COVID- 19

We acknowledge that the COVID- 19 pandemic has and is continuing to impact the ministries of Servant’s Heart Camp.  We want to keep our friends, supporters, campers, and parents updated as to what we are doing at Camp.  We plan to update this page each time that we have any significant updates.

June 11, 2020

As always, we at Servant’s Heart Camp are profoundly concerned about the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our campers and their families.  Be assured that these three fundamentals have not diminished during this difficult pandemic. Because of our current situations, we will be spending some additional effort on the physical health of the campers and their families without diminishing their other needs.

This document will outline our game plan for the month of June.  This document is valid as of June 10.  If, however, new information becomes available, or if our regulatory authorities implement some different regulations, we plan to update this document.

Who should not come?

You should NOT come if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test
  • Have cough, fever, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • Recently had contact with a person with COVID-19
  • Are fearful or apprehensive about coming to camp

If any of the above applies to you, please do not come to camp.  If you contact us, we can give you a full refund of your registration fee if your cancellation reaches us 48 hours prior to the start of camp.

We will continue to limit our campers to 60 each week.  With the counselor and junior counselors included, each team should have about 20 people, but certainly less than 25 per team.

Registration

  • Campers will not be greeted at the end of the lane as they have been for the past eighteen years.
  • Campers will register at the overflow parking area before reaching the lake and camp.
  • We are asking all pastors, youth leaders, and parents to check their campers’ temperatures before bringing them to camp. Campers will also have their temperatures checked upon arrival.  If a camper has a temperature of 100.4 or above, they will not be permitted to stay on the camp property.
  • Campers only (not parents, bus drivers, or youth pastors) will be transported by tractor and wagon to the camp side of the lake.  No others are permitted to cross the lake.
  • Sponsors and children of sponsors who have registered to stay for the duration of the week will be able to cross the lake after their temperature has been taken. Sponsors will be asked not to leave the camp property during the week except in the case of an emergency.

Bear Den (Camp store)

  • When the Bear Den is open for business, the doors will be kept open so that campers do not need to touch a handle to enter the store.
  • Only three campers will be permitted in the store at any given time.
  • The counter, handle of the refrigerator and tables will be sanitized every hour the Bear Den is open.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the Bear Den.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the checkout counter.

Chapel

  • Hand sanitizer will be available outside the chapel.
  • An appropriately sized barrier that will limit the spread of airborne droplets will be installed, effectively splitting the chapel into thirds.
  • Only one team will be permitted on each side of the plastic.
  • A tent will be placed outside of the chapel for staff and overflow seating.

Cabins

  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the porch of each cabin.
  • As always, campers will sleep head to toe.
  • In addition to the normal cleaning of the cabin, the doorknobs, faucets, toilet handle, and light switches will be sanitized each afternoon after the campers leave the cabin for director’s hour.

Dining Tent (meals)

  • The serving table will be in a separate tent exclusively for serving.
  • A sneeze-guard will be installed on the serving table.
  • Campers will not touch the plates, food, or utensils, but will be handed their plate of food at the end of the serving line.
  • Two sinks have been installed near the dining tent to allow campers to wash their hands before meals. Two signs will be placed nearby to encourage handwashing.
  • Dining tent will be split in half by plastic.  Only one team will be permitted on each side of the plastic.
  • Only one team and a maximum of 25 people will eat in each side of the dining tent.
  • The third team will eat in a new 10’ X 30’ tent with three picnic tables.

Games

  • Hand sanitizer will be provided for each team.
  • Equipment will be sanitized after each round of play.
  • Because each game is different, each game will have different sanitizing criteria.

Other

  • We will maintain a 1:10 or better staff-to-camper ratio as recommended by the State of PA.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the game tent. Each counselor will also be carrying hand sanitizer as an added precaution.
  • Swimming and boating are permitted during the green phase of reopening.
  • The green phase of reopening does not require a mask.  Masks are optional for campers.
  • If you are uncomfortable sending your child to camp, please contact us for a full refund.
  • Although we typically invite family and friends to the final rally, the final rally will not be open to family and friends.
  • Those picking up their campers will not be permitted to come across the lake.  The SHC staff will bring the campers to the overflow parking area for pick-up as soon as all activities are finished.
  • Visitors will not be permitted on the camp property during summer camps.

May 15, 2020

Here is the short story. The Young at Heart day on June 12 is cancelled, but all teen, junior, and family camps are open!
For the longer story click THIS DOCUMENT

May 5, 2020

One step closer! Although we are still waiting for several more pieces of the puzzle, Governor Wolf’s announcement to take our county from “Red” to “Yellow” reopening puts us one giant step closer to having camp this summer.  With some slight tweaks, the 25-person group limit would allow us to have our staff training the first two weeks of June. We are still waiting for the CDC recommendations for overnight camps.  Please pray that God would orchestrate the details and we would have godly wisdom in the weeks ahead.

If we need to limit the size of our camps this summer, we plan to cancel campers based upon the date that they registered.  The earliest ones to register for a given week will be the last ones that will get cancelled. We still have room for you!

April 25 update

We have already canceled five events during the month of March and April, and we are prepared to cancel future events if that becomes necessary.  We have also already rescheduled our spring workdays.

We desperately want to have camp this summer, but we are carefully monitoring many areas to determine if that is the right thing to do. We do plan to cancel or postpone the start of camp if we believe the health of our staff, campers, or the campers’ families would be significantly impacted. We also plan to cancel camp if the Federal and State authorities require safety precautions that we are unable to meet.

If we would be limited to 50 people, we are already exploring options to make camp a reality.  Although we typically only have about 50 campers each week, we have an additional 20 – 25 staff.  We can share more on this option if it becomes a strong possibility. 

We still encourage campers to register for camp. We are prepared to refund the campers fees or give an attractive discount for rolling the registration fee into next summer’s camp if we do cancel camp for this summer.  Although we would typically be spending the registration fees to prepare for this coming summer, we are carefully keeping registration fees separate so that we are able to make refunds if that should become necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Please pray that we would have God’s wisdom as we move forward during this difficult time.