By facilitating a dynamic and balanced camp program, Lamoka Baptist Camp provides an exciting place for children and families to grow physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually in central New York. Our focus on childhood development, family bonding, building personal relationships, and spiritual growth produce life-long benefits. Camp Lamoka is highly valued by the community, and independent local churches across the region, as a source of both summer refreshment and fun, as well as, spiritual encouragement and growth. With that said, we want all our campers and families to feel safe and protected when they join us at Lamoka Baptist Camp in Summer 2020. To that end, we have worked with both the CDC, the state department, and our local health department to prepare for campers and to create a safe environment for all. Below is an outline of our safety guidelines and procedures that will be in effect throughout Summer 2020.

In coordination with the CDC, we have designated that our RN Cheryl Tubbs will be our COVID point person at Lamoka Baptist Camp in 2020 and can be contacted by contacting our office anytime (607-463-0324 or Any and all questions regarding COVID or this safety plan can be directed to her.

Information Updated June 13th, 2020 – more updates coming as we get more from health dept and CDC


  • Our staff training will include at least two NEW sessions specific to the COVID crisis and virus. These sessions will be taught by the camp administrator and our resident Registered Nurse, and will contain CDC guidelines, State guidelines, heightened hygiene standards, new detection and reporting protocols, etc.
  • Staff will also undergo training concerning sanitizing and cleaning, which they will use throughout the Summer to keep our campus and high traffic areas clean.
  • Staff who believe they may have COVID will be encouraged to stay home or to self isolate. Staff is to notify the nurse of any signs or symptoms.
  • Staff will be asked to bring and carry a mask on them at all times. Masks will be provided to those who cannot provide their own (at no cost). We will also maintain a back up supply of masks in case there is a need for a mask. Face coverings will be cleaned or replaced after use by our kitchen staff or when damaged or soiled. These will not be shared, and should be properly stored or discarded after use. We will also procure and keep on hand at least 50 disposable masks in case there is a need.
  • Staff working in their task areas, will remain 6 feet apart from each other whenever possible. When it is not possible, staff will wear a mask while they are within 6 feet.
  • Staff meetings will either be held in spaces (indoors or outdoors) where staff can stay 6 ft apart. If a meeting occurs in a place where staff cannot stay 6 feet apart, they will wear a mask.
  • Shared objects will be limited and the sharing of objects, food, drink, etc will be prohibited, unless absolutely necessary. When objects must be shared (e.g. ipads in the Gift Shop, Sports Equipment), these objects will be cleaned/sanitized frequently and ideally between users if and when possible.
  • If a worker or camper tests positive for COVID-19, the Nurse will immediately notify state and local health departments and cooperate with contact tracing efforts, including notification of potential contacts, such as workers or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.
  • Staff will be screened by the medical staff or a designee every morning before they start work to assure they do not have a temperature or COVID symptoms (see symptoms below in Camper Check in Section). PPE will be worn by those performing the screening and being screened.
  • Healthcare aids and staff on campus will wear masks and/or face shields when treating campers, if and when it is deemed appropriate by the resident RN.
  • Our isolation beds for campers or staff will increase from 2 to at least 10. Campers or staff who show symptoms of COVID (e.g. fever of 100.2 or higher) will be isolated. Parents will then be called to retrieve the camper OR staff who can leave to self isolate and get tested will be allowed to do so. Campers and staff who meet specific criteria (set by health dept and our RN) may return to camp. Isolation rooms/beds will be cleaned according to the CDC guidance after each use, including the sanitation of touched and used items with sanitizer approved by CDC.
  • Lamoka Baptist Camp will maintain a surplus of staff to assure that essential positions can be filled in case of sickness.


  • Check in each morning will now include a non-evasive temperature check as well as a series of brief questions about COVID symptoms (People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea).
  • Parents, campers (over 2 or 3), and staff will be encouraged to EITHER stand 6 feet apart (marked by paint or markers) OR wear a mask while in line. 

CAMPER GUIDELINES (general guidance)

  • No unnecessary physical contact (hugs, high fives, etc).
  • No sharing of food and drink and sharing of held objects should be and will be limited.
  • Campers and parents of campers who believe they or their child are sick, will be encouraged to stay home.
  • Campers or staff that are sick will be asked and encouraged to see the nurse.
  • Hand washing and hygiene will be emphasized. Counselors will insure that campers wash their hands or use hand sanitizer in the following instances: before the first activity, between all program activities, after using the restroom, before eating, and before departing.
  • Staff will restrict the number of campers in any small indoor space/room (e.g. bathrooms, game room, etc) to 10 or less.
  • Staff, that are not assigned to a cabin/group of campers for the entire day) serving and interacting with campers will wear masks when they cannot social distance from them, and when deemed appropriate.
  • High traffic areas and commonly held/touched items will be sanitized frequently (at least daily when the area is used). Staff in charge of a high traffic area will be responsible to maintain a written cleaning log. This log will be kept in the high traffic area or adjacent to the high traffic area. 
  • Chapels and other large meetings/gatherings, will be conducted in outdoor spaces or in places where social distancing can happen (i.e. lower capacity).
  • No visiting. Any person(s) on campus that must be on campus (volunteers, workmen, etc) will get a temperature check and be asked screening questions before they are allowed to access our campus (unless their job/task and the path to and from that job/task are isolated and they will not come in contact with anyone). The Nurse will keep a log of these individuals in the Nurse Office.
  • Face coverings will not be worn in the water and cabin groups should stay near each other and separate from other groups. Social distancing will be maintained while at the waterfront and in the water to the extent possible.
  • Games and activities with low to no extended physical contact will be prioritized. Groups of children will remain separate during activities. 
  • If starter’s day camp campers take a nap, children will be placed 6 feet apart on sanitized/cleaned sleeping surfaces, which will then be cleaned/sanitized before the next use.
  • For starter’s day camp (4-6 year olds): whenever a child is soiled with secretions, the child’s clothes will be changes and the child will be cleaned as needed. When helping a child with toileting, staff will wear gloves, wash hands, and follow disinfection steps between each child.
  • Meals will either be boxed/pre-portioned or portioned out for each child and eaten in places where social distancing between cabin/groups can occur AND in places where 50% capacity rules can be followed. When possible, meals will be served with and eaten on/with disposable utensils, plates, etc. 
  • Schedules will be staggered when possible, to limit the number of campers in a specific location or space or room.
  • Camper to Counselor ratios will be reduced to 1:10 for this summer, in accordance with the State Guidelines for Day Camps.