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Covid-19 Info

Thank you!!

Thank you so much to our camper families who have patiently and prayerfully supported us as we seek God’s wisdom in His plans for summer camp at Sankanac! It has been a blessing to see your support and love for camp, and we are so thankful for each of you. We have been praying for you! We know that this pandemic and the effects of it have had an impact on each family, and for some, very significantly. We are so thankful that it’s our God who sits on the throne and in control of this situation…He cares for each of us and is right there with us through it all!

 

What’s next? 

We know many of you have questions about our summer camping season. We have completed our staff training, implemented necessary changes to our facilities and prayerfully composed a solid, safe, and organized action plan for our programs. The health and safety of our campers and staff is our top priority and we will continue to make necessary updates if they are necessary.

We have been diligently tracking the recommendations made by our state and local officials, the CDC, and ACA for summer camps to safely reopen. Below is our updated information concerning reopening:

While in the yellow phase, our camp will offer small group day camp programs in conjunction with state and local health department recommendations.Governor Tom Wolf has announced that Chester County (our county) is projected to transition to the green phase on June 26, 2020. As a result, we are excited to be able to offer our overnight camping programs as scheduled starting on Sunday, June 28. Once in the green phase, we will not be restricted to groups of 25 or less, but we will continue with the small cohort group settings as described below.

 

The plan…

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. 

 

Resources & protocol…

As mentioned above, we have laid out our detailed plan in terms of our response to Covid19 and you are welcome and encouraged to view that plan by CLICKING HERE. Of course, as always, we welcome any questions you may have regarding this information or anything else as you plan and prepare for summer! 

 

Cancellations? 

After reading the information above and in praying about this decision and the best move for your family, we completely understand if some families are not comfortable sending their children to camp. If you wish to cancel your child’s registration for camp, we ask that you do so no later than June 10th by filling out This Form for each camper that you wish to cancel. 

 

Our mission…

Our goal of sharing God’s love and hope with our campers has remained the same and, if anything,  has been sparked by this situation to an even deeper level of determination. As children have been faced with unique challenges over the past few months, our own staff kids included, we are all the more passionate about offering Biblical, outdoor-focused summer camp programming in a safe and fun environment. While these are unprecedented circumstances, our great God sits on the throne and is in control of this situation, both globally and personally for each one of us. We look forward to continuing to share His love, peace, hope and joy with our campers, whatever the avenue, whatever that looks like and regardless of the circumstances we are under this summer! 

-The Staff @ Camp Sankanac-

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