MINGUS MOUNTAIN CAMP – Mountain Top Renewal
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
May 3, 2020
Dear Friends, Family and Community of Mingus Mountain and Potosi Pines:
Among the many difficult moments we have faced in the last few months, today we share one that is especially difficult: after what feels like an eternity of carefully following and evaluating the evolving COVID-19 situation, the Desert Southwest Board of Camping has reached the heartbreaking, difficult, and values-based decision to suspend summer camp sessions for the month of June. This includes all Desert Southwest camp sessions, as well as guest camps, at Mingus Mountain and Potosi Pines from now through July 4th.
Coming to this Decision
We arrived at this difficult conclusion after receiving guidance from a myriad of available authorities including the Desert Southwest Conference guidelines for reopening, the White House Reopening Plan, and the CDC guidelines for schools, day cares and churches. Ultimately, we determined that there are simply too many risks – both known and unknown, to hold our summer programs as usual.
Although we have continued to plan, prepare, pray, and hope for another transformative summer, the risks posed by COVID-19 threaten our most sacred treasures: the health and well-being of our children, staff, and volunteers that attend camp, along with their communities back home.
These risks also compromise our ability to provide the excellence in programming and participant care for which we strive. Considering worshiping, meals, campfires, recreation and Bible study with all participants at a 6-foot distance is untenable. Not to mention, required face-coverings and the narrow focus on “no sharing” would inhibit the opportunity for connection. Additionally, campers, staff, and volunteers with asthma, respiratory conditions, and other health challenges would be extremely vulnerable, resulting in their potential exclusion from our communities and thus contradicting another one of our core values – inclusion.
First, the good news: we may potentially be able to offer summer camp programs at Potosi Pines in July and Mingus Mountain is hopeful we’ll open for our guest groups at the same time. The Board of Camping and camp staff will continue monitoring and assessing the situation and will decide about July by the beginning of June.
In the meantime, we recognize that this is a time of financial stress for many families and we’d like to offer the following options for those of you who have already made payments for summer camp 2020:
- Transfer your deposit to a camp experience later this year or in 2021
- Receive a refund for payments made towards summer 2020
- Offer your deposit or payments as a sustaining gift to Mingus Mountain or Potosi Pines
As we work our way through what may feel like a lost summer, please know that we are still actively looking at opportunities to bring the joy and message of camp to as many people and communities as possible this year. We hope to open our sites to families once we enter “Phase 2” for hiking, camping and retreating opportunities. Be on the lookout for information regarding family opportunities in the coming days. If a reduction in restrictions occurs quicker than we anticipate, we may consider more programs that look like the camp we are used to.
In the meantime, you are encouraged to talk with your camper about this news. To assist with those conversations, we’ve provided the attached document, “Tips for Talking to your Camper About Camp.”
As we move through these unprecedented times, we ask for your prayers and continued support. Our love and prayers go out to each of you—our campers, our families, our supporters and friends.
The Desert Southwest Conference Board of Camping and the Leadership Teams at Mingus Mountain & Potosi Pines
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We offer unforgettable, enriching, immersive camps for children of all ages, during the summer and winter. Our camps are designed to guide children in exploring and experiencing God’s love while having absolute FUN among new and old friends, in a safe and beautiful setting.
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