COVID-19 Special Message

LOMC – COVID-19 NEWS – LOMC

Updated 7.30.2020

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.

Yes! Click any of the images below to find out more.

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. With limited resources and staff, we will not be offering day camps this summer.

We're Hard At Work In Ministry

We are once again allowing small groups to visit LOMC.

**In consultation with Ogle County Health Department, at this time, we will not be able to have guests from the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah

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

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

Starting back on July 1, we are again allowing small groups of people to stay overnight. For more info visit our RETREAT (Together) page.

Now is a great time to support LOMC in this unusual and challenging time. 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. 

COVID SAFE

The basics as you lead your group at LOMC.

Sick? Stay Home.

Group leaders should check their participants before and during their stay for any symptoms of illness.

Keep Your Distance

Physical distancing (6ft. minimum) throughout your stay will reduce the risk!

Use Protective Equipment

Wear a face mask/covering at all times to reduce yours and others’ risk.

Wash Your Hands

Proper hygiene is a good practice ALL the time but washing hands after entering any building is just one practice that helps reduce risk. Don’t touch your face is another!

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.

For non-family groups, we are electro-statically spraying disinfectant in living areas an additional time during a two-night stay.

We continue to consult with both experts and other outdoor facilities in implementing best practices to keep guests safer. An individual and group’s willingness to follow precautions increases the likelihood that guests remain healthy.

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:

Starting July 1 all groups that visit LOMC will have restrictions and be part of our new RETREAT (Together) program.

In order to keep LOMC sustainable we have increased fees slightly to match increased expenses in cleaning and disinfecting.

For details on having a retreat at LOMC please visit this page…

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.

At any time, the health situation in the area (or in Illinois) may change causing us to roll back our options. We have three options to consider:

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.

From AmazonSmile, Thrivent Choice Dollars/Action Teams, and financial donations we have lots of opportunity to support the ministries of LOMC.

 

 

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.

Yes, with restrictions.

If the signs are up at the entrance – we are closed to the public.
Please honor our policies and guests.

Details on day use please click here…