Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Summer Camp 2020
– An Overview –
Revised on June 25. Please stay tuned for updates.
Is it safe to send my camper to camp?
Miracle Camp is committed to abiding by the guidelines and recommendations put out by the American Camping Association (ACA) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control), and State of Michigan. These industry standards are serving as the guide for camps in Michigan and across the country as they consider how to best open up safely. Of course, we need everyone to make the best decision for themselves on whether or not it would be safe for them to attend camp. If your camper or someone in your household has a preexisting medical condition, or if you have any concerns about sending your child to camp, please consult a trusted medical professional before signing up. Because of COVID-19, Summer Camp for 2020 will look different. Thank you in advance for your understanding, patience and adherence to these guidelines.
What happens if a camper or staff member has a suspected, probable, or confirmed case of COVID-19?
In each of these cases, we will defer to the opinion and authority of local health officials. We will lean on them to help us determine the best course of action and will rely on their help to communicate with you as parents accordingly.
What if my camper gets a fever while they’re at camp? What about other COVID-19 symptoms?
If your child gets a fever over 100.4ºF, we will contact you immediately and ask that you come pick them up and take them home. Although a fever does not automatically mean that your child has COVID-19, we don’t want to take any chances. Other symptoms such as headaches, nausea, or vomiting will be monitored on a case by case basis by our health team. Kids exhibiting these symptoms may be isolated for a period for further monitoring, or allowed to return to the normal programming as long as they (along with the rest of their cabin) wear a mask.
Will my child need to wear a face mask the entire time they’re at camp?
No! We ask that every kid have a new one for each day just in case, but we are aiming to safely reduce the use of face masks as much as possible. The ACA and CDC recommend keeping campers in consistent “families” and “cohorts” throughout a camp session, and restrictions on these smaller, concentrated groups can be lessened. Campers in the same cabin or cohort (for example, all campers in Judson could be considered one cohort) will be scheduled for activities with one another. As we are allowed, we will play some games that involve two or more cohorts. For these games, campers will likely need to wear face masks.
How will the camp programming look different?
Some traditional parts of camp, such as free time, will look very different. As was mentioned above, programming in summer 2020 will take place by keeping campers in consistent cabins and cohorts. Activities will have to be a bit more structured so that we can rotate cohorts through all the activities with proper time to clean each area between uses. Don’t worry. We are confident that camp will still be very FUN!
What will chapels look like?
This summer we will prioritize the use of the outdoor chapel area (or other outdoor areas in the grass) so that all the core aspects of chapel can still happen in a safe, outdoor, ventilated area. Corporate worship, biblical teaching, and other camp programming will remain intact. In the case of bad weather, we are planning to have each cohort do their own worship and teaching time. Cohorts will be spaced out in four separate indoor locations around camp.
What do we need to do before we send our child to camp?
About two weeks before your child’s scheduled week of camp, we will email you a pre-screening health form that you can know how to monitor your child’s health prior to coming to camp. Before you drive up on Sunday, just sign the form acknowledging that your camper hasn’t exhibited a fever or any COVID-19 symptoms and you’ll be all set! If you have to answer yes to any of the symptom or contact questions, please call our camp office the Thursday before you are scheduled to attend so we can discuss with you the safest way for your child to attend camp.
Do we need to pack anything different?
We will require that all campers bring a supply of at least 7 cloth face masks. It would also be a good idea for each camper to bring a personal, refillable water bottle if possible. Other than that though, we simply ask that non-essentials remain as limited as possible.
Is camper drop-off still the same?
(Note: We are hopeful that as state and local restrictions are relaxed, these guidelines may change. We will notify you as soon as possible if this the case.)
For now, the CDC recommends that all vehicles be limited to one adult driver and any number of campers. We want to keep the drop-off process as efficient as possible, so your cooperation in saying a quick good-bye will be appreciated. We encourage you to either say goodbye inside your vehicle or right outside of it. A staff member will help your child move their luggage into the cabin. The Bankson Lodge Lobby will be a designated area for parents to use the restroom, make payments, or ask questions. Parents will not be allowed in any cabins or other camp buildings. In the event you do leave your vehicle to go to Bankson Lodge, wear a cloth face mask and practice physical distancing from others.
Can I still send my camper on a church bus?
Yes, if your church would still like coordinate bussing, we are more than happy to accommodate. Make sure you arrive to your church parking lot early though, because we are requiring all churches to conduct health screenings for each camper in the parking lot before they board the bus. Miracle Camp will provide all the necessary paperwork, but churches are responsible for finding volunteer health professionals from their congregation/community to conduct these screenings and sign off on them. Bus drivers will be screened as well, and they will be responsible for bringing the completed forms with them to camp.
Is camper pick-up still the same?
When you arrive on Saturday morning, a staff member at the camp entrance will direct you to the designated parking lot for your camper’s cabin. We ask that you remain in your vehicle until the final session is finished and campers are dismissed. Your camper will gather their luggage and come to your vehicle. The Bankson Lodge Lobby will be a designated area for parents to use the restroom, make payments, or ask questions. Parents will not be allowed in any cabins or other camp buildings. In the event you do leave your vehicle to go to Bankson Lodge, wear a cloth face mask and practice physical distancing from others. At this point, under the current restrictions, we are unfortunately not able to offer a closing ceremony for parents.
(Again, we are hopeful that as state and local restrictions are relaxed, these guidelines may change.)
How will meals work?
Instead of self-serve buffet lines, staff members will serve every camper as they come through the line in order to prevent the use of shared utensils. We are making other changes to increase safety as well: staff will serve campers at the drink stations, and shared condiment bottles will be replaced with self-serve packets.
Will camp still be any fun?
Yes! Blobbing, zipline, dodgeball, and archery—some of the best camp activities—are still going to happen. And even though we have to tweak how some things are done, traditional pieces of camp programming like ambush games and chapel sessions are still going to happen as well. Campers will all get to enjoy being outside, playing in the lake, exploring the woods, and making friends just like always. Who wouldn’t want that after two months of quarantine!?