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Summer camp? The COVID-19 question

Summer camp? The COVID-19 question
A patchwork quilt of open, closed, virtual events and camps-in-a-box -- are they a templet for school?

By Mary Ann Mueller
VOL Special Correspondent
www.virtueonline.org
July 31, 2020

As the summer wanes headlines read: Missouri Christian Summer Camp Shut Down After 82 COVID-19 Cases ... Campers Test Positive for COVID-19 after Attending Evangelical Youth Camp in Texas ... Multiple campers, staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Georgia summer camp ... Massachusetts YMCA camp closed after camper tests positive for COVID-19 ... Florida summer camp closed after positive COVID-19 tests ... Washington, DC-area summer camps canceled due to COVID-19 concerns ... Pennsylvania summer camps hit hard by COVID-19 ... Minnesota Lutheran camp cancelled by COVID-19 ... Arkansas summer camps close after Covid-19 outbreaks ... New Jersey camp attendee tests positive for coronavirus, camp closed for the summer ... Alabama summer camp closes due to coronavirus exposure ... North Carolina summer camp notifies parents of COVID-19 case exposure ... COVID-19 hits children's theater camp in Mississippi ... Louisiana closing summer camp after kids test positive for COVID-19 ... Pediatrician suggests summer camps could be driving spike in child COVID-19 cases ... Coronavirus forced 62% of summer camps to close this year ...

Every day new headlines are generated showing that COVID-19 -- the coronavirus -- has invaded children's summer camping experience.

The Episcopal Church has diocesan and church camps dotting the American map. Some have remained open. Others haven't opened. Still more were forced to close as COVID spread. Church camps are getting creative to try and present a meaningful camping experience for their stay-at-home campers.

Here is a look at the Episcopal Church summer camp scene during the Summer of Coronavirus. Information is subject to change due to the every-changing nature and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALABAMA
• Camp McDowell -- Nauvoo, AL
Diocese of Alabama
Summer camps cancelled

• Beckwith Camp -- Fairhope, AL
Diocese of Central Gulf Coast
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Sawyerville -- Hale County, AL
Diocese of Alabama
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

ALASKA
• Alaska Summer Music Camps
Diocese of Alaska
Summer music camps cancelled

• Meire Lake Conference Center -- Wasilla, AK
Diocese of Alaska
Defunct

• Emmaus Center -- Kupreanof Island, AK
Diocese of Alaska
Defunct

ARIZONA
• Castle Rock Camp -- Prescott, AZ
Diocese of Arizona
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

ARKANSAS
• Camp Mitchell -- Morrilton, AR
Diocese of Arkansas
Suspended indefinitely to re-evaluate focus and mission of the camping ministry

CALIFORNIA
• Camp Noel Porter -- Tahoe City, CA
Diocese of Northern California
Defunct

• Camp Hall -- Valley Village, CA
Campbell Hall Episcopal School -- Studio City, CA
Diocese of Los Angeles
Virtual summer camps online

• Camp Living Water -- Arcata, CA
Diocese of Northern California
Virtual summer camps online

• Bishop's Ranch Camp -- Healdsburg, CA
Diocese of California
Summer camps cancelled

• St. Dorothy's Rest Camp -- Camp Meeker, CA
Diocese of California
Virtual camp online

• Camp St. Andrews -- Millbrae, CA
Diocese of California
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp St. Francis -- Concord, CA
Diocese of California
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp San Joaquin -- Fresno, CA
ACNA Diocese of San Joaquin
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp ECCO -- Oakhurst, CA
TEC Diocese of San Joaquin
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Stevens -- Julian, CA
Joint dioceses of San Diego and Los Angeles
Virtual summer camps online

• Wrightwood Camp -- Wrightwood, CA
Diocese of Los Angeles
Defunct

• Camp Saint Andrew -- Saratoga, CA
Diocese of El Camino Real
Summer camps cancelled

• Grace Camp -- San Francisco, CA
Grace Episcopal Cathedral
Diocese of California
Summer Arts Camp-in-a-Box

