TCBC & Coronavirus Updates
Summer Camp Update - July 28, 2020 @ 3:22pm
Trout Creek Update – July 28, 2020
Last week we announced a number of Covid-19 positive tests among individuals connected with Trout Creek. In response, we voluntarily closed the camp for two weeks, sending our summer staff home during that time.
In an effort to maintain the health of our campers and staff, we have decided to cancel the two remaining camp sessions for summer 2020, Junior 4 and Junior High 4. This is a difficult decision, but one we feel is best for this time.
We will continue to offer online materials for campers and parents to connect with Trout Creek via our social media platforms. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the camp office at (503) 695-2948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, we’re grateful for your support and we pray that you continue to experience God’s love during this time.
Summer Camp Update - July 24, 2020 @ 10:13pm
Trout Creek Update – July 24, 2020
In the past few days some summer staff members (15) and summer campers (7) at Trout Creek Bible Camp have tested positive for Covid-19. There were also other summer staff members (11) that have tested negative.
We would like to make you aware of the following pertinent facts:
1.) All parents of campers and staff who have potentially been exposed to the virus (according to the CDC definition of exposure) have been notified.
2.) We have reported all cases to Multnomah County health authorities.
3.) We have voluntarily suspended camp at this time. We suspended the remainder of Junior 3 on Tuesday evening (7/21/20) and chose to cancel the following camp, Jr. High 3 (7/27-31/2020). We will continue to assess the situation in partnership with local health authorities to determine if it is safe to reopen for the final weeks of camp.
4.) Our 2020 Summer Staff have been sent home to self-isolate.
5.) To our knowledge, all staff members and campers who tested positive have been either asymptomatic or experienced brief and mild symptoms.
6.) None of the staff members that tested positive were currently serving at Trout Creek at the time of being tested. All were either already home on break, elected to go home, or were sent home per protocol prior to receiving a Covid-19 test.
7.) Throughout the summer Trout Creek has continually followed all state guidelines for the operation of day camps in Oregon, including cohorting campers and staff, appropriate use of face coverings, and sanitizing shared objects.
8.) In accordance with the Oregon Health Authority we have continued to follow the Communicable Disease Management Plan implemented by our onsite medical staff, which includes regular health screening and temperature checks for staff and campers.
9.) Any staff member who developed any symptoms while at camp was immediately isolated, per the Management Plan, and sent home immediately.
Trout Creek Bible Camp is committed to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our campers and staff. As always, our goal is to provide a safe place for all people to experience God’s love.
Summer Camp Update - July 22, 2020 @ 1:59pm
Trout Creek Update – July 22, 2020
In the past few days several summer staff members at Trout Creek Bible Camp have tested positive for Covid-19. We would like to make you aware of the following pertinent facts:
1.) No staff members were currently serving at Trout Creek when they tested positive. All were either already home on break, elected to go home, or were sent home per protocol prior to receiving a Covid-19 test.
2.) We have reported all cases to Multnomah County health authorities and are working with them in our response.
3.) We have voluntarily closed the camp at this time, cancelling the remainder of the current session as well as the upcoming session, set to begin on 7/27/2020.
4.) Summer staff have been sent home to self-isolate as appropriate.
5.) Throughout the summer Trout Creek has continually followed all state guidelines for the operation of day camps in Oregon, including cohorting campers and staff, appropriate use of face coverings, and sanitizing shared objects.
6.) In accordance with the Oregon Health Authority we have continued to follow the Communicable Disease Management Plan implemented by our onsite medical staff, which includes regular health screening and temperature checks for staff and campers.
7.) To our knowledge, all staff members who tested positive have been either asymptomatic or experienced brief and mild symptoms.
8.) Any staff member who developed any symptoms while at camp was immediately isolated, per the Management Plan, and sent home immediately.
9.) At this time, we have already contacted all parents of campers who have potentially been exposed to the virus (according to the CDC definition of exposure).
10.) Trout Creek will continue to assess the situation in partnership with local health authorities to determine if it is safe to reopen for the final weeks of camp later this summer.
