Peace and grace to all of you. After much prayer, discussion and heart-ache, our volunteers and board have come to the agreement that we will not be having in-person summer camp in 2020.
As time progressed, our summer volunteers discussed options that would fall within new guidelines. Discussions included how to serve meals, how to join together for worship, Bible study and fellowship all with personal distancing. The option of adjusting the summer schedule was considered. With the new findings that youth are being infected with some form of COVID-19 illness, we agreed that we cannot risk the exposure to our campers and their families.
We realize our regular campers will miss out on being with friends, having time away from their routines, and experiencing life in the camp setting. Our summer directors are working to figure out how we can connect in some form. Summer fees will be adjusted since we aren’t going to be on-site. For those that sign up for camp this year we can still:
- Get a t-shirt
- Join a digital activity (probably through Zoom)
- Celebrate life together
Please check our summer camp page for new sign-up information after May 27, 2020.
Along with our regular utility, insurance and maintenance expenses, we will have to do some modifications to meet the new standards in order to continue to safely host groups in the future. We need to do some updates on how we serve meals, how to congregate and how to share spaces safely. Some of these jobs will take contractors, others will take volunteers. Staff has spent some time going through old paperwork, sorting storage areas and doing basic cleanup. This year we will also be using volunteers for lawn mowing.
We will change our energy for the year from greeting campers this summer to tending to the facility. We hope to have contractors come to finish the College Hall cupola walkway, repairing the walls and floors from water leak damages. We also hope to get the gym/chapel tuck-pointing done and some repairs there. We work with grant programs; however, all of these projects take donations, so we can greet campers again.
We will keep up with notices from the State Board of Health, the Governor’s public addresses and CDC regulations as we make adjustments to how we will operate in the future.
We wish you friendship and joy when you think of your time at Merom.
In peace, Susie Larson, Executive Director
Merom’s Board of Directors
Merom’s Summer Camp Directors
catch the merom spirit!
Our lunch program is on pause for now. Check back soon as we hope to upgrade our safety procedures to continue to host lunches
Now, more than ever, we need your help in supporting the mission of Merom Camp and Retreat Center. We are focusing our energy on improving our facilities this summer in place of in person camps.Two of our main buildings are over 100 years old and require costly maintenance.
Please consider a one-time or monthly donation to help Merom Camp and Retreat Center
Nestled on the Indiana - Illinois border south of Terre Haute, is the Merom Camp and Retreat center. Each year we host multiple summer camps, retreats, meetings, reunions, weddings and much more. Here, we help kids of all ages (yes, adults too) learn to explore their faith through many ways including outdoor activities, stage production, reflection, worship, food, fun and fellowship. Come see our beautiful, over 150 year old College Hall, worship in an outdoor worship center or the chapel, play some basketball in the gym, swim in our pool, climb on the high ropes course and much more. Won't you join us?
College Hall Cupola:
Replace outside flooring to prevent leaks - $43,000
Replace metal edging: $11,000
Volunteers: scrape, paint, plaster repair
Tuck-pointing to prevent leaks through the bricks: $48,000
New Chapel furnace unit: $4,000
New gym vent fans: $2,000
Gym AC/Heat Unit: $30,000
There has been a dream over a decade long about replacing cabins.
Steps: finalize plan - state approval - hire contractors - groundbreaking - building - interior finishing - ribbon cutting