By Carol Pipes
Update: This article has been updated as of April, 8, 2020 (4-8-20) to indicate the cancellations in June do not include Camp Ridgecrest for Boys and Camp Crestridge for Girls held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in N.C.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — LifeWay Christian Resources announced that FUGE, StudentLife, Student Life for Kids and CentriKid camps, as well as World Changers projects scheduled for June have been canceled due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak.
“We’ve been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the guidance of government and health authorities to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our campers, staff and the communities where we host camps,” said Ben Trueblood, director of students at LifeWay. “Due to the continued health concerns related to COVID-19, we’ve made the decision to cancel all programming for the month of June.
“While we are disappointed, we know this is the right decision to ensure the health and safety of all participants,” Trueblood said. This does not include Camp Ridgecrest for Boys and Camp Crestridge for Girls held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in N.C.
The precautionary move follows the Southern Baptist Convention’s decision to cancel its Annual Meeting, which was scheduled for June 9-10 in Orlando. Numerous public events scheduled for the summer across the nation have been canceled or postponed out of concerns for public safety.
“At this time, we’re still planning to hold camps scheduled for July and August.” Trueblood said. “We’re taking things week by week and will continue to evaluate the situation.”
In the meantime, the LifeWay Students team is offering support and digital resources to student ministers during the COVID-19 crisis.
“I’ve been so encouraged by the work of student ministry leaders to move programming online in the first few weeks of this pandemic,” Trueblood said. “It has been an incredible effort fueled by a desire to continue ministering to teenagers.
“Our team wants to come alongside student ministry leaders during these unique times,” Trueblood said. “We’ve created a hub where student ministers can find free digital Bible studies, advice on how to stay connected with students, and even community and support from other student ministers.” For more information, visit StudentMinistry.LifeWay.com/hub.
“We are praying for student ministry leaders in these challenging times,” said Trueblood, “and we are thankful for their commitment to reach teenagers and their families with the gospel.”
Carol Pipes is director of corporate communications at LifeWay.