Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
What can I currently do at camp?
As of January 2021, we are now allowing groups of up to 10 people for day use only. This is a great option for small meetings that can't be done online. Volunteers are welcome at camp, but must register with Camp Directors before coming. Volunteers are also limited to no more than 10 at a time. Masks and distancing are required for all guests and staff.
We continue to limit overnight use to individual households only. Each of our three sites is able to host your family in a safe and cozy environment that gives you some time away in a different place. Our Sabbath Night program offers one free overnight per year to the clergy and full-time youth directors of our synod. This program is also currently accepting reservations.
When will you allow larger guest groups back to camp?
Because we serve campers and guests from across the state of Wisconsin, we are looking at data both regionally and across the state. Our primary source of information is the state department of health website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/disease.htm. We have specific guidelines for operating camp at each of the activity levels defined by the state. As the level falls, we will welcome more and larger groups. Staff have worked hard to prepare ahead of time, so as soon as the state statistics improve, we will be ready to welcome groups quickly.
What is the plan for Summer Camp 2021?
We are making plans to have in-person camp in 2021. Registration will open the first week of January, and we anticipate that registrations will be limited to 50% capacity. Our plans are tentative and may change based on state/federal mandates, input from our health officials, and best practices emerging from the American Camp Association. We will communicate any updates as they happen. 2021 Covid Response and Preparedness Plan: Updated June 2021
What about day camp?
Between now and summer, we are striving to become experts at making camp as safe as possible. When we take the camp experience to another location, we face a wide variety of unexpected variables. Further, residential camp and day camp have different best practices and regulations. To better focus on our primary experience, we will be pausing our day camp program for 2021.
How can I support camp right now?
We have been impressed and inspired with the generosity and support of the Crossways Community. You have come up with creative ways to bless this ministry. Any of these make great ways to support camp.
Churches and individuals have remembered us during their prayers and devotions, and have sent encouraging notes to our staff.
People have reserved our cottages and come to stay at camp.
Volunteers have mowed the grass, raked leaves, stained decks, tended gardens, etc.
Donors have contributed, and have challenged one another to reach new levels of generosity.
What is the best way to make a financial donation?
If you like to give online, visit our secure donor portal: https://www.crosswayscamps.org/donate
If you prefer to give via check, make your check out to “Crossways Camping Ministries” and mail it to 912 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911.
If you have items to donate, want to make an in-kind contribution, or are interested in donating stock, call our main office at 920-882-0023 to coordinate with our staff.
If you are a member of Thrivent, you may have either Action Team grants or Choice Dollars that you can contribute to camp. Many of our maintenance projects happen through these programs. To coordinate a Thrivent donation, call our main office.
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)