Hi OACC folks,
OACC is next weekend! Lots of great things happening. But first ….. cabin housekeeping.
If you’re planning to attend and stay in a cabin, this is important, so please read on.
This is a classic case of good news/bad news about our host, Hammond Camp. The good news is that even though we just found out that bedbugs were in the cabins, the camp staff had them heat treated and fumigated by professionals last week. Thank goodness we won’t arrive unsuspecting and accidentally take bugs home with us.
The bad news, obviously, is that bedbugs were there at all. Even though the pest control company conducted a follow-up inspection today – with clean findings – we cannot totally guarantee that every single bug is gone. So we’ll be taking some precautions.
We refuse to let this unfortunate development sidetrack or ruin OACC!!
We hope you will decide the same.
If you are NOT planning to stay in a cabin, then no worries. None of the main buildings – dining hall, chapel, bathrooms, pavilion – were affected.
So far, we’ve already told several folks who planned cabin stays, and some have simply said ‘no big deal, we’ll go ahead with a cabin.’ If you feel that way too, then great. Click here for more info on how the cabins were treated and our suggestions on how to be super careful to not take home any hitchhikers. Here’s an EPA fact sheet about identifying and dealing with bedbugs, and here’s a similar CDC fact sheet.
However, if you’d rather not take any chances with the cabins, we totally understand, so we’re offering lodging alternatives.
On any given year, some OACC participants choose to camp in tents, or get a motel room in West Plains, or use the camp’s RV hookups, or just come Saturday only (the heart of our program), or simply go home at night if they live nearby. All those options are available again this year, and we can expand on some.
- Tenting. Everybody, please consider bringing an extra tent, air mattress, or bed padding to share. We’re fortunate that a group of students from Clear Springs School will be volunteering to set up and take down tents. This will really help if someone arrives who didn’t see this email.
- Indoor campout. We could have a group camp-out in the chapel – on the floor and on pews. Again, be sure to bring good padding or an air mattress. Don’t forget the air pump.
- Houseguests. Nearby folks, consider inviting friends to come stay in your guest room, couch or floor. Your hospitality would really help out some people who will be flying in and cannot bring camp gear.
Please let us know your preferences for lodging (cabin, tent, chapel, RV, etc) and whether you can bring extra camping equipment or if you can host guests.
Early notice will really help us match up loaned padding and tents with people who need them. RV spaces are limited, so reservations are wise. Contact Registration Coordinator Denise Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We probably won’t reach everyone with this email, so please tell your friends – anyone staying overnight at OACC – about the situation and the options.
Thanks in advance for your understanding and perseverance. Let’s make this OACC as comfortable as possible for all, and memorable for the great fun and program, not the bedbug surprise.
Hope to see you next week,
OACC bedbug prevention team members: David Haenke, Denise Vaughn, Sasha Daucus, Leesa Johnson, and Tegan Vaughn