As of May 2020, we have decided to condense our programs to the month of July. All programs through June have been cancelled.
If and when Summer Camp begins in early July, there will be new and innovative procedures adapted. Some are directed towards cleaning and sanitation of the facilities and equipment. Some are directed towards daily programming. Some are directed towards the “business of the camp,” particularly the change in how we register the campers as they arrive at DWA. All center around the safety and wellbeing of the kids and staff.
We cannot name all the new procedures we will be implementing for this year’s Summer Camp as they are constantly evolving, but here are a few of them to help you understand how seriously we are taking the responsibility.
We hope, and are encouraged by the medical community, that immediate results testing will be available by July. If so, each camper and staff will be tested upon arrival to the camp.
Registration will be different. Kids will either register at centralized locations in their community (like at a local church) and ride a bus to camp. If that is not possible, the kids will be registered from the car, with no family member but the camper leaving the vehicle. The medical form will be more comprehensive than it was last year, but reasonable and manageable.
Everyone entering DWA will have their temperature immediately taken with a no-touch thermometer. The staff and campers will have their temperature taken twice a day during their stay at the camp.
There will be DWA staff dedicated to cleaning and disinfecting the most touched surfaces and equipment each day. At the end of the week, after the campers depart, the camp will undergo a complete deep-cleaning and thorough sanitation process in preparation for the campers that will arrive the next Sunday. Hand sanitizer will be readily available in multiple locations.
There will be new kitchen and dining hall procedures, to name a few: The kitchen staff will be even more dedicated to cleaning and sanitation procedures. Everyone will be required to thoroughly wash their hands (we are installing two outdoor handwashing stations between the cabins). Instead of the meals served family-style, we will serve cafeteria style. There will be more space between kids while eating. The dining hall will be disinfected after each meal.
Programming will change. There will be no off-campus activities scheduled. Camp will be slower, but every effort will be made to keep the traditions of DWA and retain the integrity of Sumer Camp.
Pickup will be different. Parents will not be allowed for closing chapel. We will bring your child to you in the car, or help them to a bus, along with all their gear and meds.
Feel free to call us if you have any questions or want to discuss the situation.
There is so much to consider when moving forward. We continue to get updates from the Florida Health Department, the CDC, and our county and city government health organizations. We pray for wisdom and guidance for all those involved with those organizations as they are tasked with making those decisions. We know our camp families are anxiously waiting to hear what our plans are as more facts are made available.
We will continue to update you as we navigate this path we are forced to follow. The DWA Ministry Team will meet again on May 15, and May 31. If we recognize more changes are necessary, we will keep you informed. We continue to encourage you to register your campers online (a simple process) and know your deposits are fully refundable if we cancel.
At beautiful Dogwood Acres, children and youth meet peers from across the Florida Panhandle (and beyond). As they make new friends, nature and nurture come together to help them learn about growing in faith, guided by role models who walk and talk it every day. Campers flourish in this wholesome, technology-free atmosphere that encourages them to actively explore life through a wide variety of guided opportunities. Dogwood Acres is an exciting, nurturing gift from God that offers a safe, beautiful, faith-filled setting in which campers can swim, fish, laugh, worship, sing, learn archery and crafts, help each other on the Challenge course, and create lifelong memories while doing it all!