Aldersgate Summer 2020 Suspended
Dear Friends and Families of Camp Aldersgate:
After much thoughtful consideration and prayer, the Aldersgate Board of Directors has voted to suspend all summer camping programs at Aldersgate for 2020. Over the last two months, we have wrestled with this decision daily. We’ve consulted with experts in the medical and camping fields, as well as state and federal health officials, to try to make the best decision possible.
The decision to suspend summer camping and retreat programs was made in collaboration with our partners in ministry across the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and with the support of the Bishop and Conference leadership. In collaboration with our Camping and Retreat Ministry Board, we have worked hard to support each other's ministries. While our sites are located in different states with different guidelines, we support the very difficult decisions made as they put the best interest of their guests, staff, volunteers, and our communities across the Conference first and foremost.
We considered multiple ways of running our program but like many other camps, we could not come up with a model that was safe for campers, our staff, or our home communities. It is a gut-wrenching decision we continue to struggle with. We hope you understand how difficult this decision is and how it weighs heavily on all of us.
Acknowledging that this is a time of great financial difficulty for many families, we want to be as flexible as possible with all who have registered for summer camp this year. We are offering these options to choose from:
Receive a full refund
Transfer the payment to credit for 2021
Generously donate your payments to Aldersgate
Please let us know no later than June 1, 2020, which of these options you choose by calling or emailing the camp office, 401-568-4350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we know that the decision of safety is the correct choice, we also know that suspending camp will have serious financial consequences for Aldersgate. We are so grateful for those who have already made financial contributions; these gifts will ensure the long legacy of camp impacting lives for the generations to come.
It does not matter if you are a camper, volunteer, or permanent staff, there is and will be a feeling of loss for all of us. Aldersgate is a vital part of all our lives. We will continue to reach out through social media and stay in touch as much as we can. We love you all and cannot wait until we can gather at the campfire ring, share a meal in the Dining Hall, worship together in the Great Hall, sing around the Amphitheatre, and sit together on the Peace Float. Take what you have learned at camp - kindness, justice, and love - and do camp in the world during these uncertain times.
Grace and Love,
John Spelman, Executive Director
Shalom, Salaam, Pax,
Karen Pehrson, Board Chair