Camp Emmaus
Mount Morris, IL

Camp Emmaus COVID-19 Guidelines for Overnight Camp

Illinois COVID Guidelines for Camps

Camp Emmaus Guidelines

These guidelines are written in accordance with IL guidelines for overnight summer camps, as well as advice from the American Camp Association “Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance.” They are designed to reduce, but may not eliminate, the risk of exposure to and spread of COVID-19 to campers and staff within the camp community and camper families.

 A Safe and Healthy Camp Begins at Home 

Keeping COVID-19 out of camp is primarily affected by what happens at home before arriving at camp. The 14 days prior to arrival at camp is a crucial time for ensuring that COVID-19 stays out of camp and EVERYONE needs to be committed to doing their part. This protects not only the health and safety of campers and staff in the camp community, but also reduces the chance of a camper getting sick and/or testing positive before camp and missing out on their camp experience by not being able to attend.

During the 14-day period before camp, ALL campers – and their families/household – MUST practice STRICT face mask wearing, physical distancing, hand washing, and cough/sneeze hygiene etiquette. Large gatherings should be avoided. 

Anyone with a fever (temperature 100.4F or higher), COVID-19 symptoms (Cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pains, headache, sore throat, new loss of smell or taste in addition to other known COVID symptoms), or potential exposure to COVID-19 should stay at home.  

Entry Requirements and Procedures 

ALL campers and staff MUST meet ONE of the following requirements for camp entry and participation: 

-Present proof of a negative COVID-19 test  within three days prior to camp AND camper/staff quarantine and daily symptom screening from the time of testing until arrival at camp using the form provided by camp. 

-Camper/staff quarantine (staying at home and restricting their close contacts to only those inside their family/household) AND documented symptom screening for the camper/staff and ALL family/household members using the form provided by camp for 14 days prior to camp. 

Arrival time frames and procedures will be communicated with families prior to camp and must be followed. Early or late arrivals will not be accommodated.

Once camp begins, campers will not be allowed to leave except for emergencies. Visitors are not allowed for any reason. 

All activities and lodging  will be in accordance with suggestions from the state of IL Day Camp and Overnight Camp  Guidelines.  

Parent/Guardians should remain in or near (arms length) of their vehicle during check-in. Only campers and staff will be allowed beyond the parking lot posts when camp begins and when it ends.  

Campers and staff will be screened UPON ARRIVAL and DAILY during their camp program including but not limited to: 

Fever (temperature 100.4F or higher)
Sore throat
New cough
Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever 

Strict face mask wearing, social distancing when practical, hand washing and sanitizing will be required by all campers and staff.


Online Registration

Registration is Online!

You can also download a printable registration form from the Registration Form tab. 

Prompt registration is really essential this year as planning with state COVID mitigations requires a lot of advanced planning.  Thank you for getting your registration in as soon as possible.

Illinois COVID Guidelines for Camps:

2021 Camping Schedule

SENIOR HIGH  JULY 11 - 17  $320
ELEMENTARY II  JULY 18 - 21  $170 
YOUNG AT HEART  JULY 21 - 25 $226* 
JR HI  JULY 25 - 31  $320 
CIT  AUGUST 6 - 8  No Cost 
WOMEN’S CAMP  AUGUST 12 - 14 $91 

 *1, 2, & 3 day options are available.

There will be no late fee this year. The online registration for each camp will close 2 weeks prior to its opening. We are strongly encouraging all campers to register by that time to allow us enough time to plan out our COVID arrangements. We are also discouraging walk-ins on the opening day of camp due to the need to accommodate all the COVID restrictions.

Families with three or more children attending camp may be eligible for rebates. Please contact Camp Manager. P.O. Box 128, Mt. Morris IL 61054 or 815-734-4268. Any other necessary financial arrangements must be made prior to arrival at camp.

Job Opening

Lifeguard/Maintenance person wanted for the 2021 camping season at Camp Emmaus.

Contact Bill Hare at 8150734-4268.

National Young Adult Conference - May 28-31

January 21: National Young Adult Conference 2021 registration opens at

May 28-31, 2021 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Montreat Conference Center (North Carolina).

National Junior High Conference - July 23-25

The next National Junior High Conference will be July 23 – 25: 

National Junior High Conference at Elizabethtown College.

Online registration opens in January.

National Youth Conference 2022

The next National Youth Conference will be held in the summer of 2022.

July 23 – 28, 2022 in Fort Collins, Colorado National Youth Conference (NYC) provides high school aged students and their advisors the chance to gather for a week of fellowship, worship, workshops, recreation and more!



Camp Emmaus

send mail to:
P.O. Box 128
Mt. Morris, IL 61054

ship UPS to:
3011 W. Camp Rd.
Oregon, Illinois 61061

To make a reservation or ask the Camp Managers a question please call 1-815-734-4268;
for summer camp related questions please contact