Camp Siloam director Jason Wilkie issued the following statement after the release of yesterday’s directive from the Governor’s office pertaining to overnight camps:
“Yesterday Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Health published required guidelines that must be maintained the entire summer for summer camps to open. The guidelines appear difficult for church camps and our campers. Camp is a complex congregational situation, similar to other sectors, where the virus has been most active. Summer camps also see many campers from outside of our counties and states, because of this the guidelines are very restrictive.The Governor mentioned in his statement today 5/21/2020 that we need to do the best we can to prevent the spread of the virus while also maintaining our economy.
For Camp Siloam that means finding the best way to host camp, keep the virus out and most importantly keep our campers safe. We are cautiously hopeful to hold summer camp in order to help aid in the recovery process.Over the next few days our staff will be reviewing the guidelines to see how we can modify the church camp model to fit the requirements of the state. After this we must run the concept through a financial model to see if it will be viable. We will continue to update you with our plans on summer camp as we get the chance to discuss and pray over summer 2020.”
Camp Director, Camp Siloam