COVID-19 Questions and Updates
What is happening in Summer 2021?
Last Update: April 2, 2021
The staff of Camp Omega is pleased to announce that summer camp 2021 is going to happen! Safety measures have been put in place to ensure that children, youth, and adult programming will run safely and therefore we are confidently moving forward. The camp staff is constantly revisiting recommendations from major health organizations, local and national, along with recommendations from the American Camp Association.
What are Camp Omega’s health and safety plans for summer 2021?
Here’s a snapshot of what camp may look like this summer due to COVID-19.
- Small cabin groups: Cabin groups will be limited to a maximum of 50% occupancy to provide campers’ proper distancing in their rooms. These smaller cabin groups will be considered a pod (cabin family). Online registration is capped so that registration for each event cannot exceed these limits. If state guidelines relax to allow for larger groups more slots will be made available.
- Social distancing between cabin groups: Cabin pods will be socially distant from other cabin pods in order to limit exposure between guest groups. Program areas (i.e. archery, hatchets, and canoeing) will be equipped with sanitation stations and will be used by one pod at a time. The revised schedule will provide fun and innovative ways to give the camp experience to the cabin pods. This includes new ways to hold all camp activities! The current Minnesota Mask Mandate states that everyone must wear masks in public indoor spaces – the Dining Hall, Beta Center, the camp office. Masks are not required while eating, sleeping, bathing, or swimming. Doctor exemptions will be respected.
- Registration, drop off, and pick up: Camper drop off and pick up will be drive-thru style! In order for this to be successful, all forms need to be completed before arriving. Don’t forget medications or vitamins! Parents will say goodbye in the parking lot – counselors will help campers get unpacked and settled into the cabin. Cabin families will wrap up the week as a small group.
- Meals: Meals will no longer be served buffet style but will follow state guidelines for social distancing and food safety. Meals will now be served cafeteria-style! This includes a limited dining hall capacity – cabin families are encouraged to eat on the dining hall patio. Outpost breakfast and lunch will be prepared at the outpost villages as normal with thorough disinfection between meals.
- What if my camper comes down with covid symptoms? Parents and guardians should be prepared to pick up your camper if they display symptoms of COVID. Camp has First Aid and CPR certified staff and access to volunteer health care professionals as needed. If your camper has to leave due to COVID symptoms, please get tested as soon as possible so we can begin contact tracing. If you have to cancel due to COVID diagnosis, exposure, or symptoms two weeks prior to your session we will assist you with transferring to an available session, if not available you will receive a full refund. If your camper is diagnosed with or shows symptoms of COVID within 48 hrs of the end of their camp session, please inform camp ASAP.
1. How do I register?
Register online or download a paper registration form and return the completed form by mail or fax along with the required $75 deposit or full payment per camper. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable UNLESS registration is made for a full camp, at which time your deposit will be refunded. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card are accepted for your deposit and/or full payment. Card type, account number, signature, validation code, and expiration date are required. All registrations will be confirmed promptly via e-mail. Balance of payments can be made online or by USPS mail.
Balance of camp fees must be received 14 days prior to the start of your camp session to secure your registration. A $25 fee applies to all returned checks. Register Now!
2. Are there early registration discounts?
The $10 early registration discount applies to those who pay their camp fees in full prior to March 1.
3. Can we request cabin buddies?
Participants may list up to two other campers they wish to have as cabin mates. All buddies must be registered for the same camp program session and dates in order for the request to be honored. Friends are a valuable aspect of summer camp, and every effort will be made to honor your requests.
4. How do I know I’m registered?
Upon receipt of your online or mailed registration and required $75 deposit, a Registration Confirmation will be sent by email confirming the registration, acknowledging payment and including information on how to prepare for the camp session. Please save and refer to all emails for future payment information.
5. What forms do I need to fill out and by when?
A Health Form and Camper Information Sheet must be received AT LEAST 14 DAYS PRIOR to camp session, along with final payment to secure your registration. How do I know if Camp Omega has received my form? Simply check your form status online in the My Account. Please note that some camp sessions require additional permissions.
