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5/20/2020 update - Summer camp is happening - with changes

Here's the information you have been waiting for!
Thank you for your patience!  As much as we were wanting summer camp to happen, we simply had to wait for regulations to be released to see if it would even be possible to run camp, or if it would be allowed.

It is quite true that camp will look different this summer, but we believe it will still offer the relaxation in creation and renewal in Christ that we've been blessed to share for almost 40 years now.  We believe children will be benefitting from camp in a whole new way.  We have devoted ourselves to learning the regulations and guidelines for what it would take to run camp, and we are prepared to go beyond what is being suggested out of care for our campers.

This being said, we understand there are families who may not feel comfortable sending their children to camp.  That is understandable.  To those families, we have some options if you choose to cancel.
    1.  Like many businesses, camp will be taking a massive financial hit because of the pandemic.  We are asking you to please consider donating some or all of your registration fee to help keep us up and running.
    2.  You will be given the option to roll your registration fee over to next summer.
    3.  You can request a refund minus the non-refundable deposit.
If you are choosing to cancel, please do so by June 1.  We are needing to know how many campers are still planning on coming for our planning purposes.

We will be offering a bigger list of changes to expect this summer in the days to come, but, for now, here are some important notes.
    1.  Regulations essentially try to keep small groups or "family units" together and social distanced from other groups.  Within the group, neither children nor counselors are required to wear masks.  However, activity leaders not part of that group will be asked to be wearing masks if they are leading programs that put them in close contact with campers.  Although masks are not required for the campers, if you wish for your child to wear a mask, you may provide one or purchase a "Buff" from our camp store.
    2.  There are several regulations about bathroom use, sanitization, hand-washing, and food service that will all be followed.
    3.  Because we have so many restrictions about drinking fountains and water jugs, etc., we are requiring campers to bring their own water bottle (or purchase one from the camp store).
    4.  A much more detailed list of what to expect at camp this summer will be released within a few days.  Please hold your emails and phone calls until then, as answers to your questions may be answered in those details.

Unfortunately, although camp will be open, with much sadness, we did have to cancel a few programs.
    1.  Family Fest has been cancelled.  Our campgrounds will still be open for camping, but there will be no staff led programs, nor food service.
    2.  Jesus Cares camp is cancelled.
    3.  Our Junior Staff Program is cancelled.  Teens who were signed up for Junior Staff will be invited to a Teen Camp during what would have been Junior Staff training week.  Junior staff will be receiving more information about this.

In addition to those cancellations, we will not be offering a meal service program for Pee Wee families.  Pee Wee campers will still be provided lunch as part of the program.

Grandparent/Grandchild camp MAY still happen.  Because it is later in the summer, we will have opportunity to run several weeks of camp before adding such a unique camp to the mix.  More details will be given to those who have already registered.

To have or not have summer camp was an incredibly tough decision, made with much prayer and research.  Whether or not you choose to join us at camp this summer, please keep us in your prayers!

5/13/2020 update - Campground opening plan

The local health departments in Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette Counties have rescinded the modified campground closure order in order to turn the dial toward getting our local businesses back to work in a safe and responsible way.  The following plan to open campgrounds may be rescinded if the trend in percentage of positive COVID19 cases begins to rise significantly in our area.
    Beginning May 13, campgrounds may open to all campers.  Pools, ponds and playgrounds shall remain closed. 
    Please follow these recommendations:
        - Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times.
        - Prohibit the use of buildings or public spaces that would encourage social gatherings of any number of people.
        - Limit all campsites to members of a single household or living unit.  All other private gatherings of any number of people are prohibited.
        - Increase the cleaning frequency of shared toilet facilities, laundry facilities and shower buildings.

4/17/2020 update - Gradual opening of campground is explained

The local health departments in Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette Counties have modified the campground closure order to allow a gradual opening of campgrounds.  Here is the document and here is the poster.
Beginning April 24, campgrounds may open to seasonal campers.
Beginning May 18, campgrounds may open to weekend (non-seasonal) campers with independent units only (those with functional bathrooms.)
Campgrounds must follow these best practices during operation.
1. Encourage campers to bring all food and supplies from their home communities to limit shopping outside the campground.
2. Provide written rules to each customer about social distancing and actively enforce the rules.
3. Close toilet and shower rooms.
4. Close playgrounds.
5. Close public spaces (e.g., arcades, group facilities, recreation halls, ponds and beaches.)
6. Remove picnic tables and outdoor seating in common areas.
7. Limit all campsite occupants to members of a single household (day sites, seasonal sites, camping cabins, tourist rooming houses).
8. Limit group sites to an individual site (single household only).
9. No visitors to campsites or campground property.
10. Campground management shall monitor and enforce 6-foot social distancing with anyone from different households.
11. Children must be under parental supervision at all times.
12. Campers are not permitted to gather with other households, including around the campfire.
13. No group gatherings or organized activities that would violate social distancing.  Examples of allowed activities might include online bingo on Zoom, fishing tournaments or activities that can be done by a single household on their campsite.
14. Operate tourist rooming houses in accordance with DATCP guidance.
15. Operate campground restaurants and retail food stores in accordance with DATCP guidance.
16. Pools shall be closed in accordance with the Safer-At-Home order.
17. Staff shall limit interaction with campers through the use of service windows, phones, deliveries, and the internet, as much as possible.
18. Staff shall routinely clean surfaces commonly touched by campers with an EPA registered product for use against coronavirus.  Cleaning of camping cabins and tourist rooming houses between guests shall be stepped up.
19. Campground operators shall encourage social distancing, hand hygiene and cleaning in the workplace to protect employees.

