This time of pandemic has been a period of uncertainty and waiting. Waiting for healing, and direction, and answers, for ourselves, our congregations, and for Camp Hanover.
Throughout this time, Camp Hanover, its staff, and the Board of Directors have remained hopeful. Through that hope this ministry has continued to grow and transform lives even when our most fundamental ministry has been paused.
Now, there is new hope on the horizon. In February, Governor Northam announced overnight summer camps would be allowed to finally re-open May 1, should the trends and health data support safe operation of in-person summer camp activities.
Things are developing quickly and preparations for an amazing summer are underway. Registration for overnight camp and onsite day camp is open and campers are signing up with enthusiasm and excitement. We are taking a bit more time to determine how and when traveling day camp might be offered this summer.
As we dig into the guidelines and requirements for a safe re-opening, we are confident Camp Hanover can meet the challenges ahead. We know this summer will involve reduced capacities and some changes in what daily camp life looks like in order to provide a safe experience for campers and their families.
What will not change is Camp Hanover’s commitment to its mission to provide a place apart for renewal and growth in an environment of Christian hospitality. Summer camp will be a place where each person is welcomed, valued, and loved just as they are. A place where you get to practice being the person God created you to be. An opportunity to practice servant leadership, stewardship of creation, building community, and sharing God’s love with those around you. Because we believe practicing this at camp makes it easier to put all of it into practice when it counts, outside of camp.