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All 2020 Salkehatchie camps cancelled because of COVID-19

All 2020 Salkehatchie camps cancelled because of COVID-19
Photo by Austin Bond. A youth volunteer works on a house during Rivertown Salkehatchie in Conway in 2016. COVID-19 has prompted the cancellation of all 2020 Salkehatchie camps this summer.

In a unanimous decision and for the good of public health, as well as the intense planning needed, the Salkehatchie Board of Managers has announced all 2020 Salkehatchie camps are cancelled.

Kathy Hart, chair of the Board of Managers for Salkehatchie Summer Service LLC, called their decision “heartbreaking” but necessary.

“Without a crystal ball to see June and July and all the complexity brought about by this coronavirus, we are erring on the side of caution,” Hart said. “We place our hope in God’s plan and trust that He will deliver us from this unprecedented crisis.”

Hart said the decision to cancel the camps was made following a March conference call of the Salkehatchie Board of Managers, the bishop with representatives of the cabinet and conference office staff.

Camp directors and campers were immediately notified and fees were refunded.

“Some may question why the decision was made in March when camps are not held until June and July,” Hart said. “Part of the reasoning is that camp directors spend March, April and May preparing for camp by visiting potential homeowners, setting up meals with churches, confirming locations for lodging and many activities that require face to face contact. Visiting our dear elderly homeowners with many underlining health conditions by Salkehatchie home selection teams was too risky. It would be devastating if even one person was infected by the coronavirus because of Salkehatchie.”

Hart said they are so thankful for their many partners including schools, churches, local businesses, and friends of Salkehatchie.

“You have supported us for 42 years,” she said. “We love you. Salkehatchie will be missed this summer by many, but with God’s will and a COVID-19 vaccine, Salkehatchie will be back stronger than ever next year.”

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