OneCamp Update

May 21, 2020 | 0 comments

As we entered into this season of unknowns, one of our greatest desires has been to find a way to make One Camp happen.  With full support of the Transformation Network board, our student pastors have worked tirelessly to highlight needs and concerns and find solutions that would make OneCamp possible this year.  At the same time, we have known this possibility hinged on the availability of the FFA-FCCLA campground where we hold OneCamp.  As of Monday morning, around 9am, we learned that FFA-FCCLA has officially cancelled all camps for the summer. 

Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we have to communicate that OneCamp has been cancelled for 2020.  We know how hard this is for all of our churches, for all of our students and especially how hard this is for our seniors.  Honestly, our seniors have been a primary motivation for each of us when talking about making camp happen.  However, with the regulations that are still in place from our local and national governments, FFA-FCCLA made the difficult call that not only impacts OneCamp but has massive implications for all of their summer activities.  We have committed to be in prayer for them as they figure out their next steps.

Moving forward, we want to communicate our next steps…

  • Camp Monies…many of you have already paid your deposit or more for camp. We know who you are and will begin refunding money back to your credit card as quickly as possible.  It may take up to 14 days, so please be patient.  If you do NOT receive your refund, please reach out to Bill Pinto.  He is the Finance Chair for the Transformation Network Board and can be reached at bill@rivercitysmyrna.com.
  • Summer Alternative…our student pastors will be meeting  to discuss our next steps for the summer. Stay tuned!
  • OneCamp 2021…yes, we will do OneCamp next summer and will begin working on this to make sure it is the best camp ever!

In closing, we are thankful for all of your support in this season and want you to know we love your students.  However, we recognize many of you are hurt, upset and frustrated at this decision, and we understand.  Many of us working on this decision have our own children who love camp and have been in our ear the entire process fighting to make camp happen and the idea of letting them down has been catalyst enough to fight for OneCamp. Simply stated…we feel your pain.  But we are also confident in the faithfulness of God in moments like this.  We trust that He loves our students more than anyone, is fighting for their present and future, and His grace will be more than sufficient to bless them and draw them near to Himself this summer!

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