4/10/2020 update

Tri-County Health Consortium has clarified their order from yesterday to say that "Campgrounds are closed to all vacationers and campers."

04/09/2020 update

Tri-County (Waushara, Green Lake and Marquette counties) Environmental Health, of which our county is a part, has issued a Health Order dated April 9, 2020, and has ordered the closure of all campgrounds in the Counties for a period as long as the Emergency Order #12 (“EO #12”), issued by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on March 24, 2020, is in effect, (including any extensions of the current EO #12), or as otherwise ordered by this office.  This means campgrounds are closed to weekend vacationers and campgrounds may receive no more seasonal guests as of April 9, 2020.  For the entire announcement, check out this Tri County Campground closure announcement.

3/25/2020 update - Join the $1 million online donation challenge

From now through June 30, 2020, Thrivent will be providing an extra $1 for every $2 donated for the first $1 million in donations made through  Join us in making a combined impact of $1.5 million.*  Your donation can be made via Credit/Debit card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) through your Checking/Savings account.  You do not need to be a Thrivent member to utilize the donation portion of the website.
    To donate to Camp Phillip, go to and search for "Camp Phillip" to filter results to camp.  Click on "Make a Personal Donation".  You will receive an alert that you are leaving the Thrivent website, click "Continue" to proceed to the inFaith website where you will enter your credit card or checking/savings account information to process the donation.
    * Matching donation details: Donations must be made online through our Thrivent Choice Giving Platform.  Search for your organization of choice and click "Make a Personal Donation" to get started.  Only donations made to organizations within the current Thrivent Choice Catalog are eligible for the match.  The matching opportunity will go until the $500,000 match is met or June 30, whichever comes first.  Thrivent will pay the online processing fees for personal donations made through InFaith Community Foundation, up to $100,000 in fees per calendar year.

3/25/2020 update

Is it time for a Camp Phillip sing-along?  Here’s one of our Camp Phillip favorites.  “The crocodile song” was written by now Pastor Daniel Bondow and Camp Phillip Program Director Matthew Bown and takes us back to Noah’s ark.  Talk about “Safer at home” or “Shelter in place”!  How long was Noah’s family in the ark?  How did Noah respond after he left the ark?  Check out the story in Genesis 6-9.  After Noah left the ark he built an altar and sacrificed burnt offerings of whole animals symbolizing his complete dedication to God.  Genesis 8:21-22 says: “The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood.  And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.  As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.’”  In the midst of these current difficult times, focus on God’s promises in His Word, pray to Him with your needs and thank Him for His love.  God is with you.
Camp Phillip's Crocodile song

3/21/2020 update

Dear friends of Camp Phillip,
    Camp Phillip takes guest and staff safety very seriously.  At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Waushara County, but we are still closely monitoring the information coming from our state and local authorities and we are following their guidelines.  For that reason all events have been canceled until we are told that we can begin operating again.
    Last year I spent a good portion of the year preaching on the book of James.  The key passage from James 1:2-4 seems so appropriate for our current situation: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
    I don’t know of anybody who looks forward to tough times in life, but those tough times force us to throw ourselves into our Shepherd’s care.  We pray that God keeps all our camp friends and families healthy and we ask that you continue to pray for us.  Because the majority of our income is from camp events, we face some difficult decisions with staffing when we have to cancel camp events.  We will begin to be severely impacted the middle of April.
    We continue to plan for ministry later this spring and we are looking forward to an amazing summer of lives that are changed through this ministry.  Right now my prayer is that camp can reopen soon and that children are so eager to come to camp that our numbers explode like they never have before, but I also pray that God’s will be done.
    We have faith that ours is a God of love and that He is with each and every one of us.  This Lenten season certainly reminds us of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice so that we have a forgiveness and a heaven that we don’t deserve.  May God continue to be with you and bless you.  
    As information changes, we will continue to update this News webpage which can be found under the “Current info” tab of our website or by going to  Check out the resources on our website under the God’s Word tab, especially the Kid’s fun page, for some resources to keep children in God’s Word during these difficult times.  Also watch our Facebook page (which has been very inactive lately) in the days ahead for encouragement.
    If you have further questions please feel free to contact me at
In Christ’s service,
Pastor Tom Klusmeyer,
Camp Phillip Camp director

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