6. Will I be billed? How do I find my balance?
When initial deposits or payments are made, a confirmation email will be sent showing payments, discounts, and balances due. Please save and refer to this information. You can check your account status by visiting My Account. A reminder that the balance of camp fees must be received 14 days prior to the start of your camp session to secure your registration.
7. How do I make payments? When do I pay? Can I pay when I show up?
A minimum $75 deposit is required with all registrations. Balance of payments, including canteen money, can be made online by visiting My Account or by USPS mail. Upon processing your payment, you will be sent an email confirming the transactions and stating any balances due. You will NOT receive reminders or invoices regarding balances. In order to speed up the check–in process, our policy requires full payment of camp fees AT LEAST 14 DAYS PRIOR to the camp session. We encourage you to send canteen payments and make Bunk1 payment (optional) prior to the first day of camp to speed up the onsite registration process!
8. When do I send money for canteen? How much should I send?
Every day, campers have the opportunity to purchase items such as candy, crackers, ice cream, and drink items at the Canteen. Campers will visit the Canteen once in the afternoon and once in the evening. They may purchase up to three items per visit. Items range in price from $.75−$1.50. We recommend depositing $20-30 for a full week and $10-15 for weekend camps into their camp bank account. Purchases are deducted from the account that is deposited at the time of registration or check-in. Any remaining funds can be refunded at the conclusion of the camp session or donated to the Camp’s mission project. Clothing merchandise may be purchased only during check-in and departures days. Balance of payments, including canteen money, can be made online by visiting My Account or by USPS mail. Checks can be mailed to the camp office.
9. Is there any help to pay for camp?
Please don’t let finances prevent your child from experiencing a Camp Omega program. Contact your church for information on funds that may be available. Camp Omega also has a campership program available. Application forms are available at info and forms for parents link of this website. Please read the Campership application requirements in its entirety and send all required attachments, including your registration form. Incomplete Campership applications will not be processed. Your registration, with approved Campership amounts, will be confirmed via email.
10. What should we bring?
For a complete listing of what to bring as well as what NOT to bring, locate the “Registration Flyer” under at the info and forms for parents page. Here you’ll find the brochure as well as answers to other questions and other required forms.
11. When are check-in & pick-up times?
Check-in for sessions that begin on Sunday is from 4:00-5:00 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday registration is from 6:30 –7:00 pm. Please do not arrive before check-in time as Camp Omega is not able to provide supervision for campers prior to registration. All sessions end with an 11:00 am pick up time.
Camp for People with Developmental Disabilities – Check-in is at 6:30 – 7:00 pm. Supper will not be provided.
12. When can we buy Camp apparel and souvenirs?
Camp Omega apparel and souvenirs are available for purchase during check-in and check-out days only.
13. How do I get to camp?
Visit the maps link for direction and printable map information.
14. What about medications?
The Health Form must list all medications. At check-in, all medications (prescription or over-the-counter) must be turned in to the Health Care Coordinator to be safely dispensed as prescribed. All medications must be in their original packaging, bottle, or containers labeled with campers name. Any concerns can be reviewed with the Health Care Coordinator on duty.
Camp for People with Developmental Disabilities – Please bring your medications packaged by med pass time with full prescription information (prescription name, dosage, etc.) Call office for more information.
15. What is the cancellation policy?
All cancellations must be received in writing by mail or email. A refund, minus the non-refundable deposit, will be granted if the request is received 30 days prior to the first day of the camp session.
16. What about camp pictures?
Be the first to know what’s happening on camp through your private online photo gallery and send and receive messages using Bunk Notes & Bunk Replies. Camp Omega’s partnership with Bunk1 makes it easy to communicate with your child and receive handwritten responses, while viewing daily photos. Available for purchase online through your “My Account” at campomega.org. You can read more about the Camp Omega and Bunk1 partnership for photos and campermail on the Bunk1 Parent Flyer.
17. What do I do if my child has a special diet?
Dietary needs must be communicated to the camp prior to arrival, outlined on the camper’s Health Form and discussed with the Health Care Coordinator at the time of arrival. Camp Omega is willing to accommodate needs as able. Dietary needs will be discussed with the camp’s Food Service Director.
