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To the members and friends of MACCMA,
The last year has been a trying one for us all. The many challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic forced the board to make some hard decisions last year, and has once again created challenges for 2021. On May 24th, we had a special board meeting, which wrapped up a multi-meeting discussion about what this camp year will look like. Due to the various challenges associated with the ever-evolving guidelines and regulations set forth by the State of Maine, as well as some resultant staffing challenges, we are moving forward with an adapted summer schedule.
It is as follows:
1. Junior Camp and mini camp will not take place this year.
2. Camp MACC will take place July 4-9 as planned.
3. Teen Camp will take place from July 11-16.
4. Campmeeting will take place with a slightly adapted timeframe from July 18-25.
As of right now, it is our belief that we will be able to proceed with Camp MACC and teen camp without issue. However, if we are not able to put the necessary pieces in place to hold camp safely by June 18, we are leaving the door open to cancel those weeks at that time. Note, however, that we see this as a last resort. Additionally, due to current CDC guidelines, we will be unable to have those not directly involved with our youth camps on the grounds while those camps are taking place (July 4-16). The reason is that, if we allow non-campers on the grounds, it will impede our ability to live up to the health and safety protocols being passed on to us by the CDC. Our goal and responsibility with our youth camps is to keep our campers safe, and this is a necessary step we are being asked to take so we can do so.We greatly appreciate your understanding and know that this is an inconvenience. However, we believe it is a necessary inconvenience, which our board members who are not involved with these camps will be held to as well. It was the prayerful desire of the board to do everything we can to keep our eyes focused on the primary mission of our camp, which is to reach those who do not know Jesus with the gospel. Know that this restriction is only necessary during our youth camps and will not be in place for camp meeting or during any other time during our camp season.The good news in all of this is that our ministry will be open once again this year! While it may not yet look quite “normal,” we are thankful for God’s provision and guidance through each of these difficult decisions. We look forward to seeing you all at camp again in the coming weeks!
Rev. Matt Larkin, President