Rock Lake Camp Report


REPORT MAY 1, 2020

Due to Covid-19 Health Restrictions, Rock Lake Church Camp has been closed for the summer and the children’s Summer Camp has been cancelled.

Most of the Church Camps rentals have been postponed until 2021, with two cancellations.

The Seasonal Campground will be allowed to stay open (after May 19) as it is in the Koocanusa Recreation Region that is allowing for private campgrounds to remain open, with certain restrictions.

At this time spring cleanup will take place on an individual basis, but, we ask that you please let me ( Jill Sayegh 250-432-5447) know and I will call the caretaker and inform him of when you will be there.

All of the above may change at any time as social restrictions evolve.

Rock Lake United Church Camp is in a healthy financial position as the Seasonal Campground revenue provides for the Camp requirements in regards to maintenance and repairs that are constantly needed in an older camp. 

2019 saw much needed renovation of the kitchen which included a new stove and the purchase of an icemaker, freezer, coolers and new windows and doors. These purchases, also included a new sign, propane fire ring, canopy for patio, utility trailer, and electrical upgrades.  

The Boil Water Notice is still in effect as the work required was not done in the permit time frame – a new permit is required, so hopefully, this much needed work will get done as soon as possible.

There are plans to demolish the meeting hall this summer if able – no new hall plans at this point.

As there will be no summer camp this year, the loss of the Church Camp rentals will not have an impact.

2019 saw 35 campers with 17 staff and was very well received.

The Board consists of United Church members from the East Kootenay region and is very well served, however, several board members serve on two or three committees.  My involvement is limited to attending board meetings.  I believe Rock Lake Camp would be better served by someone who would be interested in becoming more involved in the operations of the camp. The Board lost a devoted member in Dick Moffatt who was integral in keeping the camp going forward.  Most Church camps in the country have been sold or simply closed – so the region is fortunate to have such devoted people to keep this camp in a financially solvent situation.

Should anyone in our Church Community willing to step into this position of ‘Director at Large’ – please let me know.

Respectfully submitted

Jill Sayegh

Rock Lake United Church Board

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