HIGH HILL COVID-19 UPDATE - MARCH 18, 2020 (Most Recent Changes Made 7/06/20)

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The health and safety of everyone who comes on to our campus is very important to us.  We are continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are making decisions based on the most up-to-date information available to us.  Please be gracious with us as we navigate these circumstances that are new to all of us.  We are making every effort to ensure the safety of our guests – including, but not limited to, assessing and reassessing our policies and protocols. We want you to be aware that we are facing these trying times from a position of faith, not fear as we are confident that God is in control.

 We would like to share with you what High Hill is currently doing about the COVID-19 situation as it relates to our summer programming. Click on any topic below for detailed information.

**PLEASE BE AWARE: As much as we love to have plans in place, and have every intention of implementing all of the following, we need you to understand that camp is still camp, and as such we do not always have complete control over the way people interact with others on the grounds at all times.  By sending your camper to camp, you are acknowledging that you understand that social distancing IS NOT feasible 100% of the time, and your camper will most likely interact with campers that are not in their assigned groups.  If you have ANY reservations about sending your camper, it may be best to wait until next summer, as nothing is a fool-proof guarantee of safety while at camp.**

 

Be Safe and God Bless!
The Staff & Leadership of High Hill Christian Camp
SHIFTING all Early Bird dates
Because of the adjustment of our camp calendar for 2020, we have also delayed the deadline for Early Bird rates.  Our revised Early Bird deadline for our camps that begin in JULY (including Junior High 1) will be moved to JUNE 1st.  Camps that begin in August will have a new deadline of JULY 1st.  Hopefully this will give you and your family time to assess the current situation and be able to reserve your camper’s registration at a discounted rate.
ALLOWING deposits to be transferred
As of right now, summer camp deposits remain nonrefundable, but transferable. If at any time after you have registered your camper you feel uncertain about sending them to camp this summer, we have a few options for you.

 

We can:
(A) issue a refund up to the deposit amount
(B) transfer some or all of the amount paid to another camper, a different session this summer, OR transfer to next summer. This can include the deposit amount that is non-refundable
(C) donate some of or all payments you’ve made to our operating budget or scholarship fund so that we can continue to minister to future campers.

(Although we will offer a refund of your missions giving or scholarship donation, we would encourage you to keep those donations in place as they are still beneficial to our missionary and to future campers.)

Because of the fluid nature of the situation our community and country are in, we understand if your concern over the safety of sending your child to camp wavers; however, we would encourage those already registered to take a “wait and see” approach and let us get closer to camp before canceling or transferring your camper’s registration.  Additionally, we have discussed a few courses of action should this situation overflow into the summer months.  One such solution would be to possibly reschedule some of our early camps to later dates if necessary.  We will do everything we can before canceling any camp sessions (see next section).

RESCHEDULING sessions
We are doing everything we can to not cancel any sessions this summer. We sincerely hope it doesn’t come to that! In order to do our best to avoid cancellation, we have decided to have a delayed start for camp this summer.  Camp will now begin in late June with Junior High 1, and many of our June camps have been moved to August.  We have retained a few additional options in case we have to adjust sessions again, so please bear in mind that these changes may not be final.

If your camper’s session is rescheduled, we will let you know, and you will have the options listed in the section above. If the new dates don’t work for your new camper, we encourage you to shift your deposit to next summer.

If High Hill has to cancel any sessions completely, a full refund of any amounts paid will be refundable (including deposits) or you can use the options A, B, or C listed in the section above.

ADDING hand sanitizing stations
Our current protocol is to clean and disinfect our buildings before and after each group or camp we host on our campus.  We have recently been able to purchase new commercial grade sanitizer/disinfectant that can be sprayed on all surfaces, and we plan to begin using that between every group that uses our facilities. Additionally, we have wall mounted hand sanitizer dispensers on hand and will begin installing those around campus, hand soap is available next to every sink on campus, and cleaning supplies are located in each of our buildings for use as needed.
ADDITIONAL policies and changes in protocol for 2020

Starting Now/Before Camp

  • Not Allowing out of state Camp Teams to Attend – these teams are from Bible colleges around the US and will have been traveling for the summer.  We feel it is best to not have that possible level of exposure to our campers.
  • Restricting Out of State Campers – As of right now, we are limiting registrations to Missouri residents only.  We will be reevaluating this as we draw closer to camp.
  • Obeying Local Governments – If the county the camper resides in has not been deemed safe to “open up,” that camper can’t attend– camp WILL refund these cases.
  • Encouraging campers to “shelter in place” the week leading up to their session.

At Check In

  • Signed affidavit that camper has not had a fever or interaction with infected person in the last 2 weeks and an updated waiver – this form will be available at check in and an online link will be emailed to you for those who will not be bringing their camper to camp (i.e. those riding a bus or coming with a friend).  Campers who do not complete this affidavit will not be allowed to check in.
  • Temperature check – These will be conducted as a camper arrives on campus and each morning at breakfast.  We reserve the right to do random temperature checks through the camp session.
  • NO PARENTS will be allowed into the dorms/rooms – this is to limit the amount of exposure to the sleeping areas for the campers.  Our faculty will be on hand to assist your camper as they move in.

During Camp

  • Once campers are on campus, they will not be permitted to leave and come back.
  • Summer staff will not leave campus during the session.
  • We will be implementing extra cleaning during sessions/between sessions.
  • Food Service will no longer be self-serve.
  • We are being intentional about the games we play to limit the risk of infection.
  • Our medical staff will have authority to send campers home who exhibit any signs of illness.  In the case of a camper being sent home, a pro-rated refund will be offered.

After Camp

  • If we have report of someone sick after camp, we will treat the camp immediately with high heat.
ASKING for support
We take our responsibility to you and your camper very seriously.  We will make decisions based on current recommendations, as well as in response to changing local and national conditions.  Please continue to pray for our country, our churches, and our camp ministry here at High Hill.  We hope to continue the ministry of Christian camping for many years to come, and we are unwavering in our belief of the unique effectiveness of this ministry.  That said, we, like everyone else, are concerned about the financial ramifications of this pandemic. If you are able and would like to help us out during this difficult season, you can give online https://give.cornerstone.cc/highhillcamp. Your financial gifts will help ease the burden of anticipated loss of income due to canceled retreats and lack of summer camp registrations, or you can contact Lori at office@highhillcamp.org to find other ways to partner with us.
CONTINUING with We Believe Projects
Our WE BELIEVE campaign is continuing as planned at this time, and we intend to see it through even if we have to “hit pause” for a little while.  We would covet your prayers and support in this endeavor as we continuously strive to do God’s will and make His camp the most effective as possible so that more than ever can be impacted by Him.
TRUSTING God in all things
We are grateful for your ongoing support for the ministry of High Hill, and we continue to trust God for all things. We are leaning into Him in this difficult time of things that we cannot control, and we encourage you to do the same.  Do your best to bless those around you in this difficult time in whatever way you possibly can.  God’s word reminds us in Philippians 4:6 to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Please join us in petitioning our heavenly father to be present in all these circumstances – and join us in thanking Him for His provision.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our director, John Hancock at director@highhillcamp.org.

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