To our Beloved NJAUMC Camping Community and Friends,
Our hearts reach out to all of you during this COVID-19 pandemic; an unprecedented time of continued uncertainty and concern for the health and economic impact on our neighbors, churches, communities, country and world.
It is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to cancel our Jr. High Camp and Asian Camp summer programs at Camp Lodestar for 2020. Our highest priority is for the health and safety of all our camp participants (Campers, Counselors, Directors and Adult Staff)
Concerns of the coronavirus are difficult to navigate with so much uncertainty and unknowns on when it will be safely behind us. With attentiveness to daily updates, predicted curve trends, watch on what school districts were following, extending lengths of “sheltering in place,” reports of younger ages contracting COVID-19, along with the probability that a second outbreak could follow, we felt it necessary to come to this decision. It is clear to us that even following proper distancing guidelines, wearing masks and restricting the number gathered in an area, we still could not guarantee the health and safety of all within a program that revolves around community within the camp environment.
This time has been humbling and challenging as our Directors did not want to let a year pass without considering the opportunity for a different type of camp experience. We know how much the youth look forward to the fellowship with one another and the opportunity to explore their faith in the sacred space of camp.
So, we are so excited to be offering a Virtual Camp experience for Jr. High Camp and Asian Camp 2020! We hope it will provide connection, and a new opportunity of gathering to share in worship, faith conversations, spiritual workshops, fellowship and fun!
We believe that as much as we will miss Camp Lodestar this year, we know that God’s presence and spirit will grace and bless our time in this new format! We look forward to joining and connecting with the youth online! Our counselor staffs have been rethinking and recreating their camp plans for this new virtual context. Some traditions will stay the same and new programs will be added! You won’t want to miss out!
Since Camp Lodestar will be closed for the remainder of the year, they will not have the usual source of income will the cancellation of many previously scheduled camps. If you would like to make a donation to Camp Lodestar, you can do so through this website.
Grace and Peace,
NJAUMC Camping Board,
Pastor Ki Tae Choi, Viki Inouye, Pamela Nakano, Carol Tondo, Darryl Noda,
Gayle Kurasaki, Oliver To