COVID-19

We sent a letter on May 30 to let all JIM Club families know that JIM Club will operate this summer! We are excited to run camp and welcome everyone back with additional health precautions in place.

Read the full letter here.

COVID-19 Updates

May 30, 2021

Hello JIM Club families,

In our previous email two weeks ago, we shared that we were waiting for the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to release updated summer camp health protocols to be released. The DOH published the protocols on May 19, and after reviewing them we are pleased to announce that we will run camp this summer! We know that the last 15 months have been difficult for many families, and we look forward to seeing many of you back at JIM Club this summer.

Although the DOH’s health protocols allow us to run most of our camp program as usual, they do require us to make some changes. We want to explain what families should be aware of so that they can make an informed decision about attending camp this summer. We believe that this is the simplest set of procedures that protects camper and staff safety while also satisfying the DOH’s health protocols.

For those of you who are unable to attend camp this summer, we are still working on plans for our virtual camp offering. We will share the details soon.

Session date changes: To minimize cross-session contact, campers will arrive on a Sunday and leave on a Saturday. (Staff – if you’re able to arrive a day early on the Saturday, we can use extra manpower to disinfect and prepare camp between sessions.) The updated session dates are:

  • Session 1: Sunday, June 27 to Saturday, July 10
  • Session 2: Sunday, July 11 to Saturday, July 24
  • Session 3: Sunday, July 25 to Saturday, August 7 (Session 3 cancelled as of June 13)

 
New campers: New campers are welcome to apply and register for this summer! If you know of a great potential camper, please review our website’s new boy information.

Pre-arrival: Each camper/staff must submit their completed Health Form at least 10 days before camp starts. Parents must provide consent for their camper to be tested for COVID-19 while at camp. To avoid infection spreading between camps, campers/staff should not attend another summer camp immediately before coming to JIM Club. If you or a member of your household develops symptoms in the 10 days before camp starts, please let us know and we will attempt to re-register you to a later session.

Vaccination: Campers and staff are not required to be vaccinated to attend camp. However, the DOH requires that unvaccinated campers/staff provide proof of a negative PCR or NAAT test taken within 72 hours of camp beginning. If you don’t know how to obtain such a test, we can help you find a local pharmacy or clinic who can provide a test at no cost. Campers/staff who provide proof of completing their full round of vaccination at least 14 days before arrival (or can provide laboratory proof of diagnosis and recovery from COVID-19 within the last 3 months) do not need to be tested before arrival.

Arrivals and departures: To minimize risk, families and friends will not be able to visit camp during the session. The weekly Evening Program will be available for families to watch online. We will not leave camp for gospel teams or Midway Amusement Park.

Masks: Each camper needs to bring at least two washable cloth masks to camp. The DOH has specified that buffs, scarves, and bandanas cannot be used as a mask. Camp will provide opportunities to wash masks as needed.

The first three days: Under DOH protocols, we will run more activities outdoors or with distancing indoors. Campers/staff will wear a mask for indoor activities when distancing is not possible. After three days, unvaccinated campers/staff will take a rapid test; if everyone tests negative and is not displaying any symptoms, then everyone may remove their masks for the rest of the session.

Testing and screening: Under DOH protocols, all campers/staff will complete a health questionnaire and be screened when they arrive at camp. This screening will be repeated daily throughout the session. If a person develops COVID-19 symptoms during the session (or if a member of their household tests positive while they are at camp), they will be isolated until they can take a rapid test.

Positive COVID-19 cases: We hope that the above precautions minimize the chance of anyone bringing COVID-19 onto camp. If a person tests positive while at camp, they will be isolated and will be sent home within 24 hours. Parents (or a designate adult) must be able to pick up their child by car within 24 hours of being notified.

Other precautions: We will make various small changes to reduce risk at camp. For example, we will run more activities outside, we will set up hand-sanitizing stations around camp, and we will require everyone to wash their hands before and after certain activities. All campers and counselors will be part of a single cohort, and adult staff and child guests will be part of a separate cohort.

You made it to the end of the email! We know that we have covered a lot of ground, but we hope that these enhanced health protocols keep campers and staff safe while at camp and provide peace-of-mind for families.

If you have already pre-registered, you will receive an email in the next few days asking you to complete, sign, and submit your Health Form. If you were waiting to hear about the health protocols before registering, we’d ask that you register online at your earliest availability, and we’ll notify you once the updated Health Form is available. If you have already pre-registered but have changed your mind about attending camp, please email us so that we can offer your spot to someone else.

Thank you again for your prayers and support for JIM Club. We are excited to run camp this summer and to see many of you for the first time in two (or more) years. If you have any questions about the changes listed above, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at register@boysjimclub.org.

