Updated May 22, 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.
Governor DeSantis released camps to operate at his Press Conference May 22. We will operate using the guidance of the Camp Field Guide produced by the CDC and EHE. We have a target start date of June 21. Going forward any changes will be in four week increments notifying camp families of those changes.
The following changes to the summer schedule are as follows:
- Open House, originally scheduled for May 3, postponed to June 13.
- Aquatics postponed – June 15-19
- Canceled Week of June 7 - Lakeside 3,4,5 grades, Lakeside 1,2,3 grades, WHOLE, Alpha Session A
- Canceled Week of June 14 programs – Lakeside 5,6,7 Grades, Voice in the Wilderness
- Rescheduled - Big MAC - Leadership Development - June 28-July 2
- Postponed Camp Friendship to 2021 season
- Rescheduled - Parent/Child Camp - moved alongside L123 - July 23-24
While we will make every effort to mitigate risks, each family will have to determine if camp is right for their child this summer. 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 campers 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 families of any changes, delays, or cancellations. Program Directors are recruiting volunteers, developing lesson plans and planning life changing worship services. Camp Staff are preparing the grounds, reviewing camp protocols in the areas of health and safety, and preparing recreation equipment. Everyone is doing their part to impact the lives of kids.
We are making every effort to review and continue our policies intended to ensure the health and safety of our guests.
We will provide a list of our precautions and operations that will include 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. Expect additional questions and procedures for check in day.
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.
Our current response plan regarding summer camp is as follows:
- As of May 9, the Board of Trustees decided on a delayed start of June 21. See bullet points above for specific programs.
- Full refunds will be offered for canceled programs or rolled to 2021.
- As always, medical forms are required for all camp sessions.
- Health screening will see additional questions regarding travel history two weeks prior for both campers/staff. Daily temperature checks and mid-session Health screenings may happen and will be required of any camp day visitors.
- For the protection of our campers, staff and families, Lake Aurora reserves the right to restrict, disallow, or reschedule a camper's program if needed.
- As part of check in day orientation, best practices for not spreading germs will be presented and strongly encouraged for all campers/staff as well as new procedures to mitigate risk.
- Lake Aurora will stay in contact with parents/guardians in the event of a suspected COVID-19 diagnosis and within HIPPA regulations. Lake Aurora has a Communicable Disease Plan (CDP) as living in community at camp can facilitate a number of different illnesses.
For all campers/staff/volunteers
- 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 camp is right for your child this summer. 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 session that is ill or has a temperature of 100 or above. If you wish to discuss your camper's specific symptoms, please contact us at (863)696-1102 or contact us here.
- Click here for a parental resource regarding a healthy camp experience.