2021 Summer Camp
Indian Lake Christian Camp is working to make this summer the very best summer ever for our campers and volunteers! The safety and well-being of our campers, their families, and our staff has always been Indian Lake Camp’s top priority. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, Camp has put into place safety requirements, to ensure camp is as safe as possible and that we’re meeting and exceeding all of the guidelines set forth by the State of Maryland and Harford County. This is a fluid environment and we will be monitoring as regulations change over the next few months. Yes, Camp will look a little different than past summers, but the fun, relationships, and connection to Christ will still be there.
We are looking at all the best practices that worked for camps last summer that got to open, following the CDC and ACA (American Camp Association) guidelines, and will implement as many best practices that we can to keep campers, staff, and volunteers safe.
We are working hard to plan an amazing summer camp experience for your camper. This summer’s camp theme is Uncharted! This theme is so appropriate since everything around us has changed, except for God’s love and our anchor in Jesus Christ! At this time, we expect that COVID-19 may still be around for the summer. We have studied the best practices from other camps that opened last summer and are applying all of their safety and sanitizing practices. We are following CDC and American Camp Association guidelines for the safety of our campers and staff. After a year of distance learning, kids need camp now more than ever before, and we are praying that each of them gets the opportunity to grow, learn, and play at camp this summer.
We are excited to tell you all the changes that are happening around camp. First, this summer, we are offering Overnight AND Day Camp options! This accommodates smaller group sizes and only 10 campers per cabin. The groups will consist of 10 campers, 1-2 adult leaders, and 1-2 Counselors in Training (CITs). These groups, or cohorts, will travel together throughout the day to different activity stations. The cohorts will be a cabin group or a day camp group. Each cohort will have their own schedule and home base (either a cabin or day camp tent). Large group activities will look a little different with social distancing and safety measures in place.
We will do daily health screenings of campers and staff as well as extra sanitizing throughout the day. Each cohort will have its own water jug refill station, hand sanitizers at every cabin, additional hand washing stations, and leaders not a part of the cohort will be masked when within 6 feet of the cohort. Each activity station will be sanitized as a group leaves a station so that the station is ready within 10 minutes for the next group to arrive.
Day campers will eat a packed lunch outside at picnic tables, or if the weather is bad, they will eat in the outdoor chapel. Our overnight campers will eat with their cohort in the dining hall at assigned tables spaced 6ft apart. Masks will be worn when inside and not seated at a table or when groups are not spaced more than 6ft a part.
Camper drop-off and pick-up will also be different this year. We understand that dropping off your child for a session of camp is tough, and we want to make the transition as easy as possible! Drop-off for overnight camp will be on a rolling basis. We will have assigned drop-off times, so that you are not waiting in a long line. Parents will not be allowed in the cabins with their campers. This is to help limit the number of people in the cabin at one time and the spread of germs. Camper drop-off will include health screening, camper unloading, mail drop-off, and nurse station so that you can drop-off medications and talk with the nurse. We are also offering a camp open house day, May 15, 2021 so that you can come with your camper and check out the cabins, bunks, bathhouse, and dining hall. Please plan to attend to help your camper get excited about camp and planning and packing for their session.
Day Camp drop off will be similar. Parents will not exit their vehicle but circle the parking lot to drop off their camper after a health screening. Pick-up will be the same. Parents will remain in their vehicles, sign for their camper, load, and go.
Because things change so quickly, we will continue to monitor COVID cases and plan to run camp as long as state and local regulations allow. If during camp a group has a staff member or a child that is found to have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19:
- The local health department as well as the parents of children in the group will be notified immediately, and the group shall quarantine following the CDC guidelines.
- Individuals may not return to attend or work at camp until self-quarantine is completed and clearance from the individual’s primary care physician is obtained.
- Based on consultation with the local health department, the entire facility may be temporarily closed based on the level of contact and potential exposure. If recommended, Camp will wait 24 hours, then complete extra cleaning/disinfection of all areas of the facility.
If we need to cancel camp as a result of COVID-19, we will honor our policy of providing a prorated refund for the days for which camp is cancelled.
In the past, we have had a closing program on the last day of camp. Right now, we are not sure we will be able to have a closing program. As we approach summer, we will make the decision whether or not to have a closing program.
There are so many details that go into making camp a safe and fun place for your camper. We have tried to cover most of them in this letter, but if you have other questions, please feel free to reach out to us for details or clarification!
We are praying for an amazing summer and cannot wait to see you at camp!