Summer 2020 Review
We weren’t sure all spring if we would even get to have campers and staff come this summer to Kansas Bible Camp. Here we are though, more than three weeks past the last day of camp. Yes, we did get to have seven weeks of camp this summer, which we recognize is only because of the grace of a big God.
Before the summer began, KBC submitted a ten-page plan in response to the CDC's Guidelines for Youth and Summer Camps to Reno County, and they were grateful for our diligence. We created videos about covering your cough, built and perfected outdoor hand-washing stations to be used before every meal, took temperatures twice daily, and moved all meetings to the open-air gymnasium. A nearly 6000 square foot concrete slab was poured to the east of the main building for outdoor activities, parties, and meeting spaces. We created a drive-thru drop-off and pick-up process to limit the number of people on campus. Our meal space tripled so we could provide space in between people, and we moved to many individually-portioned foods. We separated both meal and chapel seating by dorms. And with three weeks left in our schedule, our county voted to adopt the governor’s mask mandate. Some of these tasks were more challenging than others. For a space that centers around hospitality, limiting the number of visitors is challenging. For a place that relies on relationships, physical distancing is hard. For a ministry that relies on conversation for much of our gospel connection, masks added a level of difficulty. And for a grade school camp to be our first ones to implement masks seemed impossible!
But God did a marvelous thing this summer. He added precious children to His kingdom. We were amazed each day at how the Lord was working around the masks to draw people to Himself. KBC did not have a single COVID exposure, and no one was sent home ill with the dreaded virus. We had over 550 campers this summer over our first six weeks of camp and 80 for our celebratory Staff Camp during the last week. We felt like nearly every camper who wanted to come to camp this summer was able to, with only a few exceptions because of scheduling changes. Our speakers, program directors, cooks, and nurses stayed healthy and were able to serve as they had planned. We had no major injuries or accidents, very few cases of lice that prohibited campers from staying, and plenty of staff to do the hefty amount of work at hand. There was a new sense of gratitude this summer. Each day definitely felt like the gift it was to us all. We were grateful to have had the opportunity to share the gospel with so many this summer. We were grateful to get to work alongside one another and be together. We were grateful for the way the Lord provided through the prayers and support of His children.
Continue to join us in prayer for the campers and staff who heard the gospel this summer at KBC. We long to see them "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" in the school year to come. "To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." -2 Peter 3:18
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