Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Is camp still happening?
The Crossways Board met on May 4 to sift through expert information, our faith, best practices, and gut feelings. We tried to think our way out of this reality with creativity and hope. In the end, our highest concern is for the safety and well-being of all of God’s people.
So to best care for our camps and our community, the board voted unanimously to cancel all summer programming for 2020.
The Safer-at-Home order has been lifted. Is summer camp still canceled?
Yes, camp is still canceled. Although the government restrictions have changed, there are still many regulations we need to follow. And though Wisconsin law changed overnight, the virus did not. Keeping camp safe and healthy is an extremely high priority for us. So is providing a program that builds up our campers and their faith. When we can do both of these well, that's when we'll return to camp. (Sign up for our newsletter below, and we'll keep you up-to-date on everything that's happening).
What about day camp?
All day camp programs for Summer 2020 are also canceled.
I represent a rental group. Am I impacted by this?
Most likely. If your group doesn’t require support from camp staff, and if you don’t utilize our food service, and if the government allows us to be open, we can consider hosting your group. We will be in touch with all groups that fit this conditional set of rules.
What happens to the summer staff?
We are committed to doing ministry with these incredible young adults via digital means. We have established ways of staying connected with them through the summer and into next year. Unfortunately, we have retracted all their contracts for the summer. This frees them to look for work in other places this summer.
What will happen to my deposit?
The board voted to return non-refundable deposit to those who may need that. But the truth is, Crossways needs your help. The deposits we receive for summer camp are spent during the first half of the year, on critical expenses like insurance, communications, and the top-notch staff who care for our campers and keep camp going. You should receive an email directly from us with several options. If you believe you have missed this email, please contact our registrar. (see contact information below)
What if the situation changes?
If we’ve learned anything during the last 2 months, it’s that we are able to make changes to our calendar far more quickly than we ever believed! We are continuing to monitor the situation, in the hope that something may change. If we believe we are able to return to programming while keeping everyone safe, we are willing to consider adding new programming. The best way to know about this is to subscribe to our newsletter. Check out the link below.
How will fall programming be impacted?
At this moment, we are planning to continue all our fall programming. Fall is a great time to plan a retreat at camp! We will continue to monitor the situation, and we’ll let you know of any changes as they happen.
I love camp and want to see it succeed. How can I best give to Crossways?
We are planning a big fundraising campaign to see us through this challenging time. The need will be great. But Camp People know how to come together in big ways. Watch for more information coming soon.
If you are interested in making a matching donation or a lead gift, please contact our Executive Director, Sharon@CrosswaysCamps.org.
If you want to give immediately, you can give online
or mail a check to:
Crossways Camping Ministries
912 N. Oneida St.
Appleton, WI 54911
My question isn’t listed here. How do I contact you?
We are still working from home, and our phone system is unable to process a high volume of calls. If you have specific questions, here’s who your first point of contact is:
Other: (and we’ll direct your message to the best staff person)