April 20 Update
Dear Camp Hardtner Friends and Family,
We hope that you and your family are healthy and finding moments of joy within the uncertainty.
Much has happened in the month since our last update. The situation continues to be fluid, changing quickly, and presenting new challenges. We all hear the phrase “unprecedented times” multiple times a day. It is clear that we have a long road ahead.
It is unclear what the summer will look like for Camp Hardtner. We are mindful of and keeping updated on recommendations from the CDC and state government, as well as the American Camp Association, and our Episcopal camp colleagues from around the country. All of us are trying to figure this out as we go.
We have been, are, and will be meeting with members of Camp Hardtner’s Summer Camping Committee, Board of Trustees, and our Bishop to discuss contingency planning and to make some decisions around camp.
What is clear to us is that camp plays a vital role in the lives of our campers, their families, and alumni. Camp is awesome! We are evaluating how we can best serve our community this summer. This year’s program may not look like all the summers that have come before or any of the summers that will come after.
Please know that we will update you as soon as we are able. If we make any changes to our schedule or program, we will let you know what that looks like. We remain committed to keeping you updated as new information becomes available.
We are reminded that it’s not the place that makes camp, camp. Belonging, kindness, community, acceptance. We’re seeing a lot of that going around right now. Perhaps this has provided us the opportunity to inch closer to that dream of making the world a little more like camp.
We are praying for all who love this dear place.
The Camp Hardtner Summer Camping Committee
Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765