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


May 13, 2021

Hello JIM Clubbers and JIM Club families,

Many of you have been waiting anxiously to hear whether camp will open this summer. Here is the news you have all been waiting for…

Pre-registration will open in a few days! Assuming that we are able to satisfy the State’s health requirements, we will offer three sessions of camp this summer:

  • Session 1: June 26 – July 10
  • Session 2: July 10 – July 24
  • Session 3: July 24 – August 7

 
Because New York State has not yet issued updated health protocols for summer camps, the registration process will work a bit differently this year. Here’s what to expect:

  1. In a few days, campers and staff will receive an email with a personalized registration link to pre-register on the JIM Club registration portal. The pre-registration will be similar to previous years’ registration process, but without a health form submission.
  2. We will send an email to acknowledge your pre-registration.
  3. When the State issues the updated health protocols, we will contact all campers and staff to outline clearly how the health protocols will impact the JIM Club program.
  4. Pre-registered campers and staff will be asked to confirm that they are comfortable with the program changes and submit their signed Health Form. (If you are uncomfortable with the program changes, you can withdraw your pre-registration at this point.)
  5. We will send an official confirmation email indicating which session(s) you are registered for.

 
Because we know that this process is different from past summers, we have prepared a few Q&As to provide more context:

What is the difference between pre-registration and registration?
We know that many families want to make plans for this summer, so sharing the session dates and allowing them to pre-register gives them some clarity to plan the rest of their summer. That being said, we don’t want to confirm campers or staff until we can share what health protocols or program changes may be in place. If a camper pre-registers and then decides to opt out of attending camp this summer, they are welcome to enroll in virtual camp. We will share additional details about virtual camp in the coming weeks.

Do I have to pre-register? Can I wait until the health protocols have been published?
Yes, you can wait; however, we plan to consider registrations on a first-come first-served basis. If there is heavy interest for this summer, those who register later may not be able to attend their first-choice session. Conversely, if pre-registration numbers are low, we may cancel a session and move those campers to one of the remaining sessions.

Are you confident that camp will run this summer?
Until we receive updated health guidance from the State, we cannot say with 100% confidence that camp will operate. We have seen many other sectors and attractions in New York begin to reopen, so we are hopeful that summer camps will be able to operate similarly this summer.

What will camp look like?
Although we wish that we could provide concrete guidance, it is premature to speculate on specifics until we receive guidance from the State. We know that camp will look different this year, so we ask for your grace as we navigate and adapt to this unprecedented situation.

Can Canadians pre-register for camp?
The Canada-US border continues to be closed to non-essential traffic, so we expect that most campers and staff residing in Canada will not be able to attend this summer. Campers and staff residing in Canada (and US residents who cannot attend in-person) will be invited to attend a virtual camp program this summer. We will share more details in the coming weeks.

Be on the lookout for your personalized pre-registration invite email in the next few days. We look forward to opening pre-registration, and we will share details on health protocols and other program changes as soon as we are able. Thank you for your prayers as we work through the challenges of summer camp in the late states of the pandemic.

Jesus Is Mine,

The Boys JIM Club of America registration team


April 07, 2021

Hello JIM Clubbers and JIM Club families,

We hope that all of you are doing well and were able to attend Easter services this past weekend (whether online or in-person). Even in the midst of a pandemic, we can find joy in the truth that Jesus Christ is alive.

We wanted to provide an interim update on registration for this coming summer. Although we hope to offer an in-person program this summer, we are not ready to open registration. New York State has announced that overnight camps will be able to operate, but they have not yet announced the updated health and safety standards that we will need to implement.

Camp’s Board of Directors and Session Directors will review the updated guidance from the State when it is published. Assuming that we are able to satisfy the State’s requirements, we will share our plans for this coming summer, including what health and safety protocols will be in place, the finalized list of session dates, and instructions for how campers and staff residing in the United States can register.

The Canada-US border continues to be closed to non-essential travel, and there are no immediate plans for it to reopen. For our campers and staff who reside in Canada (as well as those who do not feel comfortable attending camp in-person), we are beginning to discuss alternative programming options for this summer. We will share these plans once we have clarity into what our in-person camp program will look like.

As we consider how we can adapt the JIM Club summer experience to a late-pandemic environment, we invite you to pray with us that we will indeed be able to offer camp this summer. We are designating this Saturday, April 10 as a day of prayer for camp’s ministry in 2021. At any point throughout the day, we invite you to spend time with your family praying for the following:

  • That God would provide a way for us to run an in-person camp this summer.
  • That the guidelines that are placed on the camp by governments at all levels (federal, state, and county) would be both judicious and reasonable.
  • That we would see a summer ministry that carries forward the mission of “encouraging boys to love Jesus deeply and express Him vividly.”

As you pray with us on Saturday, April 10, we encourage you to post a brief prayer or verse on the camp’s Facebook group. As always, thank you for your prayers and support for camp.

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


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