As the 52nd Annual Red Rock Cyclathon nears, Red Rock Bible Camp is looking at keeping some tried-and-true methods while adding a few new touches.
Some things will look different than years past, says RRBC coordinator Emma Beardy. Adjustments to the ride will be to make the occasion as safe as possible for everyone involved.
Participants in the ride will have the entire month of June to complete their proposed ride of a distance set by the rider. COVID-19 restrictions, however, will require that participants only ride with those from their own households or to remain physically distanced from other riders who are not part of their household.
But this year's cyclathon isn't just for bikes.
Participants in 2021 are encouraged to try all types of outdoor physical activities to complete their goal for RRBC, from rollerblading or longboarding to walking -- and they have the option to switch it up every day. Beardy feels that because spending time outside and moving your body is such a huge aspect of summer camp, what better way to support Red Rock?
As for summer camp at RRBC, Beardy says the coming months should look similar to last year's programming, but with improvements.
The 74-year-old facility in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, which normally operates year-round, mostly to children and youth in grades 2 to 12, will once again have a COVID feel.
Beardy and her husband, Johnny, are working together as the camp's coordinator and director. This year they have organized family camps running Monday to Friday, during July and August.
Weekends will bring a “cabin rental program” for families, to allow households to enjoy the property as if renting an Airbnb.
Beardy says there was significant interest in cabin rentals last year. This year, however, will have a few organizational differences regarding check-ins and check-outs.
Monday to Friday programming will be incorporate as many camp activities as possible to give everyone a real "summer camp" feeling -- including giving adults the ability to sign up for activities like rock climbing, archery, crafts, and kayaking alongside their kids.
Beardy says Saturdays and Sundays will hold other opportunities as well, including their popular waterfront and trails. The camp also has mountain bikes available for guest use, though there will be no guided excursions on weekends.
RRBC will still be offering their Councilor in Training program for students who have graduated Grade 10 and 11. The program is known for being significant in helping the camp meet its staffing needs for subsequent summers.