Trees

COVID-19

What are we doing to minimize COVID-19 risks?

We implemented procedures to help kids naturally distance. In summer 2020, we operated with only 50 campers per week.  Summer 2021 planning is underway. Since we had to run at a lower capacity in summer 2020, please register as soon as possible for summer 2021 camp experiences.  The camper cut off will be determined by registration date.  There is no risk to register.  If camp is not able to open we offer a full refund.

We are asking any guests, campers, and staff that are experiencing health problems or that have been in contact with any on known to be infected or ill to please stay home.

We worked diligently to operate within the guidelines set by the State of Michigan, CDC, and MDHHS.

  • If anyone is high risk or more vulnerable to sickness, please stay home this season.

  • Cleaning living areas and facilities daily.

  • Operating in smaller groups (cabin groups or divisions).

  • Washing hands and sanitizing multiple times daily.

  • Treating high touch surfaces treated with antimicrobials.

  • Socially distanced dining through family style meals with six feet between tables. 

  • Keeping cabin groups together for activities and events to reduce contact with other cabin groups.

Facilities


Our facilities always have ample air flow since our "air conditioning" is only screens and fresh air, a best practice for health safety. All cabins have screens and are designed to keep air moving, helping to keep living quarters as germ free as possible.  Campers clean their areas daily, and their heads are 6 feet apart from one another while sleeping.  Cabins are disinfected with approved sanitizers between camps.

While going through the pages and pages of recommendations, it was wonderfully comforting to see that we already exceeded many of the best practices suggested by the experts.  Our camp functions in small groups.  This will help camp feel like camp without having to make drastic changes.

 

Health

  • We have a healthcare professional at camp.

  • We screen the campers upon arrival.

  • Campers must be free of exposure to known infected people within two weeks of camp.

  • If a camper has had a fever of 100.4 or higher within two prior weeks of camp, they may not attend camp.

  • If a camper has a fever over 100 degrees at camp they will be isolated from the group in a room in the Health Center and will wait to be picked up by their approved pickup person as soon as possible.

  • There is a tent and table(s) outside the Health Center for the campers to get medications, keeping campers and staff outdoors. 

  • Temperature checks are performed upon arrival and daily.

 

 

Food Service

  • Our dining room keeps tables 6 feet apart to allow cabin groups to distance together as family units.

  • Staff serve food to campers to prevent contamination from shared serving utensils. 

  • Everyone sits at the same place at their table for each meal.

  • Two staff will be assigned to each table to keep meals moving. One will serve, and the other will clean up.

Activities


All activities will be offered to specific divisions.  Most activities are run with social distancing practices already (e.g., it would be unnatural to canoe closer than 6 feet from the other person).  Division groups allow campers to travel to and from activities more naturally.  Moving about as family groups will help camp 'feel like camp' and also offer an extra layer of protection to campers and staff.