Trout Creek Bible Camp is committed to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our campers and staff. As always, our goal is to provide a safe place for all kinds of people to experience God’s love.
Summer Camp Update - July 20, 2020 @ 8:06am
Trout Creek Update – July 20, 2020
We would like to inform you that in recent days 4 Trout Creek summer staff have tested positive for Covid-19. We have received permission from Multnomah County health officials to continue running our day camp program. We would like to make you aware of the pertinent facts:
1) All confirmed positives are among non-counseling support staff who have very limited contact with campers.
2) After the initial positive test, we spoke with Multnomah County health officials and have worked with them in our response to the situation.
3) All staff who were exposed (according to the CDC definition of exposure) to the initial infected individual are not serving on staff this week and are self-isolating at home.
4) Our staff are screened with temperature checks daily and have been instructed to maintain social distancing and proper mask use.
5) We continue to follow all state guidelines for day camps in the state of Oregon, including cohorting campers, sanitizing shared objects, and mask-wearing when appropriate.
6) By law, we cannot require campers to wear a mask to participate in camp. However, campers are permitted to wear masks anytime while at camp.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
If you choose to withdraw your camper:
7) Notify the Check-In Staff of your decision
8) Please contact the TCBC Office by phone: 503-695-2948 or by email email@example.com
You can read the Day Camp Guidelines by clicking this link. We also have a Parent FAQ page if you have more questions.
Summer Camp Update - June 25, 2020 @ 12:16pm
TCBC and Face Coverings
Trout Creek Bible Camp is required to follow the Day Camp Guidelines provided by the State of Oregon for Summer 2020 programing. Within the Day Camp Guidelines it states that, “A face mask, face shield, or face covering cannot be required for use by children. Camps cannot restrict access to activities and instruction for children who cannot wear a mask, face shield, or face covering.”
Therefore campers are not required to wear face coverings but they can choose to wear them if they so desire.
We also have a Parent FAQ page if you have more questions.
Summer Camp Update - June 8, 2020 @ 3:35pm
Helpful links for Parents as they prepare for Summer 2020:
– Teaching campers how to social distance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html
– Teach campers to sneeze and cough into their elbows: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/protect/cdc_cough.pdf
– Teaching campers how to properly wash their hands: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/wash-your-hands-poster-english-508.pdf
– A Healthy Camp Begins And Ends At Home: https://www.acacamps.org/sites/default/files/resource_library/research/2020-Healthy-Camp-Begins-Ends-at-Home.pdf
We also have a Parent FAQ page if you have more questions.
Summer Camp Update - June 4, 2020
Hello from Trout Creek Bible Camp!
Thank you for your patience as we have worked to finalize a plan for summer camp in light of current government guidelines.
After several weeks of discussions, drafting safety guidelines, and partnering with the governor’s office, we have just received official word that overnight camps will not be allowed in Oregon this summer.
This is disheartening news, but as always, Trout Creek remains committed to providing safe, meaningful, and uplifting programs for our campers.
1. To this end, we are transitioning all summer camp sessions to a day camp format with a modified schedule and broader age groups. In order to make this transition we will be condensing the summer schedule. You can view the modified schedule below.
2. If you are already registered for camp, you should have received an e-mail from Trout Creek with further information.
3. Day camps will be run in accordance with current state guidelines to support camper safety. Most camp activities will still be offered with some modifications. Face coverings for campers are optional. Additional information will be sent out prior to your camp session.
4. If you are currently enrolled and would like to cancel or change dates in light of these changes, please contact the main office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-695-2948.
To view the complete summer day camp schedule, including daily pick-up and drop-off times, click the button below.
If you have more questions check out our Parent FAQ page.
Thank you again for your flexibility and patience!
Summer Camp Update - May 19, 2020
Hello from Trout Creek Bible Camp!
First off, we want to thank all of our campers, parents, and friends of TCBC for your patience and support. We are working hard to create a plan for summer camp this year. We are deeply grateful for everyone’s positivity and flexibility!
