After Summer 2020, we knew for sure things would be back to normal by the following summer. However, these past 18 months have been anything but predictable! As the months drew on and the pandemic persisted, we realized we would have to think outside the box for summer 2021. Out of an abundance of caution, a modified, 3 part program was developed in lieu of our traditional overnight summer camps.
We sent our summer staff to Corps for day camp in our “Camp to the Corps” program, invited Salvation Army Corps to bring their families to camp on the weekends for times of fellowship and social distanced camp fun in our “Family Camp” program, and encouraged any kid within CalSouth division to attend a weekly camp-themed zoom class in our “Virtual Camp Electives” program. Given that none of us had ever ran programs like these – let alone three of them at once – we knew we had our work cut out for us. Despite the challenges, God provided everything we needed to make Summer 2021 a fun, safe and successful one.
Our theme this summer was “True North” – the idea that God and His Word are our North star, a never changing beacon of hope in the good times and the bad. No matter what happens in this crazy world of ours, God is steadfast in his love for us. He is not surprised by the events of 2020 or 2021. He still has us in his hands. This is the message we wanted to convey to our campers and staff. We drove this home with our theme verse, Hebrews 13:8.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.