AdministratorFebruary 5, 2021 at 1:46 pm
What is the outlook for your Brigade Summer Camps for 2021?
AdministratorFebruary 5, 2021 at 1:52 pm
At Sequoia Brigade Camp, in California, we are gearing up for our regular offering of camps. Most of our camps are wilderness adventures and do not involve a residential facility. We’ve had to be careful following all of the various guidelines (some of our camps cross multiple counties), but we were able to do it successfully last year and, with God’s help, will be able to do it even better this year.
Backpacking, canoeing, and surf camps seemed to be the easiest, along with our father-son and father-daughter camps. The most challenging was our base camp because it starts and finishes at a public campground and has larger number of individual boys.
AdministratorFebruary 6, 2021 at 12:02 am
Unfortunately, at the moment, the state of West Virginia will not let Hemlock Brigade Camp open for the Summer.
MemberFebruary 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm
Josh, I like the idea of wilderness adventure camps. Let someone else pay for the buildings. We’ve done a lot of this with our Battalion, but our current restrictions don’t allow it. I’m looking for ideas about what we can do when the rules change every two weeks.
AdministratorFebruary 16, 2021 at 11:33 pm
I hear ya… it is hard to plan with ever-changing rules.
MemberFebruary 8, 2021 at 12:41 pm
Re: Camp Hemlock Re-Opening Plans in Summer 2021
There has been much work done by a Camp Hemlock Re-Opening Committee for summer of 2021. This is in addition to the 10 volunteer work weekends which accomplished so much last May-Aug.
There have been clarified policies that will allow a non-traditional form of camp this summer. Although the State of West Virginia has not changed or relaxed the restrictions regarding health safety and the corona-19 policies, there will be 3 “pods” of camp going on separately, with maximum of 25 individuals or less in each pod. Staff are accounted, and there will be no contact between the pods. There is also a staff training week prior to the registered camp programs.
Pods are designated as:
1) Leadership Training of boys staff – SALT for 2 weeks, and girls staff – LACE for 2 weeks
2) Administrative and Kitchen directors with their families
3) Family Camp options for a selection of 3 day periods, or Day Camp for families, with no overnight.
Much thought and planning has already going into the summer of 2021 and has been approved by the camp board of directors. We’re looking forward to this form of re-opening and staying in ministry with a limited # of the camp staff and families. Info will appear on camphemlock.org
- This reply was modified 4 months ago by Arden Musselman.
AdministratorFebruary 8, 2021 at 12:42 pm
Oh this is at least some good news!
MemberFebruary 16, 2021 at 12:22 pm
For us at Camp Teepee Pole in Alberta, we are looking at a real possibility of no camp again this summer. So, do we do nothing? That is the safest choice, but when did being safe define CSB? If boys can’t come to camp, then maybe we should take the camp to the boys in Olds or Carstairs or Red Deer or Calgary. What activities can we do that are compliant with COVID protocols? Hikes, bike riding, Quads, shooting, internet games, treasure hunts, online morning devotionals, campfire stories. There has got to be a whole lot more of what we can do safely… that we can do well. I am NOT ready to do nothing again this summer. Maybe a father-son overnighter spent at Camp Teepee Pole in tents, trailers or cabins – one family per. Maybe a drop-in daycamp? Yes, the camp is 90 minutes from Red Deer and Calgary, so start the day at 9am and conclude it at 8pm. Do this for three days. Invite mom and/or dad and have something for them to do. But, I guess more than anything else, we need to pray to God, asking Him daily to open the camp to our usual summer camping weeks. It is time to return to normal… by God’s Grace.
MemberFebruary 26, 2021 at 10:25 am
At Northern Frontier in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, we are seeking to open and run camp this summer. I am on the board but not knowledgeable of all the regulations that Captains Chris and Bud are trying to navigate. I do know that we have had a need for a head cook. If any of you that can’t open have a cook to recommend please let us know. I remember as a boy in the 70’s that a CSB camp in California exchanged 2 counselors with NF one summer in an effort to strengthen both programs to grow by exposure to outside thinking. Last summer the only program that we were able to run was our father/son canoe trips.
AdministratorFebruary 26, 2021 at 11:38 am
Wow, as a camper in the mid-80s, I was probably one the beneficiary of this Northern Frontier / Sequoia Brigade exchange!
Glad to hear that you may be able to open camp this summer.
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