As we seek the safest and most effective ways to run our programming, we will be following CDC recommendation by dividing the camp population up into smaller groups. This will be true of every specialty, day and overnight camp program/village. For all-day camps, horse camps, and basketball camps, we will maintain separation between these groups and other camp groups. Similarly, for overnight camp, our 3 villages/camp groups (Creekside: 7-10yo’s, Pinesite: 11-12yo’s and Cliffside: 13-16yo’s) will be separated from other village groups and they will all have different locations for eating. Common areas that may be used by all camp groups will include our Trading Post (camp store), pool, craft loft and select elective equipment. These areas will be used only by one group at a time and will be completely sanitized/disinfected between groups. The overall practice of distancing groups such as this is called “cohorting” by the CDC.
As mentioned, each camp group will eat in a separate location and we will be serving our meals service style, rather than our typical family-style. Masked/gloved staff members will be serving food to campers from behind serving tables with plexiglass barriers. Rigorous sanitation of food service and dining areas will be in place.
Our nursing staff are well prepared for the guidelines in place and have been a huge part of the development of this action plan. We will be doing daily temperature checks (for all programs) as well as a health screening upon arrival on the first day of camp. As always, our nurse will be available to offer 24-hour medical care for any camper who needs it. When providing services, our nurse will be fully masked (and gloved if necessary) and will dispense medications from behind a plexiglass barrier.
As always, our staff have gone through a rigorous application process, complete background checks and have already attended a week of pre-camp training. In addition to our usual training (first aid, CPR, risk management, counseling, Biblical training, water safety, mandated reporter, etc), our staff have also been trained on the specifics of the virus, it’s spread, preventative steps, personal and cabin hygiene, sanitization and personal/village distancing.
Campers will be reminded to wash hands often, socially distance where possible and practice good hygiene during camp. All of our campers will be given a camp health orientation on the first day of camp, which typically includes camp safety, rules, suggestions for eating/drinking to stay strong during camp, things to avoid (poison ivy, ticks, etc) and personal hygiene while at camp. This year we will also include specifics for preventing the spread of Covid19.
The check-in and drop off process will be significantly different this year and we will be sending out emails with the specifics one week prior to your child’s arrival. There will be some limitations on how many people can accompany the camper to drop off and health screenings will be done. For a detailed description of our drop off and pick up process for each of our camps, and for our extensive plan for running camp safely, please CLICK HERE.
We are thankful for the 150 acres and spread out facilities here at camp, and we believe that we can still offer a fun, safe, spiritually enriching experience for your child under the guidelines in place.