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COVID-19 

Safety

The Carol Joy Holling Camp experience provides campers the opportunity to try new activities, create a community of friends, develop social skills, build faith, and be physically active outdoors. While some elements of camp this summer will look a bit different, the outdoor, screen-free experience is needed this year more than ever before. 

This summer, we will be following the standards and protocols set by the American Camp Association (ACA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our state and local health departments. Here is an overview of all the protocols we will be following this summer: ​

These are the questions we're hearing most frequently from camper families. If you have additional questions, contact our Registrar, Jessica, at Registrar@NLOM.org or 402-944-2544. 

Is your refund policy any different this summer because of COVID-19?


For the 2021 summer camp season, all deposits are fully refundable. As always, we are happy to work with families to reschedule for a later week in the season, if the originally scheduled week doesn’t work out. Contact our Registrar, Jessica, at Registrar@NLOM.org or 402-944-2544 with questions or to reschedule.




How will you determine if camp will be held?


In the case of an outbreak or increased community spread, we will follow the recommendations of the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. We are also in consultation with multiple local physicians who serve on and consult with the NLOM Board of Directors. The NLOM Board of Directors in consultation with these health experts, will determine if adjustments to the schedule are needed.




If a change to the schedule happens, will it be week-by-week, month-by-month, or the whole summer?


We will follow the recommendations of the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. If necessary, the NLOM Board of Directors will make changes to the 2021 Summer Camp schedule on a week-by-week basis. The High Adventure Backpacking Trip and Road Trip Adventure are cancelled; they will now be Adventure Weeks with day excursions to nearby attractions and overnight accommodations at Carol Joy Holling Camp.




Will there be any changes to village or "cabin" size or how many campers interact closely each day at camp?


We have lowered the maximum capacities for each site at camp as well as the number of campers sleeping in the same bunkroom/cabin/tipi. This year, villages will be comprised of one or two bunkrooms/cabins/tipis and will be functioning as “household cohorts.”




Are campers going to wear masks?


For overnight camp (not Day Camp), villages will be comprised of one or two bunks/cabins/tipis. Villages will be functioning as “household cohorts” and can therefore be unmasked when at least 6 feet from staff or campers from another village. Masks will be worn when 6 feet of distance with someone outside their village is not possible, like during ropes and teambuilding activities. Once the village is finished with that activity, they can remove their masks. Masks will also be worn indoors—for example, if taking shelter from a storm. Masks will not be worn while swimming or engaging in activities in which it could become saturated with water. During these activities, campers will be encouraged to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet with campers and staff from other villages. Masks will be required for Day Camp campers, as they are leaving and reentering their villages each day. However, mask breaks will be provided regularly throughout the day.




What kind of screening will campers go through before and during camp?


Campers are encouraged to follow the CDC’s guidance for travelers for the two weeks before arriving at camp, or have a negative COVID-19 test result within 2 days of check-in. Families should pre-screen their campers before traveling to camp. If campers have two or more of the following symptoms, they should provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID-19 test result within 2 days of check-in. If these are not possible, please reschedule for another week of camp after their symptoms have cleared, or request a refund: - Fever (100.4* or higher) - Chills - Muscle aches - Headache - Sore throat - Nausea - Vomiting - Diarrhea - New and/or persistent cough If campers have one or more of the following symptoms, they should reschedule for another week of camp after their symptoms have cleared, or request a refund: - Shortness of breath - Difficulty breathing - New loss of taste/smell While at camp, campers should notify their village leader or a member of the health care team immediately if they begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (as listed above).




How will you communicate with me if my camper is exposed to COVID-19 at camp?


Official contact tracing will take place through the Sarpy/Cass Health Department. If we are made aware of a possible exposure at camp, we will contact the camper families affected via email. Please make sure your email address is up-to-date when registering your camper.




What will you do if a camper begins to have symptoms at camp?


If a camper, staff member, or guest begins showing symptoms (as listed above) while at Carol Joy Holling Camp, they should notify their village leader or a member of the health care team immediately. A separate area has been designated for campers or staff members showing symptoms of COVID-19. Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries employs a registered nurse to supervise all summer camp healthcare. Healthcare team members will assess the camper/staff member/guest and contact their parent, guardian, or emergency contact if necessary. If needed, parents, guardians, or emergency contacts should pick up their sick camper/staff member/guest within a reasonable amount of time (1-2 hours) from contact with the NLOM health care team. Official contact tracing will take place through the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.




What kind of screening will Summer Ministry Team members go through prior to and during camp?


The Summer Ministry Team arrives at camp for a two-week training prior to the first day of camp on June 6, and they will be monitored for symptoms during those two weeks. They were also encouraged to follow the CDC's guidance for travelers for the two weeks before arriving at camp. While at camp, staff will notify a member of the health care team immediately if they begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19: shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and new or persistent cough. We encourage all Summer Ministry Team members, year-round staff members, and campers who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to do so at least two weeks before camp. Because COVID-19 vaccines are not available to all campers and staff members, they are not required to attend NLOM programming in 2021.




Will meals still be served “family style” in the dining halls this summer?


All meals will be served and consumed outdoors—weather permitting—and with disposable silverware. Instead of serving "family style," NLOM staff members will plate the food for campers. Cuppies will be kept in a designated space at each site and sanitized in the dishwasher after every meal. Since cuppies will stay at each site, compostable paper cones will be available for hydration between each activity throughout the day Sno kones and snacks will be served to each village while physically distanced outdoors.




Can I pick up my camper for practice/school activity/etc. and bring them back to continue their week?


Because villages will be functioning as “household cohorts,” if someone in the village leaves the site, they could possibly be exposed while off-site and bring that back to the group. In order to give campers the most un-masked time possible, this summer campers who leave the site for any reason during the week (sports, illness, etc.) will not be able to return.




Do I need to wear a mask at check-in or closing program/pick-up?


Parents, guardians, and campers will be required to wear masks once they arrive on site, and throughout the check-in process. Once campers have divided into villages and are physically distanced from other villages, they can remove their masks. At the end of the session, parents and guardians will be required to wear masks once they arrive on site, and throughout the closing program and pick-up process.