FAQs (regarding summer camp and COVID-19)


Before Camp Begins:

This means your camper will limit exposure to non-family members, maintain physical/social distance, wear a mask around any non-family members, avoid all large gatherings, avoid all non-essential travel, and conduct a self-administered temperature and symptom screening for 10 days prior to arrival at camp.

Unfortunately, we don’t foresee this requirement going away. While it may seem difficult or unnecessary, a camper unknowingly bringing COVID-19 into camp could have a dangerous ripple effect through our entire summer of ministry. Cabin groups and counselors will live in close proximity all week, and we feel a need to protect each of those campers, our staff, and campers the following weeks. When you register, please plan on this 10-day quarantine for your camper prior to their time at camp. If something changes and it no longer works for your family’s schedule, we’ll gladly refund you, minus the $25 processing fee.

Yes, if a camper must be in school or at any other large event with other people less than ten days prior to the start of camp, we’d ask that you opt out of coming that week. We recognize that this is a challenge, but could have a ripple effect on our entire summer of ministry, and other campers and their families during and beyond that week of camp.

Every camper (even siblings), must have their own form at check-in. If you show up for check-in without the form, you’ll be asked to obtain (in-person, or via email or fax) the form before your camper can be checked in.


Life at Camp:

Campers will sleep in cabins or yurts, in capacities and sleeping distances that align with best practices established for camps by the CDC. We’ll house a maximum of 7-8 campers per space, along with one counselor. Sleeping direction will be dictated by counselors to have campers’ heads alternated to maximize distance between heads while sleeping. Cabin or yurt windows will be kept open whenever weather allows to provide as much ventilation as possible. Wherever possible, each cabin group will have one assigned bathroom. Where that isn't possible, each cabin group will have a designated toilet, shower, and sink within a shared bathroom (shared between no more than 2 cabin groups). 

Each cabin or yurt group will consist of a maximum of 7-8 campers and one counselor. On the Island, the whole community (4 yurt groups, two male and two female) will be one pod. On the Mainland, camper pods will be mixed gender, likely with 2-3 cabin groups of each gender (5 cabins per pod). These pods will engage in free time activities together, eat meals in the same space (typically under a large outdoor tent, but we’ll use an indoor space in severe weather), be seated in the same tent during chapel times, and play outdoor games together. They’ll be limited to outdoor or masked interactions (with the exception of possible mealtimes). Campers and counselors will not be required to wear masks within their own cabin or yurt.

Yes - We ask that campers bring two face masks per day, and they’ll be changed daily or whenever they become wet or dirty. Campers will not be required to wear face masks in their own cabins or cabin groups. Campers and staff will utilize masks primarily when interacting with campers or staff outside of their own cabin group, (which will also take place mostly outdoors and with distance).

Yes, campfires and chapel worship times will include singing, and those activities will take place outdoors, in pods, and with masks.

We certainly won't spend the whole time talking about the pandemic, but we recognize the impact of this past year on our campers' mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health, and recognize the importance of debriefing and addressing that. Our hope is that camp can be a safe place to help campers deal with the impacts of the pandemic.

Yes, the canteen will be available for Mainland campers this summer, in some form. Canteen snack variety may be more limited this summer, but the canteen snack shop will still exist as an outdoor cart or stand. The canteen won't be available at check-in or check-out. We're working on a system for how to sell CPBC merchandise and clothing this summer.

Unfortunately, no. This is one small change that could help mitigate outside exposure to the week of camp. If you wish to send a package for your camper, feel free to leave it with them when you drop them off.

Unfortunately, no. As a means of reducing risk of exposure while traveling in public areas, illness while away from medical staff, and logistical complexity, we have made the difficult decision to not run wilderness trips during summer 2021. We hope to resume this important area of our programming for summer 2022.

Yes, but campers will eat only in their designated, outdoor area with their pod, seated at tables within their cabin group.

No. Campers will be served by our staff, who will be wearing masks and gloves. We will have fresh fruits, vegetables, and salads, but the salad bar will not be in use.

Families will be asked to limit interactions with other family pods to the outdoors while maintaining a 6' distance or wearing masks. If multiple families choose to come to family camp together as a "pod," they may share a cabin and interact as if they are in the same family. Otherwise, we’ll have an assigned table for each family for meals, and your own lodging with your own restroom. Programming will entail less mixing of families and less hands-on staffing, but there will be many DIY options available for your family to enjoy. For other ways Family Camp will be different this summer, visit www.cpbc.com/summer/family-camp.