COLORADO
• Cathedral Ridge Camp -- Woodland Park, CO
Diocese of Colorado
Summer camps cancelled

• Duncan Park Camp -- Englewood, CO
Diocese West Texas
Summer camps cancelled

CONNECTICUT
• Camp Washington -- Lakeside, CT
Diocese of Connecticut
Summer camps cancelled

• Incarnation Center Camp -- Ivoryton, CT
Diocese of Connecticut
Summer camps cancelled

DELAWARE
• Camp Arrowhead -- Lewes, DE
Diocese of Delaware
Summer camps cancelled

FLORIDA
• Camp Weed -- Live Oak, FL
Diocese of Florida
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Wingmann -- Avon Park, FL
Diocese of Central Florida
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Day Spring -- Ellenton, FL
Diocese of Southwest Florida
Summer camps cancelled

• Duncan Center -- Delray Beach, FL
Diocese of Southeast Florida
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Canterbury -- Oviedo, FL
Diocese of Central Florida
Canterbury is up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

GEORGIA
• Camp Mikell -- Toccoa, GA
Diocese of Atlanta
Summer camps cancelled

• Honey Creek Camp -- Waverly, GA
Diocese of Georgia
Summer camps cancelled

• Episcopal School Camp -- Augusta, GA
Episcopal Day School
Diocese Georgia
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

HAWAII
• Camp Mokuleia -- Waialua, HI
Diocese of Hawaii
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

IDAHO
• Paradise Point Camp -- McCall, ID
Diocese of Idaho
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Camp Cross -- McDonald Point, ID
Diocese of Spokane
Virtual camp online

ILLINOIS
• St. James Camp -- Chicago, IL
St. James Cathedral
Diocese of Chicago
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Camp Chicago -- Oregon, IL
Diocese of Chicago
Virtual camp online

St, Matthew's Bible Camp -- Evanston, IL
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Diocese of Chicago
Virtual Bible camp online

• Episcopal Church Camp @ East Bay
East Bay Camp -- Hudson, IL
Diocese of Springfield
Summer camps cancelled

• Episcopal Diocese of Quincy -- Peoria, IL
Defunct

INDIANA
• Waycross Camp -- Morgantown, IN
Diocese of Indianapolis
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Mack -- Milford, IN
Northern Indiana Youth Camp
Diocese of Northern Indiana
Virtual camp online

IOWA
• Camp Courageous -- Newton, IA
Diocese of Iowa
Virtual camp online

KANSAS
• Arnold M. Lewis Conference Center -- Stockton, KS
Diocese of Western Kansas
Defunct

• Episcopal Youth Camp -- Elmdale, KS
Joint dioceses of Kansas & Western Kansas
Virtual summer camps online

KENTUCKY
• The Cathedral Domain -- Irving, KY
Diocese of Lexington
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• All Saints Camp -- Leitchfield, KY
Diocese of Kentucky
Summer camps cancelled

LOUISIANA
• Camp Hardtner -- Pollack, LA
Joint dioceses of Louisiana & Western Louisiana
Virtual camp online

• Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA
Diocese of Louisiana
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

MAINE
• Camp Bishopswood -- Hope, ME
Diocese of Maine
Summer camps cancelled

MARYLAND
• Camp Wright -- Stevensville, MD
Diocese of Easton
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Claggett -- Portland, MD
Joint dioceses of Maryland & Washington, DC
Virtual camp online

• Camp Agape -- Salisbury, MD
Diocese of Easton
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Episcopal Youth Event -- Baltimore, MD
The Episcopal Church
Postponed

MASSACHUSETTS
• New England Episcopal Camp for the Deaf
Wakefield, MA
No information

• St. Stephen's Camp B-SAFE -- Boston, MA
Diocese of Massachusetts
Virtual camp online

• Camp Bement -- Charlton, MA
Diocese of Western Massachusetts
Defunct

• Barbara Harris Camp -- Greenfield, NH
Diocese of Massachusetts
Summer camps cancelled

MICHIGAN
• Camp Chickagami -- Presque Isle, MI
Diocese of Eastern Michigan
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Stoney Lake -- New Era, MI
Diocese of Michigan
Summer camps cancelled

