With the New Year comes new beginnings and the opportunity for us all to reflect on 2020. Even though the past year didn’t look like what any of us planned, we know the Lord is sovereign in all things. As we turn a page and look toward everything this year has to offer, our team continues to actively plan for camp. We are hopeful as vaccinations become more widely available and with our events taking place during warmer summer months that camp will continue to be a fun and transformational experience for many churches. And, we can’t wait!
We know many churches are continuing to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 as they make both current and future plans. Many things we can’t change, but we do want to be accommodating, where possible. Two ways we are able to help is by extending our deposit deadline and revising our financial policies to provide additional flexibility where refunds are concerned. The revised financial policy can be found in its entirety here. Revisions include:
1. The deposit deadline has been extended to March 15th. We hope this takes a little pressure off trying to make a camp decision sooner than you are able to based on current circumstances.
2. Greater flexibility in our refund and cancellation policy. We are always committed to hosting planned camps and events as scheduled, but if circumstances beyond our control force us to cancel the event, we will refund your deposits and final balance, if they have been paid.
When thinking about and planning for camp next summer, we know you have questions, specifically about camper health and safety. The safety of our campers, summer staffers, and location staff is our utmost priority. We continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on camp. We are working with our location contacts to be aware of the safety and cleaning protocols they are implementing and planning so we know what we need to do in addition. We remain committed to providing the camp experience that you have come to expect from us.
While we cannot answer all questions at this time, we want to begin informing you of the precautions that we are continuing to evaluate and plan.
At a minimum, we will be performing the following steps:
1. We will abide by the policies of local authorities. Because our camps take place throughout different areas of the country, we will adjust our capacities and procedures to accommodate at minimum what local authorities are requiring. This will mean that some locations have different requirements and policies than others.
2. Train our staff on necessary preventative health and safety protocols, as well as a plan for handling symptoms or exposure identified at camp.
3. Perform daily health screenings and temperature checks on staff members, requiring anyone not feeling well to seek medical attention and be quarantined, if becoming ill.
4. Provide necessary supplies for common/shared spaces including but not limited to hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant cleaner, extra face masks, etc.
5. Perform routine cleaning on a daily basis, in addition to those services provided by our location contacts to all meeting spaces and all equipment and supplies used.
6. Make adjustments to our schedule and programming in an effort to ensure a safe and healthy camp environment. We are evaluating our schedule to accommodate possible reduced capacities and social distancing, especially in large group areas such as auditoriums and dining halls. This may require us to provide more than one meal and worship times. We are also evaluating all areas of programming to make sure activities are appropriately social distanced, without contact and using single-use or easily sanitized items.
At a minimum, we will ask all campers (students/kids/adults) to abide by the following guidelines:
1. Pass a simple health screening questionnaire and temperature check before leaving for camp, upon arriving to camp, and on a daily basis during the camp session.
2. Whenever possible, maintain social distancing (at least 6’) from other individuals.
3. Face coverings will be required for all attendees and staff at Student Life Kids Camp. Approved face coverings must be properly worn at all times while indoors, and outdoors if not socially distanced. Student Life Kids Camp will not provide face coverings but will have them available for purchase on site. If you are medically exempt from wearing a mask, we ask that you wear a face shield or similar approved face covering.
4. Be respectful and intentional about protecting your own health and that of others.
5. Engage in enhanced hygiene practices such as regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.
6. Comply with staff member instructions and requests related to the expectations above.
**Disclaimer: The above guidelines are subject to change. Our goal is to provide regular COVID updates, so be sure to check back on a regular basis.
Updated as of Aug 31, 2020
We take this opportunity to acknowledge how difficult and chaotic this current season is for you. We know you are doing your best to navigate the future of kids ministry during this unprecedented time. When it comes to thinking about camp next summer, you may have many questions, specifically about camper health and safety.
The safety of our campers, summer staffers, and location staff is our utmost priority. We continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on camp. We remain committed to providing the camp experience that you have come to expect from us.
While we cannot answer all questions at this time, we continue to work to ensure a safe and healthy camp environment. Here are three things we want you to know:
We take great responsibility in doing our part to keep campers as safe as possible while they are participating in a transformational week of camp. A detailed plan will be shared in the future.
Churches continue to be able to register for 2021 with no deposit due until January 31, 2021. If you have any questions please reach out to us at email@example.com.
New Deposit Deadline and Covid Update