COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
We are committed to updating timely communication as we continue to closely monitor information related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Our highest priority is, and always will be, the safety, health and well-being of our camp community.
We are grateful for the many gifts we have received during our time of being closed in 2020! So many past guests, campers and donors have expressed their deep love for the ministry and facility of Covenant Cedars through their words of encouragement, testimonies, visits to camp and financial contributions. Because of those blessings, we will make it through these difficult times and will be ready to serve in 2021 as health directives allow. We are committed to carry out ministry with our campers and guest groups to the best of our ability starting January 1, 2021. It may be a bit different than we are all used to, and it will definitely take a lot of communication as regulations seem to constantly change , but it will be worth it as God blesses with wisdom, courage and perseverance.
We still need a lot of funding in order to bring back our full crew to prepare for the upcoming season and we want to make you aware of that need. Only three of our staff have returned after being laid off on June 8th, 2020. We need our other full time staff back by March 1, 2021 at the latest in order to prepare fully for the summer. If we can afford to bring them back sooner, we will as they are surviving on what little unemployment they receive and some part time jobs locally. You may donate on this website or send your contributions to: P.O. Box 68, Hordville, NE. 68846.
We thank you for your support and look forward to carrying out ministry together soon!
Daniel Buhr- Executive Director
It is with great lament that the Board and Staff of Covenant Cedars Bible Camp has made the decision to cancel all events until Sept. 1st at this point. As we evaluate the known risks as well as many unknown risks, it is clear that holding group gatherings at camp threatens the most sacred value of our ministry and that is the safety and well being of our campers and guests. We believe that this temporary sacrifice will prove to be well worth the preservation of the camp and ministry in the long term and is in the best interest of our campers.
We ask that :
- As a parent, you would help your camper process this news that is likely another loss among many throughout this pandemic. Realizing that you may be in the midst of financial concerns, family life issues or other challenges yourself, they may be grieving the loss of time playing, swimming or playing GaGa Ball with their friends.
- Please allow us time to process all that this decision involves. Many have sent in registrations and we deeply appreciate your trust in us even in the midst of a pandemic. Rest assured that you will be contacted as soon as possible to discuss the options being offered for the funds you have sent in. ( full refund, full donation, partial refund/partial donation, or a virtual camp experience.)
Please continue to pray:
- For campers to process this disappointment in a healthy manner
- For camp staff that are deeply affected by this decision
- For the future of Covenant Cedars
As we continue to assess the Covid-19 effect on Covenant Cedars Bible Camp, we first and foremost want to make decisions that are the safest for our guests and a vital part of the solution to help aid in ending this epidemic. Our hearts are heavy for our camp family which includes campers, donors, speakers, youth leaders, staff, board and more. We are doing our very best to continue to plan for summer camps with a number of contingency plans on the table. We are also finding every way possible to conserve our resources in order to survive the following months, leading up to a full ministry schedule once again.
At this point, we have cleared the camp schedule up until May 1st as recommended by our area and state health officials. We will continue to asses potential for groups each week after that as information allows.
In reference to summer camps, we have made a decision to extend the April 1st Early Bird pricing deadline to May 1st . We pray that this will help those that may have a hesitation about registering for a Summer event at this point. We will continue to plan for those events with a hope and optimism that they will happen and we encourage every parent to consider remaining optimistic in conversation with their youth that a summer camping experience will be available.
Meanwhile, cling to our Lord and Savior and His precious Word.
Psalm 91 has been a comfort to me.
English Standard Version
My Refuge and My Fortress
"1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge— 10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. 14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
With the growing concerns around COVID-19 and recent recommendations made by local, state, and federal health officials, Covenant Cedars Bible Camp has made the following decisions:
1. The Central District Health Department has not identified or confirmed cases of covid-19 at this time and is not recommending that entities in the Central District cancel gatherings. Therefore, we will continue to host guest groups from within the Central District while carrying out the recommended precautions by the CDC.
- We ask that your group follows all recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NE Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS).
- Anyone who has recently traveled to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan should stay home from camp and not attend Covenant Cedars and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States.
- Anyone with a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or any flu-like symptoms should stay home from camp and not attend Covenant Cedars.
2. We will evaluate each scheduled group in the coming weeks and make determinations and updated decisions based on the rapidly changing situations involving COVID-19
- Covenant Cedars uses best practices for cleaning and disinfecting camp with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectant.
- Currently, all touch points (light switches, doorknobs, handles, water fountains, bathrooms, etc.) as well as all hard surfaces (desks, tables, counter tops, etc.) are cleaned regularly with registered disinfectants, which is recognized to fight COVID-19. All staff are trained to use disinfectants in a safe and effective manner.
- Our team is regularly re-assessing procedures to determine if additional measures are necessary. We have ordered extra hand sanitizer stations, cleaning products and will be distributing them throughout camp for staff and guest use.
- Our Food Services Department always follows federal guidelines for proper food handling and personal hygiene practices that can help prevent employees from spreading viruses and bacteria to food. These practices include: excluding ill employees from working with food; using proper hand washing procedures; and eliminating bare hand contact with foods. Additionally, our kitchen area is sanitized regularly.
As the summer camping season grows closer, we hope to have more clarity around this virus, as well as any impact it may have to this year’s summer camp season. We will notify you prior to the start of camp regarding any necessary changes to our camp policies in respect to COVID-19.
We are staying abreast of recent developments by receiving CDC updates and have regular communication with health professionals. As a country, we are in unfamiliar territory. While none of us can predict the future, we want to assure our camp community that you can count on all of us at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp to always be aware, sensible, and thoughtful in approach. Please feel free to reach out to me email@example.com with questions at any time.