Planning a summer camping season in our ever changing environment has been challenging. We are so excited that the state has opened up overnight camping for the 2021 season and we are working hard to bring that programming to you. While it was our hope to open both camps this summer one of our camps, Camp Vick, needs some more time to recover. We will be dedicating this summer to making much needed repairs and improvements. Meanwhile we will condense our summer program to Pathfinder Lodge. We will be moving some our of Camp Vick camps to our sister camp and merging other camps together. See our new full schedule and brochure.
Camp Vick needs a number of critical repairs especially to the water system. We are writing in part to ask our dedicated families and volunteers to consider donating time and resources where you are able to. All summer there are opportunities to visit the camp, work on a list of projects and enjoy the camp with family or work groups. It is also our hope to create a list of volunteers (who we are calling the Vick Crew) who can learn the ins and outs of Camp Vick, be available for future projects and advocate for the camp’s needs.
Campers will not be without a camping program this year. Instead we are looking into options to transport campers to Pathfinder Lodge this summer. Campers will still experience summer fun activities in a safe environment all while growing in faith and learning about God’s love.
This was not an easy decision for the board to make. We love our camps and want them to be enjoyed now and for years to come which is why we are dedicated to getting them, with your help, in the best condition possible. We are inviting you, our friends, families, volunteers, and donors to a town hall style meeting to talk about this decision and answer any questions you may have. Join us at Camp Vick on June 5th, 2021, at 10AM an online option may also be available TBA at a later date.
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In Christ’s Service,
Vick Pathfinder Camp and Conference Ministries Board
You can now register for the 2021 camping season online. There are two ways to register. We have a new online form, or you can download the PDF and mail in your registration. We are excited to offer a full schedule of summer programming this year. There are also family camping weekends (at Vick and Pathfinder) and work weekends perfect for groups to volunteer and bond together. It’s been a tough year for all of us but now we are looking to RENEW our spirits by getting outside with fellowship, worship, and fun in a safe and loving environment.
It’s happening! We have been watching and planning for so long and we are finally ready to announce the 2021 summer program. This year we are returning to a traditional over-night summer camp program. Though the program may look different, we are so excited to welcome our campers in-person once again.
Like so many other camps we have been hit hard by the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. We are asking for your help to ensure our camping program can continue for generations to come. We know that you, like us, believe in the power of camping to help our youth grow in confidence, love, respect, and faith. Read the full letter from our Board of Directors and learn how you can help and become a Camping Ministry Hero.
For past 3 months the Board of Directors has been meeting every week. We have explored a number of innovative ways to re-imagine the camping program during this pandemic. Due to many factors, including a mandate from the state of New York, we will not be able to have a traditional overnight camp this year. However thanks to our amazing staff, we are excited to introduce a new way to experience camp from home for Summer 2020. Very soon our staff and board will be sharing content on our social media channels explaining how you can be part of this year’s program. We look forward to seeing you in person in 2021 when we return to our overnight camping program.
Dear Friends and Supporters of Vick Pathfinder Ministries,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! As we are in the midst of the Lenten and soon Easter season, I want to thank you all for your continued prayerful and financial support of this ministry that is so dear to all of us. We have some exciting news to share with you. We have called a new CEO Amanda Simons and she has accepted. Mandy has an extensive background in camping and in various other ministries. She is gifted and brings many strengths and abilities to our organization. We are blessed to have her continuing the good work that was started by our departing CEO Rev. Dr. John Buskey. Keep an eye on this web page and on our social media channels for a more extensive biography for Mandy.
Like most people, the Board of Directors of VPCC Ministries are also keeping an eye on the quickly developing and fast changing impact of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus. We have made no definite decisions yet in regard to the camp schedules for the summer of 2020. It is our sincerest hope that we will be able to run a full schedule with all of our programs. We are watching the seemingly daily changing reports of an all clear date with the hope that we can solidify our plans and begin to prepare for a wonderful summer of Christian Camping. Please keep an eye on our webpage and social channels for any updates which we will report to you as soon as we are able. We hope you will continue to pray for and financially support this vitally important ministry.
On behalf of the VPCC Board of Directors and with the ever present hope of Christ,