18. What if I have concerns about my child’s health or safety?
During all camp sessions, an health professional with experience in the medical industry is on duty at all time. All program staff are trained in CPR and First Aid and all aquatic activities are guarded by a certified life guard. If at any time, concerns arise about the health or well being of a family member, please contact us so the concern can be address immediately.
19. Who owns Camp Omega?
Camp Omega is non-profit organization that is overseen by a board of directors. Camp Omega is affiliated with the Minnesota South District of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Click here to contact our staff.
20. Do I have to be Lutheran to come to Camp Omega?
No, absolutely not! Camp Omega is a Christ-centered organization affiliated with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Camp Omega is broad in its outreach, welcoming and ministering to diverse denominations and many non-churched families. Our de-emphasis on issues peripheral to the Gospel has enabled us to deeply affect people from many faith traditions.
21. How will my child be supervised while at Camp Omega?
All counselors are over 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college. Our ten day intensive staff training covers camper safety and health, program activities, and Bible Study preparation and other subjects per required by the American Camping Association. All counselors are American Red Cross certified in CPR and First Aid. On Main Camp, counselors stay with the campers in the cabins; in the Outpost, counselors stay in a counselor quad. All camp games and activities are supervised by the counselors.
22. How are the pool and lake activities supervised?
All aquatic activities are under the direct supervision of American Red Cross certified lifeguards.
23. What has Camp Omega done about safety?
Camp Omega is annually inspected by the State of Minnesota Department of Health and is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). Developed exclusively for the camping industry, the ACA is a nationally recognized program that focuses on program quality and health and safety issues, and requires us to review every facet of our operation. Camp Omega voluntarily submits to this independent appraisal done by camp experts and has earned this mark of distinction.
24. Is it alright to bring a fan to camp?
The cabins can get hot, so fans are encouraged. Since there is not a lot of extra room in the cabins, please limit the size of your fan. However, remember that there is no electricity in the Outpost Villages.
25. Where will my child sleep while at camp?
The program descriptions for each camp describe which facility is home-base for the program. The cabins each typically hold 16 campers and two counselors. Campers sleep in bunk beds. There are two private bathrooms in each cabin.
Our Outpost Village includes Treehouses, Tepees, Rustic Cabins, and Covered Wagons. Campers sleep in bunk beds in each of these camps. There is no indoor plumbing or electricity at these camp sites. Campers shower once a day, after swim time, at the camp’s Retreat Center. Each Outpost Village has an outdoor kitchen and fire ring.
26. What is the counselor to camper ratio for the programs?
For the 6–8 year old programs, there is one counselor for every six campers, 9-14 year olds, one counselor for every eight campers and the high school aged program we maintain a one to ten camper to counselor ratio. Camp Omega Outpost Villages follow a “decentralized” camping model, with the idea of creating small clusters of living areas where campers are with the same small group of counselors and campers throughout the week, thus making the experience more personal. This way, the campers are able to experience activities and events while still focusing of relationships.
27. What medical services does the camp offer?
During each camping session, Camp Omega has a Health Care Volunteer on duty. In case of emergency, hospitals in Waseca and Faribault are within 15 minutes.
28. What are some of the camp’s activities?
Each program’s activities are selected based on the age level of the campers and the goals for that particular program and/or camper group. Core activities include swimming, archery, arts & crafts, and canoeing. Counselors and cabin groups also have the opportunity to select other program options to fill out their daily schedule. These optional activities may include pontoon rides, sailing, kayaking, small group games, soccer, sand volleyball, and nature activities.
29. What is the daily schedule?
Our daily schedule changes based on program, group, aged, and weather. A very basic, general schedule looks like this:
Morning Cabin Clean Up
Morning Group Games
All Camp Devotions
FOB (Flat on Bunk – quiet time)
Activity 3 (Swimming, Canteen time, etc).
Large Group Game
All Camp Activity
Evening Cabin Group Devotions