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Camp Lone Star COVID-19 Response
(revised March 18, 2020)

Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We are confidently clinging to this promise during these difficult days. It’s our hope and prayer that Camp Lone Star will be a source of comfort and hope to others. As a partner in ministry, and as people we care deeply about, we would like to inform you how Camp Lone Star continues to be proactive and aware of the COVID-19 situation. It is our desire to be a part of the public health solution, working together with those all around to reduce transmission while promoting a spirit of encouragement and hope.

In order to be a part of the solution, the Camp Lone Star Board of Directors has moved to cancel all camp and retreat guest groups and programs through April 15th. We want our guests and campers to know these decisions are not made lightly but were made because we are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our campers, guests and team members. Outdoors ministry is relational and that makes it very difficult to do 6 feet apart. Camp Lone Star staff and Board of Directors are closely following daily recommendations of the CDC and our local health department.

Guest Group & Retreat Information

1. If your group is planning a retreat or event, please contact us. We will be happy to work with you to help you and your group navigate your specific questions, timeline, and concerns.

2. All groups scheduled through April 15th should call the camp office to help reschedule or cancel your current reservation. All guests and individuals of a canceled retreat will be offered a full refund.

3. Groups wanting to reschedule or cancel because of coronavirus concerns may do so, without a penalty. We will be happy to rollover their deposit to a future/rescheduled retreat, even if it’s not until next year.

4. For those groups scheduled through April, we strongly suggest groups from higher infected areas, or groups with higher risk populations, consider postponing or canceling their retreats.

5. Our Lifequest retreat is currently scheduled to continue as planned on April 24-26.

Summer 2020 Information

We are still excitedly preparing for summer camp 2020 at Camp Lone Star! Our theme this summer is “By Faith” from Hebrews 11:1. We cling to the faith during this time of crisis and hold fast to the truth that God is in control and that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can move forward by faith. We will continue to watch the development of this crisis as it relates to our summer camp ministry.

For parents of campers:

• Your family and child’s safety is our utmost priority; please see our cleaning procedures below to see the steps we are taking to ensure our campers will be coming into a clean & sanitized environment at camp.

• If you decide to cancel your registration for this summer, we stand by you and respect your decision. We will honor your decision with a full refund.

For Pioneer leaders:

• We desire to continue to partner with you, your children and youth, and your church as you prepare for the summer.
• If you decide to cancel, we will also honor your decision with a full refund.

Cleaning and Sanitation at Camp Lone Star

We are using the next two weeks to deep clean and sanitize our campus and buildings. While we have always had stringent cleaning and sanitation procedures in place, we are taking additional precautions to keep campers, guests and team members safe. With the rise in concerns over COVID-19, we want to assure you we are doing our very best to make sure our facility is clean and safe. In order to do this, we are taking the following sanitizing procedures:

We are diligently using a quad-sanitizing disinfectant on all mattresses, bed frames, cabinets, broom handles, doorknobs, light switches, desks, water fountains, bathrooms and showers, and everything else we can. We are also mopping floors and cleaning carpets with a quad-disinfecting cleaner. We are also increasing our regular dining hall and kitchen and equipment cleaning and sanitization. We have also increased the amount of hand sanitizer we have throughout camp. However, soap is still the best solution.

Everyday recommendations for Camp Lone Star staff, guests, and volunteers:

1. Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. These symptoms are more likely due to flu or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19.

2. Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. Camp Lone Star provides tissues in all guest accommodations, bathrooms, and meeting rooms.

3. Hand Hygiene: The #1 defense against any infection. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Camp Lone Star provides hand soap in all guest accommodations, bathrooms, and meeting rooms.

4. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol: Camp Lone Star provides hand sanitizer in all public spaces, bathrooms, meeting rooms, and in the dining hall.

5. Routine Cleaning: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. Camp Lone Star follows established cleaning and sanitization protocols when cleaning camp and provides sanitary wipes for guest use in all guest accommodations, bathrooms, and meeting rooms.

A Final Word…

We, as a ministry team, are tirelessly working on resources to bring to parents, congregations, and individuals during this time of social distancing and potential quarantine. We know that God made us to be relational and has positioned outdoors ministry to help facilitate growth. Stay tuned…we are with you!

Finally, Camp Lone Star will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local health officials so that timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses specific to our communities. We believe Jesus' words that he speaks to Peter in his fear as he walks on water: "Take courage! It is I. Be not afraid" (Matthew 14:27). We recognize that these are turbulent times in our world and yet we also recognize that God is on the throne and that He has power over fear, anxiety, and viruses. We need not be afraid for He is with us.

If you, or any member of your group, has questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out the Camp office at 979-968-1657. We will continue to keep you informed with any other changes we are making as we seek to follow best practices as this event unfolds. Thank you again for your continued support and partnership.

In Christ Alone,
Aaron Littmann | Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

Camp Lone Star
2016 Camp Lone Star Rd
La Grange, Texas 78945

phone: (979) 968-1657
fax: (979) 968-1658
email:
lomt@lomt.com

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