We are heart-broken that due to the COVID-19 restrictions we cannot hold overnight camp at Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake this summer. This is the first time in our history that the ranch will not be filled with campers and staff and we grieve the lost opportunities to serve these young people and to work alongside our incredible team. Please stay in contact and let us know how we can support you in this difficult season. While we are deeply disappointed, we fully support our government and health care leaders in their ongoing efforts to protect those in our communities who are most vulnerable.
Will there be summer camp programs in 2021?
We believe summer camp will be needed more than ever in the months and years ahead. Children have been inside, isolated from friends and missing all the various ways they usually gather. Camp provides them with a place to be outdoors, among friends and leaders who will help them grow in social skills and personal and spiritual health. Continue to check our website for Summer 2021 dates and rates! We are praying and planning to welcome campers and summer staff back.
Can I come visit camp?
Currently our camp property is closed under the non-essential workplace emergency order. Until we have further instructions from government, we ask that you not visit camp at this time.
I have registered for camp already and paid fees. Now what?
We are committed to refunding your full camp fees if that is most helpful to you. We do ask for your patience and consideration as we manage the impact of refunds on our cash flow. Camp fees cover 12 months of the work needed to run summer camp, so some of your fees have already been put to use. This is why we ask you to consider to the following options:
Donation: If you are able, your registration fees can be changed into a full or partial donation. This would be a significant help to us in this very difficult season.
Defer Balance: Camper fees that have already been paid through our registrations system can be applied to the 2021 season.
Full Refund: You may request a full refund of fees paid to date, and all cancellation fees will be waived.
At this point, we are not offering day camps for Summer 2020. We are considering what we can do given the government restrictions.
What does this announcement mean for the fall bookings?
We hope to be able to welcome groups in the fall however; we will not be able to make a final decision on this until we receive further direction the government and public health department. If you have a current booking or have questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected] or 613-335-5403.
How can I support camp through this difficult time?
Pray: We are so grateful for the community of people who pray for us regularly.
Things to be praying for in this season:
– Peace for summer staff, camper families and full-time staff. This is a large part of all of our lives and the temporary loss can feel confusing and overwhelming.
– Pray for creativity for our team as we continue to dream up different ways to share the Gospel with communities around us.
– Pray for financial blessing and protection over the coming year.
– Pray for an increased sense of unity amongst the Ranch family. Even though we are currently separated, we still want to encourage and support one another. Feel free to email the office at [email protected] with prayer requests of your own
Make a Donation: Your gift of any amount will support our ministry during this difficult season and help us offset the tremendous losses incurred by the cancellation of spring and summer camp programs. To donate, please visit https://www.csranchbigclearlake.ca/donate/.
Do you have any tips for helping my child cope with the disappointment about not going to camp?
Many campers dream about returning to summer camp all year long, so we know there will be sad conversations in many homes in the coming weeks. We feel the same sadness. Each child will have unique needs and will respond to the news differently, which is why it is so important to create space for those that need to grieve. Here are a few other suggestions:
– Take some time to reflect on the positive stories of summers past.
– Talk about favourite activities and make a plan to recreate some at home.
– Cook a favourite camp meal together.
– Take some time to write a letter or email to a favourite camp counsellor or camp friend.
This is also a unique opportunity to talk about how the choices we are making in this season help us demonstrate love and care for everyone in our communities, especially those who are more vulnerable. That is part of what the camp experience is all about. Camp is a community of support and encouragement that rallies around each other to help everyone in the community thrive.
How can I stay connected to camp and my camp friends?
Visit our ‘Camp @ Home’ page. It’s full of ideas that will get kids outside and gives them a taste of camp! Throughout the summer, we’ll be creating camp activities, crafts, games, devotionals and even competitions for you to do with your family and share with other campers and staff.
This document is updated: May 21, 2020 and subject to change