COVID-19 Updates

June 15, 2020

Hello JIM Clubbers and JIM Club families,

As you read in our email on May 25, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel all four sessions of camp this summer due to COVID-19. In lieu of an in-person camp this summer, we are now opening registration for a virtual JIM Club camp experience. We know that we cannot replicate the full in-person experience online, but we aim to continue the ministry of JIM Club — helping campers and staff alike to love Jesus deeply and express Him vividly.

We are excited to share our plan for virtual camp this summer. Please read over the information below, and then email us to let us know how you’d like to participate.

Camp this summer will take place in three forms:

  1. We will hold three one-week camp sessions with virtual “rooms” of counselors and boys who meet together each day. These camp sessions will take place during the following weeks:
    • Week A (July 5 to 11)
    • Week B (July 19 to 25)
    • Week C (August 2 to 8)

    From Sunday to Friday, each virtual room will meet in the evening from 7:30 to 8:30pm Eastern Time for a short devotion, followed by time spent in breakout rooms with counselors to discuss the message, pray, and have a bit of fun. On Saturday, we will hold a three-hour block from 2:00 to 5:00pm Eastern Time that wraps up the week of camp.

    Campers and WITs may register to attend one, two, or three virtual weeks of camp. We expect that the content of each week will vary, so campers will learn about different topics if they want to register for more than one week. If campers are not able to register for a week of camp, they are still able to participate in our other activities listed below.

  2. We will hold platform practice classes and elective classes throughout the summer. For platform practice class, boys can register to meet with counselors online to present their platform, get feedback, and possibly get their platform okayed. For elective class, we will offer sessions that boys can join to develop specific skills; for example, we might offer a class dedicated just to Stratospheres, a class for jugglers, or a class for boys who want to rehearse a dramatic monologue.

    Boys may participate in classes regardless of whether they sign up for any of the one-week sessions. The specific schedule of these classes is still being developed, and we will email all registered campers once we have a schedule in place.

  3. We will host special events throughout the summer. The specific schedule of these events is still being developed, but we anticipate offering a Concert of Praise, a Concert of Prayer, some online games, and possibly some other events. Boys may participate in special events regardless of whether they sign up for any of the one-week sessions, and we hope to extend the opportunity to participate in some of these special events to adult staff as well! We will email all registered campers once we have a schedule in place.

In order to participate in these events, you will need a computer or smartphone with a microphone, a webcam (if possible), and an internet connection that can support video calls. Additionally, each parent will need to complete the registration form and provide consent for their son to participate.

Please email us at register@boysjimclub.org if you would like to register, and we will send you a link to our online registration.

We know that this virtual camp will look very different from what we would normally offer, but we also see this as an opportunity to minister to campers and WITs in this pandemic season. If you have any questions, please scroll down to the FAQ section below.

Jesus Is Mine,

The Boys JIM Club of America registration team

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Can I participate in a platform practice class, elective class, or special event if I do not attend a week of camp?
Yes, you may! Because we require parental consent for any camper to participate, you will still need to register online in order to participate in classes and special events. If your plans change after registering, you can email us, and we’ll do our best to accommodate if there is space available.

What if I want to come to a week of camp, but I have to miss one of the evenings?
We’d encourage you to attend every night of the session, but we understand that families may have other commitments. Campers may miss one evening of the session if they have prior commitments. If you will need to miss more than one evening, please consider selecting a different week to attend.

Can I get platform material okayed?
Yes! You can platform material okayed at platform practice class or elective class – we don’t want you to stop working on platform material just because you can’t be at camp physically. We may put together a virtual Saturday Evening Program if there is interest. We’d also encourage you to share the material you’ve learned at JIM Club at your local church or in your community.

I have a friend or younger brother who might be interested. Can he attend?
Because the online camp experience will build upon the foundations and traditions learned from being at camp, we are limiting this experience to campers and WITs who have attended camp in past summers. If you know of a potential future JIM Clubber, you can encourage them to apply to attend JIM Club next year in 2021.

What steps will camp take to ensure my child is safe while participating in an online camp session?
We are creating a set of technologies that will be safe and work well for our camp experience. This includes our own chat server where campers and staff will be able to communicate in a monitored fashion. In addition, we have extended our Child Protection Policy to include measures that will ensure the same high level of integrity that maintain when we are present at camp physically.


May 25, 2020

Dear JIM Clubbers and JIM Club Families,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that all onsite camp sessions for JIM Club in 2020 have been canceled.

JIM Club is a special place of spiritual retreat, refuge, and community for many people. In a year when schools, youth groups, and recreational activities have been suspended, we know that many campers and staff were looking forward to the chance to be at camp with friends. JIM Club has operated continuously since 1954, and we are saddened that we need to cancel a summer for the first time.

