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- Tuesday, 10 Aug 2021 14:00 - Thursday, 19 Aug 2021 14:00 BST
It is with great sadness that we have made the decision to cancel Pioneer Christian Camp this summer due to COVID-19.
We have been keeping a close eye on government regulations for residentials, and as with last year, we had hoped that by the time camp came around, we would be in a position to go ahead.
We have been reliably informed by an organisation who work closely with the government in relation to children’s and young people’s residentials, that even if all legal restrictions are lifted ahead of the summer holidays, children’s and youth residentials will still be subject to government regulations.
The primary restriction being the requirement to run in smaller groups of 15 to 30 people. Whilst multiple groups of 30 might be possible, they must be kept completely separate (e.g. for meal times, Bible times, activities and wash facilities). Unfortunately, this restriction makes the running of Pioneer Camp unfeasible.
In light of the above, and in consultation with our trustees, we have made this extremely difficult decision; one that the trustees did not take lightly and made with great disappointment and sadness, especially given this is the second year in a row that we’ve had to cancel. We know that your child(ren) will be just as disappointed to hear this news.
We are, however, continuing to trust that God is in control and that this is His will for this year. Whilst we might not understand the reasoning, we continue to look to Him and trust in His plans for us and for Pioneer Camp.
Whilst we are unable to run camp this year in the way in which we would have liked, we’re in the process of planning alternative events so that we can provide your child(ren) with the opportunity for fun, friendship and the chance to explore life with Jesus! We will be touch about this in the coming weeks.
As the cancellation of Pioneer Camp was due to unforeseen circumstances, we will refund any amounts paid towards camp this summer (including your deposit).
We would also like to give you the opportunity to donate some or all of what you have paid, should you feel able to do so, in order to contribute towards the non-recoverable costs that Pioneer Camp has already incurred ahead of this summer’s camp.
Pioneer Camp next year will be held at Athelington from Tuesday 2nd August to Thursday 11th August 2022. Do keep an eye out for 2022 bookings, which will open this Autumn.
We will really miss not welcoming your child(ren) and the other young people to camp again this summer, but we do look forward to seeing as many of you as possible next year.