SUMMER 2021 COVID-19 MITIGATION POLICIES & PROCEDURES

DEAR CAMPER FAMILIES,

We’re grateful for the chance to partner with your family to provide faith forming summer camp experiences and we look forward to your being a part of our summer programs in 2021. Your trust in us is a gift that we never take for granted. Keeping our campers and staff safe is at the heart of all we do.

So as we prepare to open Grow Day Camps locations next summer, we’d like to share with you the ways we’ve adapted our practices, before and during camp, to mitigate the risk of spreading Covid-19 (see below). In addition, as a ministry collaboration with local churches, we will also fully incorporate the specific mitigation policies and procedures of each of our partner churches. In the months leading up to Summer 2021, please know we will continue to monitor developments in the knowledge, tools, and governmental restrictions related to the pandemic and that the following policies and procedures will be subject to change accordingly.

 

PRIOR TO ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN

Below are some of the adaptations to expect prior to arrival and during check-in:

• Campers with pre-existing conditions for complications with Covid-19 as defined by the CDC are strongly discouraged from attending camp.

• No one may attend camp if they (or a member of their household) display symptoms of, test positive for, or have been knowingly exposed to Covid-19 within 14 days without first receiving a negative test result according to CDC guidelines. Camp fees in these cases will be refundable per our refund policies for illness.

• A negative test result may be required for all campers prior to check-in

• Check-in/out will be drive-through and contactless, and parents will be required to remain in the car during both check in and check out times.

• Camper temperatures will be taken at arrival each morning. Any camper who registers a high temperature of 100.2° or higher at check-in must have a normal temperature for 24 hours and receive a negative Covid-19 test before they may attend camp.

 

DURING CAMP SESSION

During the camp week a number of proactive mitigation measures and operational changes will be implemented, including the following:

• We will use our living groups as “cohorts” to limit the breadth of possible spread of the virus during the camp week. In addition, we have reduced capacity at each Grow site to ensure smaller living group (cohort) size.

• Should a camper present symptoms of Covid-19 at camp, that camper as well as all within their living group may be isolated and sent home.

• Our refund policy does not allow for a refund in the case of an illness after the camp session has begun.

• Typical group activities may be significantly altered and/or eliminated in order to maintain our mitigation model.

• Activities possibly affected include, but are not limited to chapel times, meal times, closing celebration, etc.

• Campers and staff must wear cloth face coverings when in common spaces that are shared by others using the church property (ex: restroom trips, walking through the church during meal times, etc). The majority of all camp activities occur outdoors which provides ample air flow and space for distancing.

 

AFTER CAMP & GENERAL NOTES

• All families agree to notify us of any Covid-positive diagnosis of their camper or immediate family member in the 10 days following their camp experience so that we can notify our other campers families.

• Our normal Cancellation Policy (see FAQs Page), will apply to Covid-19 cases as well. Please note that if Grow Day Camps is unable–for any reason–to offer the camp session for which your camper is registered, we will offer a full refund.

• Lastly, please note that the pictures and videos found on this site were taken during or before Summer 2019 and therefore may or may not reflect our adapted practices and policies listed on this page.

We believe that the combination of all these mitigation efforts, plus others we’ll implement behind the scenes, combined with continued increasing societal awareness and responsibility, and lower positivity rates for the disease in Georgia, will allow us to operate camp this summer. We fully expect to return to camp in Summer 2021.

 

We’re sharing a lot of information here. If any of it is unclear, or if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ian@ngcrm.org or (706) 864-6181 and/or check our updated FAQs Page.

Thank you for being a part of the North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries family, especially during this challenging time. We look forward to a wonderful, and safe, Summer 2021!

Sincerely,

C. Russell Davis
Executive Director
North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries

 

  • Originally Posted: February 1, 2021
  • Last Updated: March 18, 2021
  • Open Letter Update:A Challenging Year, A Confident Outlook” – a general update on Summer 2021 from our director sent via email on March 18, 2021.
  • Additional Notes: We are in the process of updating the text across the pages on this website to match the above policies. If any program descriptions or policies appear in conflict with what is listed above, please know that this page contains the most up-to-date information. Additionally, please also note that the pictures and videos found on this site were taken during or before Summer 2019 and therefore may or may not reflect the adapted practices and policies listed above.