Transportation:

We suggest working within your local church to arrange transportation solutions. If unable to find a workable solution, we encourage you to contact us directly.

This is up to you as a parent/guardian. If you wish to travel together, that is your decision. Designate who you want your camper released to at the end of the week, and they may pick up your camper.


Check-In Procedures:

Unfortunately we cannot promise that you’ll meet your child’s counselor - Counselors will likely be supervising their cabin group, and won’t be able to meet you. However, we will let you know who your camper’s counselor is, and you may read about them in our staff bio booklet handed out at check-in. 

This is one of our methods of reducing the risk of COVID-19 entering or spreading at Covenant Point. By reducing the number of people onsite, we’re helping mitigate risk for all our campers and staff. Thank you for your partnership in this.

Yes, please. We ask that you do wear a mask during check-in, even in your vehicle. Covenant Point staff interacting with you during check-in will be wearing masks as well. 

The Canteen will not be open to parents during drop off or pickup, but will be open during the week for campers.

Campers will spend time in their cabins with a Covenant Point staff member, getting settled in, meeting new cabinmates, and playing games.


Check-Out Procedures:

In order to accommodate parent travel needs, we have adjusted our pick-up time to 1pm, and will include lunch for campers prior to pick-up. 

Yes, if you hope to pickup early please let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements to have your camper ready at the appropriate time. We cannot accommodate requests for a late pickup.

Yes. Designate who you want your camper released to, and they may pick up your camper.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate layover weekend campers this summer. Your camper will need to be picked up, and then dropped off again the following week.

No, unfortunately if a camper needs to leave at any point, they will not be permitted to return to camp.


Coronavirus Response:

No, one case - suspected or confirmed - is not likely to close camp for everyone. We will contact the camper’s parent(s) or guardian(s) to notify them and get consent to test. One of our trained staff will take the camper to be tested locally, and the camper will be quarantined (and cabin isolated - but provided with ongoing camp activities in a safe manner) until we receive test results. If the case is confirmed, we will work with our local health department and proceed according to our predetermined plans for outbreak prevention.

Yes, if there is a suspected case, the individual camper’s family will be notified.

Yes. Once we have communicated with 1) the camper’s parents, and 2) the parents of all other campers in that cabin, we will then notify all camper families via email.

If you are the camper’s designated parent/guardian, you may make arrangements with our office to pick up your camper at any time. If a camper leaves camp, they will not be permitted to return that week to resume their session.

We have a trained response team ready to respond and follow our emergency action plan, in close coordination with our local health department. Quick and thorough communication with camper families is a key component of that plan.

The Dickinson-Iron County Health Department has seen and approved of our plans for operation. Additionally, we are closely following the state of Michigan’s comprehensive guidelines for camp operations during COVID-19.

Yes. We have reduced overall capacity in order to provide adequate space and support services/staff should multiple campers and/or staff require a space to quarantine.

We have the accommodations and staff to quarantine your camper should they have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. If the case is suspected, with parental consent we will have them tested at a local health provider. If, after testing, the case is confirmed, we will contact you to make transportation plans. You will need to be able to pick up your camper within 36 hours of diagnosis.

If your camper is not directly involved in the situation, our standard contact policy will still apply - letters and emails are highly encouraged while phone communication is not ordinarily allowed.


Staff Preparations:

Yes. Our first week of summer staff training will be conducted remotely, and will involve a 7-day self-isolation. Our second week of staff training will be in-person, but camp will have no guest besides our staff that week.

We are adding training that covers new policies and procedures relative to COVID-19. Additionally, staff will receive training in proper mitigation techniques, and symptom identification.

In addition to our usual week-to-week volunteer health officer, we will have one professional health officer onsite all summer to lead this area of our operation. 


Preparing for Camp:

Prepare for a 10-day self-isolation and temperature/symptom self-screening for your camper. This means that your camper will limit exposure to non-family members, maintain physical/social distance, wear a mask around any non-family members, avoid all large gatherings, and avoid all non-essential travel. Our Pre-Screening form will be mailed to you in late May. We will also make it available for download on our website.

We recommend reading through these FAQs with your camper, so they are familiar with what to expect.

We recommend extra face coverings (2 per day), a Nalgene water bottle (or other durable water bottle that can be filled), as water fountains will not be in use, and plenty of sunscreen, as we’ll be outdoors more often.


Other Questions:

If you have other unanswered questions, feel free to email dustin@cpbc.com and we’ll answer you and add the question to the FAQ page if it could help others. Thanks!