Get Ready for Summer 2021 at Mount Hermon!

Read the latest updates here. | Register for Camp here.

Get Ready for Summer 2021 at Mount Hermon!

Read the latest updates here.
Register for Camp here.

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Summer 2021

at Mount Hermon

 

Family Camp Operation Plans

Worry-free Camp

Caring for you and your family is not a responsibility we take lightly. In order to have an effective ministry this summer we will be instituting enhanced health and cleaning measures. However, it will still be camp, it will still be fun, and Jesus will still be in the middle of it all!

First and foremost, we will rely on expert guidance provided by the state government and our county health officials with the goal of providing a fun summer camp environment for guests and staff. These are our most current plans, however COVID-19 protocols can change rapidly, and we will keep this page updated with the latest information.

 

Guest and Staff Screening

Stopping it before it starts

Guest and Staff Screening

Stopping it before it starts
  • All guests (ages 5 and up) and summer staff will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test within 3 days of arrival or show proof of a vaccine or a letter from the local health department stating that you recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
  • Everyone arriving on the camp property will be asked COVID-19 related health screening questions and have their temperature taken.
  • Any guest, and their family group, showing any signs or symptoms of illness is asked to isolate and then go home. A pro-rated refund will be issued.

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  • Staff will be screened daily including the health questions and temperature check.
  • Mount Hermon will have the ability to test any staff member exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and has comfortable facilities available for quarantine.
  • Guests and staff are expected to self-screen daily, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC guidelines.
  • Contact information of local health department officials has been identified should there be a need to communicate information about COVID-19 outbreaks among employees and/or other visitors to campus.
  • Contact tracing will be used on any reported case to identify close contacts (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) of an infected person and anyone suspected of being COVID-19 positive will be isolated.
  • Adherence to plan guidelines is expected as outlined herein to prevent any possible campus illness. An outbreak may result in campus operations being ceased or limited without notice.

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Face Coverings

We’ll follow state and local guidelines regarding face coverings, but it shouldn’t negatively impact your camp experience.

Face Coverings

We’ll follow state and local guidelines regarding face coverings, but it shouldn’t negatively impact your camp experience.
  • Any time you’re with your family outside and appropriately distanced a face covering is not necessary.
  • Any outdoor activities where people, or family groups, cannot be 6ft apart will require a face covering. For activities like archery and the sequoia aerial adventure course this would apply.
  • As of today, any indoor activity requires a face covering.
  • At this time, Childcare and Daycamp campers will need a face covering when they are in their cohort group.

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  • When selecting a face covering, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts:
    DO choose face coverings that:
    • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
    • Completely cover your nose and mouth
    • Fit snuggly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps
    • Have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the face covering
    DO NOT choose face coverings that:
    • Have exhalation valves or vents
    • Are single layer or don’t fit snugly, like gaiters or bandannas
  • We recommend finding face coverings made specifically for children to help ensure a proper fit. Have your children practice wearing their face covering so they are comfortable with it.
  • Bring several cloth or resuable face coverings so you can replace your face covering when it becomes dirty, used, or soiled.

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Low-Contact Meals

We’re actually excited to present an outdoor dining experience this summer! You’ll have the same tasty food, served at the fieldhouse meadow.

Meals

We’re actually excited to present an outdoor dining experience this summer! You’ll have the same tasty food, served at the fieldhouse meadow.
  • We’ll offer two meal times for each meal to keep crowd sizes limited.
  • Lines, food kiosks, and picnic tables will all be socially distanced.
  • Picnic tables and lawn chairs will accommodate a variety of family sizes.
  • Yes, there will be donuts. Yes there will be pancake ridge.

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  • All meals will be served outdoors at the Meadow in the new Food Court area.
  • All guests and employees are required to have their hands sanitized prior to entering the Food Court area.
  • Guests will dine in meal waves to mitigate contact.
  • The placement of tables will be configured to allow for a minimum of 6 feet between each seated group or party of guests, which may contain more than two people per table who must be in the same family group.
  • Options for seating include picnic tables in the main seating area, picnic tables around the perimeter of the meadow, individual camp chairs out on meadow, and guest choices of other outdoor options as long as proper social distancing is maintained in all seating scenarios.
  • Rigorous cleaning and specific sanitizing protocols are in place for food processing and meal operations that follow recommended guidelines established and updated as available on the COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap website.
  • Guests are required to follow established sequencing flow clearly indicated by signs and distancing markers. Face coverings are required while in line and when distances cannot be maintained.
  • All food and beverage will be prepared and served by Mount Hermon staff members in “to-go” packaging for minimum contact.
  • Adequate trash and recycling receptacles will be provided all around the dining and meadow area.

