Everything you need to know about camp!
Covid-19 has drastically altered the way we are doing many things this summer. We are slowly but surely working through the details of camp this summer, and we ask for your patience as we define the process. As we have answers we will post them here, so check back often!
You can read more about our plans for this summer here.
Our 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 training 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.)
Yes! You will be required to complete an at home pre-screening and temperature checks before campers get to camp. We will be taking camper temperatures daily and we need your help in getting them used to the process before they arrive at camp. Also, you will need to sign a new release form for your camper.
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. Parents will not be allowed in cabins at check-in and check-out (don’t worry, you’ll still get to meet their counselors. They will help your campers get their bunks set up!). We are not accepting care packages for distribution throughout the week (you can pack snacks in their luggage or purchase a care package through the online canteen). We will not be taking canteen or account payments on Sunday. Please do that through your online account before Sunday. Our Friday evening testimony service will not be open to parents or guests (we are exploring streaming options) There will be no large group Saturday morning celebration during pick up.
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:
Each morning campers and staff will receive a temperature check and asked about any new symptoms. Campers and staff will also be educated on early communication if they start feeling sick. If a camper starts to feel ill, they will immediately report to the medical lodge. 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 the CDC will be involved in contact tracing.
Traditionally, campers have been solely responsible for cleaning their cabins each day for Pit-and-Palace. This summer, counselors will be a part of the cabin cleaning each day, and will use CDC approved disinfectant during the cleaning process. Counselors will receive training on how to properly clean and will be held accountable each day. Cabins will be cleaned twice a day with CDC approved cleaner. The dining hall will be completely disinfected after each meal. General use spaces (game rooms, gyms, etc) done daily. Hand sanitizer or handwashing sinks will be available at each building. Rec equipment will be sanitized between uses. We are installing new handwashing stations outside of the dining hall. Kids will be required to shower daily.
The CDC has recommended that camps treat cabins as "families" throughout the week and work to limit exposure to a defined group of people. Camp will be split into "corhorts" of 4-5 cabins each (approximately 50-60 people at Flint Valley and 50-70 people at Frontier Cove) based on ACA guidelines. They will only interact and play and do activities within their cohort. We will have a maximum two cohorts in large spaces like dining hall and chapel at each site, however, those will maintain significant distance (10+ feet) between the two cohorts. Other activities and events will not involve the two cohorts together.
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 need to come into camp (parent’s picking up campers outside of normal check-out times, vendors, etc) will need to do a medical screen before entering. Our Friday evening testimony service will not be open to parents or guests (we are exploring streaming options) There will be no large group Saturday morning celebration during pick up.