God has been incredibly good to Camp Good News during these tough times and as the camp season approaches, we thank God for his blessings. He has kept us safe and continually provides for each of our needs. In light of that and the fact that North Carolina has reached phase 2 of reopening, we are still planning on having camp this summer! However, out of an abundance of caution and a desire to keep everything as safe as possible, we will be transitioning to day camps only this year with no overnight camp.
Why We Made This Decision:
This decision was not made lightly and there was a lot of prayer and discussion that went into it. While North Carolina should be in phase 3 when camp gets here, we still want to do our best to protect everyone involved with Camp Good News. Day camps allow us to best follow social distancing and keep the campers outdoors as much as possible. We recognize that this means some of you will not be able to come to camp this year and for that we are very sorry. There is good news though! For next year only we will be allowing 17 year olds to come to camp so if this was going to be your last year, you are invited to come back next year!
If You are Unable to Attend Camp This Year:
Please let us know by emailing the camp at email@example.com or calling us at 828-628-7954. This way we will have an accurate number of how many campers to expect for purchase of food and supplies.
If You are Still Planning on Coming to Camp This Year:
We are so excited to see you! We are still planning an awesome summer full of fun and learning more about our savior! There are several steps that the camp is taking to ensure everyone stays safe, as well as some steps you can take to help. Below is some information for the summer as well as some FAQ.
Day Camp Schedule:
Camp will begin on Monday morning this year instead of Sunday at 4. The weeks remain the same, therefore the updated dates are as follows:
· Boys 13-16: June 29 – July 3
· Boys 10-12: July 6 – 10
· Boys 7-9: July 13 – 17
· Girls 13-16: July 20-24
· Girls 10-12: July 27-31
· Girls 7-9: August 3-7
Drop-off will be each morning from 7:30-8:30. The gate will be closed before and after those times so please arrive during that window. We will only allow a limited number of vehicles at a time up at the camp. Only the camper may exit the vehicle. Upon arrival there will be a health screening and temperature check. You will be asked about any symptoms you or anyone in your household may be experiencing and if you have come into contact with anyone with symptoms. Once that is done and your camper is good to go, you will be directed to head out.
Pickup will be each evening between 5:30-6:30. Once again, the gate will only be open during this time and we ask that you remain in your vehicle for the process. If possible, it is recommended that the same person who drops off the camper picks them up at the end of the day.
· Camp equipment and facilities will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and again once campers leave using EPA approved cleaners for Coronavirus.
· Social distancing will be observed whenever possible and campers will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently.
· Doors and windows will be left open whenever possible to allow fresh air in and to limit contact with door knobs and handles.
· Staff will wear face masks each day when in enclosed spaces indoors and when unable to practice social distancing.
· Campers are asked to wear face masks as well. If your camper has a face mask they can bring to camp, we encourage them to do so. Camp will have a supply of disposable face masks if your camper does not have one or something happens to it, but that supply is limited.
· Any staff member or camper that develops any symptoms will immediately be isolated from the group and asked to go home.
Do campers need to bring anything to camp?
Campers are encouraged to bring their Bibles and notebooks/pens if they would like to use them. There will be days where campers will need a towel, bathing suit, and change of clothes for water games, we will communicate with campers and parents what days those will be. If your camper takes any medicine with breakfast/lunch, or carries any medical devices, they will need to bring those up as well. If possible, please put your camper’s name on anything they bring up in case it gets lost.
What meals will be served?
We will be providing breakfast and lunch for campers as well as an afternoon snack. There will be no supper at the camp for campers.
Will there be any field trips this year?
We originally had 3 outings planned for this year. However, those have been cancelled and we will be staying at the camp for this year.
May I visit camp during the day?
There will be absolutely no visitors allowed this year outside of drop-off and pickup times. The gate will remain closed during the day. If you should need to come to camp for any reason such as picking up a sick camper or dropping off something they forgot, you will need to communicate with the camp about what time to arrive so we can meet you at the gate.
Will cell phones be allowed?
We ask that all campers leave their cell phones at home while they are at camp. This way campers can come up and focus on having fun, making friends, and learning more about our savior Jesus Christ without the distractions of the outside world. This also helps to ensure that no phones get lost, broken, or stolen during activities.
If my camper gets symptoms but recovers and is symptom free, can they come to camp?
Unfortunately, if your camper acquires any symptoms of COVID-19 they will be asked to leave camp and will not be allowed back at camp for the week. If a staff member acquires any symptoms they too will be sent home and must quarantine themselves for 14 days if they wish to return to work at camp.
This page will be updated with any new information as we continue to make plans for the summer. You can also check out the following resources. Thank you for your support of Camp Good News and for allowing us to share the love of Christ with boys and girls each year.
Any questions? Feel free to contact us!