Over the past few weeks, the situation has been changing almost daily. At one point we had permission and guidance from the state authorities for running overnight camps this summer, only for that position to be reversed in recent days. We are currently working with other camps and government leaders to appeal Governor Brown’s decision to ban all overnight camps. We’re asking for just a little more patience as we work to get a plan in place.
1. As always, the safety of our campers and staff is a top priority for us. We believe that with the guidance we’ve received from the Centers for Disease Control (see PDF here) and the Oregon Health Authority we would be able to run a safe and healthy overnight camp program. This is our first hope for summer camp this year.
2. Should the ban on overnight camp remain in place, we will consider the possibility of offering day camps, moving forward as expediently as possible to put this new programming in place.
3. We are aware that many families are trying to make summer plans and we are working to finalize Trout Creek’s summer plans as quickly as possible.
4. To that end, we are asking parents of registered and potential campers to respond to a brief 3-question survey at the bottom of this statement. This will help us make a timely and informed decision.
Again, we want to thank you for your patience and support. We invite everyone to pray fervently and hopefully with us that God will provide a way for many kids to spend a safe and meaningful week at TCBC this summer!
As always, if you need to make changes to your registration, please call our office or e-mail email@example.com at any time.
We are so thankful for the Lord’s continued provision and we look forward to serving many kids this summer!
Summer Camp Update - May 5, 2020
In recent days we have received inquiries about the status of summer camp is the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hear you! At this point in time we are planning to run our summer camp program. We also realize there are still unknowns as we wait for further direction from the governing authorities. We are involved in a consortium of summer camp professionals that are working with the Oregon Governor’s office for the formation of the “Summer Camp Guidance During the COVID-19 Emergency” plan.
One of our highest priorities is your child’s health and safety. In light of this, we are reviewing our health and safety practices along with the recommendations of health authorities.
We are absolutely convinced that the Lord is in complete control no matter what happens. That’s one of the reasons we are focusing on hope and trusting in Him. If it should happen that we are forced to cancel, we would be very disappointed along with you! But to say again, we are moving forward with plans for summer camp and waiting on the Lord for His timing.
Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we work through this time together. We remain hopeful that we will open soon and ministry will happen this summer!
We invite you to stay connected for further updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call.
Summer Camp Update - March 20, 2020
To date at Trout Creek Bible Camp, there have been no known cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, out of an abundance of caution and in order to follow Federal, State, and local guidelines we have chosen to cancel all retreats taking place at camp through the end of April 2020.
We will continue to track the latest information and recommendations from the Federal, State, and local authorities regarding this pandemic and will continue to use best practices to reduce the impact of this virus and communicate any potential impacts to our guests and staff.
So, in an abundance of caution and a desire to follow Federal, State, and local recommendations, we have decided to cancel all retreats and guest groups through April 2020.
As we write this, it is a beautiful day at Trout Creek Bible Camp and we are reminded of God’s unfailing goodness to us. Preparations are being made for continued online ministry this spring, in person ministry later this spring, and we are looking forward to an amazing summer of ministry to come. We are excited to see how God may use this summer’s theme of Throwback: Remember the Roots to transform lives.
The Bible says in Philippians to “do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving to make your request to God.” So we are taking that to heart, praying and trusting in the Lord. We invite you to join us and all believers across the world in turning to the Lord in prayer during this time.
It is truly comforting to know during this time that we can trust the Lord in all things.
Trout Creek Bible Camp is committed to the health and safety of all our guests and staff. Please know that our team is taking this seriously and we are monitoring this situation closely.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call.
Summer Camp Update - March 13, 2020
Trout Creek Bible Camp is very engaged in tracking news and information regarding the Coronavirus and responding appropriately. We are alert and sensitive to the prompting of health officials and we are focused on doing everything we can to protect our staff, our guests, and the children and youth we serve. Our objective, as always, is to provide a safe environment for all.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates. Our prayer is that this virus will pass as quickly as possible with minimal impact to the health of individuals and communities. We believe the Lord is in full control and are trusting in His leading. Please be praying with us for the Lord’s protection and provision for the health and safety of our families and communities.
Psalm 91:2, “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”