It is with a heavy heart that we are suspending all Impact 2818 events for the summer of 2020. Through countless plans and tireless efforts, we have exhausted any remaining avenues to provide a safe experience for participants and staff both during camp and upon reentering homes and communities.
Dear Friends, Campers, Counselors, Families, and Leaders,
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, our team has been preparing multiple contingency plans, plotting possible scenarios, writing cleaning and care policies, innovating social distancing camp strategies, and researching functional operation considerations. While we strategized, we kept alive the hope and promise of the impact of camp on children, youth, and adults.
Unfortunately, we are out of time. Our communities are still being impacted in ways we can’t overcome. Information and policies are still changing at a rate that can’t be integrated across our camps. Our partner churches are having a tough time regaining community themselves.
Finally, we were left with no choice when we considered our Christ-like imperative to put the care for others over our own desires, agenda, and assumed future.
We know that our God is sovereign. This will not be our final chapter or our last opportunity to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Even as we mourn the loss of a summer of making disciples, we are beginning to see light: the possibility of site improvements we’ve never been able to make during summer, the extra time to reach out to partner churches and join in new ways, the irresistible proposition of being a catalyst for student ministry change and expansion. God knows no crisis.
Even though we don’t know exactly what His plan is, we do know this: We need you. In every community that knows Christ, He has placed people of prayer, of discernment, people gifted in trades, and those generous with His resources. Now, more than ever, we are better able to see our need for this community of believers.
We invite you, today and throughout the breadth of this crisis, to partner with us as you are able. Together we will prepare new ministry opportunities for the months ahead and the generations to come. Visit impact2818.org/donate to make a contribution.
Impact 2818 Executive Director
For answers to common questions or to support the camping ministry, please visit impact2818.org/covid-19.