From the Camp Director,
As I begin to write this article, I'm still in shock about how Covid-19 is affecting Hanging Rock and camping in general. The Board of Directors met on May 21st with Ben,Todd and myself to determine how we could make camp happen this summer. After receiving new directives from the state, late on the afternoon of the 21st, that we were not allowed to run any overnight camps in June, and after looking at all the requirements from local, state and CDC guidelines the Board determined that it would be best for this season to not run our summer camp programs. This was heartbreaking to all of the Board and Staff as we came together to make this decision. We know it is heartbreaking to all the campers and families that wanted to experience camp this summer as well. Because we did receive the paycheck protection funds, the Board agreed to go ahead and keep the Dorm R.A.'s to help with recreation and with some projects in June & July.
Even though we will not run our summer camp programs, we still want Hanging Rock to be used. We are looking at ways to let groups and churches rent our facilities for running their own camps in July, if the directives change and allow us to have overnight camps in July.
As of right now, Labor Day Family Camp is still going to happen we are just waiting to see what our guidelines will be at that time. We are excited to have Lee & Ben Faust joining us for Family Camp this year.
Below, we will give you a finance report and share with you how you can help. Most importantly we ask that you pray for Hanging Rock during the rest of the year and pray for our leadership as we will have to continue to make some tough decisions in the furture.
Even though we will not have our normal camp season, we will still have expenses that we rely on summer camp registration to pay for. Granted we will not have the same amount of expenses that we normally do, we will still have expenses. Our budget has taken a hit of over $300,000 with both camp and spring retreat cancellations. We are going to need the generosity of our indivdual supporters and our churches to support us during this time.
Thanks for your prayers & support,
Gary Baker, Executive Director