Dear Camp Orchard Hill Community:
We miss you!
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we’ve been forced into a “new normal” and honestly it has been difficult. A big part of that is missing all of you.
Our team has had to cancel our Father and Son retreat, Family Camp, retreat groups, school field trips, birthday parties and banquets. However, we rest in the fact that God is in control even when the world around us seems out of control!
Throughout this process our focus has been and continues to be on the health and safety of our campers and staff. The Orchard Hill team has continually monitored the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC, PA Department of Health and PA Governor’s Wolf’s administration.
Based on the most recent CDC guidelines for shared housing and an approach that currently emphasizes attendance by local youth only to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the board and staff have made the difficult decision to cancel our overnight camp programs. These include our Best Week Ever camps, leadership training and COH-Mission weeks for summer 2020. It was not an easy decision to make but we believe it is the best decision given the facts and information we have at this time.
However, based on the current guidelines, we do believe there is a path forward for a modified day camp program to provide much needed child care services for our local families. Our staff will implement the CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines including social distancing measures, daily health screenings, and increased cleaning and sanitation. Additional Day Camp reopening expectations can be found below.
Currently, Luzerne County is under the red phase guidelines to shelter in place until June 4th. Although there is not a definitive time table for moving to the green phase which will enable us to reopen, our team anticipates a delayed start to the day camp program. We have targeted June 29 as our starting date for Day Camp. As additional guidance is provided by the PA DOH, we will provide concrete details and starting dates to you, our parents and camp families.
The Orchard Hill team looks forward to the day when we can meet again in person. Until then, we are determined to meet your needs in new and creative ways through social media and beyond.
Your prayers, financial support and encouragement have meant a great deal to us over the last two months. I want you to know that our staff team and our board of directors are praying for the health and safety of our camp family. God bless you!