Updated: July 13, 2020
Camp Victory is making every effort to do our part to promote the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, campers and staff. Our goal is to ensure our camper families and retreat guests that we are closely monitoring the CDC, State and local guidelines. We will remain current on the latest information on how to mitigate and manage COVID-19. Campers, Staff and Volunteers remain our highest priority.
At this time, Camp Victory has canceled Overnight Camp for the 2020 summer season due to financial factors related to COVID-19; after prayer and consideration by the board of directors, this decision was made based on the future financial strength and further ministry of the camp. Classic Day Camp and a modified Day Camp Plus program are still available beginning the week of June 22. We have extended the season to eight weeks. We are now going through the week of August 9-14. Classic Day Camp is for children entering K – 6th grade and Day Camp Plus is for youth entering grades 6 – 9. There are now three specialty camp options available for Day Camp Plus. Please visit the website for updated information.
Dr. Joseph Furst, Camp Victory’s Administrative Doctor, has been with Camp Victory for fifteen years. “As part of the camp’s health care team, we are continually monitoring the CDC, State and local authorities for the latest information on the coronavirus. Camp Victory employs registered nurses during the summer who are trained and prepared to deal with emergency care and the general health of our campers. We are taking specific steps to ensure the safety of your campers and our staff during this time. As a health care team we regularly perform ongoing reviews of our procedures to ensure the safety of our campers and staff.”
Camp Victory will use enhanced sanitization procedures to ensure increased disinfecting of high use and high touch areas. We will continue that practice even after it is safe to return to the workplace. At this time Camp Victory is closed through May 4 to all campers and guests as required by State officials. Summer camp registrations remain open. We anticipate that summer camp will operate as normal and look forward to your campers joining us this summer.
“In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we who were the first to put our hope in Him might be to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:11-12
We recognize that this is a very fluid situation. Our plans could change as conditions require based on directions given by the CDC, state and local authorities and our County health department guidelines. This page will be updated as appropriate. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (507) 843-2329.
Below is how we will be proceeding with Day Camp:
Campers will once again be placed in family groups, made up of eight campers with two counselors. The CDC wants us to be able to trace each family group or “pod” in order to track contact and prevent groups from intermingling. They believe this will reduce the chance of transmission from group to group. That’s easy for us, we do that all the time! Our program is structured so that each family group rotates to a different activity each period throughout the day. An individual family group may go to archery first period, then laser tag, then mini zip line or the Black Hole. Campers will be required to use hand sanitizer and staff will disinfect program equipment after every activity. Campers will attend a fun chapel time full of singing, skits and a message from our speaker about how much God loves them. Chapel typically occurs outdoors at our amphitheater that is large enough to allow groups to spread out preventing clumping and maintaining social distancing.
During meals, each group will remain together yet spread out by table clusters in our large dining area. If it is a beautiful day, family groups may choose to eat outdoors at a picnic table area that is large enough for each group to have their own table. Families may send a bag lunch with their camper or purchase lunches from the camp kitchen. You must order online prior to attending. Each family group will have their own cooler at the drop-off site. State guidelines do not allow buffet lines, so we will be offering a box lunch or hot lunch via a “to go” container. Staff will bring meals to each group’s individual table cluster so campers are not up and about mingling. The kitchen staff are trained in proper food safety and sanitation procedures. We will be cleaning the dining hall each day thoroughly for the staff and campers.
Drop-Off & Pick-Up:
Parents may choose to drop off their child at camp or utilize free transportation. Prior to your camper’s session, you will receive notice of your child’s family group identification color. Upon arrival at the drop-off location, we ask that only one guardian bring their child to the check in table. (Please wear a mask for the comfort of all our parents). You will be required to turn in a daily questionnaire about your child’s current health status. Your camper will have their temperature checked each morning, and then join their counselor who will be holding the designated color card. (blue, green, red, etc….). Buses and vans seats will be color coded and we are limiting the number of campers on each bus to 24. Campers will be asked to sit with their family group in their designated two rows, separated by two empty rows of seats. Campers will know exactly where to go because the bus seats will have colored tape to identify their group’s assigned seats.
Rainy Days: NO PROBLEM!
We have plenty of indoor space that each group will be assigned to. Fun rainy day programming for each individual family group will be held in either our large recreation hall, one of our multiple lodges, the day camp area, dining hall or large general meeting hall. We are able to move activities indoors as needed to continue summer camp during inclement weather and make camp just as fun for each family group while maintaining social distancing.
Safety Begins At Home:
We will continue to monitor and work with the CDC and the State Health Department to follow their recommendations. We will clean the facility each evening and train our counselors to make sure they do everything in their power to keep your child safe. You can do your part by decreasing your child’s interaction with others prior to attending camp, by educating your child about the need to wash their hands, the need to use sanitizer and to remain obedient to the counselors who are keeping them together as a family group. We can all minimize the chance of spreading the virus at camp by following good hygiene.
Please do not give your child fever reducing medication prior to coming to camp. We will be checking the temperature of each child a second time later in the day. If your child shows symptoms, we will contact you and request that you pick them up from camp immediately. Staff will have their temperatures checked every morning and asked to self-quarantine if they show symptoms. Campers will not be required to wear masks and counselors will wear masks only at the bus sites. During the day, staff will not be required to wear masks. We know that children have a very difficult time understanding adults whose facial expressions are hidden by masks.
What to expect as guidelines for summer day camp:
- Campers temperatures taken at the beginning of each day at the drop-off site
- Daily questions regarding your child’s exposure to communicable diseases in a previous period
- Staff wearing masks at the drop-off location
- (please prepare your child to see counselors in masks so they are not concerned)
- One guardian with camper approaching the transportation vehicle to maximize social distancing
- Parents being asked to wear masks at the drop-off site
- Parents voluntarily limiting neighborhood interaction each evening to minimize potential exposure
- Buses sanitized daily
- Facilities sanitized throughout the day and every evening
- Activity equipment sanitized between each group
- Limited food service