In a time where so much has been turned upside down and changes from day to day, we will do our best to keep you updated. Updates will appear on the top of this page, while keeping past information below. For now, read the following updates from our director:
Governor Walz’s Executive Order concerning Face Masks:
- We request that parents send your camper with face masks (1-5 depending on how long your child’s camp is, and the number you are comfortable with). They may be medical or cloth face masks.
- We request you add the initials or name of your camper to all the face masks.
- Face masks must be worn indoors in our public areas: Dining Hall, Cabins, Shower House (not while showering), Chapel, Welcome Center.
- Face masks will not be worn outdoors, swimming, or in active games.
- Face masks are not to be worn by campers unable to tolerate wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability.
- Campers will need to wear their mask in the cabin until they get into their bunk to go to sleep. Campers will need to wear their mask if changing clothes or going to the restroom.
- Hangers will be placed on the bunk in order for the camper to hang their mask. Masks will be allowed to hang and dry overnight so re-use is an option.
- Dining Hall:
- The bell for meals will send the campers to their cabin to wash their hands AND to get their face masks for the Dining Hall.
- While at the table inside the Dining Hall they may take off their masks to eat. Then they put on their mask to get seconds or to take their dishes up to be cleaned. Campers will then take their masks back to their cabins after the meal.
- Shower House:
- Campers will need to wear the mask until going into the shower stall to change.
- A hanger will be added to the shower stall for face masks.
- if it is raining at chapel time, then the campers will need to wear face masks if indoors.
- Our options may be to postpone or cancel chapel as well.
- If inclement weather, campers will need to wear the face mask while inside.
- As much as possible, we will do our programming outside. Therefore, it should be a limited amount of time that the campers will need to be wearing face masks.
- In case your child loses all their face masks, Bluewater will provide one. However it is your responsibility to send your camper with face masks for the week.
A video about our Coronavirus Preparation Plan for Overnight Youth Camps:
UPDATE TO COVID-19 PLAN: In an earlier video, we had included the addition of material on bottom bunks. We started to be concerned about the risk of touch, or a sneeze while getting clothing on, the placement of the material onto the top bunk, and the risk of staff of washing the material as too great. We are removing the material as part of the COVID-19 Plan.
Here are the two REQUIRED Youth Forms:
As of July 1, 2020, the state of Minnesota will allow for overnight youth camps so we are moving ahead with our schedule of camps beginning in July. This is exciting news and we are looking forward to ministry to campers this summer. We have a COVID Preparation Plan and will continue to update it based on the best guidance from the MDH. We will send out information about the modifications soon, but please feel free to continue to check here for updates.
One major modification is that due to restrictions on busing due to social distancing, Bluewater will not be providing bus transportation this summer. Campers will need to arrange their own transportation to Bluewater.
May 16, 2020
Dear Bluewater Covenant Bible Camp Friends,
We have been praying for you, your families and communities during this pandemic. Bluewater is about gathering together and forming relationships with God to help transform our lives. We pray that there will be an opportunity to gather this summer.
Over the past several weeks, the Bluewater Staff and Executive Board have monitored the COVID-19 situation and observed the recommendations of the Governor, the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. We have had many conversations discussing different scenarios about what the summer could look like for all aspects of Bluewater. We remain committed to meeting our high standards of health and safety of our campers and staff, while providing the high quality programs you’ve come to expect.
However, due to government guidelines, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all “A” camps and retreats in June. We still hope to have camps in July and August dependent upon government guidelines starting with our Family Camp on July 3rd. Our concern is for the health and safety of our guests and employees and we will continue to monitor the CDC and state of Minnesota recommendations.
Furthermore, in order to give every age group an opportunity to be at camp, we have also made these changes to our camp schedule:
- Family Camp – July 3- 12th
- Scouts B- July 15-17
- Highlanders – July 20- 24th (Moved from June and Trailblazer A cancelled)
- Explorers B- July 27-31st
- Navigators B – August 3-7th
- Trailblazer B – August 10-13th
- Family Camp B- August 13-16th.
If you currently have a reservation in June camps, we will be sure to contact you with these options:
- Transfer your registration and deposit to the “B” camp in July or August. Your registration will have priority due to when it was received.
- Refund Policy: If we cancel your camp, then you will receive a full refund of the funds you paid. Or if you cannot attend the “B” camp offered, then you will receive a full refund. If you are fearful of attending camp because of the Coronavirus, then you will receive a full refund.
- Donate: Instead of taking your refund please consider making a donation to support the continued work of Bluewater Covenant Bible Camp.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of any decisions you make. Your refund will be processed back to the credit card you used or you will be mailed as a check if you paid by check. If you are able to donate your reservation fee rather than request a refund, we would be grateful. However, please do what is best for your family during these crazy, uncertain times.
If government restrictions create a maximum occupancy limit, the date we have received the registration will be the determining factor.
In the meantime, let’s all be praying for each other’s safety and for opportunities to share the Good News of Jesus in the midst of confusion and fear. God may be using this virus to prepare you to Overflow God’s love and mercy onto the community around you. Know that we are praying for all of you and look forward to seeing you at camp.
Loving Life Because He Is Life,
Chadwick Persons, Camp Director