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Activities & Teaching

The heart of the camp experience is having fun and learning about Jesus alongside other people. Here’s how we’re making sure camp is still camp:

Activities & Teaching

The heart of the camp experience is having fun and learning about Jesus alongside other people. Here’s how we’re making sure camp is still camp:
  • Based on the color tier set by the state of California we’re in when camp happens, we’ll have a plan in place for gatherings and activities. Right now our plans are set for operations in the current tier.
  • We’ll have morning teaching, childcare, daycamp, and age specific breakout sessions in the morning. Gatherings will be mostly outdoors, and when indoors distancing and face coverings will be used when appropriate.
  • Afternoon adventure and recreation activities will be a mix of self-guided and staff-led with online sign-ups before camp to help control group sizes.

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  • Teaching times: Right now we’re planning on still having two speakers and they’ll both speak in the morning. We’ll use the auditorium and indoor/outdoor spaces to live stream to ensure adequate social distancing. We’re not planning adult seminars at this time.
  • Group Singing: Although indoor (socially-distanced) church services are allowed in California, group singing is not. By the time we arrive at summer, this restriction may be lessened, and/or our open-air solutions might be sufficient to ensure singing in a health-conscious way.
  • Recreation Activities: You’ll be able to sign up for all the camp classics ahead of time using our online activity tool including: Redwood Canopy Tour, Sequoia Aerial Adventure, Discovery Grove and Archery.
  • Pool We’ll request sign-ups for pool time. Each family will be provided with a socially distanced seating pod. Face coverings are not required while in your seating pod or in the pool but requested on the pool deck.
  • Train Day: We’re still planning on Wednesday train day and are awaiting operating instructions from the Boardwalk and Roaring Camp
  • Group Activities We’ll plan on still having activities like the carnival and zumba by applying face covering and social distancing guidelines.

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Cleaning & Disinfection

We have added multiple layers of cleaning and disinfecting policies and procedures with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to instill cleanliness standards for campers and staff, as well as thorough sanitization of overnight accomodations, camp buildings, restrooms, high-touch surfaces, and more.

Cleaning & Disinfection

We have added multiple layers of cleaning and disinfecting policies and procedures with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to instill cleanliness standards for campers and staff, as well as thorough sanitization of overnight accomodations, camp buildings, restrooms, high-touch surfaces, and more
  • Staff performs thorough cleaning in high-traffic areas such as lobbies, counters, dining areas, break rooms, loading docks, kitchens, classrooms, doorwalls, and areas of entry and exit including stairways, stairwells, and handrails.
  • Public spaces throughout campus and help counters are equipped with proper sanitation products to include hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes.
  • Daily inspections are conducted to ensure sanitary facilities stay operational and stocked with necessary PPE at all times— dispensers for soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer are replenished as needed.
  • Products used for cleaning are approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list and responsibly used according to product instructions.

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  • All guests are assigned to rooms as either a family or cohort that has been sharing space together prior to arriving at Mount Hermon.
  • No staff member will enter a guest’s room once occupied until after the guest departs. Any requests for supplies or services will be accommodated with no guest contact via the campus service app Zingle. In circumstances where staff must enter the room, staff will arrange to do so while limiting personal contact.
  • Clean towel exchanges are scheduled on set days of the week. Guests will find their assigned days and special instructions inside their Check-In packets. The exchange will require guests to bring their used towels to Accommodations and receive a clean and fresh set.
  • In the event of a presumptive case of COVID-19, any such room will be removed from service and quarantined. Should this occur, the room will not be returned to service until the case has been confirmed or cleared. In the event of a positive case, the room will only be returned to service after undergoing an enhanced sanitization protocol in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • We encourage the opening of all guestroom windows to allow for the circulation of fresh outside air, and ventilation in rooms.

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Caring for Our Staff

Keeping our staff healthy is super important. All staff will receive training in exposure reduction and how to prevent illness.

Caring for Our Staff

Keeping our staff healthy is super important. All staff will receive additional training in sanitization, exposure reduction and how to prevent behaviors that spread illness.
  • All summer staff will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 3 days of arrival or show proof of a vaccine or a letter from the local health department stating that they have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 90 days.
  • Staff will be placed in housing cohorts.
  • We’ll conduct daily health screenings, regular COVID-19 tests and, when necessary, comfortable quarantine accommodations.
  • Face coverings will be provided for all staff

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  • Mount Hermon conducts temperature and/or symptom screenings for all workers at the beginning of their shift. There may be situations when temperature checks for guests will be required throughout their stay.
  • Employees and guests may be asked to wait momentarily or distance themselves in certain areas to ensure that those performing temperature/symptom screening can avoid and/or minimize close contact with others to the greatest extent possible. Everyone is required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces and during any/all screening procedures.
  • All employees are required to stay home if they are sick or exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Mount Hermon encourages employees to wash their hands or use sanitizer frequently.
  • Staff common areas will be cleaned daily including staff lounge, laundry and bathroom facilities.

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We are grateful that you would consider visiting Mount Hermon and we look forward to seeing you in the Redwoods soon!