We Are Going To Be Together Again!
These last 13 months have been difficult. COVID-19 has thrust our country and the world into uncertainty, anxiety, and suspicion. Communities, families, and businesses have been faced with difficult decisions on how to handle the spread of the virus and how to best protect their families and customers. We have been faced with those same decisions as the Board of Directors. We have made these decisions based on the information presently available to us..
We have sought input from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), The American Camping Association, and the local Davie County Department of Health. The following recommendations may change without notice as new information becomes readily available. We hope you will support our decisions and make the best possible effort to follow the directions we submit to you.
CBC will operate for 7 weeks on a regular schedule this summer.
Based on that decision, the following describes a variety of recommendations to mitigate the spread of the virus while continuing to enjoy our time together having fun, making friends, and strengthening our faith.
Screening & Prevention
Pre-screening and Preparation
Campers and staff planning to attend Carolina Bible Camp must ensure they are, and remain, “low risk” for contracting COVID-19 by monitoring their health and restricting their travel in the 14 day-period before arriving at camp. Any one of the following symptoms, conditions, or actions may be disqualifiers for attending camp this year:
- Traveled internationally or nationally to a COVID-19 “Hotspot”
- Been in contact with a person that has been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19
- Have a high-risk health condition
- Exhibit any of the following symptoms related to COVID-19:
Fever of 100.4F or above, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose.
Adult staff and parents of campers or minor Staff will be asked to sign a form:
- Affirming their efforts to restrict travel in the 14-day period preceding your arrival at CBC,
- Affirming their health condition has met and currently meets the conditions listed above
- Acknowledging and accepting the risk that campers and staff may contract, COVID-19,despite all safety precautions and mitigation efforts being made by CBC,
- Agreeing to immediately remove themselves (in the case of adult staff members) or their child (minor staff or camper) if they contract any of the symptoms of COVID-19 and are instructed to leave by the nurse or camp Director.
Parents are encouraged to:
- Drive their own child or children to camp rather than send them with someone else or on a church bus. In the event any one person in a vehicle is rejected because of suspected COVID-19 infection — everyone in the vehicle will be required to leave.
- Pack your child’s belongings in a plastic bag or tote, especially their toiletries. Encourage your child to not share items with anyone else.
- Pack a personal water bottle with their name on it so they can stay hydrated. Encourage them to not share and to clean the bottle with hot water at night.
- Check in time is on Sunday from 1 to 4:30 pm and again at 6:30pm. PLEASE make sure you come during these times.
- Please send multiple cloth masks with your child. Standard surgical masks will be available if needed.
Volunteer Staff are encouraged:
- To take precautions at home for the 14-day period preceding camp to mitigate exposure to the virus. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERY STAFF MEMBER and campers TO GET THE VACCINE BEFORE ATTENDING CAMP. OUR CAMPERS AND THEIR FAMILIES NEED TO FEEL SAFE
- Plan your travel to camp so that you can submit to our screening process before entering camp. Check in time on Saturday is for staff and dependents only. It will be from 2 to 7:00. PLEASE DO NOT COME AT ANY OTHER TIME UNLESS YOU MAKE ARRANGEMENTS IN ADVANCE OR OUR SCREENING PROCESS WILL BE BROKEN.
- Do not plan to leave the campus once you have arrived and passed the enhanced health screening. Trips to town will only hurt our efforts to keep the impact of the COVID-19 virus at bay while at camp.
- Take an active leadership role in practicing and enforcing the guidelines we establish to keep everyone safe. Your comments should be supportive of our efforts in front of campers.
Be prepared to adjust “on the fly” as we go through the session. What we think will work may need to be adjusted. Please have a good attitude and help us project a positive and encouraging environment for our campers. Phil. 4:14
Initial Health Screening Upon Arrival at CBC
Every individual (staff, campers, and accompanying parents/guardians, siblings, family members, friends, drivers, etc.) will be screened immediately upon arrival and will not be allowed in the cabin area if not screened.
- Temperatures will be taken with a no touch thermometer
- A health questionnaire consisting of the symptoms and conditions will be verbally administered and answers recorded.
If any disqualifying symptoms, conditions or actions are detected, no one traveling in the same vehicle will be allowed to stay, i.e.:
- Anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or answers any question positively will be asked to leave campus.
- If a camper has traveled with a person with symptoms, the camper will not be able to attend camp.
Each successfully screened camper, parent, and staff member will have a red wristband for identification and may proceed to the next step in registration and then to the cabin area. Parents are asked to leave as soon as possible.
All campers and staff will be screened at the beginning of each day and in the evening in their cabins by their counselors. The temperature will be recorded. If someone has a temperature of 100.4F they will be asked to wait for 15 minutes and test again. If it is still elevated they will go to the nurse.
- Persons with a fever of 100.4F or higher will be observed to see if they have any other symptoms. If they do, the parents will be called and asked if we can perform a COVID-19 Rapid test. If they do not want us to perform a test we will ask the camper(s) to be picked up as soon as possible. The test will be performed on campus or a local clinic. The results, if positive, will give us information to begin further mitigation efforts on campus.. In the event of multiple symptoms, the camper will be sent home.
