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LOMC – COVID-19 NEWS – LOMC

Updated 5.27.2020

Current LOMC Cancellations:

LOMC Summer Camps (June-July)

For Summer Camp Families:

Summer camp schedule cancellation

After much prayer, research and conversation, the LOMC staff and board have made the important decision to cancel our 8 weeks of LOMC summer camp programming.

Throughout these past weeks, our criteria has been focused on:

Is LOMC allowed to have groups onsite and do we feel we can handle the health risk?

We don’t want to see children, youth, adults or staff hurt or worse because of this pandemic.

Current information seems to be leaning toward a very limited number of people able to group together throughout summer and we are likely to encounter strict virus prevention practices that might diminish the experience we can provide.

In light of guests being unable to visit LOMC since mid-March, we are already struggling to keep LOMC going – but we’ll beat it! The resources needed for a regular 8 weeks of camp PLUS resources needed for COVID-19 preparation and maintenance is enormous. We don’t want to risk future ministry opportunities on the chance of one summer camp season that might happen.

We (of course) have been worried that even with all our efforts and expenses, families might still feel it is not safe to send their children to a camp. We get it!

Questions For Summer Camp Families

Despite the financial hardship this presents to LOMC, we feel it is right to offer refunds. Please note that refunds may take several months to return to you as we navigate a very difficult financial season for LOMC. 

We do have some refund options for each family to consider:

  1. Donate your deposit and/or any payments to LOMC. All donations are tax-deductible.
  2. We can save your deposit for next summer’s camp season.
  3. We can refund any money paid back to you.

Please contact Audrey at registrations@lomc.org to let us know how we can process your refund. We must hear from you directly, so please reach out to Audrey.

Depending on the criteria stated previously, we hope to be able to provide opportunities of some kind this summer.

Much is not up to us and we will wait to see what our state and local authorities allow us to do. We are considering several options from: families staying with us, two-night events and day events, to opportunities for smaller church groups to gather. We encourage you to follow us on facebook and check our website frequently for the newest announcements.

All Team Camps have been cancelled along with all our summer camps for 2020. A LOMC staff member will be reaching out to you soon with details including any refunds. We are tentatively considering two-night options for church groups later this summer if we are allowed to gather groups together.

Yes, all day camps are also cancelled for this summer. We are tentatively looking at possibly offering day camp weeks later in the summer if we are allowed by state and local authorities.

Special Info for Group Rentals

With Illinois Into Phase 3:

  • Because of the following restrictions, LOMC is focusing on our Family Getaway experience catering to immediate households to accommodate restrictions and keep everyone safe.
  • Indoor food service is not possible.
    • Individuals will need to make other arrangements like simple meals stored in coolers or take-out from local restaurants.
    • Pot lucks and the like are not safe or possible.
  • Every activity requires 6 foot distance.
    • We’ll work with you to consider indoor space requirements.
    • Your group may need to utilize larger areas like the Dining Hall.
  • Sleeping Arrangements:
    • Freedom Tree: 1 per room (unless from same household)
    • Retreat Cabins: No more than 3 per room (15 per cabin)
      • Bathrooms would be restrictive in cabins.

Past Phase 3:

  • LOMC will be evaluating what will be possible.
  • Limited food service may be offered.
  • Groups may need to eat meals in shifts and at Dining Hall only.
  • If we could predict the future…

We're Hard At Work In Ministry

Per Illinois’ stay-at-home order, LOMC is temporarily closed to overnight guests through at least May 29, 2020.

Day guests (hiking, mushroom hunting, fishing) are allowed if:

  • You visit only with your immediate household.
  • Stay physically distant from others.
  • Visit only from 7am-8pm.
  • We have the right to close LOMC down again if guests do not observe the rules above.
  • You do not need to check-in during this time but calling ahead is appreciated.
  • Use of the grounds is at your own risk. LOMC does not assume any liability.
  • More day use information here…
  • Please consider a donation to LOMC to help us stay open.

LOMC committees and staff have been hard at work thinking, praying and working through this complex situation. A new task force is being created to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep guests safe.

