COVID Guidelines for 2021

We recognize that the current pandemic will inevitably have an effect on camp in the summer of 2021. We are researching and keeping current on prevention requirements and best practices.  We anticipate modifications being made to many camp activities such as drop-off, pick-up, bunk assignments, meals, singing, physical contact or proximity, health checks and more.  We will be using a multi layered plan including (but not limited to): testing, masks, social distancing; more frequent and thorough cleaning; cohort groups; and staying outdoors as much as possible. As the science and understanding of how to minimize the spread and treat COVID19 continues to improve, we will adjust our plan accordingly. As much as we all want to get back up to camp, we will only have campers in-person if we truly believe we can keep everyone safe and healthy.

We will go to extraordinary measures at to keep our campers, volunteers, staff and families safe.

  • This will certainly be a different year at camp, however I am sure we will still have amazing, fun, faith-based community in spite of all we will do to keep everyone safe and healthy.  The inconveniences will be totally worth it to get to have Camp!

UPDATED 5/3/21

The staff at Horton Center are fine tuning plans for all the health and safety measures we are required by the state to have in place, as well as any further safety measures we feel necessary. We will be using the layered approach (see graphic) to reduce the risk of spread as much as possible.  There is no one precaution that will keep everyone safe, it’s using multiple layers that will keep us safe.  Similar to hiking in the mountains, multiple layers make us more adaptable, comfortable and prepared for whatever might come our way. Things are changing daily still so all we can be certain of is that they will continue to evolve.  Our plan will evolve to keep pace with best practices, the state requirements, CDC and ACA recommendations, and our medical team’s experience and wisdom for keeping everyone healthy. Rest assured camper safety has always been our priority and adding COVID to the mix just means some new things need to be put in place to achieve that imperative.  We’ve got this people.  Let’s have camp!  

Here are some things that are in place currently:

PRE-ARRIVAL TO CAMP –

It is vital to your camper and everyone’s safety that your family takes extraordinary precautions during the 10 days before camp to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19: 

    • only go out if absolutely necessary (medical appointments, school, etc)
    • wear a mask and social distance if you must go out, especially if indoors
    • avoid indoor close contact (within 6 feet) with non-household members
    • wash hands frequently
    • stay outside socially distanced or masked if with non-household member
    • avoid in-person gatherings such as church, indoor concerts, restaurants, plays, etc.
  • Within 7 days of arrival all campers, volunteers and staff must be tested with a PCR COVID-19 test. Proof of a negative result must be provided camp before arrival.  No one without such proof will be allowed to stay at camp.  

 

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP CHANGES – 

  • Parents/guardians will need to remain in or near vehicles while onsite 
  • There will be a screening questionnaire about symptoms and potential recent exposure to COVID19 for campers to fill out upon arrival
  • Staff and counselors will be available to help campers move in to bunk rooms
  • We are planning a zoom call with parents the night before arrival each week, to help expedite check-in. We will be staggering camper arrival times to reduce wait.
  • It’s better to avoid carpooling with people not living together 

 

TESTING & VACCINES – 

  • Required negative COVID19 PCR test within 7 days prior to arrival at camp (prefer within 3 days prior but results must be received prior to arrival)
  • Required negative COVID19 PCR nasal swab test done onsite upon arrival.                             
  • If anyone exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp, they will be isolated and tested.
  • Any tests done after arrival day that are positive, camper must be isolated immediately and sent home.  Cohort will most likely be sent home as well.
  • As of today, vaccines don’t have much effect on our state guidelines however anyone who is vaccinated will add another layer of protection for us all. We plan for all of our summer staff to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival at camp.