COVID-19 RESPONSE

UPDATE AS OF MAY 11th- 

During this time of so much unknown, anxiety and fear there are so many people who see #sherbrookelakecamp as a glimmer of hope for summer. We have only seen a few cancellations so we want you to know that we will not be making any decisions about this summer until at least early to mid-June or until we are told otherwise by Public Health officials. There are 8 weeks until the first week of summer, and as know much can change, don't forget we started our lock down only 7 weeks ago.

This time also gives us so much time to plan. Now, we want to be realistic and don’t want to promise the world. We are not under any illusions that summer will be normal. We are working on MANY possibilities to bring camp to our families and campers this summer. We have an incredible staff team who will be ready for anything thrown at us. So #stickwithus 

Camp is a place of love, a place of hope, a place where everyone belongs. A place where everything is possible. So remember to #livecampeveryday so you can spread light to the people around in a way they may not even know! AND remember to #stayhome to #choosesummer. #theplacetobethissummer

UPDATE AS OF APRIL 16th-

During this time of so much unknown, anxiety and fear there are so many people who see #sherbrookelakecamp as a glimmer of hope to summer. We have seen many cancellations happening day after day so we want you to know that we will not be making any decisions about this summer for weeks to come. There are 11 weeks until the first week of summer much can change. This time also gives us so much time to plan. 


Now, we want to be realistic and don’t want to promise the world but we are working MANY possibilities to bring camp to our families and campers this summer. We have an incredible staff team who will be ready for anything thrown at us. #stickwithus 

Camp is a place of love, a place of hope, a place where everyone belongs. A place where everything is possible. So remember to #livecampeveryday so you can spread light to the people around in a way they may not even know! #theplacetobethissummer

UPDATE AS OF APRIL 10th, 2020

Good morning and Happy Easter! 

I’m coming to you today from my home where Charlotte, myself and our three kids have been hunkered down practicing physical distancing EVERYDAY and wishing we could be with our friends and family over this Easter weekend.

 

As some of you know, I started in this role in 2017. I have the privilege of getting to see camp through every one of those years and see the success that our team has built! Whether it’s raising $125,000 for building the 5 new cabins, changing our camp culture which saw an 85% increase in the number of our campers or upping our game in how we provide programming. Just like those years, let me rest assure you that we are preparing for whatever the rest of year brings us! 

 

We are all facing unprecedented times, and the situation around COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and ever-changing. In the midst of this I wanted to take a few moments and share with you both where camp stands today and some insight into the approach we are taking as we move forward.

 

And I know I’ve said many times that camp is needed now more than ever, at this moment in time, this ever more true. We know that our camp has changed lives for thousands of kids since 1964. 

 

As you have likely guessed, we are presented with a serious challenge this year. Based on the information from the experts we will have decisions made for us, and some hard even more decisions as an organization. These are difficult times for everyone we get it!


Here’s the good news, these are days when adaptability & creativity are what will carry us through. These are the words written into the DNA of people who works or has worked, volunteers or has volunteered with camp. Regardless of what happens, we are here for our community and will work hard to provide for our campers who are the reason we exist.

As an organization, we are in the midst of planning for some very exciting options with our staff for this summer that aren’t at camp, they’re innovative and can offer you and your family something incredible to do this summer.

I’m asking you to stick with us for a few more weeks before you begin to make any decisions about your summer. We have a few more things that need to line up before we announce our options. 

 

I hope you understand and I hope you’re with us for the long haul, we’ve been changing lives for 56 years and we’ll need your help to that going for many years to come.

Take care of each other,

Mat Whynott

Executive Director

Sherbrooke Lake Camp is a camping ministry of the United Church of Canada

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