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Agapé Camp Announcement
First the Sad News
The board of Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries has decided that the 2020 Agapé Valley Bible Camp season will be cancelled. It is with heavy hearts that we have had to make this decision. Although some restrictions are slowly being lifted, the simple fact is that physical distancing will remain over the next few months and would bring challenges, especially in a children’s day camp setting. How do you keep children separated while playing sports? How do you keep up on disinfecting everything the campers/staff touch? What happens if someone is diagnosed with Covid-19 during the week? Will all campers/staff present that week be forced into self-isolation to self-monitor for two weeks? Unlike overnight camp the campers and staff go home every night, which poses an even greater risk for the next day as they re-gather. Looking back, none of us would have ever thought that a camp season would be cancelled for any reason.
But here’s the Good News!
In March, Agapé came up with #bringagapehome. Each Saturday families were encouraged to make breakfast and post it to social media using Agapé Maple Syrup in their backgrounds. This was a huge success and has inspired us to do something similar for camp. Agapé is going to come to your home in a, wait for it… “A Box!!” Our camp committee is currently working on #bringagapehome in the form of a box kit (containing a workbook, verse cards, crafts, even tuck!) The box will contain many other things including a link to virtually watch camp as a director directs them through the activities provided in the box for a five day program (approximately 2 hours of video/activities per day.) Also there will be a speaker giving a message for each day, most of us know him as “Mr C”. The topic for this year is “2020 A Vision For The Future”. We are so excited about this and can’t wait to get these boxes packed and into the hands of campers. Watch for the promo video and announcements coming soon!
I want to thank all of you who have been praying and supporting the camp in this unprecedented time. We know God is in control. Please continue to pray for “Camp in a Box” as we continue to develop it and make it available to, as I see it, literally thousands of households. 2020 Camp won’t just be for the children this year- it will be for the entire family!
Blessing in the Lord,
Niagara Shorthills Christian Ministries