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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.