Dear Silver Lake Community,
It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of all on-site summer programming at Silver Lake for the 2020 season. This decision was not made lightly, but after careful prayer, discernment, and consultation by our camp committee and with healthcare professionals. The health, safety, and well-being of all our campers, staff, and volunteers will always remain our top priority, and given the ever-changing environment brought by COVID-19, it is simply not safe to offer on-site programs to children and youth this summer. The Government of Ontario has confirmed our concerns, announcing today the closure of all overnight summer camps for the 2020 season.
We’re devastated and heartbroken by this reality. Silver Lake, for over 50 years, has always been a safe space for children and youth to grow in faith, community and friendship. It is where lives are transformed and memories made that will last a lifetime. We know, appreciate, and understand the deep sense of loss our campers, staff, parents and volunteers will feel after hearing this news.
Please join us in prayer as we grieve what has been lost for this summer. We also pray for what new opportunities, experiences, and great potential God may be stirring up in this season and beyond. This summer, we at Silver Lake are prayerfully committed to finding new ways to share our mission with our community from the safety of our homes. We will also be looking at opportunities to improve our site and facilities so that when we return in 2021 we will be able to provide the best summer camp experience possible for our campers! Stay tuned to our social media pages and website for future updates from Silver Lake.
As previously communicated, Silver Lake has made adjustments to our cancellation and refund policy to reflect this unique situation. Please note, if you have registered for camp, but have not submitted any payment, no further action is required. For those who have submitted payment please consider the following 2 options:
- Full Refund – We understand and appreciate the financial hardship our families are facing during this time. If you require a full refund a cheque will be issued and mailed to your home.
- Donation – For those who are able, we hope you will consider donating some, or all, of the amount already paid to Silver Lake. The coming year will be a difficult one for Silver Lake, and any donation you make will help with the cost of maintaining our site, facilities, as well as cover costs associated with taxes, electricity, and insurance. A tax receipt will be issued for all donations.
Thank you for taking the time to consider the above options. We ask that you fill out this form by June 5th to let us know of your family’s choice. To review your payments and account you can log in to your parent portal. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy summer,
Silver Lake Camp Committee