It is with heavy hearts we share that Van Buren Youth Camp will not be running our traditional summer programming for the 2020 season. With the Covid-19 virus still affecting folks all over the country and the world, and with social distancing guidelines and safety protocols in consideration, we aren’t sure how we could possibly guarantee your children, our counselors, staff, or healthcare providers, a safe space to play in this year.

Camp will survive this hiccup in what would have been our 70th season of camping, serving, and sharing leadership with youth. We plan to resume traditional Camp programming in the 2021 season. In the meantime, hug your campers for us, tell them we will miss them terribly, and ask them to please stay in touch. Staff and counselors would love to hear from them over the summer.

“Remember the times you’ve had here, remember while you’re away.

Remember the friends you’ve made here and don’t forget to come back some day.

Remember the blazing campfire, the sparkling waters, too.

For you belong to youth camp and youth camp belongs to you”.

In the spirit of Camp,

VBYC Board and Staff

 

Please check back for updates or email us with questions.  Here is a survey about ways we may still be able to interact with your children this summer:  https://forms.gle/aNB2zAMtwnhKUzwF9

 

Below is the letter we sent to Camp families who were registered or applied before May 16th.

 

Dear Camp families –

It is with heavy hearts we share that Van Buren Youth Camp will not be running our traditional summer programming for the 2020 season. With the Covid-19 virus still affecting folks all over the country and the world, and with social distancing guidelines and safety protocols in consideration, we aren’t sure how we could possibly guarantee your children, our counselors, staff, or healthcare providers, a safe space to play in this year.

As we move into the next couple of weeks, we will be considering ways to stay connected with you, and your children, either in small groups (on site) or virtually throughout the summer. We are busy brainstorming opportunities for your seniors and our advanced leaders to participate in some way for their last Camp summer. Please watch for a survey to be posted on our social media channels and shared via our website and email. (At this point, we have not cancelled the Family Camp session but will be considering ways to accommodate Camp friends in a socially distanced way).

We will sorely miss the sounds of laughter and Camp songs ringing through the dining hall, cheers of encouragement during games and relays, and the traditional nighttime routine of campfire songs before bed. The trees and critters will miss the constant singing, banging screen doors, and tom foolery that is the best part of a typical day at Camp. Cleo will miss his kisses and serenades. I know our Great Bear Lake neighbors will miss hearing the sounds of Camp, heckling us at evening Flag from their pontoon boats, and the loud ringing bell of our Fire Drills.

Camp will survive this hiccup in what would have been our 70th season of camping, serving, and sharing leadership with youth. We plan to resume traditional Camp programming in the 2021 season. In the meantime, hug your campers for us, tell them we will miss them terribly, and ask them to please stay in touch. Staff and counselors would love to hear from them over the summer.

“Remember the times you’ve had here, remember while you’re away.

Remember the friends you’ve made here and don’t forget to come back some day.

Remember the blazing campfire, the sparkling waters, too.

For you belong to youth camp and youth camp belongs to you”.

In the spirit of Camp,

VBYC Board and Staff