Dear Camp Omega Community,
Uncertainty and confusion have gripped the hearts of many the past few months. Thankfully, we serve the God of truth and certainty, who with perfect love casts out fear. Even with this truth in mind, uncertainty about how this pandemic may impact Camp Omega’s summer programming has gripped us all.
The Camp Omega Board of Directors and staff have developed a plan of action to address this uncertainty. This plan implements the mission of camp and its life-changing impact while adhering to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the MN Department of Health (MNDH), the American Camp Association (ACA), local health authorities, and the Minnesota State authorities guidelines. Our desire is to offer as much camp programming as is safe and reasonable under the circumstances.
Camper and guest care is at the forefront of our consideration. Our desire to be part of the solution and strive for the safety—physical, emotional, and spiritual—of everyone who visits. With this in mind, the Camp Omega Board of Directors and staff have cancelled summer camp programming for youth, children, and developmentally disabled campers through July 9, 2020. In addition, all Traveling Day Camp programs to congregations are cancelled through the entire summer.
However, (please keep reading) all family camps and parent-child camp programs are proceeding as planned. In addition, Camp Omega is inviting family groups to reserve a cabin, outpost area, or bring a self-contained RV to camp and participate as desired in a family camp programming offered by Camp Omega between June 7 and July 11. This plan is contingent upon CDC and health official’s guidelines and staffing availability.
This decision was not easy and was only reached after much prayer, conversation, and consultation. The following programs and events will be affected by the change in summer planning:
- Camp Omega Day
- Work Weekend
- Youth Camp
- Camp for the Developmentally Disabled
- Youth Servant Leader Training and Programming
- Off-Site Day Camp
If you are affected by these cancellations, please refer to the Refund Options & Process.
So Now What?
This does not mean the end of camp ministry this summer! The Camp Omega staff is creating plans to implement virtual access to camp including camp songs, videos, games, crafts, Bible studies, and more. Families are also welcome to take advantage of June Family Camp Programming options.
In addition, a list of Checkpoints and Action Plans at which future decision has been developed.
God’s got this! He always has and He always will. We know that His work is being done. We praise God for all the good work He has done through the staff, volunteers, and campers of Camp Omega. The community God has built through camp is inspiring and powerful. This community will stand firm as a family through all the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.
Stay safe, stay healthy, look out for your neighbor, and trust Jesus,
Your Friends at Camp Omega