September Email Newsletter 2020

From the Camp Director,

WOW, I cannot believe it is already September. We are very excited that we are able to have Family Camp this year even though it will be a little different and smaller. I'm excited to hear God's word be preached through Lee Faust and his son Ben Faust lead us in times of Worship. We have some guidelines that we need to follow to make sure everyone stays healthy this weekend so if you are coming please familiarize yourself with the guidelines below. 
The Personnel Committee and I have restructured our staff job descriptions due to some changes that have happened. With very few retreats taking place this fall, our Food Service Manager Kristin Boruff has stepped down and accepted a job with the Warren County Schools to give her more consistent income. We are not losing Kristin, she is still going to cook for us when we need her, she just cannot fulfill the role of Manager. With that change, we are moving Todd Blair from Wilderness & Facilties Director to Associate Director. He will now focus on overseeing food service and guest relations. He will now be working with volunteers and scheduling retreat groups.  Ben, our Maintenance Director,  is stepping up to take on the Wilderness side of the property and will oversee the camps on the back property. I'm so thankful to be in ministry with these two guys who will do what is necessary to accomplish the ministry of Hanging Rock. We are really excited about this as it really utilizes their gifts to the fullest potential. Amber Reeves will continue to help with the facilities when we need her and also help cook. I know Todd and Ben will be sharing with our Hanging Rock family how they will need your help to accomplish this ministry. 
Please continue to keep the Board, the Camp Committee and the staff in your prayers as we continue to move forward to offer ministry opportunities here at Hanging Rock. We appreciate all the support we have received through this season! We cannot say it enough how blessed we feel to be in partnership with you. 
Serving through Christian Camping,
Gary Baker, Executive Director

Golf Scramble Fundraiser,

We had a great golf scramble on August 8, at River Crest Golf Course in Covington. We had 88 people involved with great sponsors. Listed below are the sponsors of the day.  We raised $7,500. Enjoy some pictures below of the day! A HUGE thank you to all who participated to make it a great day! A BIG SHOUT OUT to my Intern, Niklaus Naekel, for helping make this day a huge success! 
Board of Hanging Rock 
Sterling Christian Church - 3 Hole sponsors
CrossRoads Christian Church-Danville, IL
Heartland Ford
Lebanon Christian Church
Hoosier Heartland State Bank
Edward Jones Investments - Dan Douglass, Agent
International Conference on Missions- 2 hole sposnors
Rossville Church of Christ
Redimere Surface Solutions
AHW John Deere- Williamsport
Morgan Construction

Family Camp Guidelines: 

Please read through these details for Family Camp 2020. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone! Family Camp this year will be a little different with COVID-19 precautions. Hanging Rock is a treasured place where people establish and strengthen their relationships with Jesus. Don't miss out on this grand opportunity to experience Jesus in a whole new way with amazing worship, messages of hope, good times, and family memories that will last a lifetime.

Underlying Health Conditions
Currently, information indicates that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  Those at high risk are people aged 65 years and older and people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility. Those at high risk include people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
Serious heart conditions 
Compromised immune systems
Severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher)
Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis 
Liver disease 

Hanging Rock recommends all Family Camp participants obtain medical clearance to attend camp by your primary care provider if you are concerned about an underlying health condition. 

Before Family Camp
Hanging Rock suggests all participants pre-screen by self-monitoring before arriving at camp.
Take your temperature before arriving at Hanging Rock. (Will also be taken upon arrival at Family camp)
Self-screen for the presence of symptoms (fever 100 ℉ or greater, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell) 
Determine if, within the past two weeks, the participant has traveled internationally. 
Determine if the participant has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus. Participating in Hanging Rock programs or accessing Hanging Rock facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19.  Hanging Rock in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in Hanging Rock programs or accessing Hanging Rock facilities.

Each participant will be required to complete an additional COVID-19 related Participant Waiver, Release, Indemnification of All Claims & Covenant Not to Sue.

Camp Arrival and Check-in
All participants proceed to the Office area/check in station. ALL participants must have their temperature checked and then be given a bracelet indicating you have checked-in and do not show a fever or any symptoms.

Anyone found with the following symptoms or situations will be asked to exit the Hanging Rock grounds:

Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Have traveled internationally
Been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or currently quarantined as a result of COVID-19 

Cleaning and Disinfection 
The purpose of Hanging Rock cleaning and disinfection plans is to minimize the transmission of viruses and provide a fresh clean environment in buildings and common areas. Cleaning entails a disinfecting spray.  Cleaning schedules include procedures for two-stage cleaning and disinfection.  The following locations and equipment are included in daily cleaning plans:

Dining Hall 
House of Eve
House of Adam
Field restrooms
All recreation areas – After playing gaga, mini golf, human foosball, basketball, volleyball and on the playground we encourage you to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands. 

