We are doing our best to ensure every family/individual and Crew-volunteers have a safe and healthy experience at Breakaway Retreat. Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your time at Camp. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from this Coronavirus. Families should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread Coronavirus if they are infected; any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19. By coming to Breakaway, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.

We hope to answer the most pressing questions and address the larger issues facing a successful Breakaway. As summer continues to get closer, look for updates to our practices and procedures on this webpage. Note: some images shown on our website do not represent current guidelines or health and safety measures.

Safety Protocols for Breakaway Camp 2021:

Guidance: Lake Yale Conference Center (rental location), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Florida State Department of Health. They have all helped us formulate our protocols for safety as it applies to cleaning, communal living, programming and activities.

Keeping it Clean: Lake Yale will ensure meeting and sleeping rooms are cleaned, sanitized and sealed before we enter. We, as the Crew staff will also utilize the best cleaning practices and will sanitize all meeting areas daily.

Check-Ins and Registration: Health screenings for all participants, families and Crew: Prior to and upon arrival, we will be taking some extra time to verify the health of all attending. Our staff will be equipped with temporal thermometers and other screening efforts to make sure each guest is healthy before entering our programs and Lake Yale housing. We encourage you to obtain a Rapid test 72 hours before arrival. We will also have these available at check in and during the week if anyone begins showing symptoms. We will screen everyone daily upon entry of the meeting space.

Constant Hand Sanitation: Hand sanitation dispensers will be in common areas as well as dining areas. We encourage everyone to use hand sanitizer each time they enter a building and wash their hands often.

Social distancing: We are putting limitations on the number of individuals in all spaces of camp, mitigating large groups, and limiting the number of participants in each activity. This means you will have more of a scheduled time for different activities and be grouped in a smaller group for the week. We will ensure that Crew direct their groups to practice social distancing and eliminate cross-group interactions. We will also implement “do your part, stay 6 feet apart” in indoor spaces.

Facemasks. All families, individuals, Crew-volunteers, and staff are required to wear face masks when appropriate. We will have a limited supply of facemasks and ask that everyone PLEASE BRING FACE COVERINGS with them for personal use (enough for their entire stay). There will be intentional times provided in the schedule where participants could be mask-free: 6 feet apart and outdoors. Everyone on camp property should be aware that the majority of the day will be spent wearing a mask.

Dining Room: As in previous years we will have a designated area in the dining room and will be allowed to enter the Dining Room earlier than other groups from the side entrance. Meals are served cafeteria-style and tables are spaced further apart to help maintain distance. Facemasks are worn by everyone until they are seated and actively eating.

Other Measures: These measures begin to cover the most pressing questions and address the larger issues facing a successful Breakaway season. As summer continues to get closer, look for updates to our practices and procedures on this webpage.

Before Your Week of Breakaway:
  1. Testing for COVID-19 ahead of Breakaway is strongly suggested. Please do this 72 hours before arrival.
  2. If anyone in your family is showing any signs of sickness you should stay home. You will receive a full refund if this would occur.

Upon Arrival:

  1. Crew will be present, as you arrive in the parking lot, to assist with the health screening protocols. Please do not exit your vehicle until your party has been cleared for unloading.

During your time at Breakaway:

Everyone will do their best to model and encourage the following best practices.

  1. Masking Up – Wearing masks reduces the transfer of COVID-19.
  2. Spread Out – We will have seating inside spread out to reduce contact. Keep your distance when moving around inside public buildings and take advantage of the outdoors as much as possible.
  3. Wash/Sanitize Your Hands – We will have anti-bacterial solution throughout the meeting areas and bathrooms equipped with soap and warm water.

We thank you for helping to keep our little Breakaway Family safe! It’s going to be a great week!!

Lift gives you the chance to spend time with amazing people who are learning to push their limits and break free!

Esther Crew Member

Breakaway is an amazing opportunity to have fun, to grow, to find community and to meet God.


My son's life is immeasurably better than if we had not come in contact with Lift Disability Network. They have allowed us to say "Yes, we CAN do this!"

Debi ReyesA Mom


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