covid-19

We Are Here To Serve As A Partner

The safety of our campers, guests, and staff has always been, and will continue to be, our top priority.  We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the cleaning and care recommendations of the CDC and Indiana State and County Health Departments. 

It is our intention to run all scheduled retreats and summer camp programs and continue to serve our camp families and church partners with an abundance of caution and enhanced wellness measures.  

We do understand that you may be hesitant to register your child for camp or to plan a retreat at this time; we want to help you plan for life-changing ministry experiences with a peace of mind for any financial questions. We will be offering a “Register With Confidence” pledge to help families know that they can get their money back if things surrounding COVID-19 are resolving more slowly than desired.  

Our camps have been here for almost 100 years and we trust that God is not done serving your churches and families here. We invite you to consider the following option as it is a possibility for your family or organization:

The camp and retreat ministries rely upon the income of summer camps and retreats as their primary funding source. In order for the camping ministry to exist through what may be a very tough budget year, it will require the generosity and partnership of supporters continuing to resource the present and future in difficult times. We invite you to consider converting some or all of your deposits and payments into a generous tax-deductible gift to the camp site.

 

Summer Camp Cancellation and Planning Information

The safety of our campers and staff has always been, and will continue to be, our top priority.  We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the recommendations of the CDC and Indiana State and County Health Departments.  At this time, the CDC is recommending precautions similar to those taken to avoid flu viruses; washing your hands thoroughly and often is the best prevention for the spread of viruses, as well as staying home when you have symptoms of illness.  But, of course, there are additional steps that can be taken.  
 
It is our intention to run all scheduled summer programs and serve our camp families with an abundance of caution and enhanced wellness measures.  We do understand that you may be hesitant to register your child for camp at this time, and want to help you plan your summer with peace of mind.  We are adjusting our policies to allow cancellations up to 7 days before the start date of the camp you are registered for with no cancellation fees.  Cancellations that occur within 7 days of the start of camp will not be refunded.
 
In Indiana, the State Department of Health establishes the laws and regulations for Camp Facilities, including rules for health and safety.  Our existing housekeeping procedures include a thorough cleaning and disinfection of facilities after the departure of each group using EPA registered products approved for use against COVID-19.  At this time, we are increasing the cleaning of high touch surfaces (handles, light switches, faucets, etc) to multiple times a day.  Additional hand sanitizing stations will be added throughout the facilities.
 
When enjoying our food service, rest assured that our kitchens are supervised by Servsafe certified cooks.  This certification includes the teaching of safe food preparation and handling.  All kitchen utensils and equipment are washed and sanitized according to department of health requirements.  Dining room tables, chairs, counters and other surfaces will be sanitized frequently.  Food service staff wash hands frequently, wear gloves and prepare and handle food meeting all department of health regulations.
 
Our existing wellness policy includes campers being sent home for:
• fever 100 degree and above
• uncontrolled cough
• vomiting
• diarrhea
• pink eye
• unidentified rash
 
Our existing wellness policy includes all campers undergoing a health check during Camp Check In.  This summer our health check will include taking the temperature of each camper and a questionnaire covering symptoms of cold and flu, and recent travel history.
 

Retreat Cancellation and Planning Information

The safety of our guests and staff has always been, and will continue to be, our top priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the recommendations of the CDC and Indiana State and County Health Departments. At this time, the CDC is recommending precautions similar to those taken to avoid flu viruses; washing your hands thoroughly and often is the best prevention for the spread of viruses. But, of course, there are additional steps that can be taken.

In Indiana, the State Department of Health establishes the laws and regulations for Camp Facilities, including rules for health and safety. Our existing housekeeping procedures include a thorough cleaning and disinfection of facilities after the departure of each group using EPA registered products approved for use against COVID-19. At this time we are increasing the cleaning of high touch surfaces (handles, light switches, faucets, etc) to multiple times a day. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be added throughout the facilities.

For guests enjoying our food service, rest assured that our kitchens are staffed by Servsafe certified cooks. This certification includes the teaching of safe food preparation and handling. All kitchen utensils and equipment are washed and sanitized according to department of health requirements. Dining room tables, chairs, counters and other surfaces will be sanitized frequently. Food service staff wash hands frequently, wear gloves and prepare and handle food meeting all department of health regulations.

It is our intention to continue serve our guests with an abundance of caution and enhanced wellness measures to give you peace of mind. We do understand that your group may be hesitant to gather for a retreat at this time, and welcome the opportunity to reschedule your retreat for a time when your group will feel more comfortable.

We are temporarily adjusting our policies to allow retreat groups to reschedule their stay without penalty if done so up to 7 days before the beginning date of the retreat. All deposits will be applied to a rescheduling of the retreat within one year of the original date.

While our contract agreement states that deposits are nonrefundable, we are adjusting that policy for a limited time. From March 13 to May 31, cancellations received up to 7 days before the beginning date of the retreat that do not result in a rescheduling will be refunded 50% of the deposit. There will be no refunds on deposits if cancellations are received within 7 days of the beginning date of the retreat.

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