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Camp & Health FAQ's

Send your little ones prepared!

Overnight Camp and Day Camp at LOUMC provide an opportunity for youth and families to meet new people, learn and try new things, and grow in their faith with Christ.  We want both campers and families feeling safe, comfortable and excited about their camping adventure.

What might be different at camp over the summer because of COVID-19?

Most of what our campers love about camp will still be part of this summer’s experiences. Some practices we began last year, such as dining outside, will continue.  At this time, we are looking forward to camp having less restrictions in place in 2022. That being said, COVID-19 conditions and safety guidelines have changed regularly. We have learned, over the past two years, to expect the unexpected. We will update our policies and procedures if necessary and communicate those changes.

What COVID-19 safety persuasions may be part of my time this summer at camp?
COVID-19 conditions and safety guidelines change regularly, so we don’t know for sure. While CDC guidelines have allowed for less masking and social distancing, we will encourage healthy practices such as lots of hand-washing, maximizing time outdoors and staying home if not feeling well. We will adjust safety protocols as necessary, following state health departments and the American Camp Association protocols.
 
What happens if someone gets sick at camp? Will everyone have to go home?
We anticipate that the pre-camp information, precautions, proactive mitigation measures, and operational changes we are implementing while campers are onsite will allow all campers, volunteers, and staff to stay for the entire length of their summer camping event. However, if a camper, volunteer, or staff member presents with COVID-19 symptoms during camp, that person, and all campers and staff in their “cohort”, will be isolated and may be sent home.
 
What resources are our camps using to help make decisions as we approach summer?
In addition to working closely with local and state health officials, your camp leaders use the Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance. This guide was developed for the American Camp Association by Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc. (EH&E) to offer guidance and assist camps regarding current practice considerations in addressing COVID-19. The Field Guide is a living document and will be updated as new information becomes available for summer 2022
 
Will you require staff and volunteers to be vaccinated to work at camp?
We’re paying close attention to local, state, and CDC guidelines and expect guidance on this and other questions as we approach the start of summer camp. We are strongly encouraging all staff to receive a vaccination as supplies become more readily available. 
 
What happens if the event I want to attend is full, and I was put on a waitlist?
If an event is full, you will be placed on a waitlist. But don’t give up hope! You will be notified as soon as an opening is available – if one becomes available. Please let the Camp Registrar (camps@iaumc.org, 515-974-8946, or toll-free at 800-765-1651) know as soon as possible if you decide to register for a different event and no longer wish to remain on the waitlist.
 
What is the cancellation policy this year?

If the camping office needs to cancel a camp, you will be notified and receive a full refund. 

If a camper needs to cancel, we will provide a full refund in the event of illness, COVID-19 exposure, or a family emergency. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to request a refund. A refund will be issued only if requested. All camper cancellations must be received in writing at camps@iaumc.org. Please call the camping office at (800) 765-1651 (toll free) with any questions. 

If a camper needs to cancel for any other reason, we will provide a full refund minus the $100 deposit. If a camper is a no-call or no-show, no refund will be issued. 

Are camps open now for retreats and gatherings?
Yes! Your Iowa Camps are OPEN for small group gatherings and retreats, personal/family time away, or volunteer group work projects! Call Camp today at 712.336.2936 to get more information about your next retreat
 
How can I support the camp I love?

We are so thankful for your support of Iowa UM Camps! Now, more than ever, your support is critical to helping your camps to remain healthy, thrive, and move forward. We appreciate your prayers and your advocacy for United Methodist camping programs. We would also welcome your financial gift during this challenging time. 

Gifts may be given in the follow ways: 

1. Iowa Conference Camping & Retreats 

2. Send a check to: IA UM Camps, 2301 Rittenhouse St, Des Moines, IA 50321. Check can be made payable to: Iowa UM Camps 

You are welcome to designate your gift to a specific camp or cause, or simply allow the camping ministry to determine where it’s most needed. 

We’d also welcome volunteers to help with a variety of projects around camp. Individuals, families, and small groups, who will be required to follow all health and safety guidelines while on site, are encouraged to contact the campsites directly for details. 

Don’t see the answer you’re looking for?
E-mail us at camps@iaumc.org, or give us a call at 800-765-1651 (toll free) 
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