MILFORD — Gene Hollenberg, Camp Alexander Mack executive director, announced Monday evening, April 20, Camp Mack will not be able to provide its regular summer camp this year.
“In the last several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept us mostly in our homes and physically apart from one another. With many staff members working from home, and those at camp maintaining safe distancing and cleaning procedures, the Camp Mack staff has continued to prepare holy hospitality for our guests and exciting, challenging, and faith-filled experiences for our summer campers,” Hollenberg commented in a statement. “Our mission is to provide a sanctuary where people connect with God, experience creation, and build Christian community. In order to be that sanctuary, we must be confident that our camps are as safe as possible. For this reason, we will not be able to operate our current camp schedule for this summer.
“While it is not a replacement for the tight community created at camp, we will be providing other ways campers can be connected to God and each other this summer. There will be alternative experiences created; we hope to provide some packages for crafts and other activities; if restrictions allow, there may be some limited day activities at camp.
“Our summer theme, ‘This is our Prayer,’ tells us that God is always with us and we can rejoice in knowing our community of faith can sustain us. In my office, a cross hangs above my desk with the words from Psalm 46:10. ‘Be still, and know that I am God… .‘ The psalm speaks to anxiety and fear about the frightening things happening in the world, but it begins by assuring us that God is our refuge, and it ends by telling us to stop, take a breath and to recognize that God is still in control.
“During the next few weeks, we will work through plans for providing a positive summer experience and how we will handle registrations and fees. Once we have plans in place, we will be in contact with all registrants to provide available choices. Campers and their families should receive a contact from us before the end of May.
“This decision has only been made after a great deal of contemplation and prayer. We do not want to put campers, volunteers, staff, or families at risk. In the end, we will provide the best and safest camp experience we can for this summer and prepare for an even greater experience in the summer of 2021.
“Details are still not available, but we will keep the public aware of developments as they occur. Interested persons can follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CampMack/ or they can be put on our notifications list by request at [email protected]. Other information will be available at campmack.org.”