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The COVID-19 pandemic has already dramatically reshaped society in just a few months. Between stay-at-home orders, schools shifting to digital learning, skyrocketing unemployment, and the strange practice of social distancing, many people are trying to chart a path forward into a very unusual summer.

For youth ministries, summers are frequently a time for camps, Vacation Bible Schools, mission trips, service projects, and more. But the summer of 2020 is poised to be as dramatically reshaped for youth ministries as for other segments of society, as we continue to stumble our way into unknown territory. In the space below, the IYM will keep you updated with carefully curated resources to aid you in making wise decisions and following best practices during this strange summer.

(Last update 06/04/20)

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Summer Mission & Service

Camp Ideas & Guidance

Virtual Camp Portal from the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Resources for Doing Virtual Camp from the Summer Camp Society

Is Summer Camp Canceled? from The New York Times

Summer Camps are Stepping Up to Fill Quarantine’s Activity Void for Kids With Programming Over Zoom and Instagram from Insider

Finding Direction: A Camper Family Survey to Guide Christian Camps in the Midst of COVID-19 from Sacred Playgrounds

Virtual Day Camp from the United Methodist Camp Retreat Ministries

2020 Virtual Camp Listings from the American Camp Association

Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 from the American Camp Association

Upcoming and Recorded Webinars on COVID-19 from the American Camp Association

Virtual Youth Group Ideas from Black Diamond Adventure Camps

Other Summer Resources

Milestones and Rites of Passage

12 Things You Should and Shouldn’t Say to Class of 2020 Graduates from the Grief Recovery Method

Celebrating Milestones Online from Yale Youth Ministry Institute

Thinking Ahead: Rites of Passage in the COVID-19 Moment from Youth Worker Collective

Reinventing Graduation: 3 Ways to Honor Milestones in the Midst of Pandemic from Fuller Youth Institute

End of School Year Milestone Moment Online from Milestones Ministries

VBS Resources

Wow! A Worldwide Virtual Bible Spectacular! Summer 2020 from New Dimensions Evangelism

Free VBS Curriculum from Grow Kids Curriculum

Free VBS Curriculum and Resources from Cokesbury Kids

Vacation Bible School 2020 Webinar: A Panel to Discuss Possibilities (Including Cancellation) for VBS During a Pandemic from Building Faith

Is VBS to be Part of Your Re-Entry? from Hope4ce

Resources on Racial Justice

Dialogues on Race from Sparkhouse

Next: Racism—A Downloadable Curriculum (currently $1.99) from the Youth Cartel

Coping With COVID Summer

Parents Will Need Us This Summer … Are You Prepared? from Incredible Days

Reflections and Resources for Summer Formation Webinar from Building Faith

Free Curriculum on Justice and Doubt from Grow Curriculum

The “Great and Small” Guide to the Most Okayest Summer Ever from the SALT Project

Canceling Summer Programs: When Camps, Trips, and VBS Cannot Go On from Building Faith

High School Student and Essential Worker: Teens Fill Essential Role During Pandemic from Boston’s NPR Station—WBUR

Our Pandemic Summer from The Atlantic