Learn about the Restore Campaign

Learn about the Restore Campaign

Let's Talk Details

Everything you need to know about camp!

Frequently Asked Questions

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!

    Yes!

    You can read more about our plans for this summer here.

    Most of the time day campers will not have to wear masks. Yay! There will be some times, like when they are around other kids not in their assigned Flock, where we will be asking them to wear a mask. This includes time on the shuttle, and while they wait in line to get their lunch.

    - Enhanced screening during check-in 
    - Limiting access to cabins and other camp facilities during check-in to campers only.
    - No drop off of care packages for campers
    - 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
    - Our Friday evening testimony service will not be open to parents or guests 
    - No large group Saturday morning celebration during pick-up
    - 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.

    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.)

    Every camper is being asked to provide a negative Covid test before coming to camp on the first day. These can either be a PCR test given through the doctor or a non-invasive, self-administered rapid test (Like the kind they sell at Wal-mart, 2 for $20)  Please bring a copy of the test results when you arrive on Monday, whether you are arriving at the shuttle or at camp. It can simply be a copy of the test results on your phone that we can look at quickly.

    • 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. 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:

    • 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.
    • Campers and staff will be washing and sanitizing their hands often - entering and leaving any building, before and after any activity, before and after meals, etc.
    • 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.

    In the unfortunate event that a camper gets sick at camp (regardless of if we suspect it to be Covid-19), we will use the following protocols. We will have a very low threshold for sick campers remaining at camp. In the event that your camper is sick, you will most likely be asked to come pick them up from camp as soon as possible.

    Isolate 

    • Sick campers or staff will be immediately isolated from others
    • They will be evaluated by our medical staff
    • As needed, parents/guardians will be notified to pick up their sick camper. 

    Confirm

    • Because we will not be testing on-site and and do not have the ability to quarantine an individual long-term, if they meet the below criteria, they are sent home immediately:
      • Fever
      • Cough
      • Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea (runny nose)
      • Sore throat
      • Shortness of breath
      • Diarrhea
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Fatigue
      • Headache
      • Myalgia
      • Poor feeding or poor appetite
    • In the event of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case among campers or staff, we will RESPOND as follows:

    Respond

    • Parents/guardians will be notified if their camper has been exposed to and in close contact a positive COVID-19 case (within 6’ for 15+ minutes), whether their camper is still at camp or not
    • Campers currently at camp who have been exposed will need to be picked up from camp immediately since they do not meet the screening criteria and need to quarantine

    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.

    After discussions with our medical team and evaluating the current COVID status, we will no longer require masks for campers or staff. We do still have other COVID protocols in place this summer to help keep your campers and our staff safe and prevent the spread of illness:
    - camp will still happen in cohorts to keep group sizes smaller
    - we will ask for social distancing between cabins within a cohort in case of a positive camper case (this will mean a whole cohort is not exposed)
    - we will prioritize outdoor and open air activities 
    - there will be a simple entry screening of campers & guests and daily symptom monitoring 
    - we will still practice good hygiene and cleaning of high-touch surfaces

    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.

Questions?

Let us know how we can help



Thank you for contacting New Life Ranch. Your message has been submitted.