The LOMC board and staff made the decision to cancel our LOMC summer camp programming.

If we are safely allowed and ready to welcome guests this summer, LOMC is planning possible options for families and small groups to visit LOMC.

Now is a great time to support LOMC in this unusual time when no guests can visit. Financial difficulties are at their peak! Let’s work together to keep this precious ministry strong.

Our continued goal is to keep LOMC an outdoor sanctuary full of faith-filled experiences that connect us to God and each other. 

General Questions Answered

We are already cleaning and disinfecting all areas of camp and regularly disinfecting commonly touched areas like doorknobs and bathrooms. We are working with our local health department, reviewing CDC guidelines as well as putting into place new procedures on cleaning and disinfecting.

A task force is being assembled and as we receive more guidance, a detailed plan will be shared. The goal is for life at LOMC (and everywhere) to evolve to be safer for everyone.

We continue to evaluate how groups experience LOMC and what impact current COVID-19 restrictions have on them. We hope you will understand the complexity of keeping your group safe, following health department policies and making your experience fantastic is a delicate balance. Your help, flexibility and understanding is welcomed! Your group may need to consider:

  • Sleeping Facilities:
    • We are tentatively expecting no more than 3 non-related/non-household people in each room of our Retreat Cabins (max 12 per cabin)
    • Retreat Cabin bathroom practices should limit the number of people using the bathroom at any given time.
    • No more than 1 per room at Freedom Tree Village (unless rooming with someone from the same household).
  • Dining and Food Service:
    • Please be prepared to be flexible.
    • No buffets or salad bars will be allowed.
    • Physical distancing will limit the number of people eating at a table.
    • Retreat Cabins and Freedom Tree (Marander/Dody) are not setup for dining, so groups will need to eat in approved locations.
  • Activities:
    • Consider how your activities can remain safe.
    • Do you need to wear masks?
    • Can you maintain a safe distance from others?

Yes. The product we use throughout LOMC is on the approved EPA list and is effective in combating the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus.

The registration number is: 1839-166

To check the products you use, click this link to visit the EPA.

Depending on the criteria stated previously, we hope to be able to provide opportunities of some kind this summer but our LOMC summer camp programs have been cancelled.

Much is not up to us and we will wait to see what our state and local authorities allow us to do. We are considering several options from:

  • Families staying with us (immediate households only) OPEN! Register today…
  • Two-night events
  • Day events
  • Opportunities for smaller church groups to gather
  • Day camp possibilities

We encourage you to follow us on facebook and check our website frequently for the newest announcements.

Your prayers are very appreciated as we all navigate this strange and difficult time together. We have been blessed to receive financial help from donors and our federal government to continue ministry through early summer. Your financial help is always appreciated.

We have started a “Season to Grow” campaign to help raise money for:

-Special projects while LOMC is temporarily closed

-Purchasing cleaning and disinfecting equipment and supplies

-Resources to effectively operate LOMC

 

Visit www.lomc.org to find out more on how to give.

To date all year-round staff have been healthy. With recent federal help, we were able to keep our full-time staff and bring back a few part time staff. Our summer staff are deeply disappointed to not return or start working at LOMC. They all were looking forward to ministering with all our amazing campers and each other. 

Please be praying for all our staff as they journey through finding new options this summer. If you would like to send an encouraging note to a current staff or summer staff person, we would be pleased to forward your note on to them.

The address for LOMC is:
PO BOX 239, OREGON IL 61061

Most likely our office has already reached out to you. Groups that have reserved LOMC in June and beyond will be kept informed of any changes. Depending on state and local restrictions, your group size and other details may need to change. If you need to cancel, please reach out to Audrey (registrations@lomc.org) about rescheduling. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Day guests (hiking, mushroom hunting, fishing) are allowed if:

  • You visit only with your immediate household.
  • Stay physically distant from others.
  • Visit only from 7am-8pm.
  • Leave no trash behind or cause any damage to LOMC property.
  • We have the right to close LOMC down again if guests do not observe the rules above.
  • You do not need to check-in during this time but calling ahead is appreciated.
  • Please consider a donation to LOMC to help us stay open.