To our Bosco Membership, Alumni, and all Interested Parties:
We have been getting many questions to the board and our manager Bernie about this upcoming summer season. Here is what we can tell you at this time.
Regrettably, we already know we will not be able to offer our usual spring and summer camps. We are hoping for a lifting of pandemic restrictions by summer, but we are also realistic about the current situation. As of the latest revision of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan published by the provincial government on March 26, 2021, overnight youth camps are not currently permitted to operate.
If pandemic restrictions are relaxed by the summer, our priority and hope will be to open and run our summer senior programs with a focus on keeping senior campers interested in coming back as staff for future years. We feel our senior programs would be the easiest to operate safely with distancing in place since campers spend minimal time at main camp together.
As an alternative to our usual summer programs, we are looking into offering family retreats. You and your family would come to Bosco for a 3-day slot with your own equipment, tents and/or RVs during July and August. We would provide bathrooms and shower facilities as well as program opportunities geared toward families. Prices and dates are yet to be determined and we might be able to allow booking back-to-back slots to give you a longer stay. Here is where we are looking for your input:
Would you be interested in coming to Bosco this summer for a retreat with your family if we were to offer one?
We are in early stages of planning and at this point we simply want to know how much interest there would be if we were to offer this program. If there is enough interest, we will still need to seek approval from the provincial government to run this type of program. No programs of any kind will be able to proceed this summer if we do not have approval from the Saskatchewan Health Authority and provincial government. The safety of our campers and staff is our top priority throughout the pandemic.
If you are interested in the proposed retreat program or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As well, please watch our social media and website for updates on our summer plans and other important information.
Thank you for your time and patience with us and know that we are all missing you and hoping to see you this summer. Be healthy and safe and keep experiencing God’s nature around you!
The Board of Directors
St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp