Sea Breeze Camp 2021 is nearly here. We are looking forward to this time together and are expecting the presence of God to meet with us again this year.
But as we all know, the times in which we are living are not normal. Since the realities of COVID-19 became apparent early last year, everyone has had to make personal decisions about those things they are comfortable doing and the level of risk they are willing to take. Our personal decisions also have to include thoughts about those around us who are considered vulnerable due to age or pre-existing health issues. There have been no easy answers.
The ministries here in Hobe Sound have taken this virus very seriously. The college and academy put protocols into place early on to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among its staff, faculty, and students. For many weeks Hobe Sound Bible Church did not meet in person. And yet in spite of these precautions our community lost several dear saints of God to this virus. These have been difficult times, and we continue to grieve with those who have lost loved ones.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition or would be considered to be at high-risk with regard to COVID-19, we recommend you not attend in person this year. All services will be livestreamed, so you do not have to miss out on the outstanding preaching and singing that will happen during camp. We are not telling you not to attend; we simply want you to understand that though extra precautions will be taken, there is no way for us to entirely mitigate the risk of attending a gathering such as Sea Breeze Camp.
For those who do plan to attend, I would like to make you aware of some of the extra precautions we are taking to minimize illness and exposure during Sea Breeze Camp 2021.
First, we will be requiring all guests at registration to sign a form stating they currently do not have symptoms or have not been in close proximity to someone with a current COVID-19 diagnosis. Click the following to view the form.
Secondly, hand-sanitizing stations will be available in the entrances of all major buildings, and surfaces in highly trafficked areas will be disinfected multiple times each day.
A third area, and probably the area where change will be noted the most, will be in the cafeteria. As this is being written, plans are still being developed, but at a minimum all meals will be served in disposable containers. Seating in the cafeteria will be limited, and additional outdoor seating will be available. We know the social aspect of camp is very important, but we are going to work hard to avoid long lines and a congested cafeteria.
Lastly, the obvious highlights of Sea Breeze Camp are the services. Thankfully, we are blessed with a large facility. The seats will be arranged with more distance between rows than normal, and an “at risk” area will be provided. The “at risk” area will be cordoned off from the main seating area and will have a private entrance. All seats in this area will be socially distanced, and masks will be required. Masks will be welcome but not required in the main seating area.
Regardless of what decision we make concerning camp this year, some will no doubt disagree. We simply ask you to make the decision regarding camp with which you feel comfortable and then earnestly pray for camp this year. The times in which we are living call for the unity of the church, not division. Camp has been the spiritual catalyst for so many in the past, and we are expecting this year to be no exception.