Hello camp parents!
We have been closely watching the local weather and developments in the gulf since last week. So far we have escaped almost all of the rain and have only experienced some very light drizzle on Sunday at the time of check in. Thank God! This is very typical for our camp due to the terrain and, likely, God's hand.
Many of you have been curious about our emergency procedures and evacuation plans. We do have plans established for severe weather events, posted in all buildings and structures. We have trained our staff to respond to various situations. Just this morning, we reviewed our inclement weather procedures with counselors and leadership staff, and continue to monitor the changing conditions. In case of severe weather, we have alternate housing to accommodate campers which will keep them dry and safe.
What I'm hearing from parents is a lot of fears about flooding due to recent events in the region. Rest assured that all of our camp facilities are in excellent location to avoid flooding, some of the highest points in the county. Even during the Memorial Day flooding where we experienced just as much record-breaking rain as the surrounding areas, there was no flooding whatsoever in any of the camper areas, and all accommodations (including the ones to which we might relocate in a storm) are also not at risk. For any emergencies, we are within 2 miles of the local fire station, and within 7 miles of two hospitals with emergency rooms. We regularly monitor weather conditions even on normal days, but more frequently at times like this, with updates to our leadership staff every 30 minutes.
We have a rain schedule and will be following it for the rest of the day, and possibly other days this week. At the beginning of the week we talked with the campers (while it was raining) about being flexible and trusting God, and that we would continue to have lots of fun even if the weather is bad. We're excited to live out our faith in this way.
My prayer is that this message calms your worries, as we understand it can be challenging on parents to be away from the children they love and protect. Please let me know if you have any questions. Keep praying with us that this can be an excellent week of experiencing God in His creation.
Yours in Christ,
Bryan "Taco" Turner
Summer Camp Director
PS: The interesting thing is that, while writing our Bible curriculum for this summer, at the last minute I changed out Matthew 8:27 for a different memory verse. It comes from this passage:
This powerful man is the same one that we are introducing to many campers this week. We serve a might God!