Frequently Asked Questions
Are you still having camp this summer?
Yes! We will have a delayed start and a few sessions have been canceled, but we are proceeding with camp at this time.
What are you doing to help keep campers safe?
- At home pre-screening before kids ever get to camp
- Signed affidavits that campers were pre-screened
- Staggered check-in times to limit number of non-campers on campus
- Enhanced screening during check-in (everyone who comes on campus, not just campers)
- Limiting access to cabins and other camp facilities during check-in to non-campers
- No drop off of care packages for campers/discouraged mail
- Utilizing Bunk1 as preferred method of communication
- Enhanced cleaning of cabins and general spaces during a week of camp
- More washing and sanitizing of hands when entering cabins and general spaces around camp
- Campers will mainly interact with the other campers in their cabin and with one additional cabin (“family”) for small group activities
- For larger group activities (such as meals, rec time, swimming, etc.), the camp will be split into “corhorts” which will combine 2-3 family groups (approximately 35-60 campers) based on ACA guidelines. We will have combined cohorts in large spaces like dining hall and worship area; however, each cohort will maintain significant distance (10+ feet) between them.
Will check-in look different this year?
YES! We are doing our best to limit contact exposure points, so we will have a staggered check in process. You will be emailed a specific time for check-in the Saturday before your Sunday check in. As you enter the grounds, you will be asked a few yes/no answers with regard to recent exposure and everyone in the vehicle will have their temperatures taken. If anyone in the vehicle has a fever or cannot pass our screening questions, we will unfortunately have to turn your camper away for the session and a refund (less deposit) will be offered.
Once you’re through our initial screening, you will be directed to a parking place, and then check-in will be similar to last year, but with social distancing. We will be discouraging making tuition, canteen, or other payments on Sunday in order to reduce face-to-face time with our staff. Please make payments at least 48 hours in advance through our camper payment page.
Parents will not be allowed in cabins at check-in (don’t worry, you’ll still get to meet their counselors. They will help your campers get their bunks set up!). Once your camper gets to their room, we ask that you immediately proceed back to your vehicle. We understand that this is not an ideal situation, and you would love to be able to spend time touring the camp, but the less exposure our facilities have, the better for all of our campers. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
For more on our check in process, CLICK HERE.
Is there anything we need to do before coming to camp?
Yes! You will be required to complete at home pre-screening and temperature checks for up to two weeks before campers get to camp. We are encouraging campers to follow “safer at home” guidelines for 1-2 weeks before coming to camp as well. Also, you will need to sign a new release form for your camper.
What about masks?
Glad you asked! We’ve been following CDC, WHO, and ACA to find an answer for this, and the best thing we can say is that we won’t discourage the use of masks, but we won’t require it. If you would feel best having your camper use a mask while at camp, please feel free to send one (or more) with them. We will have “Tubies” in stock in our canteen this summer for campers as well. While these are NOT a non-medical mask alternative, and not to be used in place of an FDA approved mask, they may be an acceptable substitution for your camper. If you’d like to pre-order a Tubie for your camper, we will give you information on how to do that with the email you’ll receive leading up to camp.
How are you training your staff?
Our full-time and summer staff will be trained on recognizing and monitoring for symptoms of Covid-19 and other communicable diseases, things such as coughing, shortness of breath, etc. They will also be trained on increased cleaning and disinfecting measures for both their cabins and general camp spaces and equipment. Finally, they will be trained on increased hygiene for themselves and campers (hand sanitizer before and after each activity, washing hands before eating, daily showers, properly covering sneezes or coughs, avoiding touching their faces, etc.). Our volunteer staff will also be briefed on these measures leading up to camp.
In what ways will the programming at camp be affected?
In our efforts to provide as safe an environment as possible for our campers and staff this summer, we also want to preserve as much of the camp experience as possible. Your campers can expect this summer to look different in many ways, including the following:
- The camp will be split into “corhorts” which will combine 2-3 family groups (approximately 35-60 campers) based on ACA guidelines. We will have combined cohorts in large spaces like dining hall and worship area; however, each cohort will maintain significant distance (10+ feet) between them.
- Campers and staff will be encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands often – before and after any activity, before and after meals, etc.
- During larger group gatherings such as meals and worship, cabins and groups will be separated to create more space into between each smaller group.
- Certain games and activities will not be experienced at camp this summer if we were not able to mitigate the risk in a sufficient manner. Most activities will also see new processes and procedures in place to include things like sanitizing equipment between each use.
Will the pool and/or lake be available?
As of right now, we are planning to have both the pool and the lake open, but potentially at a monitored capacity. The CDC has said, “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people through the water used in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Proper operation and disinfection of pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds should kill the virus that causes COVID-19” (https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/index.html), but we are still taking extra cleaning precautions and encouraging social distancing in our pool. The lake is much larger, and the kids don’t actually swim in it, so there is minimal risk there. The lines for the blob and the zipline will be staggered and life jackets will be cleaned between uses. Additionally, campers are encouraged to bring their own life jacket if possible to reduce the need for sharing.
My camper has diabetes, asthma, or is immuno-compromised in some way . Can they still come to camp?
What will happen if my camper (or someone in their cabin) gets sick?
Campers and staff will be educated on early communication if they start feeling sick. If a camper starts to feel ill, they will immediately report to the nurse/medic. Based on their symptoms, our medical professionals will determine if the camper needs to be isolated or not. Our goal will be to remove campers or staff with COVID-19 symptoms from camp as soon as possible, rather than to isolate them for long periods of time. We will not perform or take campers to testing due to turn-around time for results. Parents will be notified if there was a confirmed COVID-19 case at camp, and we will use local health departments or the CDC for contact tracing.
How will cabins & other areas be kept clean throughout the week?
This summer, our volunteer faculty will be a part of the cabin cleaning each day along with our summer staff. They will receive training on how to properly clean and will be held accountable each day. Cabins will be cleaned daily. The dining hall will be completely disinfected after each meal. General use spaces (game rooms, gyms, etc) done daily. Hand sanitizer or hand-washing sinks will be available for camper use – additionally, we have hand-washing stations outside of the dining hall.
Will you be implementing social distancing?
The CDC has recommended that camps treat cabins as “families” throughout the week and work to limit exposure to a defined group of people. Campers will mainly interact with the other campers in their cabin and with one additional cabin (“family”) for small group activities. For larger group activities (such as meals, rec time, swimming, etc.), the camp will be split into “corhorts” which will combine 2-3 family groups (approximately 35-60 campers) based on ACA guidelines. We will have combined cohorts in large spaces like dining hall and worship area; however, each cohort will maintain significant distance (10+ feet) between them.
Will guests be allowed at camp?
Our short answer is no. We’re minimizing any outside guests this summer. As much as possible, we will keep deliveries and drop offs to the gatehouse rather than bringing additional people and vehicles into camp. Guests who HAVE to come into camp (parents picking up campers outside of normal check-out times, vendors, etc.) will need to do a medical screen before entering.
Additionally, if a camper has to leave camp for any reason, they will not be permitted to return to camp for that session.