Summer 2020 Guidelines
Updated: Jul 2
Camp Illiana is committed to providing a great camp experience for everyone. The following includes changes in camp policy relating to health screenings, pre-existing health conditions, arrival procedures, ongoing screening for campers, sleeping, air quality, and other arrangements for campers and volunteers.
Camp Illiana overnight camps are scheduled to begin July 5, 2020.
Underlying Health Conditions
Currently, information indicates that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Those at a high risk are people aged 65 years and older and people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
Those at high risk include people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
Serious heart conditions
Compromised immune systems
Severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher)
Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
Camp Illiana recommends all campers and volunteers obtain medical clearance to attend camp by your primary care provider, if you are concerned about an underlying health condition.
Camp Illiana suggests all campers and volunteers pre-screen by self-monitoring 14 days before arriving at camp.
Take your temperature each day before arriving at Camp Illiana.
Self-screen for the presence of symptoms (fever 100 ℉ or greater, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell)
Determine if, within the past two weeks, the camper or volunteer has traveled internationally.
Determine if the camper or volunteer has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.
Coronavirus, COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that spreads easily through person-to-person contact. Federal and state authorities recommend social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus. Participating in Camp Illiana programs or accessing Camp Illiana facilities could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. Camp Illiana in no way warrants that COVID-19 infection will not occur through participation in Camp Illiana programs or accessing Camp Illiana facilities.
Each Camper and Volunteer will be required to complete an additional COVID-19 related Participant Waiver, Release, Indemnification of All Claims & Covenant Not to Sue.
Camp Arrival and Check-in
You will arrive at Camp Illiana, 723 E 450 S Washington, IN 47501, at the designated time sent with your updated confirmation.
Enter at the main gate, join the line of vehicles and proceed toward the Camp Illiana gravel parking lot.
Campers and volunteers will have their temperature checked.
Anyone with the following symptoms or situations will be asked to exit the Camp Illiana grounds via the drive to the right:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Have traveled internationally
Been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19.
You will be greeted by staff and checked in as campers or volunteer
Next, proceed in your vehicle to the Room Assignment Tent, staff will assist you with room sign-up and your delivery of the Release Form and any other paperwork. You can drop off camper mail at this time.
Proceed towards the First Aid Tent where you will drop off and discuss any medicines and food allergies. To expedite this process, please have your medicine drop-off form completed ahead of time.
You will then proceed in your vehicle to the designated point of drop off and unload.
Staff and volunteers will assist you with this and take campers to their rooms.
Parents/Guardians stay in or near their vehicles for the duration of the arrival process.
Ongoing Health Screening
Camp Illiana will utilize additional First Aid workers this year as needed including a local School Nurse. Campers, volunteers, and staff will have temperatures checked daily. Camp Illiana First Aid care is primarily for short-term treatment and not equipped to handle extended nursing care. If a camper, volunteer, or staff begins showing any of the following signs, the primary parent and/or emergency contact will be contacted and asked to pick up him/her from the Camp Illiana Quarantine Area:
Fever greater than 100℉ / Nausea / Diarrhea / Vomiting
Suspected Chicken Pox, Measles, or Other Contagious Rashes
Suspected Strep Throat or Sore Throat
Suspected Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Loss of Taste or Smell
Any injury requiring a physician’s care
When staff deems it to be in the best interest of the camper and/or other campers, volunteers, and staff
Cleaning and Disinfection
The purpose of the Camp Illiana cleaning and disinfection plans are to minimize the transmission of viruses and provide a fresh clean environment in buildings and common areas. Cleaning entails washing with a detergent and water to remove soil, organic matter, and some microorganisms from a surface. After the detergent and water wash, “disinfecting” entails use of a EPA-approved disinfectant applied in accordance with the manufacturer recommendations. Cleaning schedules include procedures for two-stage cleaning and disinfection. The following locations and equipment are included in daily cleaning plans:
Dogwood Cabin/Nurses Office
Camp Illiana Quarantine Area
Pool House, Pools, and Equipment
Adventure Element Equipment Shed and Areas
Campers will be regularly encouraged to wash their hands. Camp Illiana has also installed 30 hand sanitizer dispensers throughout camp located at every door entry to each building and areas.
The State of Indiana is recommending face coverings for campers and volunteers. As in past years, each camper and volunteer will be issued a Camp Illiana colorful tubular headwear, aka the tubie. The tubie can also be used as headwear and/or a face covering for the camp session if desired by camper or volunteer. Additional tubies may be available in the camp store for a price of $3 depending on stock availability.
Entire group swims will not occur this year. Each camper will have the opportunity to swim in smaller groups keeping with a 50 percent pool capacity. The pool and lake water are lab tested each week and monitored by state health officials. Additional areas will be cleaned and sanitized, using EPA approved disinfectant.
Games and Adventure Element Activities
Games and adventure element activities will go on this year. Some modifications may be made to help in spreading out campers as much as possible. Areas will be cleaned and sanitized, using EPA approved disinfectant.
Worship and Teaching
Entire group worship and teaching will occur this year. Efforts will be made to spread out as much as possible in the Worship Center. In between worship sessions, each seating area will be cleaned and sanitized, using EPA approved disinfectant.
iWave bi-polar ionization generators have been newly installed in the HVAC systems of Valleyview and Lakeview Lodges. These purifiers are designed specifically for treating air in duct systems. As the air flows past the iWave, positive and negative ions actively purify the supply air, helping to kill mold, bacteria and viruses that may be in the HVAC units and living spaces.
Sleeping areas in Lakeview Lodge consist of ten rooms with six sets of bunk beds. Sleeping areas in Valleyview Lodge consist of ten rooms upstairs with six sets of bunk beds and downstairs three rooms with six to nine bunk beds in each room. Beds are positioned approximately six-eight feet apart to the center of each bed. Everyone will be encouraged to sleep in an alternating head to toe arrangement. While each room of campers and volunteers will function during the day as a group, sleeping arrangements will follow these social-distancing guidelines:
Beds are labeled once campers select their rooms at check-in with camper names.
Everyone will use the same bed for their entire stay.
Campers and volunteers are recommended to bring a sleeping bag and pillow as bedding and a plastic tote for bedding and clothes to store in.
Storing belongings in a plastic container will aid in daily deep cleaning of each room.
Campers and volunteers will be asked to pack up bedding and belongings each morning for cleaning.
Campers may be relocated to the main room of each lodge for sleeping depending on room arrangement in an effort to maximax sleeping distances. With such moves, mattresses which will be labeled with camper names will be placed six feet apart for the night in the large space. Additional adult staff and volunteers will supervise these arrangements.
Each day, mattresses and beds will be cleaned and sanitized with EPA approved disinfectant.
In an effort for Camp Illiana to provide the most streamlined procedures in offering food service, we have established the following guidelines:
Meals may be served in two or more time slots depending on session sizes.
Room groups will line up together.
Meals served will be pre-packaged “grab and go” when possible.
The boys will get their “Grab and Go” meal and go to the Pavilion and other shelter seating areas and choose a seat while staying with their room group.
Girls will get their “Grab and Go” meal and choose a seat in the Dining Hall with their room group.
In between meal times, each seating area will be cleaned and sanitized, using EPA approved disinfectant.