Guideline on Camping Ministry in response to Coronavirus

March 13, 2020

The news regarding the pandemic Coronavirus has brought much uncertainty and fear into our lives, making it hard to think about future plans, including summer camp plans. We recognize that many of our members and communities are struggling while waiting for the situation to improve. We want to reassure you that our California-Nevada Annual Conference camps in different campsites such as Monte Toyon, Camp Lodestar, Lake Tahoe UMC & Retreat Center and Waller Center and continue tofollow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)and American Camp Association to assure that we are doing everything possible to support the efforts to slow and stop the spread of this illness.

Please know that we have reviewed and updated our policies and procedures in connection to our healthcare, on-site cleanliness and support of guests who have concerns. We are committed to the continued care of all of our staff and guests and will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the advice of our local and national agencies in regard to our response. 

Because there is so much uncertainty, we have modified our refund policy to provide some peace of mind as you consider your camping and retreat plans for this year. The new policy for 2020 states:

If you cancel for any reason, up to 24 hours prior to camp check-in, you will receive a voucher to all camp fees paid, valid through the following calendar year. Your voucher is transferable to an immediate family member and may be used for any CNUMC camp at Monte Toyon, Camp Lodestar, Lake Tahoe UMC & Retreat Center or Waller Center. Participants who do not attend their registered session (no-shows for any reason) or who do not contact the Camping Ministry Office to cancel at least 24 hours prior to camp check-in will not receive a voucher or refund. 

We hope and pray that this pandemic will be brought under control soon. We are planning for a joyous and fulfilling camp season that will be a welcome respite from our struggles. Please review our camp offerings on the Conference website at:

More information on the Coronavirus is available at If you have additional questions about the situation or our camping and retreat programs, please contact our office at 916.374.1528