COVID- 19 Announcement & Updates
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."
Rod Quanbeck, Executive Director
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 Supervision - This fall we will not be asking college students to come for the weekend to serve as cabin leaders, small group discussion leaders, or counselors. Each church group will need to bring adults who are ready to experience the retreat alongside the youth with them this fall. Individual students will need to bring a parent or other adult. 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 fall. Medications will be handled by adult leaders from churches or parents for youth.
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.
Questions You May Have
Q. What will happen with my deposit if my program is cancelled?
A. If your camp or retreat you were registered for is cancelled each camper will be invited to:
Transfer their deposit to a future event;
Receive a full or partial refund, or;
Offer their deposit as a contribution to the ministry of the camp.
Q. What about Adult Program Modifications?
A. Check out each of the separate program pages to see the safety adjustments and modifications being made.
1 Hour of Power (Kids’ show inspired by camp chapel) – Live on camp’s Facebook page at 3:30 p.m. every weekday, with archived episodes on Ingham Okoboji YouTube channel under 1 Hour of Power playlist.
Beyond Weekly (Weekly blog for adults emailed to you to help you set your mind on Christ.) - Visit www.everydaydiscipleship.org to sign up.
Everydaydiscipleship.org (resources for church leaders, parents, and youth of all ages to help them interact with faith based activities, sites, and apps.)
IOLBC Beyond Ministry App (Daily Bible verses and devotions) - Available on Apple App Store or Google Play
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