• Episcopal Youth Camp -- Newaygo, MI
Diocese of Western Michigan
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Michigamee -- Lake Michigamee Shores, MI
Diocese of Northern Michigan
Summer camps cancelled

MINNESOTA
• Camp Agape -- Minneapolis, MN
Diocese of Minnesota
Camp Agape open and running with a mixture of online camping and in-person activities with COVID-19 policies
All other summer camps and mission trips cancelled

MISSISSIPPI
• Camp Bratton-Green -- Canton, MS
Diocese of Mississippi
Virtual camp online

MISSOURI
• Camp Phoenix -- Nashville, IL
Diocese of Missouri
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp WEMO @ Home -- Springfield, MO
Diocese of West Missouri
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

MONTANA
• Camp Marshall -- Polson, MT
Diocese of Montana
Virtual camping online

NAVAJOLAND
• Four-corners region of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico
No summer camping opportunities

NEBRASKA
• Camp Canterbury -- Fremont, NE
Diocese of Nebraska
Summer camps cancelled

NEVADA
• Galilee Episcopal Camp -- Glenbrook, NV
Diocese of Nevada
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

NEW HAMPSHIRE
• BCH Camp -- Greenfield, NH
Joint dioceses of New Hampshire & Massachusetts
Summer camps cancelled

NEW JERSEY
• Cross Roads Camp @ Home -- Port Murray, NJ
Diocese of Newark
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• New Jersey Choir Camp -- Cape May, NJ
Diocese of New Jersey
Summer camps cancelled

NEW MEXICO
• Bishop's Ridge & Camp Stoney -- Santa Fe, NM
Diocese of the Rio Grande
Summer camps cancelled

NEW YORK
• Camp DeWolfe -- Wading River, NY
Diocese of Long Island
Summer camps cancelled

• Christ Church Camp -- Poughkeepsie, NY
Christ Episcopal Church
Diocese of New York
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Beaver Cross Camp -- Greenwich, NY
Diocese of Albany
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Camp Rise -- Middlesex, NY
Diocese of Rochester
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Thornfield -- Cazenovia Lake, NY
Diocese of Central New York
Defunct

• Yoked Diocesan Summer Camps -- Erie, PA
Joint dioceses of Western New York & Northwestern Pennsylvania
Virtual camp online

NORTH CAROLINA
• Camp Kanuga -- Hendersonville, NC
The Episcopal Church
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Henry -- Lake Logan, NC
Diocese of Western North Carolina
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

• Camp Trinity -- Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Diocese of East Carolina
Summer camps cancelled

• HUGS Camp -- Brown Summit, NC
Diocese of North Carolina
Virtual camp online

NORTH DAKOTA
• St. Gabriel's Camp -- Yates, ND
Diocese of North Dakota
Virtual camp online

OHIO
• Bellwether Farm Camp -- Wakeman, OH
Diocese of Ohio
Summer camps cancelled

• Sheldon Calvary Camp -- Conneaut, OH
Diocese Pittsburgh
Summer camps cancelled

• Cedar Hills Camp -- Painesville, OH
Diocese of Ohio
Defunct

• Proctor Camp -- London, OH
Diocese of Southern Ohio
Summer camps cancelled

OKLAHOMA
• St. Crispin's Camp -- Wewoka, OK
Diocese of Oklahoma
Summer camps cancelled

OREGON
• Ascension Camp -- Cove, OR
Diocese of Eastern Oregon
Summer camps cancelled

• Shuttle Lake Camp -- Sisters, OR
Diocese of Oregon
Summer camps cancelled

PENNSYLVANIA
• Yoked Diocesan Summer Camps -- Erie, PA
Joint dioceses of Northwestern Pennsylvania & Western New York
Virtual camp online

• City Camp -- Philadelphia, PA
Diocese of Pennsylvania
Virtual camp online

• Agapeland -- Wesley Forest, PA
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
Defunct

• Sheldon Calvary Camp -- Conneaut, OH
TEC Diocese Pittsburgh
Summer camps cancelled

