Lutherhill values the health and safety of our campers and staff. We train our staff to consistently ask two questions, 1.) Is it safe? 2.) Is it for the camper? This has been true for Lutherhill since 1954 and still today. As we rebuild our summer plans for 2020, we have taken intentional measures to safeguard our campers and staff in response to COVID-19.
Over the past several weeks, Lutherhill’s staff and Board of Directors have spent countless hours consulting the advice of medical professionals, public health officials, camp experts, camper parents and ministry leaders determining the best way to safely operate camp this summer. Our enhanced procedures are based on state regulations, American Camp Association recommendations and CDC best practices.
Here is our plan to safeguard campers this summer:
CAMPER & STAFF SCREENING
All campers and staff will complete a 14-day pre-screening which includes logging daily temperatures and documenting symptoms typical to COVID-19. This helps assess previous exposure to COVID-19 and prevents the potential spread while at camp. On camper drop-off days, everyone who exits their vehicle, not just campers, will be asked COVID-19 related health screen questions and will be temperature-checked. Campers and staff will be temperature checked every day of camp. All full-time staff will be screened daily before entering camp. If any staff or camper is found to have fever and a corresponding COVID-19 symptom, we will quarantine the individual in a comfortable, isolated location while awaiting parent pick up.
As we continue to learn more on a daily basis, we are updating drop-off and pick-up procedures to protect campers, staff and parents. We’re using the latest state regulations, American Camp Association recommendations and CDC best practices. For the health and safety of our camp community, all people that exit their vehicle will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. We will have two options for drop off:
OPTION 1: EXPRESS DROP-OFF
New this year! This option limits exposure for the camp community and gets you on your way even more quickly!
With this option:
– Your camper will be temperature and symptom checked.
– After successfully passing the screen, your camper exits the car.
– Your camper is guided through the registration process by our staff (don’t forget to bring forms and meds).
– Your camper grabs a swimsuit and towel from their luggage.
– Our staff will unload your camper’s luggage.
– You say your sweet goodbyes from the window and head home.
– Our staff takes your happy camper and their luggage to the cabin.
OPTION 2: ACCOMPANIED DROP-OFF
We know camp drop-off is special, and you might be tempted to gather the grandparents, siblings, and neighbors to come along. This year we ask that you limit drop-off to one adult per camper.
With this option:
– You and your camper will be temperature and symptom checked.
– After successfully passing the screen, you and your camper may exit the car to complete the registration process (don’t forget to bring forms and meds!).
– Your camper grabs a swimsuit and towel from their luggage, then places their luggage in the drop-zone.
– Our staff will deliver luggage to the cabin.
– You may walk your happy camper to their cabin and say your sweet goodbyes on the cabin porch.
To minimize risk and exposure, Closing Worship is not open to visitors this summer. The Best.Week.Ever. concludes at 3:00p.
– Our staff will guide you to your camper pick-up location.
– Your camper will be packed and ready for you!
– You stay in the car while our staff helps to load their luggage.
– You get to hear all about the BEST.WEEK.EVER. the whole ride home!
HEALTH CARE EACH WEEK
Each summer, Lutherhill partners with a Camp Physician to oversee all our health care practices, provide phone consultation and be available for office visits. In addition, we have a volunteer medical profession (RN, LVN, EMT or MD) each week that partners with our Health Care Coordinator (trained summer staff). This health care team works together to keep our campers healthy, safe and happy all week long.
For this summer, we have enhanced health care protocol in response to COVID-19. If any staff or camper is found to have fever and a corresponding COVID-19 symptom, we will quarantine the individual in a comfortable, isolated location while awaiting parent pick up.
COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
COVID-19 spreads most easily when large groups of people are in close proximity. Public health officials offer physical distancing as a simple way to deter the spread. Campers will be able to be in close proximity to all their cabin mates. We will encourage campers to keep physical distance of 6 feet or more from other cabin groups. Face coverings will be helpful when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. For this summer, large group gatherings will be limited. Some of our typical indoor gatherings like worship and community meals will be held outside instead to give more space for physical distancing.
COVID-19 spreads in close proximity, when aerosol, saliva or nasal discharge are exchanged. Simply covering the nose and mouth help to deter the spread. Campers and staff are asked to have face coverings with them at all times. Lutherhill will provide simple face coverings that can easily be pulled over the nose and mouth when in close, sustained contact with people other than their cabin mates.
HANDWASHING & SANITIZING
Hand cleanliness is the number one way to help slow the spread of communicable diseases. All gathering spaces, cabins, and meal areas have handwashing stations and hand sanitizer easily accessible. Our staff will model best practices with hand cleanliness and encourage campers to do the same. Like most things at camp, we’ll make it fun! Happy Campers will joyfully wash their hands!
Campers will still be part of keeping gathering spaces and housing units clean for the camp community. Beyond this co-operative camper cleaning, we’ve added extra steps to ensure camp is clean and sanitized this summer. Our cleaning staff will clean frequently used areas with CDC approved chemicals daily; this includes cabin and gathering area bathrooms, door handles and switches. Common areas like the canteen and dining hall will be cleaned between each cabin group. You can read more about cleaning for activity areas below.
As of now, we have plans in place to safely operate all of our camp activities. Our enhanced cleaning procedures outline the ways our staff will clean and sanitize frequently touched, the challenge course as well as sports, playground, archery and aquatic equipment. Craft supplies will be dispensed individually and reusable items will be cleaned and sanitized between cabin groups.