COVID-19 Update

Dear Westview Campers and Families,
COVID-19 turned our world upside down when it began to hit central Virginia this spring.  Every year we look forward to summer and the excitement of summer camp, but this year we have had to make some very difficult decisions as a result of this extraordinary challenge.

 

When our board and staff met in early April, our Governor had set state-wide activity restrictions in place until June 10th as the result of a rapidly rising virus “curve.” There was no way to know at that time if we would be able to hold camp at all this summer. Given this uncertainty, Westview made the decision to offer an online virtual camp instead of an on-site summer camp. We set out to develop the best virtual camp possible, and after several weeks of planning, launched it on social media last week. We quickly and clearly heard back from campers and families that virtual camp wasn’t an agreeable alternative, so we have decided not to proceed with this option.
 

However, in light of your feedback and the continually changing information we’re receiving with regard to the virus
(a flattening curve and new safety protocols for reopening our economy) Westview is now considering the possibility
of holding summer camps beginning July 5th. But for this to happen, the following would need to take place:

  1. The Virginia Governor must offer a clear directive stating that camps can open.

  2. The Christian Camping Conference Association (CCCA) and the CDC must provide guidelines for best 
    practices at summer camps.

  3. Our local health departments must align with the above guidelines.

  4. Westview must be able to adapt to any recommendations made for camp safety.

With these as our milestones, we will continue to monitor communications and mandates and make a decision on reopening camp once we have all the information we need.  At that time we will notify you by email and post our plans on our social media channels.


Which camp weeks will be held in 2020?

  • All camp weeks scheduled beginning July 5th or later are being evaluated.  We will let you know as soon as a decision has been made, most likely early June.

Which camp weeks are canceled?

  • All camp weeks before July 4th are officially canceled for summer 2020.

  • A paid virtual camp will no longer be offered in 2020 due to a lack of interest.  We were excited about the possibilities, but we realize that this isn’t the same as the camp you know and love.

Refunds

  • If your camp week has already been canceled we will be reaching out to you to offer these choices:

    • Move your registration to a later camp week or next year

    • Donate part or all of the funds you have paid to help us prepare Westview for when your children can camp with us again.

    • Receive a refund

  • If your camp week has not been canceled (all camp weeks after July 4th), we are extending the deadline for final payment to June 15th.

  • If we cancel your camp week, we will be reaching out to you to offer these choices:

    • Apply your registration fees to a later camp week or to 2021 Summer Camp

    • Donate part or all of the funds you have paid to help us prepare Westview for when your children can camp with us again.

    • Receive a refund.

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you should have any questions. Your Westview Team and I are very grateful for your ongoing love and support, and we thank you most importantly for your prayers!

 

Bobby Boyd, 
Camp Director