The Oaks Camp Coronavirus Update

The Oaks Camp and Conference Center Coronavirus Update


Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The Oaks is continuing to monitor updates and recommended safety procedures from national, state, and local authorities regarding COVID-19. In light of these recommendations, including the federal extension of “stay-at-home” guidelines, all guest visits and retreats have been cancelled through April 30th. We will continue to monitor developments and make further adjustments as needed. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


(Previous Update – 3/17)

In response to the guidance provided by our national, state, and local authorities, The Oaks is canceling all guest visits and retreats scheduled through April 6th, 2020.

Suspending guest visits for this period is in alignment with the recommendations designed to limit the transmission and spread of COVID-19. While we realize these measures will cause inconvenience to our guests, our intent is to disrupt the spread of the virus and protect overall community health. By limiting opportunities for transmission, together, we can slow its spread and protect vulnerable individuals at risk of serious outcomes should they be exposed.

For retreats scheduled prior to April 6th, we will offer an opportunity to reschedule your retreat and apply your deposit to a future date. If you choose not to reschedule, we can provide refund fees including your deposit.  At this time, this applies only to retreats scheduled through April 6th. We will be in contact with all groups to discuss a rescheduling of your retreat.

Rest assured, we understand this is a dynamic situation. We are monitoring this situation closely, staying in regular contact with local, state, and federal agencies, health organizations, and other experts. As of today, The Oaks plans to resume normal operations on April 6th. Thank you for your patience and trust in The Oaks.  We look forward to serving you.

If you have any questions, contact us at oaksretreats@worldimpact.org

(Previous Update – 3/7)

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news, we understand you might have concerns about you and your group’s health while at camp. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements regarding COVID-19 cases and following the guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments.

At The Oaks Camp and Conference Center, we maintain an established cleaning program to provide a clean and inviting environment for all our guests. Each meeting room and lodging room is cleaned between guests stays. There are also bathrooms located near all meeting rooms (please use these for regular hand washing) and hand sanitizer stations located in the dining hall. We are also increasing the frequency of using disinfectant in restrooms and door handles

Your Retreat Group and Personal Safety Recommendations

As you serve as the first aid provider for your group, we recommend the CDC’s website as a resource to best protect themselves from becoming ill.

It is always wise that you ensure the health of your participants before arrival. Please complete a 1 on 1 check with your participants and/or ask all participants to inform you if they have had a fever within the last week. We recommend that you follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) everyday guidelines to prevent the spread of any respiratory illness – including COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask. They should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others and by medical personnel.

If you or someone close to you has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your doctor or hospital in advance and follow any procedures they have in place.

Thank you for retreating at The Oaks Camp and Conference Center.