Updated July 17, 2020
At Lake Aurora, your health and safety are important to us.
We are closely monitoring developments around COVID-19 and are following guidelines provided by government agencies in safeguarding the health and well-being of our guests, campers, staff, and volunteers. It is a very fluid situation in which we must be flexible adapting to new restrictions and recommendations.
While we are making every effort to mitigate risks, each family will have to determine if the camp community is right for their family during this season. We do not want to encourage anyone with underlying conditions or weakened immune systems to expose themselves to these risks.
This is a complex situation and evolving daily. We recognize that we must put the safety of our guests and staff first, and that we need expert scientific guidance to help drive the decision-making process. We are reviewing all federal, state, and local recommendations and will notify guests of any changes, delays, or cancellations.
We are making every effort to review and continue our policies intended to ensure the health and safety of our guests.
This link provides our precautions and operations that includes how/when we disinfect and sanitize all surfaces on the property while guests/campers are here as well as when they leave.
Following American Camping Association guidelines for over 20 years, we have screened campers about their health the previous two weeks and recommend our guest groups screen their participants before arriving on campus.
We take our responsibility very seriously, and we will make decisions based on current recommendations, as well as in response to changing local and national conditions.
We recommend you and your family and organization continue to take steps to prevent illness, including frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, to avoid the spread of any sickness. Any person who is experiencing any cold or flu symptoms, or who is not feeling well, is encouraged to stay home.
Please feel free to email Phyllis Bornemann or Steve Bornemann with any questions or concerns.
Lake Aurora considers you family and are praying that you remain safe and healthy.
We are grateful for your ongoing support for the ministry at Lake Aurora and we trust God for all things, especially those we cannot control. John 14:27.
Summer camp unfolded as follows:
- May 9, the Board of Trustees decided on a delayed start and we began programming on June 28.
- Lakeside 2,3,4 grades, Hillside 4,5,6 grades and Leadership - Big MAC and Alpha Session B ran at reduced capacity without issue June 28-July 2
- High school camp ran July 5-10 at reduced capacity and in three 'tribes'. No one showed symptoms while here but one camper reported feeling ill once home. We were notified of their result the following week and informed all camper families. We asked for families to alert us if any of their campers reported illness later that week.
- Campuswide 6,7,8 ran July 12-17 at reduced capacity and in three 'squads'. Our support staff that live together, but not with campers, began to show signs of illness and were immediately isolated. They were tested and one came back positive. Since they live together, all of them would have been exposed. Since they support outdoor camp activities, we were not able to continue programming the last two weeks of the summer season and closed our scheduled camp programs July 17.
- We are able to continue with our Life Expedition Canoe Trip July 26-30 as we partner with Survival by the Word to staff and run that program.
Going Forward into Retreat Season:
- As we replace with well staff, we are ready to welcome guests for retreats using all protocals and encouraging our guest groups to follow recommendations.
- The entire campus is treated multiple times a day, sanitizing high touch areas in dorms, meeting spaces and dining hall.
For all participants
- Camp is active and challenging. Before arrival, be sure that each participant is well rested, nourished, hydrated, and healthy. While we will make every effort to mitigate risks, each family will have to determine if the camp environment is right for your family during this time. We do not want to encourage anyone with underlying conditions or weakened immune systems to expose themselves to these risks.
- We cannot accept anyone into the camp community that is ill or has a temperature of 100.4 or above.
- Click here for a resource regarding a healthy camp experience.