- If they do not exhibit any additional symptoms, they will be treated for fever as normally done and held in isolation for up to 2 hours. If the fever persists they will be sent home. The nurse may give this camper a test with the permission of the parents but a camper with a persistent fever should be sent home.
A strict “NO VISITORS” policy will be in effect and enforced. Anyone coming on campus unannounced will be asked to leave immediately. In the event that parents must come to pick up their child early, they must wait at the lodge until staff brings their child and luggage to them.
Parents will not be permitted to go to their child’s cabin or any other place on campus unless prior permission is granted and arrangements for a screening are made. In this case, the parent will be given a red wristband to be worn while on campus indicating they have been screened.
Trips to Town
Trips into town by staff will not be allowed. If items need to be purchased in town, a list can be given to the weekly Director or caretaker who will make the purchase. No food, snacks or non- essential items will be purchased.
Vendors and Delivery Personnel
As much as possible, regular vendors will schedule delivery times with the Camp Executive Director to avoid coming near campers and staff. CBC will request that the same driver comes every time. All delivery personnel must wear masks and gloves while making deliveries and must be in the presence of a staff member at all times.
Communicable Disease Response Plan Summary
- If a camper or Staff member is suspected of having COVID-19 or other communicable diseases based on a temperature check and symptom observation, the camp nurse will isolate the patient and take appropriate precautions as they evaluate and treat his/her symptoms.
- Parents will be notified of a camper with a fever and permission to administer a
- COVID-19 Rapid test will be obtained.
- Campers with a positive COVID-19-test or suspected COVID 19 diagnosis will be isolated until the parents pick them up.
- Campers with a fever of 100.4F or more will be treated for up to 2 hours before parents are asked to come and pick them up.
- Basic contact tracing will be performed and those who have been in close contact will be observed closely. Parents of these campers will be notified.
- Signage will be visible in conspicuous locations around campus to remind people to wash hands and practice social distancing where appropriate.
- The canteen and the dining hall will have distance marked where to stand in line, etc.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will also be available in areas where hand washing is inconvenient.
- Counselors and other staff will require campers to wash their hands each time they enter or leave the cabin, as well as throughout the day on a frequent basis.
- All dispensers will be checked and kept full of sanitizer.
- Facilities will be disinfected each day with an approved COVID-19 disinfectant.
- All kitchen staff will be screened each day and will be required to wear masks when preparing and serving food.
- Aprons and gloves are to be used when appropriate in the preparation and serving of food.
- Food, drinks, and condiments will be served by staff from behind a protective, plexiglass barrier.
- The kitchen will be disinfected frequently and the dining hall as well after every meal.
- Disposable plates, cups,and utensils will be used.
- Dining hall seating capacity will be limited and other areas for eating will be utilized. This will be done to accomplish social distancing as much as possible.
- A large tent will be erected in the front of the dining hall to seat additional campers. A speaker will be set up in the tent so all can hear announcements and instructions.
- Weekly directors will choose how to make the choice of who eats where.
- Counselors will be required to eat with the campers.
- Servers will get seconds and clean utensils and other appropriate things to keep campers seated.
- After each meal, tables and chairs will be cleaned as well as the bathrooms.
The nursing staff will carefully monitor the health of each person on campus, conducting temperature and symptom checks, and treating any ailments. Anyone suspected of having COVID-19 will be isolated and treated appropriately. Parents will be called immediately and decide a further course of treatment including given a COVID-19 rapid test. Any staff member or camper who contracts a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 will be sent home.
Nursing staff will use appropriate protective equipment and will clean and sanitize the clinic and equipment as often as required to mitigate the possibility of spreading the virus.
Cleaning and Disinfecting for Protection
Frequent handwashing will be emphasized for all campers and staff. Staff will ensure this happens at these times.
- Before meals
- After bathroom use
- Upon entering and exiting cabins
- After contact with anyone that is sick
- After using common equipment like balls
- After coughing, sneezing, and nose blowing
Hand sanitizer will be available in dispensers in common areas such as the dining hall, canteen, and other program areas. Instruction on handwashing will be provided at the beginning of each week.
Social distancing will be difficult at times. But we will ask campers not to be in other camper’s personal space. We will do our best to maintain social distancing and limit capacity in the shelter during chapel. We will ask campers to wear masks in the chapel when singing. Face masks will not be required outdoors.
Cabins will be cleaned with disinfectant each morning. Special attention will be given to areas where an infected camper (if any) slept or ate meals. Campers will be asked to sleep in their bunks head to toe (facing opposite ways). The air conditioner fan will be left on at all times.Additional means of increased ventilation are being explored. Campers will be asked to wear their masks when in the common area of the cabins.
In this unusually difficult time, CBC will maintain frequent communication and transparency with parents and staff. Staff will be expected to guide campers through these protocols by encouraging and leading by example. We want to minimize anxiety among campers as much as possible while remaining open and honest. All staff will be trained in all pertinent procedures for preventing disease transmission and cleaning. They will be instructed in which parts of the process are their responsibility. Counseling staff will be trained in how to introduce these new routines to their campers effectively and how to uphold standards while maintaining a positive camp environment.