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May 6, 2020 – Covid19 Updated Camp Dates and Fees

We are thrilled to be able to offer camp this summer.  Camp will need to look different than in the past to accommodate the health and wellness of our staff and campers. 

Our modified schedule is:

Kateri 1: July 7

Kateri 2: July 8

J-High1: July 9-10

Family Camp: July 11

J-High 2: July 12-13

High School Max:   July 14-15

Kateri 3: July 16

Kateri 4 July 17 * Cancelled

Special Needs Family Day 18 TBD

J-High 3: July 20-21

T-Xreme July 22-25

Camp Shut Down July 26*Family Day July 17 Cancelled

The camp fee for Kateri camps is now $125.

The camp fee for Junior High and Max camps is now $200.

The camp fee for Extreme camp is now $400

Camp Changes and Why

We have been in deep conversation with our camp medical advisors.  They feel strongly that sleeping in cabins with lots of campers overnight will not be medically sound in June or July. Therefore Kateri, Family and Junior High camps will now be day camps because we cannot social distance while sleeping. We will give High School Max and T-Xreme campers the overnight option by allowing them to bring a personal tent to sleep in, if they wish.   Our day camps will start at 8:30 am and end at 7:30 pm.  We will have a blast doing activities and experiencing God’s abundant love for us.  We will hike. ride horses, swim, dance, and have amazing adventures. 

Additional Health Procedures 

Camp Tekakwitha cares deeply about the health and welfare of every camper. We carefully prepare our facilities for our campers.  We thoroughly clean and sanitize every day under normal circumstances.  Our practices have been developed using guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, the American Camping Association and medical professionals. We have intensified these procedures in light of our current situation. We will conduct a more vigorous pre-screening process than our normal process that includes steps to help prevent the spread of the virus and other contagions. 

We will be observing social distance, washing our hands a lot and wearing masks as needed.  Our medical advisors recommend that our 5th and 6th grade campers have a chaperone with them to help them maintain social distance and proper hygiene.  Therefore, we are allowing a parent or designated adult to accompany the camper.  Kateri parents will receive more information regarding these details.  Staff, chaperones and campers will have daily temperature checks.  Those with a fever of 100 and above will be asked to leave until fever free for 48 hours and additional safeguards as recommended by the state, CDC and American Camping Association may be required as dictated by timely information.  Safety, faith and fun are always our priorities.  

Camp registration will reopen on May 11th with these updates. Please do not reregister if you already have a spot in camp. Email camptekreg@gmail.com if you need to change dates.

We are grateful to you for your patience, wonderful questions and prayers during these trying times.

Sincerely Grateful,

Deacon Dana and Deborah Nearmyer–Director

Drew and Allie Foster–Assistant Directors

May 7, 2020 – Covid19 Updates Solidarity Fund Donations and CARES ACT

Dear Camp Parents,

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we push out greater details to you about our 2020 camp plan.  We want to thank you for your support, wonderful questions, concerns, contributions and prayers following the announcement of our plan for holding camp in July.   We wanted to get the plan out in a timely fashion for many reasons and we apologize that more details could not be provided at that time.  We plan to periodically update you with specific information as the details of our plan continues to take shape.   

 Conflicts with New Dates and Donations

If you are experiencing conflicts with the new dates, consider looking into the other camp dates and transferring to a better date; we cherish the opportunity to work with your amazing kids.  If you have multiple children attending camp and the dates are problematic, email us, and we will work to offer camp solutions that might ease your burden.

If your kids cannot attend camp this summer and you would like to convert your $100 non-refundable deposit, or even additional fees that you might have paid, to a donation, please email us back and we will make that change. See details about the CARES ACT  below.   If you are in deep financial hardship, let us know and we can look for solutions together.

The camp runs on a very tight budget under good circumstances.  We appreciate your support of Camp Tekakwitha through these tough times.  We have established a Solidarity Fund to help camp serve our community through this crisis; please consider donating to this fund. We deeply appreciate the prayers and support of our Camp Tekakwitha  friends, families and donors.  Our organization is 23 years old, and we have faith that our mission and ministry will survive this challenging time. The Archdiocese owns the Prairie Star Ranch, and we have been on a spending freeze since the beginning of the quarantine. Our most significant challenge is the huge shortfall of program revenue that allows us to pay our amazing staff and, of course, our day-to-day operational expenses. That has been devastating.  Any financial support you can offer our organization during this time of drastic budget shortfalls, would be a blessing.  You can make donations to Camp Tekakwitha, 12615 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas 66109.

The benefits of giving now: CARES Act Donor Incentives

Due to the impact of the pandemic on charities and nonprofits, the CARES Act expanded giving incentives for donors. The benefits include a new deduction of up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for married couple) in annual charitable contributions. This applies to those who take the standard deduction (not those who itemize), and is an additional “above the line” deduction for those who donate to a qualifying charitable organization. Gifts to donor-advised funds are not included. The CARES Act also expanded charitable deduction limits for both individuals and corporations. Individuals who itemize can elect to deduct up to 100 percent of their adjusted gross income through charitable contributions, up from 60 percent, for example. The new deduction is for cash gifts to a charity. *Not intended as tax or legal advice. Contact your financial, legal or tax advisor for guidance in your specific situation.

Thanks for your consideration of support to Camp Tekakwitha

Deacon Dana Nearmyer

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