Wellness & Safety

COVID-19

The 2021 camp season will be happening in a big way and we are so happy to reconnect, reengage & regain the valuable ILC camp experience.


Our COVID-19 plan of protocols is continually being updated and adjusted as time goes on and we accumulate more information. Every day that passes we are excited about newly released resources that will be made available to us come summer. Our priority of keeping everyone safe while providing a fantastic camp experience means that we continue to reassess our procedures with fresh knowledge and fresh initiatives.  In the time leading up to camp, there are likely more changes to guidelines and more new developments coming our way. A couple of things that will likely not change:
– All campers and staff will require a negative COVID test prior to camp & can expect additional testing at camp
– All campers and staff can expect health screening forms
– We plan to have all staff vaccinated prior to working at camp
– We will maximize use of our outdoor spaces
We are working with the American Camp Association and the Wayne County Camp Alliance as well as being guided by the Association of Camp Nurses, CDC & PA State government.

Medical Staff

Nurses live on site and are available to treat campers and distribute any needed medications. The closest hospital is about 20 minutes away from camp.

Camper Advocates

We have a team of staff members that help campers who are homesick or need a little extra support. They assist head counselors and directors in making sure campers are set up for success.

Camp Laundry

Laundry is done once a week at ILC in commercial washer and dryers off the premises.

Campers pull on ropes to prep for course
Campers do yoga on summer camp porch

Security Clearance & Orientation for the Staff

We have a pretty rigorous hiring process — All candidates must complete a very in depth application and are interviewed by multiple directors before they are considered for employment. As an ACA Accredited Camp, we perform background checks on all staff members & all counselors are also fingerprinted by a service that comes to camp before campers arrive. All staff hires verify that no drugs are used & we reserve the right to drug test staff at any point during their employment. ILC conducts a thorough and mandatory staff orientation for a week before the summer starts. This orientation is run by our Director Tricia, who has a Masters in Education from University of Pennsylvania and years of experience as a teacher, principal, and college professor. She is a member of the ACA, an amazing person, and a mother of three. She runs an excellent orientation and is assisted by Gia, our Safety Director in ensuring that all staff have gone through our policies and procedures.

Tick Precautions

Independent Lake Camp is and will continue to be treated, monitored, and certified with a public health certification by Ivy Oaks Analytics for Mosquito Control, Tick Control and Poison Ivy Control. Specifically: “This facility is certified with implementing preventative public health measures for the reduction of tick populations, mosquito populations, and poisonous plant species in recreation areas.” –Commercial Public Health Control LICENSE 905993

In addition to this, we train our staff to lookout for any signs of tick bites and have a full infirmary staff available to perform tick checks in the event we feel they are needed.