With an extra year to put precautions in place Stronghold is working hard to offer a safe return to in-person summer camp.  While we know returning to camp may not be the perfect fit for every family, to help you make an informed decision in choosing whether to register for in-person summer camp, here is a summary of our operational safety precautions and procedures.  These changes may evolve throughout the year as guidance and requirements change.

Preparing for In-person camps

·         A negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required 72 hours of arriving at camp. This includes those who have had the vaccine.

·         In the 7 days prior to your camp, it is requested that you quarantine, except for ESSENTIAL activities.  Examples are a job, daycare, doctor visits, necessary trips to the grocery store for food. NON-ESSENTIAL activities, examples are shopping in clothing stores, going out to eat in a restaurant, having a play date or sleepover with a friend, vacation, another week of camp at another location.

·         Daily screenings for symptoms with documents provided by Stronghold.

·         Masks will be required throughout the duration of camp and must cover nose and mouth.  Face shields alone are not sufficient.

·         Hand washing and use of hand sanitizers will be done frequently.

·         A waiver must be signed in the registration process.

·         Registration and pick up will be a drive thru procedure with staggered drop off times

Cabin groups

·         Capacity will be maximized at 10 (8 campers and 2 counselors) two cabins per lodge unit.

·         Cabins groups will do all activities together, remaining socially distant from other groups.

·         Temperature checks twice per day for all staff, counselors and campers, along with daily symptom checks.

·         The philosophy that we have adopted to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 at camp is to be two of three: Outside, Masked & Distanced.  Being outdoors is the most important if possible and we will try to be outdoors as much as possible.

Food Service

·         Meals will be taken to different locations and eaten outdoors or in a designated indoor area (weather dependant)  

·         Cabin groups each eat at different locations

Staffing

·         Leadership staff will maintain social distance from groups and use face masks, medical staff will use appropriate PPE while interacting with campers, and counselors will stay with their cabins throughout the day.

Activities

·         Cabins will rotate together through all activities with their cabin counselors.

·         Program staff, counselors and campers will help decide, as a cabin, which activities they want to participate in.

·         Campfires, vespers, and other evening programs will take place outdoors whenever possible, with social distancing.

·         Photos will be taken throughout each session and shared daily.

Disinfecting

·         All bathrooms on campus will be disinfected multiple times a day.

·         All facilities will be cleaned appropriately between each camp.

Even with all of these precautions, there is no way to guarantee COVID-19 will not enter camp.  If it does come into camp, we will take great care of our campers and be prepared to stop the spread given enhanced safety protocols.  

Camp is needed now more than ever and we will work hard to keep the magic of camp alive while adhering to state and federal guidelines to create a safe environment. We thank you for your patience as we continue to plan and provide additional resources in the coming months to help your family decide if summer camp is right for you. 

If you have any questions please call our office at (815) 732-6111 or email ryan@strongholdcenter.org.