Each summer, our top priority is to keep all campers and staff safe and healthy while we encounter the Father heart of God through relationships and experiences in creation. This includes guidelines and procedures related to COVID-19 which may change as best practices and new research emerge.
PRE-ARRIVAL HEALTH SCREENING & CHECK-IN PROCEDURES
Screen your camper at home for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to arrival to camp. Symptoms include:
Temperature of 100.4° fahrenheit or higher
Cough (that differs from what is seasonally normal for the camper)
Difficulty breathing (for campers with asthma this would be for those who are experiencing symptoms different from what is typical)
Diarrhea or vomiting
New onset of severe headache (especially with a fever)
Loss of taste or smell
Muscle or body aches
Campers with a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms should stay home, and the camp director should be notified.
Higher Ground at Lake Louise is requesting that all campers have a negative result on a diagnostic COVID-19 test within two or four days prior to arrival of their camp session.
For example, if your camper arrives on a Sunday, they will need to be tested on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the week prior.
Campers who have not taken a diagnostic COVID-19 diagnostic test prior to arrival will receive a rapid test at arrival on-site (cost $5).
Campers who have been vaccinated will not be requested to take the diagnostic test for COVID-19.
During Check-In, parents/guardians will complete and sign a Current Health Screening document for each of their campers and a COVID-19 Liability Release form.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT CAMP
CAMPER CABIN GROUPS
Each cabin group, including campers and their cabin leaders, will be considered a “household.”
When cabin households are indoors or outdoors with only members of their group, they will not be required to wear masks or practice social distancing.
We are preparing for some mask use and lots of outdoor activities!
We understand that state requirements do not mandate mask wearing for those who have been vaccinated, but to create a spirit of unity we are requesting that everyone wear masks while in a public indoor setting.
Please note that we will be doing the majority of our activities outside.
We recognize and respect the varying views and approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when it comes to children.
Guidelines from the CDC, State of Michigan Licensing, and the American Camping Association include reasons for the use of masks. We are committed to following the guidance of these institutions.
It does not seem likely at this point that the restrictions for certain activities (i.e., multiple cabin group gatherings indoors without masks) will be lifted by the time we start camp this summer.
DAILY HEALTH MONITORING
Campers and staff will be monitoring and recording any COVID-19 symptoms, including daily non-touch temperature checks, and reporting any symptoms to the Health Center.
If a camper becomes sick during the session with symptoms related to COVID-19, Higher Ground at Lake Louise will notify parents/guardians immediately.
The camper will be required to isolate in the Health Center until we know if the camper needs to be picked up.
Rapid tests will be available at Higher Ground at Lake Louise to be used on a case-by-case basis to help us determine the next steps for campers who have reported symptoms.
We thank you for your cooperation and adherence to these guidelines. With these policies and procedures put into place, we believe that we will be able to have a safe and fun summer that leads campers to know the Father heart of God.
OUR DECISON-MAKING PROCESS
Higher Ground at Lake Louise continues to closely monitor local, state, and national statements regarding the coronavirus cases and follow the directives of these agencies. The health and safety of our staff and those we serve is our highest priority. To do all we can to ensure that, we will be following:
- Federal, State, and MDHHS mandates
- CDC, State, and local health department recommendations
- Proper mitigation process that can realistically be implemented
If there comes a point that we do not feel like we are able to provide you with a safe and meaningful experience, we will notify you of any changes on this page.