• ACNA Diocese of Pittsburgh
Has no summer camp program in place

• Camp COVID-19 in '20 @ Mount Luther -- Lake Mifflinburg, PA
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
Joint venture with Lutherans
Virtual camp online

• Bear Creek Camp -- Wilkes-Barre, PA
Diocese of Bethlehem
Summer camps cancelled

RHODE ISLAND
• Episcopal Church Center Camp -- Pascoag, RI
Diocese of Rhode Island
Summer camps cancelled

SOUTH CAROLINA
• St. Christopher's Camp -- Johns Island, SC
ACNA Diocese of South Carolina
Summer camps cancelled

• The Episcopal Church IN South Carolina
TEC South Carolina -- Charleston, SC
No summer camp programs in place

• Camp Gravatt -- Aiken, SC
Diocese of Upper South Carolina
Summer camps cancelled

SOUTH DAKOTA
• Camp Remington -- Sioux Falls, SD
Diocese of South Dakota
Summer camps cancelled

• Thunderhead Camp -- Lead, SD
Diocese of South Dakota
Virtual camp online

TENNESSEE
• Grace Point Camp -- Kingston, TN
Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee
Virtual camp online

• St. Mary's School Camp -- Memphis, TN
Diocese of West Tennessee
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Camp St. Columba -- Memphis, TN
Diocese of West Tennessee
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Gailor-Maxon -- Monteagle, TN
Joint Dioceses of Tennessee, East Tennessee & West Tennessee
Virtual camp online

TEXAS
• Camp All Saints -- Pottsboro, TX
Diocese of Dallas
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Allen -- Navasota, TX
Diocese of Texas
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

• Camp Capers -- Waring, TX
Diocese of West Texas
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

• Camp Crucis -- Granbury, TX
ACNA Diocese of Fort Worth
Summer camps cancelled

• TEC Fort Worth
TEC Diocese of Fort Worth
No summer camp programs in place

• Creative Arts Camp -- Houston
Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
Diocese of Texas
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Bishop Quarterman Camp -- Amarillo, TX
Diocese of Northwest Texas
Virtual camp online

• Duncan Park Camp -- Englewood, CO
Diocese West Texas
Summer camps cancelled

• Texas Summer Music Camp
Diocese of Texas
Virtual music camp online

UTAH
• Camp Tuttle -- Salt Lake City, UT
Diocese of Utah
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

VERMONT
• Rock Point Camp -- Burlington, VT
Diocese of Vermont
Summer camps cancelled

VIRGINIA
• St. Michael's Camp -- Richmond, VA
St. Michael's Episcopal School
Diocese of Virginia
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Shrine Mont Camp -- Orkney Springs, VA
Diocese of Virginia
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp Phoebe Needles -- Callaway, VA
Diocese of Southwest Virginia
Summer camps up and running with COVID-19 policies in place

• Camp Chanco -- Surry, VA
Diocese of Southern Virginia
Virtual camp online

WASHINGTON, DC
• Camp Claggett -- Portland, MD
Joint dioceses of Maryland & Washington, DC
Virtual camp online

WASHINGTON STATE
• Huston Camp -- Gold Bar, WA
Diocese of Olympia
Virtual camp online

• Camp Cross -- McDonald Point, ID
Diocese of Spokane
Virtual camp online

WEST VIRGINIA
• Peterkin Camp -- Romney, WV
Diocese of West Virginia
Virtual camp online

WISCONSIN
• Camp Webb @ Lutherdale -- Elkhorn, WI
Diocese of Milwaukee
Joint venture with the Lutherans
Summer camps cancelled

• Camp @ Home -- Fond du Lac, WI
Diocese of Fond du Lac
Summer Camp-in-a-Box

• Camp Horstick --Eau Claire, WI
Diocese of Eau Clare
Virtual camp online

WYOMING
• Wilderness Camp -- Laramie, WY
Diocese of Wyoming
Summer camps cancelled

Mary Ann Mueller is a journalist living in Texas. She is a regular contributor to VirtueOnline

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