Health Update

July 7, 2020

Dear Leelanau Outdoor Center community,

2020 has certainly been a year for the history books and we’ve only just passed the half way mark. Hopefully the remainder of the year will bring a little more peace and stability, but we certainly try to be prepared as best we can for the unexpected.

The good news is, we are currently open and running our sister summer camp program, and have every intention of staying open for Sports Camp in August and LOC in the fall. We know many schools and administrations are still waiting to see what the country and state look will like in the next few months, as we seem to be in a world that changes by the day. The coming school year will require big decisions and changes, and here at LOC we are certainly understanding of weight these decisions hold. Last week, Governor Whitmer released the Safe Schools Roadmap with guidance for reopening schools for in-person learning within the Safe Start Plan. There is very little guidance in this document for off-site field trips. What it does say is, if a region is in Phase 4 and the field trip is going to an indoor location, they recommend cancelling that trip. If a region is in Phase 5, they recommend following their transportation guidelines previously covered in the document (page 26 and 42 of the Roadmap, respectively). With such brief guidance, we are expecting every school administration and district to decide for themselves if LOC is right for their students. We will be flexible and as accommodating as possible as we work with each school and group as they decide what’s right for their participants.

In light of the changing guidance and requirements, we have been working closely with our State Licensor and our local health department to make sure we are meeting current standards. Our highest priority is to provide a safe work environment for our employees and a safe environment for our LOC and Sports Camp participants. We have created a COVID-19 Policy that can be seen here, which outlines how we will be protecting our staff and what we expect from and recommend to our groups coming in.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns. We are all doing the best we can with the information we’ve been given, which is extra difficult when the information seems to be constantly changing. Here at LOC we are so grateful for our loving and supportive community of teachers, coaches, parents, students, and athletes, and we are so looking forward to welcoming you back to LOC this fall. LOC Rocks!

Warmly,
Katie Duntley
Director, Leelanau Outdoor Center

 

May 19, 2020

Dear LOC Community,

We’ve never been more grateful to see spring springing as May unfolds! It brings such hope and joy to see the flowers blooming and trees budding out after a long, cold winter. We’ve been looking for the good each day not only in our beautiful natural surroundings, but also as we lean on each other during this uncertain time.

Since our spring season was cancelled, our kitchen staff have been staying busy making homecooked meals for families in need in our region. They’ve also been baking cookies and delivering them to essential workers and first responders as a thank you for all they are doing to support our communities at this time. We are all so grateful to have the opportunity to give back to our community!

Looking forward to our sports camp and fall programming, it’s still unclear what the world, country, and state will look like at that time. Of course, we are hopeful that we will be able to move forward and welcome athletes, coaches, students, teachers, and chaperones to LOC starting mid-August!

The ACA (American Camping Association) just released new guidelines for camps hoping to open this summer. We are in the process of going through this lengthy document and figuring out what it will mean for our sister summer camp program, as well as sports camp and LOC in the fall. It’s extremely important to us to find a safe and responsible path forward to serve our LOC students and athletes. We ask for your patience as we navigate these guidelines for what may be “the new normal,” as it will take some time to come up with a plan for the future.

Thank you all for your patience and flexibility. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

All the best,
Katie Duntley
Director, Leelanau Outdoor Center

 

March 23, 2020

Dear Leelanau Outdoor Center community,

As our spring season of programming gets closer, we are moving ahead with facility preparation and program planning in the hope and expectation that our schedule will go on as planned. Part of that planning is thinking about how to best ensure the health and safety of our staff and participants as coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to affect our local, state, national, and global communities.

As news and information are constantly changing, we want to assure all of you that we are paying close attention to state and national regulations. We will be looking to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Michigan health and government entities, to stay up to date on all recommendations and restrictions.

We are working with local health officials on best practices regarding cleaning and sanitizing our facilities and community spaces.

We are willing and happy to be flexible with programming needs for each group scheduled to come to camp this spring.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

All the best,
Katie Duntley
Director, Leelanau Outdoor Center