COVID- 19  Safety and Modifications  

Greetings from IOLBC! I know 2020 has been challenging for many, filled with disappointments and uncertainty due to COVID-19. Know that we have been praying for you, and will continue to do so. At Ingham Okoboji, safety is a top priority. We have already made many adaptations due to COVID-19, and as we move forward I want to assure you we will continue to follow the current recommendations and guidelines of state and local health officials. We have every reason to believe we will be able to have camp next summer, adjusting to whatever needs arise. I hope that as often as you think ahead to summer plans, you will remember to include camp. 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."  
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Rod Quanbeck, Executive Director

(rodq@okoboji.org or 1-800-OKOBOJI)

Program Modifications

this Spring:

Keeping everyone safe at camp has always been a top priority for IOLBC.  In light of the ongoing concerns surround the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following adjustments to increase the safety of having youth and adults at camp.

ONE DAY Option for Youth Recharges - Each weekend will have the option to come and experience the Recharge retreat in just one day.  Our main programming, teaching, games, skits, and wackiness will be packed into Saturday.  Those youth and groups who still opt to come for the entire weekend will have a chance to do some extra team building, campfires, and devotions.

Church Groups - Youth will be experiencing youth retreats primarily with the group they arrive with.  We will not mix youth from different communities for small groups, games, cabin assignments, etc. All activities will be planned to maintain social distancing between different groups. 

Adult/Counselor Supervision -  Each church group will need to bring adequate adult supervision or choose to allow IOLBC's volunteer counselors to be included with their group throughout the weekend. Individual students will need to bring a parent or other adult or choose to be supervised by a volunteer counselor. For camper safety there cannot be a 1-on-1 sleeping arrangement with adult and youth except for parent/children.

 

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 this spring. Medications will be handled by adult leaders from churches, parents for youth, or by the volunteer medic.

Self-monitoring - Participants of all programs will be asked to monitor their health closely prior to arriving at camp. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, 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.  Additionally, we will not be utilizing our buffet line but serving meals cafeteria style by staff who are masked and gloved. See Photos below.

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

Masks - When indoors, face masks will be required except for eating and sleeping.

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

Please check out each of the program pages to see modifications made specific to each program. Also continue to check back to see any additional changes or updates.

2021 Summer Camp COVID Safety and Modifications

Modifications
  • Campers will be placed in small groups for the entirety of the week. The mixing and convening of these groups will be avoided. 

  • All staff and campers will be required to wear a mask while indoors, except briefly when eating, drinking, or if they need a distanced mask break. In any instances where a mask is removed, campers will be distanced as much as possible, well beyond the 6 foot minimum.  (During health screenings, a healthcare staff member will briefly approach campers closer than 6 feet to take their temperature.)

  • Camp will mostly be held outdoors, except in the case of inclement weather.

  • Meals will be served cafeteria style by staff who are masked and gloved.

  • We will increase access to handwashing stations and hand sanitizer and regularly remind campers of when and how to wash their hands effectively. 

  • Self-monitoring - Participants of all programs will be asked to monitor their health closely prior to arriving at camp. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, 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.

Pre-screening

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

Daily-screening

Upon arrival each morning, we will inquire if your camper has any COVID-19 symptoms and conduct temperature checks. 

Staff Heath and Safety
  • Camp staff have received training in their roles and responsibilities as they relate to COVID-19 precautions. 

  • All staff will be following IOLBC’s onsite work requirements, developed per CDC guidelines, including daily health screenings.

Cleaning and disinfecting

Additional cleaning methods will 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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Main Office:

Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp

1203 Inwan St.

Milford, IA 51351

1-800-OKOBOJI

712-337-3306

registrar@okoboji.org

 

Ingham Lake Bible Camp

2258 450th Ave

Wallingford, IA 51365

712-867-4170

ingham@rvtc.net

 

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