Covid-19

It is with a heavy heart that we are suspending all Impact 2818 events for the summer of 2020. Through countless plans and tireless efforts, we have exhausted any remaining avenues to provide a safe experience for participants and staff both during camp and upon reentering homes and communities. (May 21, 2020)

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Changes to Impact 2818’s Programs

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, our team has been preparing multiple contingency plans, plotting possible scenarios, writing cleaning and care policies, innovating social distancing camp strategies, and researching functional operation considerations. While we strategized, we kept alive the hope and promise of the impact of camp on children, youth, and adults.

Unfortunately, we are out of time. Our communities are still being impacted in ways we can’t overcome. Information and policies are still changing at a rate that can’t be integrated across our camps. Our partner churches are having a tough time regaining community themselves.

Finally, we were left with no choice when we considered our Christ-like imperative to put the care for others over our own desires, agenda, and assumed future.

We know that our God is sovereign. This will not be our final chapter or our last opportunity to make disciples for the transformation of the world. Even as we mourn the loss of a summer of making disciples, we are beginning to see light: the possibility of site improvements we’ve never been able to make during summer, the extra time to reach out to partner churches and join in new ways, the irresistible proposition of being a catalyst for student ministry change and expansion. God knows no crisis.

Even though we don’t know exactly what His plan is, we do know this: We need you. In every community that knows Christ, He has placed people of prayer, of discernment, people gifted in trades, and those generous with His resources. Now, more than ever, we are better able to see our need for this community of believers.
We invite you, today and throughout the breadth of this crisis, to partner with us as you are able. Together we will prepare new ministry opportunities for the months ahead and the generations to come.

Answers to Common Questions
  • How can I make a gift? Make a gift online at impact2818.org/donate. Send a check: please make out to INUMC and write: “Impact 2818” in the memo line. Mail to: Attn: Impact 2818 INUMC 301 Pennsylvania Parkway; Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46280. Call (888) 628.2818 with any questions.
  • What will happen to my existing camp registration? – Our staff will contact every camper family to choose:
    1) Forward your registration and any fees paid to a future event at Impact 2818.
    2) Convert a portion or all of your event fees to a donation to 2020 operations; refund remaining amount.
    3) Request a full refund of your event fees.
  • Will retreats continue to run at any of the camps? – Yes. With an abundance of caution, our facilities can still be utilized with limited staff support. We will continue to run some smaller events in coordination with guidelines and limitations. We will not be hosting or operating events that resemble a camp experience.
  • Are volunteers still needed or welcome? – Yes! We are eagerly accepting volunteers who would like to serve alongside our teams on summer projects. Start serving at: impact2818.org/serve or call (574) 834.2212.
  • How do I keep up to date on what happens next? – Please join this email list and our team will keep you connected to our next steps, needs, and continued response: impact2818.org/follow.

 

Health & Safety Preparedness For Our Guests

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.  
 
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.

 

Updated Camp Cancellation Policy

Effective January 1, 2020-November 1, 2020

For the summer of 2020, we are adjusting our camp registration policies to provide no cancellation penalties for cancellations at least 7 days before the start date of your event. This means you can get 100% of your money back.

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.

 

Updated Retreat Cancellation/Transfer Policy

Effective March 13, 2020-October 31, 2020

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.

Through October 31, cancellations with at least a 7 days notice can reschedule for a future date of up to 12 months with no penalty. If no rescheduled date is chosen, all payments may be returned excluding 50% of the total deposit*.

*A retreat deposit consists of the two initial deposits totaling 30% of the contracted minimum.

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.

 

PDF Announcements

May 21 Cancellation Announcement

May 4 Camp Schedule

May 1 Announcement

April 7 Announcement

 

 

 

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