Prayer #48: For Summer Camps Amidst the Coronavirus
Summer camps may be severely affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak, though it's still too soon to know for sure, and various states will handle these differently. Each year, more than 11 million children and youth attend either day camps or overnight camps. There are about 7,000 overnight camps and 5,000-day camps in the country. Some, such as those the YMCA hosts, are as long as 6 weeks. Right now, the majority of camps are in limbo, trying to figure out if, with the existing Coronavirus restrictions, camps can proceed in some way. Issues of headcounts and refunds are being worked through as well. Camps are not yet sure if the restrictions will be lifted in time, all or in part, that would enable them to proceed with a somewhat normal camp season. Camps require a lot of staff and a lot of planning, so this is quite unsettling right now for them. Organizations such as the YMCA have been greatly impacted by the virus-their branch facilities have been closed since mid-March, and many employees have been laid off or furloughed.
We pray for summer camps and the organizations supporting them during the time of the Coronavirus. Pray for wisdom concerning whether they can and should open their camps this summer. Pray for the finances for these camp organizations, which have been affected in a major way. Pray for the YMCA in particular, which has been so greatly impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.
2 Thess. 3:16: "Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in all ways."