2021 Program Directors
Austin Clark is the great-grandson of Baby and Clare Clark, the founders of Christian Life Fellowship and King’s Camp. Austin grew up in Mer Rouge attending camp and working on the family farm in the summer. He recently graduated from LSU with a degree in Biology and will be entering into the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans this August. Austin has served at King’s Camp as both a volunteer and a counselor over the years. During his time at LSU, he also served as a leader of a community group of Christian believers devoted to studying scripture through The Refuge college ministry. Austin currently works as an EMT for Acadian Ambulance Service in Baton Rouge, and he is a member of The Chapel, a church on LSU’s campus dedicated to helping people meet, know, and follow Jesus. Austin is thrilled to be given the opportunity to invest back into King’s Camp, since the place shaped him as a man and a leader and introduced him to God’s loving kindness.
John Ellender is a lover of life and Jesus. He is also the great-grandson of Baby and Clare Clark, the founders of Christian Life Fellowship and King’s Camp. While John was born in raised in Mer Rouge and grew up going to King’s Camp in his early summers, he attended Camp Chosatonga in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina throughout his middle-school and high-school years and served as a counselor there for three consecutive summers as a cabin leader and whitewater paddling instructor. John is currently about to graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH with a degree in Humanities and plans on starting the masters program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Franciscan this upcoming August. During his time at Francican, John played DIII soccer, joined a Christian fraternity called Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, and led weekly praise and worship. He has served on two mission trips to Benque, Belize to teach high-schoolers about Jesus, and one mission trip to the Amazonian village of Chontapunta, Ecuador to serve the poor. While John has not been an active member of King’s Camp in recent years, he’s ecstatic to return back home and bring his various experiences to pour back into King’s Camp, the community that first taught him how exciting it is to walk with Jesus.
KING’S CAMP & COVID-19
We are beyond grateful and excited to be back to King’s Camp this summer! We believe that more than ever, camp is needed to provide a screen-free, in-person, outdoor experience full of authentic friendships and joy in the wake of a dark and isolated time. In order to facilitate our mission of providing a space and time for campers to encounter the light of Jesus Christ within the setting of a fun and loving community, we have taken it upon ourselves to implement CDC guided precautions with the goal of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Our COVID-19 Protocols
We strongly encourage every camper to get vaccinated prior to camp.
Any child who has come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.
In order to enter camp, each camper is required to have printed and filled out our health screening form. This form will be emailed to the guardians of the campers.
Upon arrival, the camper and accompanying guardian(s) will have their temperature scanned and will be asked to sign a form that states that they have not exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.
King’s Camp has the ability to test any camper exhibiting symptoms.
While most of King’s Camp’s activities already take place outside, we will further promote outdoor activities on the beautiful grounds of our camp.
While the state of Louisiana no longer requires wearing masks, we want all campers and staff to feel comfortable and safe on our campus and are therefore welcome to wear masks at any time that they so chose. We ask that all campers pack face coverings to be used if needed while at camp (in the spirit of camp, we suggest packing bandanas!).
As usual, campers will be grouped together in different groups, or “cohorts.” Most of their time and activities will be done with their cohort.
Every camper will have their temperature scanned daily.
Every cabin room will be equipped with a new medical grade air purifier with HEPA filtration.
In addition, we have implemented open air ventilation in our indoor facilities.
On a daily basis, we will sanitize frequently touched surfaces in cabin rooms, bathrooms, and camp buildings.
We require campers and staff to thoroughly wash hands before each meal.
We will have hand sanitizer stationed at each activity for each camper and staff member to sanitize their hands before touching shared camp equipment.
Campers will sleep with their heads six feet apart from each other (head to toe in upper and lower bunks).
In Case of Symptoms
At any sign of symptoms, a camper will receive a rapid COVID test and will be isolated and cared for until we see results.
In the case of a positive test, the sick camper will be isolated until their parents can pick them up, and their cabin group will be immediately quarantined together.
We will use contact tracing to identify any campers or staff members who were exposed, and they will be evaluated and isolated to undergo the same process.
While we believe all of these precautions will contribute to providing a safer environment, we cannot guarantee a COVID-free camp experience. However, we will be doing all we can in our power to avoid an outbreak.
If your camper tests positive prior to camp session and/or is in quarantine due to exposure or illness and is therefore unable to come to camp, we will refund you your camp tuition given medical documentation.
King's Camp at a Glance
"You will make known to me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy;
In your right hand there are pleasures forever.
King's Camp is both a retreat facility and summer camp.
We Love because He First Loved Us.
I John 4:19
Ways You Can Help
God continues to be faithful to use this ministry to reach our community and beyond.
We would love for you to join with us to be His hands and feet.
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