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New Policies and Procedures in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic


Parents, Families and Friends of Camp Lutherhoma,

Our mission is to Nurture Discipleship in Jesus in outdoor settings, which excites believers to share the love of Christ to the world. With that in mind, we hope to see you at camp this summer to strengthen your faith and to connect with your friends. At this time the pandemic is not over, but it is reaching a phase where we can start getting together and growing in Christ, while practicing health and safety guidelines designed to keep us as safe as possible, trusting in God’s protection.

We are going to do all that we can to ensure the safety and health of the campers, their families, and staff. We will follow the CDC guidelines to the best of our ability, as they pertain to the circumstances at the time of each camp session. We will also be guided by the Oklahoma Governor’s decision on where we are with the pandemic, as it pertains to the circumstances at the time of each camp session.

The summer schedule is now adjusted to allow more time for our state to reach Level 3. This new schedule is condensed from 7 weeks to 5, and the first day of camp will be June 21st. We also are incorporating several new policies and procedures which we want to share with you. We will be glad to answer any questions you have about any of these policies and procedures.

1. The state of Oklahoma must be in Level 3 by the 5th of June.

2. If at any time the state of Oklahoma reverts back to either Level 2 or Level 1 we will have to cancel the rest of the summer sessions.

3. For the Health and Protection of the staff:
    We will have them arrive at camp 3 weeks prior to the first day of camp. All camp staff will be screened for temperature and asked “daily screening questions” during the 3 weeks prior to camp beginning, and each morning and evening during the summer.
4. For the Health and Protection of the campers and their families:
    We trust the parents and guardians to be aware of CDC guidelines and the current circumstances which determine the CDC and the Governor/state of Oklahoma guidelines.

    We encourage the parents to quarantine their child, and perhaps their entire family, for 4-7 days prior to their coming to camp. During this quarantine we encourage the parents and guardians to screen their child for any symptoms of illness of any kind.

    If the child has any symptoms customary for those with the covid-19 virus, the parent and guardian should have them tested

    If the child is tested they should not come to camp unless they are cleared of the covid-19 virus with a doctor’s note stating, they were tested and that the test was negative.

    The parent should, in advance of the first day of their child’s camp session, answer the following questions.
      i. Has the child or immediate family travelled internationally within the past 2 weeks?
      ii. Has the child been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the covid-19 virus in the past 2 weeks?
      iii. Has the child or immediate family attended any event of a large gathering of people (more than 10).
      iv. Has the child had a fever over 100.5 in the past 2 weeks?
      v. Has the child had a persistent dry cough in the past 2 weeks?
      vi. Has the child experienced abdominal pain lasting more than ½ day in the past 2 weeks?
      vii. Has the child had episodes of chills or sweats in the past 2 weeks?
    The parent or guardian can require additional safety procedures for their child while at camp, such as face mask, etc.

    All campers and staff will have their temperature taken and asked screening questions each morning and evening.

    During the summer, the camp will take measures to sanitize any surface that might be touched often by campers or staff during the week, daily, at the end of the week and before the start of the new week.

    The camp director or his representative will contact the parents or guardians if any symptoms customary for someone with the covid-19 are observed in their camper.
      Symptoms
        1. Fever over 100.5 F.
        2. Persistent dry cough
        3. Abdominal pain lasting more than ½ day or diarrhea
        4. Episodes of chills or sweats.
      If any of these symptoms are detected in a camper, the camp will contact the parents or guardians to discuss the plan of action. The camp will isolate the camper to limit the spread of whatever they might have. The camp might advise the parents or guardians to have their child tested for covid-19, and the parents are urged to report to the camp the results of the test.

      The camp director or his representative will contact the parents or guardians if anyone associated with their child at camp has tested positive for covid-19.
5. Alterations to camp procedures
    The Sunday check in procedure and the Friday check out procedure will be altered to limit the gathering of people in one area. Camp will conduct health screening of the arriving camper, including temperature reading and screening questions. A detailed check in and check out procedure will be sent to registered camper’s families prior to the start of their camp session.

    Measures will be taken to ensure better social distancing in all facilities and during all activities. This includes limiting the number of campers and staff in each cabin, scheduling activities to be staggered for less crowding, increase in available personal hygiene and sanitation stations, sterilization practices conducted by the camp staff, and dining hall procedures to create a hand’s free delivery and cleanup of meals.
6. Additional Suggestions
    Parents and Guardians are encouraged to quarantine their campers after they return home for 5 to 6 days, screening them for symptoms of any illness. If any symptoms arise, it is helpful if the parents contact the camp to notify them and to let them know the situation and if the child was tested for the covid-19 virus, and the results of that test.

Contact Information:

Phone Number: 918-458-0704

PO Box 1672

Tahlequah, OK 74465

Physical Address:

23197 E 742 Rd

Tahlequah, OK 74464

Email: lutherhoma@lutherhoma.com

John Busch, Director

john@lutherhoma.com

Erin Busch, Program Director

erin@lutherhoma.com

Mission Statement

Camp Lutherhoma is owned and operated by the Oklahoma District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Our mission is to nurture discipleship in Jesus Christ, in outdoor settings, which excites believers to share the love of Christ to the world.