Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Miracle Camp 2020
– An Overview –
Revised on September 2. Please stay tuned for updates.
Is it safe to come 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. In addition to these organizations, the Michigan LARA (Licensing and Regulatory Affairs) department has provided camps with a manual on how to operate in a compliant manner. 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. So while there is always going to be risk involved when gathering in groups, we are making it as safe as it can be.
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 you or someone in your household has a preexisting medical condition, or if you have any concerns about the risk involved with coming to camp, please consult a trusted medical professional before signing up. Additionally, if you are exhibiting any symptoms, have been in contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, or have recently been in an area with a high concentration of cases, you must stay home.
What happens if a guest 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 accordingly.
What if someone gets a fever while they’re at camp? What if they start developing other COVID-19 symptoms?
If anyone registers a fever over 100.4ºF, we will require that guest to leave for home as soon as possible. Although a fever does not automatically mean that someone 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. Guests exhibiting these symptoms may be asked to isolate for a period for further monitoring before returning to normal.
Will I need to wear a face mask the entire time I’m at camp?
No! We ask that every guest bring a supply of masks in order to 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. As long as you are able to be outside and socially distanced from others not in your cabin, you will not need to wear a mask. The primary times when masks will be required are for going through the meal line and walking through public indoor spaces such as Bankson Lobby.
The ACA and CDC recommend keeping guests in consistent “families” and “cohorts” throughout a camp session, and restrictions on these smaller, concentrated groups can be lessened. Guests in the same cabin or cohort (for example, all guests in Evergreen room 3 could be considered one cohort) will be scheduled for activities with one another and could all use the gym without wearing masks.
How will the camp programming look different?
Pretty much all of the same activities you know and love are able to remain. We just 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. But activities that are outdoors and spaced out will remain open in a come-and-go fashion (disc golf, yard games, beach area, hiking trails, campus golf, tetherball, sand volleyball, etc). So don’t worry. We are confident that camp will still be very FUN!
What will chapel sessions look like?
Each retreat will still feature corporate worship and teaching, but instead of meeting indoors, all sessions will be held by the lake at the outdoor chapel. As much as possible, we will keep everyone spaced out every other row.
In the case of inclement weather, chapel sessions may be hosted under large tents or potentially indoors (if the group size and room size would be able to comply with CDC guidelines). In the case of a large indoor gathering like this, guests may need to wear masks and some programming elements (such as corporate singing) may be altered or eliminated. It is possible that if a large indoor gathering would not comply with current CDC or state guidelines, guests may be directed to do small group Bible studies, discussions, and prayer times back in their own cabins.
What do I need to do differently before coming to camp?
Please just monitor your health and honestly make note of any COVID-like symptoms you are experiencing. If you have not been symptom free for 14 days prior to the start of your retreat, please stay home out of respect for the health and wellbeing of others.
Do we need to pack anything different?
Every guest needs to bring a face mask. We recommend bringing a clean one for each day you will be here (just in case). It is also a good idea for each person to bring a personal, refillable water bottle, as public drinking fountains will not be in use.