COVID-19 Latest Protocols and Precautions

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General Precaution/Protocol Practices

As we continue to look at a variety of options for our precautions this summer, there are a few things we know we are going to be doing:

In all activities we will require at least 2 out of these 3 standards:

  • Can it be outside?

  • Can it be done with 6 ft distancing?

  • Do we need a face covering?

In addition to this core ethic, we will be keeping our cabin groups together as much as possible to limit exposure risks and when we do have larger group activities or interactions, we will have additional precautions to keep those moments safe. We will be eating outside at picnic tables for the majority of meals. We will have greater space at our campfire worship settings so we can still enjoy that special time together without compromising safety.

As a parent, I know the balance that we all are trying to find between the need for social interaction and keeping our kids safe. It’s been an exhausting year as we navigate each situation as parents. I know camp is another one of those decisions and I want all our camper families to know they can reach out to us with questions or concerns at any time.

From the start of registration, we will be sending updates and holding voluntary Zoom meetings on a regular basis as we navigate these decisions together. If you would like to reach out with questions or concerns prior to registering, please email us at camping@wisconsinumc.org and we will forward the email to the appropriate site and staff to get answers and start those conversations to offer as much clarity as we can.

Pine Lake Camp Specific Precautions/Protocols

In addition to the general precautions/protocols, here are areas that Pine Lake has made decisions and/or will be exploring changes in the coming months:

  • General Program Changes
    • Cabin groups (cohorts) will be utilized to create smaller pods to keep the risk of virus transmission at a minimum.
    • Large group activities, games, and worship times will be designed to keep these cabin groups at a greater distance while still allowing the sense of a larger camp community.
    • We are developing a drive-thru check-in/check-out system that will help minimize families standing in lines and also streamline our processes.
    • Our family programs at the end of the week may rely on a recorded video to be shared at the end of the week (favorite camp songs, campers sharing their experiences, etc.) rather than gathering in the dining hall.
    • We are working on a comprehensive “Parents Guide” that will be reviewed by a medical professional. We will be providing a link to this tool soon.
    • We will be holding regular voluntary Zoom meetings for campers and their families to inform and take questions about what summer will look like at camp. We also look forward to introducing our staff and the camp space to new campers and returning campers alike!
  • Food Service Changes
    • As weather permits, meals will be served outside at picnic tables between the dining hall and the lake.
    • We are still working on how the meals will be served and what the best method will be to limit contact of serving utensils, dishes, etc.
  • Cleaning/Sanitizing
    • Additional protocols will be in place to wipe down frequent use spaces.
    • Handwashing stations and hand sanitizing stations will be readily available around camp and use will be required by all campers and staff at set intervals in the schedule.
  • Wild Program
    • Thankfully most of this program is already outdoors, allowing it to be relatively safe.
    • Backpacking programs will be in the Birch cabins instead of tents this year. This will require additional hiking, but we believe gives us better outcomes for airflow during sleeping hours.
  • Create Program
    • Art projects will continue to emphasize outdoor activity.
  • Circuit Program
    • We have put a pause on this program for 2021 as the majority of this program relies on indoor spaces. We still believe this is a great program and are eager for its return in the future. If you need help deciding on an alternative for your camper, please contact Nick at ncoenen@wisconsinumc.org.
  • Imagine Program
    • No major changes. Imagination can happen even easier outside than indoors in most cases. 
  • Family Camps
    • Housed in the Rader Retreat Center, each family will have their own room(s) which gives them separation from others. When engaged with other families, masks and distancing will be adapted to activities as needed.
  • PLAYA & Oasis Camps
    • We have reduced the capacities of these camps to allow single room occupancy in the Rader Retreat Center.
    • We will encourage more outdoor activity with benches outside for seated activities and Bible study.
    • We have modified our eligibility for campers to protect both our campers and staff. Please see these modified eligibility requirements by clicking here.

Lake Lucerne Specific Precautions/Protocols

In addition to the general precautions/protocols, here are areas that Lake Lucerne has made decisions and/or will be exploring changes in the coming months:

General Program Changes

  • Cabin groups (cohorts) will be utilized to create smaller pods to keep the risk of virus transmission at a minimum.
  • Large group activities, games, and worship times will be designed to keep these cabin groups at a greater distance while still allowing the sense of a larger camp community.
  • We are developing a drive-thru check-in/check-out system that will help minimize families standing in lines and also streamline our processes.
  • Our family programs at the end of the week may rely on a recorded video to be shared at the end of the week (favorite camp songs, campers sharing their experiences, etc.) rather than gathering in the dining hall.
  • We are working on a comprehensive “Parents Guide” that will be reviewed by a medical professional. We will be providing a link to this tool soon.
  • We will be holding regular voluntary Zoom meetings for campers and their families to inform and take questions about what summer will look like at camp. We also look forward to introducing our staff and the camp space to new campers and returning campers alike!

Food Service Changes

  • As weather permits, meals will be served outside at the pavilion.
  • We are still working on how the meals will be served and what the best method will be to limit contact of serving utensils, dishes, etc.

Cleaning/Sanitizing

  • Additional protocols will be in place to wipe down frequent use spaces.
  • Handwashing stations and hand sanitizing stations will be readily available around camp and use will be required by all campers and staff at set intervals in the schedule.

Family Camps

  • Housed in the Ridgewood Cabins each family will have their own room(s) which gives them separation from others. When engaged with other families, masks and distancing will be adapted to activities as needed.