June 28, 2022
Dear Wayzata Community Church Camp Families,
Our first session of summer camp wrapped up on June 23rd and as you may have seen on Instagram and Facebook, there were a lot of smiling faces and tons of fun happening at camp. We are so grateful for our amazing camp staff who led an incredible week of camp.
Despite the smiles and fun, it was a tough week. Over the course of the week, four of our staff members tested positive for COVID-19. As soon as they had symptoms, we responded by isolating them and then sending them home to rest and recover. The remaining staff adjusted, created some new protocols, and worked hard to finish camp strong while keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Because of these staff COVID-19 cases, we made the difficult decision to cancel the current week of camp (High School 1), which would have started Saturday, June 25. In order to finish the remaining weeks of camp as strongly as possible, we felt it was essential to give our camp staff plenty of time to fully recuperate so they can plan to return to camp on July 5th feeling rested and healthy for Middle School 2.
Our COVID-19 planning has always included the ability to enhance our camper requirements if we experienced COVID-19 at camp. Accordingly, we have expanded our camp requirements to now include a mandatory negative COVID-19 PCR Test for all those attending camp. In order to attend WCC Summer Camp you will need to provide proof of a Negative PCR Test that was taken within 72 hours prior to check-in. This requirement is regardless of vaccination status. It is our hope that this additional precaution will assure a safe and successful camp experience for staff and campers. (Reminder: please pack masks for use at camp, and be sure to have one for the bus ride.)
We have updated our protocols moving forward to do our best to keep our staff and camper population healthy and safe for our remaining sessions. Masks will be required on the bus and when campers are participating in large group activities indoors. Camp activities have been modified to allow us to keep campers in cabin groups throughout the week. At the first sign of any symptoms we are sending campers or staff will be sent to our Camp Nurse to assess their condition. If there is something that arises with your camper’s health you will be notified as soon as possible by phone.
Summer Camp will resume on July 5th with four more sessions of campers. Please hold our Camp Staff in prayer as they rest and recover at home and as they prepare for a fantastic return in July.
With gratitude for this life changing ministry,
Rev. Steve Wiens and Rev. Danielle Jones
Co-Lead Ministers, Wayzata Community Church