Camp Sentinel: News from the mountaintop
Greetings Sentinel Family,
Please find an update on Camp Sentinel’s SUMMER OVERNIGHT PROGRAMS for 2020.
As you may know, the State of New Hampshire regulates every DAY and OVERNIGHT camp in the state. They released new rules recently governing how both day and overnight camps will function during the covid-19 pandemic. The State of New Hampshire has regulated overnight camps to have campers and staff tested for covid-19 before and upon arrival in order to operate overnight camps.
The challenge is the state public safety labs and local hospitals do not have these tests for camps. We have been working since the regulations came out to get these tests but have proved unsuccessful. The state of New Hampshire does not have the tests available for us to follow the overnight camp guidelines.
Given this, we simply cannot run OVERNIGHT camp this summer. We will be running DAY CAMP and many of our campers are switching over to our day camp program. A number of our families are renting campsites in our family camp area (Sentinel Pines), where they can bring a camper, RV or tent or stay in a cabin.
We hope you will consider coming to Day Camp and taking time as a family to stay with us in our family camp area or cabins. For more information: www.campsentinel.org/camping
Please pray with us for the future of Camp Sentinel as we continue to seek wisdom and discernment from the Lord on how to best keep Sentinel moving forward during these challenging times. We know how important it is for the mind, body and soul to spend time together outdoors.
The majority of our campers are local from New Hampshire and we believe camp is important to support children and families during life. Christian camp and hope are important investments offered in life. Our goal is to continue to offer certainty in an otherwise uncertain world.
Next steps for those who were planning to come to overnight camp:
#1 Sign-up for day camp (June 22nd to Aug 14th 8 weeks!) and any payments already made will be applied.
I have enrolled for camp but not paid my deposit:
1) Register for day camp this summer and camp in 2021!
2) If you are enrolled but have not paid your deposit, there are no steps to take except to consider making a donation to Sentinel to help support us through this time.
I have registered for overnight camp and paid the $100 deposit:
1) Apply your $100 deposit to day camp in 2020.
2) Your $100 deposit can be refunded to you (please allow 6-8 weeks).
3) You can help support Sentinel by donating your deposit.
4) Your $100 deposit can be rolled over to the 2021 camp season ultimately saving your spot now.
I have paid-in-full for my camper to attend in 2020:
1) Apply your payment to day camp 2020 (consider multiple weeks)
2) Your full payment can be refunded to you (please allow 6-8 weeks).
3) Support the mission of Sentinel by donating any or all of the payment.
For those who decide to bless Camp Sentinel by donating their full payment, we would like to thank you by sending you a Sentinel 2020 camper shirt, pin and camp lanyard. Thank You!
Those campers attending day camp 2020 will receive their camper shirt and pin at camp. See you soon!
Please contact camp at email@example.com or call 603-539-4839 with your campers name and week signed-up for, and let us help you move your registration to Day Camp, or to ask questions about payments.
We have complete faith and trust - confidence that God will offer his provision, fulfill His promises, grant His presence and sustain us with His power.
To walk in confidence, sometimes? Always. We need to do so with faith. Faith is believing in the unseen. We trust God through this and continue to pray for you and your family,
Thank you for your ministry partnership and we are sorry for any inconvenience this causes your family during this time.
We look forward to seeing you on the mountaintop,
Kevin Van Brunt
Executive Director, Camp Sentinel
When the morning falls on the farthest hill
I will sing His name, I will praise Him still
When dark trials come and my heart is filled
With the weight of doubt, I will praise Him still
For the Lord, our God, He is strong to save
From the arms of death, from the deepest grave
And He gave us life in His perfect will
And by His good grace I will praise Him still
Fernando Ortega "Give me Jesus"
Health and Safety Protocols
The safety of all our campers and families is our utmost importance. This summer, we are following the CDC and state Day Camp guidelines. Additionally we have extra cleaning protocols in place, we are excited to enjoy more time in the fresh air and outdoor space at Sentinel 629 acres. We will have screenings upon arrival to ensure the health and safety of campers and families. Camp weeks are filling quickly.
Information about Summer Camp
Sign up today: www.campsentinel.org
2020 Walk in Confidence
Words like “be not afraid” and “fear not” occur over 300 times in the Bible. There are many things to distract us in life, causing fear in our lives. When we come face to face with fear, trusting God’s presence, promises, provision and power, we are then able to walk in confidence.
For over 70 years Sentinel has been providing a summer Christian community for youth to build self-esteem, have meaningful connections, develop character, become strong leaders and to discover and explore creativity through the guidance of well-trained staff. We believe that camp is an opportunity for everyone, and we are excited to see you and your family this year! Daily activities include swimming, boating, arts & crafts, team-building games, ropes course with zip line, rock wall, archery, hiking, large group team sports, and many other great adventures. Each evening the entire camp gathers for Vespers which is a time of worship, singing and Bible study.
Blessings and see you on the mountaintop again soon!
Kevin Van Brunt "Pk"
Executive Director Camp Sentinel