Special Announcement from Chip May, Executive Director
I am deeply disappointed to announce that after much consideration, analysis and prayer, Camp Arcadia’s leadership (board of directors and management team) have decided to cancel our retreats through June 27. This includes our volunteer Opening Weekend, the Summer Starter retreat (formerly named the Golf & The Gospel retreat), and our two teen retreats – the Alpha and Omega Teen Retreats.
We mourn the loss of these unique ministries of Camp Arcadia. We mourn the loss of the gathering of a volunteer community who transform Camp with their hard work and willing spirit. We mourn the loss of the gathering of adults that grows in faith and fellowship every year as we start our retreat season. We mourn the loss of the gathering of teens that has lifelong impact upon faith and friendships. It is devastating to not host these retreats, but our decision is grounded in our commitment to providing a safe environment for you and our staff.
We desire to connect people with a community of Christian believers, foster faith, inspire joy, and point to our Savior, Jesus Christ. To that end we will be providing opportunities to carry out Camp’s mission even if we can’t come together at Camp Arcadia. For our Teen Week guests, Camp will be offering a Teen Connect program digitally from June 21-27, 2020. This includes a Bible study, small groups and evening Vespers. All teens currently registered will receive a Camp swag bag in the mail in June, which includes a Camp Arcadia t-shirt.
For those that are registered for these retreats, we will be reaching out to you to ask you to make your deposit into a donation. Your donation is crucial to Camp Arcadia’s financial stability and it will allow us to continue to carry out its mission now and in years to come. Of course, we will give a partial or full refund if that is desired.
Please join me in praying for the college-aged staff members that are hired to serve on staff as their start date has been delayed and their summer is uncertain. I also ask that you pray for the campers that will not be able to come to Camp, that they might remember that they are not alone and they have a loving God in Jesus that is always with them. Finally, I ask for your prayers for the Camp leadership as we discern the future of the rest of our summer season. Camp’s board of directors will be meeting in mid-May to evaluate the family retreat schedule.
Thank you for standing together as the Camp Arcadia family as we, armed with God’s love and His eternal promises, come together for each other and for Camp Arcadia’s ministry.