|Campers at Ewalu Camp in Strawberry Point, Iowa Source: Living Lutheran|
Traditional overnight camps are returning this year.
An important program for Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM), summer sessions were canceled last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, leaving a lot of kids disappointed.
Don Johnson, the executive director of LOM, said only 17 camps offered traditional overnight summer camp last year. While traditional camps won’t return completely to pre-pandemic norms this year, Johnson said he expects a robust turnout when camps open this month and into July.
“My prediction for the summer of 2021 is that around 85 camps will have traditional overnight summer camp,” Johnson said in an interview with Living Luther. “I’m guessing that our 80 or so LOM camps having traditional overnight summer camp this summer will have a cumulative total of around 35,000 campers.”
Johnson also said a number of camps will not permit children to stay overnight because of the ongoing pandemic. He also said CDC guidelines will limit the capacity.
“All activities will be confined to the pod that the camper is in [usually 15-16 campers],” Johnson said. “Pods will not be intermingling for activities of any kind. Masks [will be] worn anytime that social distancing is not possible or impractical. No large-group activities, campfires, worship, etc.”
Source: Living Lutheran