COVID- 19  Safety and Modifications  

Greetings from IOLBC!

Summer is here, and we look forward to a great summer of ministry!

 

Know we have been praying for you, and will continue to do so. We hope you will also include our ministry in your prayers.  Today, people are hungry for the eternal hope found only in Jesus Christ. That's why the mission of IOLBC remains unwavering, "To know Jesus Christ and to make Christ known to all."

 

Though our primary mission has eternity in mind, we also take seriously the health and safety of our campers here and now.  Below you will find details of steps in place to care for campers and staff, crafted with insights and guidance from health leaders in camping and on national, state and local levels.


If you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to reach out by phone at 1-800-OKOBOJI or by emailing rodq@okoboji.org.

 

Rod Quanbeck, Executive Director

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2021  Camp COVID Safety and Modifications

General Modifications 
  • As weather permits, we will be moving as many camp activities as possible outdoors including chapel times.

  • Meals will be served cafeteria style by staff who are masked and gloved for all camps where campers are primarily younger than 12 years old.  During teen, adult, and family programs, campers who are at least 12 years old will be invited to serve themselves from a buffet with use of hand sanitizer immediately prior to going through the line.

  • We will continue to encourage good hand-washing practices and use hand sanitizer.

  • Self-monitoring - Participants of all programs will be asked to monitor their health closely prior to arriving at camp. Coming to camp healthy is a great way to start off the camp experience.  If you are experiencing any symptoms of any communicable disease, including COVID-19, within 14 days prior to your arrival at camp, please visit your local health care professional to be sure you are coming to camp healthy. 

  • A health screening will be implemented for all youth and family campers upon arrival to camp.  Campers who are running a fever will be sent home.  Please see below for more details about the health screening for your program.

  • In addition to signing in, all visitors will also be given a quick health screening upon arrival to camp.

  • Anyone who wishes to wear a mask for any reason will be invited to do so.  We will not prohibit the wearing of facemasks.

  • During the limited times that campers and staff are indoors, and a 6 foot distance is not possible from those outside of families or cohorts, then staff and campers will be required to wear a mask, unless they have a medical exemption.  We will not be asking campers or staff to mask up when outdoors, or adequate space is available indoors.

Youth Camp Specific Modifications for Fall Recharges
  • Cohort Groups:  Upon arrival, youth will be assigned a cohort for the weekend which will double as their cabin group.  As much as possible, youth from the same community and region will be assigned to the same cohort group.  When indoors, social distancing between cohort groups will be maintained.   As an alternative to camp providing cohort leaders, a church group is welcome to provide their own counselors for their campers.  To make arrangements, please contact the camp for guidelines and requirements.  .

  • Medic Check In - While we have always had each youth participant check in with our weekend medic, we will be adding temperature checks and some additional questions about how each participant is feeling upon check in. We will also be asking adults to check in with the medic specifically. All medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter, will need to be turned in to the medic upon arrival.  Medications will need to be picked up directly from the medic by an adult at the end of the retreat.

  • Self-monitoring - Participants will be asked to monitor their health closely prior to arriving at camp. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or an other illness, or discover you were exposed to someone who tested positive in the days leading up to camp, please stay home for everyone's well-being. Thank you. 

  • Meals - We have removed most of our large dining hall tables to allow for more flexibility in seating arrangements.  This will allow us to have a table for each group which is just right for the size of their group and allow us to spread groups out more effectively. Campers participating in our Junior High and Senior High weekends will be allowed to serve themselves from the buffet with the use of hand sanitizer immediately before getting their food.  Campers participating in our weekend for grades 4-6 will be served their food cafeteria style by retreat staff and adult volunteers. 

  • Outdoors - As much as possible, we will hold activities outdoors.  Please come dressed appropriately.

  • Masks - : Campers will not be required to wear masks unless they are indoors and unable to maintain social distancing for staff or campers who are not part of their cohort group.

  • Cleaning and Sanitizing - We will be continuing with the additional cleaning and sanitizing of public spaces

Pre-screening
  • We are asking all campers to closely monitor their health for the 2 weeks prior to arrival at camp.  If you develop any of the following symptoms, please consider a visit to your local health care professional to be sure you are healthy enough to come to camp: fever of 100.4 or greater, loss of taste or smell, cough or congestion not related to diagnosed seasonal allergies, diarrhea, vomiting, and/or difficulty breathing. 

  • If you or your camper identify as higher risk for complications related to COVID-19, we recommend you consult a medical care provider to assess the risk and determine if attendance is acceptable.

  • While COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff members have been encouraged, we do not require our staff, or campers, be vaccinated.

 

Cleaning and disinfecting

Additional cleaning methods will continue to be employed to reduce risk to campers and staff. Cleaning methods will follow CDC guidance and include increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of communal spaces, shared items, frequently touched surfaces, and restrooms. 

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