“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Today I write to you with the difficult news of the decision to close the summer camping programs for Camp Canonicus for 2020.
As Director of Camping Ministries, I have met with many different groups, talked with pastors of our congregations, sought wisdom from different planning teams, and monitored updates from the health department. Based on what was discussed and learned, we have decided that closure of the summer camping program will be what is safest for our campers, families, and churches.
Though we may not be having a regular summer program, we have decided to develop a “virtual camp.” We will share ideas, crafts, videos, and small-group activities that kids and families may take part in from the comfort of their homes. We will utilize our social media platforms to engage with our families.
There also will be immense planning and organizing of events to be hosted at Canonicus during the upcoming year, as well as preparing for and promoting our camping program for summer 2021.
Though this decision was difficult to make, we believe that we serve a God who is present with us and will guide us in planning for the future. We will be in prayer for our families and churches and look forward to sharing together where God will lead us!
Be blessed and stay safe, Amanda Ogilvie Director of Camping Ministries American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island
Canonicus Camp and Conference Center 54 Exeter Road, Exeter, RI 02822 401.294.6318