Over the last two months, we have been monitoring updates from all levels of government. New York State is beginning to reopen gradually, but the Department of Health has not yet announced whether camps will be allowed to operate. If camps are allowed to operate, then strict health protocols would need to be implemented. The Canada-United States border continues to be closed to non-essential traffic. Most summer camps around Chautauqua Lake have already canceled or curtailed their 2020 summer season.

All of these factors make it difficult to plan and run JIM Club while protecting the health and safety of our campers, volunteer staff, and their families. As a result, the Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel camp this summer.

In place of an in-person camp experience, we are working on plans to host parts of the camp program online. Although nothing can replace being at camp physically for two weeks, we hope that this virtual experience will help campers and staff to continue loving Jesus deeply and expressing Him vividly in the coming months. We will share more details in June as we move forward with these plans.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the outlook of almost everyone on the planet. If and when people feel that it is safe to return to ‘normal life’, they will probably be in one of three positions:

They will be closer to God than when all this began.
They will be more distant from God.
They will be numb to God and carry on life without Him.

JIM Club’s mission is “Discipling boys to love Jesus deeply and express Him vividly.” We hope that before the pandemic began, you were deeply in love with Jesus with much of your heart. Our prayer is that we will “seek [him] with all our heart” (Jeremiah 29:13) – both during the crisis and after the crisis. Most of your neighborhood probably does not love the Lord Jesus. Pray for them. Better yet, tell them you are praying for them. And when you do, ask if you can pray with them – in a Zoom call, on social media, or even by telephone. JIM Club carries on in you. Jesus’ life carries on in you. Not even a coronavirus can stop that!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We will share updates about this summer’s virtual programming once they are finalized via email and on our website at http://www.boysjimclub.org/covid-19.

Thank you for praying for camp. We look forward to seeing you back on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in 2021.

Jesus Is Mine,

The Boys JIM Club of America registration team


May 4, 2020

Dear JIM Clubbers and JIM Club families,

We hope that this email finds you well in light of the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

After much prayer and consideration, camp’s leadership has made the decision to cancel Training Week (June 20-27) and Session 1 (June 27-July 11) this summer. This was a difficult decision to make; however, given the uncertainty around how quickly New York State will reopen this spring, we wanted to give those who are registered for Session 1 sufficient time to adjust their summer plans.

If you have already registered for Session 1, you will receive an email in the coming days that explains how you can move your registration to another session. If your plans prevent you from attending a different session this summer, then we are sad to miss you this year and hope to see you back on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in 2021.

We continue to accept registrations for Sessions 2, 3, and 4, with the hope that we will be able to hold these sessions as planned. If you are interested in attending this summer, we encourage you to register online so that we can gauge camper interest and confirm that we have enough staff for each session.

We are actively monitoring updates from New York State, Chautauqua County, and the Canada/US border. Although we hope to run the remaining sessions of this summer, we will only do so if we can maintain the health and safety of our campers and volunteer staff. We will send another update by late May to confirm whether we will make any adjustments to Sessions 2, 3, and 4.

The words of this summer’s theme, “Jesus In Me”, remind of us of a promise that can lift our spirits in this trying time:
The night is dark but I am not forsaken
For by my side, the Savior He will stay
I labor on in weakness and rejoicing
For in my need, His power is displayed

Jesus Is Mine,

The Boys JIM Club of America registration team


April 4, 2020

Dear JIM Clubbers and JIM Club families,

We hope this finds you well, coping with COVID-19 restrictions. We pray that in many ways, places and times you will witness God’s presence in your circumstances. He may be silent and seemingly invisible, but He is never absent.

We know that many of you have questions about how camp will look this summer. Because guidelines and news regarding the pandemic are developing daily, we are not able to predict with certainty what conditions will be like by the time summer arrives. We are not yet sure whether we will operate a typical summer with four sessions, reduce the camp season to fewer sessions, or consider cancelling camp for the summer.

For the time being, registration for JIM Club is continuing to happen online. We are still receiving and processing registrations for all four sessions this summer. If we cancel some of the sessions this summer, we will do our best to accommodate those who are impacted in another session.

Camp leadership is monitoring the situation around COVID-19. We will continue to assess developments over the coming weeks, and we will share another update by early May.

James writes in his epistle:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15, ESV)

So, we are hoping for some form of a JIM Club camp season, “if the Lord wills.” We will share updates with you via email and our website at http://www.boysjimclub.org/covid-19 as a definite plan emerges.

Jesus Is Mine,
The Boys JIM Club of America registration team