Hand Washing
Participants are encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly and often. Hanging Rock has hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the camp and located at every entry to buildings.

Face Coverings and Social Distances
The State of Indiana and our local health department require social distancing. At times when social distancing is not possible, face coverings are required for people ages 8 and up.

Games and Adventure Element Activities
Games and adventure element activities occurring at Family Camp may have some modifications to help in spreading out participants as much as possible. Areas will be cleaned and sanitized, using EPA approved disinfectant.

Worship and Teaching
Family Camp worship and teaching will occur outside this year.   Efforts will be made to spread out as much as possible and you should bring lawn chairs or blankets for maximum comfort.

We will be offering youth sessions on Saturday for elementary grades 1-6 at the LDC and grades 7-12 in the front section of the retreat center. We do ask that your youth have face coverings for these locations.

Sunday morning worship for grades 1-6 will continue in the LDC, grades 7-12 will join outside with the adults.

Sunday night everyone will be outside for our talent show.

Sleeping Arrangements
Sleeping areas in our dorms will consist of 14 beds in the house of Eve and 12 beds in the house of Adam. Bunks will be marked.  We are asking that 1 person per bunk and participants sleep head to toe. 
Local families are encouraged to find alternative sleeping arrangements.

Tent and RV camping are available.

Food Service 
In an effort for Hanging Rock to provide the most streamlined procedures in offering food service, we have established the following guidelines:

Meals served will be pre-packaged “grab and go” 
Families are encouraged to find a picnic table around camp to eat meals. 
Limited seating in the Dining Hall will be available for those that cannot grab and go.
In between mealtimes, each seating area in the Dining Hall will be cleaned and sanitized, using EPA approved disinfectant.

Maintenance Minute,

It is hard to believe September is here!  We are getting ready for Family Camp this week and looking forward to seeing everyone!  Looks like the weather is going to be beautiful. 

While still the Maintenance Director, I am excited to be transitioning into overseeing our Wilderness and Paintball Camps!  I am a huge believer in the ministry of our Wilderness and Paintball Camps.  I have led three Paintball Camps and six High School Adventure Camps at Hanging Rock.  Todd Blair has been overseeing the Wilderness and Paintball Camps for the past couple years.  Thank you Todd for doing a great job and for your love for the Camp and the Campers who come to Hanging Rock! 

This Fall we will be putting a new roof on the canteen and putting down Duraberm in our parking lot.  We have lots of trees to cut up and a lot of firewood to split.  We always welcome youth groups and volunteers!  We have a great group of volunteers already and would love to have more of you come out and serve if you have the time and desire!

Our Youth Minister Retreats will start up in September.  We meet at 10 a.m.  We have quiet time and devotion followed by lunch and discussion.  We are usually done by 2 p.m. These will be on the second Thursday of each month this Fall.  Here are the dates:

                             September 10,   October 8,   November 12,   December 10

Have a great September! 

Finance Update: 
We want to be transparent with the finances here at Hanging Rock. We feel so blessed with the amount of support we have received from churches and individuals. Below is a comparison of last year and this year. Retreats include the income we received from our churches renting the camp this summer. 
Income from January - August 2019
Church                         Individual                    Camp                           Retreats            Total
$132,555.11                 $28,414.00                   $283,952.02                  $34,833.67         $479,758.80
Income from January - August 2020
Church                         Individual                    Camp                           Retreats            Total 
$145,748.08                 $36,915.91                   $46,048.50                   $80,477.50         $309,189.00

The difference from last year during this period is $170,569.80. Both Church income and individual supporters have increadsed this year, Praise the Lord. We also have spent $80,971.15 less than last year. We anticipate this fall with fewer retreats we will need financial assistance more than ever. We are putting a hold on projects at this time and will continue to just maintain our property. If you would like to help us by making a gift to Hanging Rock, we would really appreciate your gift and just know we never take your gifts for granted! 

Save the Date: December 6, 2020

We are very excited to have Art Bush & Steven Foster join us for a great Christmas at the Rock Banquet this year. We will have information and tickets sale information coming soon. If you want more information on either of these guys you can visit https://www.artbushministry.com or https://www.facebook.com/StevenFosterPiano. 

Openings: Fall Retreats

It is very unusual for us to have openings for fall retreats, but with the Covid-19 we have had several churches cancel. If you would like to schedule a fall retreat  we would love to help you. You can contact Todd Blair at toddblair@hangingrock.org to talk through what you have in mind. Hanging Rock is a beautiful place to visit in the fall to strengthen your relationship with Christ. 
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