Squeah’s update about COVID-19

updated May 15th 2020

Camp Squeah remains committed to the safety and well-being of our guests, staff, and campers.

May 15, 2020

The last number of weeks posed significant challenges at Camp Squeah as we made adjustments amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19. As our province looks to move forward to the next phases of emerging from the pandemic, we face the challenges of a ‘new normal.’ This past week our province communicated a plan that reinforces the necessary protocols of physical distancing and group size restrictions for the foreseeable future. We have discerned that we are unable to provide overnight camp while prioritizing physical distancing.

 In order to best ensure the health of our campers and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 summer camp season. This applies to all day and overnight camp programs, including Family Camp.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of the shared camp experience.  We value the nurture, care and development this experience offers a child, and will mourn its loss this summer.  We believe, however, that this decision is in the best interest of our community of staff and campers for 2020. We look forward to enjoying the presence of staff and campers at camp when we can gather together safely again. Until then, we hope to remain connected via our social media platforms.  We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to drop us a line and let us know how you’re doing.

For those who have already paid registration fees, we will begin the process of issuing you full refunds starting next week.  If you have questions please email registrar@squeah.com  or visit our website for answers to a list of frequently asked questions.

Please pray for our camp – for the children who will not be able to attend this summer, for the many volunteers who were planning to serve, and for our committee and full-time staff team, navigating Camp Squeah through these unprecedented challenges with the hope of re-emerging poised, ready, and willing to be a safe haven of healing and restoration in the near future.

May the Lord continue to be your Refuge,

Rob Tiessen
Executive Director
Camp Squeah
rob@squeah.com
1-604-869-5353 x 102

Mar 30, 2020

While there is great concern surrounding the COVID-19 situation, we at Camp Squeah are working diligently to provide a place of refuge for all persons in our care.

It is difficult to discern at this point the full impact of the outbreak on our operations. Our office is presently closed to the public; however, we are continuing to make preparations for our summer camp programs. Our staff, who are able, are working remotely and reachable by email for your questions.

As further information becomes available, we will continue to keep you, our community members, updated. We encourage everyone to stay informed and follow all recommendations for keeping one another safe.

 Mar 13, 2020 

 Greetings from Camp Squeah,  

 As we monitor the global impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Camp Squeah remains committed to the safety and well-being of our guests, staff, and campers. As such, we daily continue to monitor official updates and follow the guidance of Fraser Health and our provincial and federal health authorities. 

 At this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 in the Fraser Valley is still considered low. While we recognize that this assessment is fluid and may change rapidly, for the time being we are committed to welcoming and serving our registered retreat groups and look forward to running spring break day camps next week as planned.   

 We have been enthusiastically anticipating a busy Spring Outdoor Ed season for some time now and have been dusting off some of winter’s wear on the grounds and trails.  Some of you have already been in touch with Dave, our guest group bookings coordinator, wondering about the viability of your retreat in these uncertain times, especially considering some of the mixed messages swirling around the internet and social media. 

 We are grateful for the work of our Health authority in communicating regular updates and calming fears and anxieties associated with some of the mixed messages.  The prevailing message we keep hearing loud and clear is that our best defense against this virus includes the very same good hygiene practices that have long been the standard practice at Squeah - washing hands, covering coughs, and staying home when unwell. 

 That said, we are implementing additional precautionary measures to ensure that the health and safety of everyone attending and working at Squeah is our highest priority. 

Our housekeeping team has increased the number of stations for sanitizing gel and is taking elevated cleaning and sanitizing measures throughout our buildings. We have also distributed signage to remind guests of best practices surrounding hygiene and hand washing.   

We recognize that new information is being released daily and some of this information may directly impact the status of your retreat and/or add new elements of risk which may warrant a postponing of your retreat.  We are committed to navigating these uncharted waters together with you over the next number of weeks.   

Sincerely,  

Rob Tiessen.
Camp Squeah, Executive Director,  
(ph) 604-869-5353  (ext 102) 

PS: We are currently well stocked in the toilet paper department ;-).