternatives that allow us to support the local community, and finding opportunities to build bridges with our campers and their families in other ways. We will be sharing more on that when we have the details all figured out.
If you have made a payment towards summer camp, we hope you will consider making a choice to donate that money towards the future mission and operations of Kirkwood. We understand that right now, that’s not possible for every family–if you need a refund, we will fully refund your money, no questions asked. We will be reaching out to you in the coming weeks to make sure we have the correct information to move forward.
If you haven’t made a payment yet, but would like to make a donation to help support our ministry in a very uncertain time–we’d appreciate that if you can. All donations will help support our mission throughout this year and into the next. You can make a donation any time at kirkwoodcamp.org/donate or by sending us a check to the address at the top of this page.
The ministry at Kirkwood is stronger and more important than a single summer. We never thought we would be in a place where summer camp just couldn’t…go. But, we will hold you and your families in prayer, keep in touch the best we can with your campers over social media, and look forward to our next summer of camp in 2021.
We know for many of you, there are much bigger things than camp that you are worrying about. In your lives and your communities, we truly hope that you are safe, healthy, and happy, and wish you many blessings on the road ahead.
Together in Christ,
Tommy Campbell, Director
Ford Behne, Program Director
The Kirkwood Board of Directors