Squeah’s update about COVID-19

updated January 4th 2021

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

January 4th 2021,

Over the past few months Camp Squeah has been cautiously optimistic about considering running safe camps for children and families for the 2021 season. With the advent of vaccines and timelines for vaccinations and hope for a future on the other side of the pandemic, we are planning programming you might be interested in! Because there is still a fair level of uncertainty and we will need to continue living with restrictions to help keep ourselves and our communities safe, our suggested programming for summer 2021 will have a different look and feel. Have a look at our 2021 schedule to see what is new and available.

The most significant changes are the increase in the number of family camp options and the changes to the style of children’s programming. Please visit our programs and schedule pages for more information.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of the shared camp experience this past summer but look forward to renewing relationships as we can this coming season.

With current restrictions in place we cannot offer events for groups on site but should restrictions ease and allow for safe group bookings, please give us a call or email.

Please pray for our camp – for the children and families who will attend this summer, for the many volunteers who are 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 ;-).