COVID-19

General Policies & Program Details

Updated September 13, 2021

General Policies Related to COVID-19

The safety and health of campers and staff is always the highest priority at New Life Camp, and camps have a long history of planning for and managing communicable diseases. With the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), New Life Camp regularly reviews our health-related plans and procedures.

  • We pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we pursue the utmost safety for our campers.
  • In general, we ask that parents do not bring their children to camp who are ill. We also ask our staff not to come to camp if they are ill.
  • New Life Camp reserves the right not to admit people who pose a communicable disease risk to others.
  • We are monitoring and following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
  • We continue membership in the American Camping Association (ACA), who provides support to camp professionals and proactively surveys for emerging threats.

Screening at Home Before Attending

All participants, staff, and volunteers are responsible to check themselves at home for the following symptoms before attending an activity or event.  If any of the following are true at least 10 days before they attend an activity or event they will not be able to participate:

  • Have had a fever of 100.4° F. or greater.
  • Have had a persistent cough, shortness of breath, congestion, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, runny nose, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, or vomiting.
  • The individual has not been vaccinated and has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive with COVID-19.
  • The individual tests positive for COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.

Our Health Precautions

Some of the general things New Life Camp will be doing to keep participants, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy are:

  • Face masks are required for all staff, volunteers, and participants ages 5 and older indoors, regardless of vaccination status, unless they have a medical exemption.  Proof of medical exemption may be required – see program requirements below.
  • Promoting healthy hygiene practices
  • Limiting sharing
  • Training all staff in communicable disease risk mitigation
  • Health monitoring and screening

Quarantine Requirements for COVID-19

A quarantine period away from New Life Camp recommended by the CDC will be required for any participant, staff, or volunteer who either:

  1. Tests positive for COVID-19 or
  2. Has not been vaccinated and comes in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

This requirement must be fulfilled before the participant, staff member, or volunteer is permitted to return to New Life Camp.

If a participant, staff member, or volunteer who is vaccinated has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.  A COVID-19 test is recommended 3-5 days following last exposure, even if there are no symptoms.

If the participant, staff member, or volunteer who is NOT vaccinated has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they may return to camp as follows.  Close contact is defined by the CDC within 6 feet of the infected person for at least 15 minutes.  New Life Camp also considers sleeping in the same room as an infected person as close contact:

  • 10 days since last exposure to an infected person without a test and no symptoms
  • 7 days since last exposure to an infected person with a negative test and no symptoms (test can be taken within 48 hours of the 7 days ending)

If the participant, staff member, or volunteer tests positive for COVID-19 with symptoms, they may return to camp as follows:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

If the participant, staff member, or volunteer tests positive for COVID-19 with no symptoms, they may return to camp:

  • 10 days after positive test and
  • No symptoms arising in the 10 days period

Program Requirements and Policies

The sections below give specific details for each of our programs and what you can expect as a participant.

Athletics

  • Face masks will be required for indoor practices and games for spectators ages 5 and older unless they have a medical exemption (proof or documentation may be required). This will be self-enforced.
  • New Life Camp strongly recommends that participating athletes also wear a mask.
  • Special Note:
    • There may be some opposing teams and some game officials that will enforce all players and/or spectators to be masked.
    • We will endeavor to communicate well before each indoor Storm contest and see if a given game is viable.
    • Once we are given the information from the opposing teams or game officials, and we agree to play the game, we will abide by the terms given.
  • Please email our Athletic Director with any questions concerning New Life Camp Athletics.

Camps & Retreats

  • Face masks will be required while indoors for ages 5 and older unless they have a medical exemption (no proof or documentation required). Those with medical exemptions will be given a wristband that designates the exemption to our staff.
    • Overnight Campers are not required to wear face masks indoors when they are only with their cabin.
    • Day Campers are required to always wear face masks indoors.
  • Grouping and Social Distancing
    • There will be groupings of campers in which activities will take place: cabins/huddles, cohort groups, and camps. The following will specify distancing within those groupings.
      • Cabins/Huddles
        • A cabin (Overnight Camp) or huddle (Day Camp) is defined as the 20-25 staff, LITs (Leaders in Training), and campers who are assigned to that cabin/huddle.
        • When in a room or area (indoors or outdoors) without any other cabins or huddles, there will be no distancing.
      • Cohort Groups
        • A cohort group is defined as two cabins or two huddles that will sometimes do activities together. It will be composed of 40-50 staff, LITs, and campers.
        • There will be no distancing between cohort groups.
        • Cohort groups will not change during the week or retreat. For example, if the Lambs and Courage are a cohort group, they will be that cohort group throughout the entire week or retreat.
      • Camps
        • A camp is defined as two cohort groups that occasionally do activities together. It will compose 80-100 staff, LITs, and campers.
        • There will be distancing between all the cabins, whether indoors or outdoors.
      • Mass Gathering of Entire Camp
        • This would be extremely rare, only outdoors, and there would be distancing between cabins/huddles. An example would be fireworks for July 4th.
  • Please email our Director of Programs with any questions concerning Camps & Retreats.

LEARN Home School

  • Academics
    • Face masks will be required while indoors for ages 5 and older unless they have a medical exemption (no proof or documentation required). Parents will communicate any medical exemption directly to their child’s instructor.
  • Clubs
    • Face masks will be required while indoors for ages 5 and older unless they have a medical exemption (no proof or documentation required). Those with medical exemptions will be given a wristband that designates the exemption to our staff.
    • There will be 2 groupings of participants in which activities will take place: huddles and cohort groups. The following will specify distancing within those groupings.
      • Huddles
        • A huddle is defined as the 16-20 staff, LITs (Leaders in Training), and students who are assigned to that huddle.
        • There will be no distancing between huddles.
      • Cohort Groups
        • A cohort group is defined as two huddles that will sometimes do activities together, mostly during check-in and check-out. It will be composed of 32-40 staff, LITs, and campers.
        • There will be no distancing in a cohort group, but there will be distancing between cohort groups.
        • Cohort groups will not change during the semester. For example, if the Tiger Beetles and the Caterpillars are a cohort group, they will be that cohort group throughout the entire semester.
  • Please email our Director of LEARN with any questions concerning LEARN Academics or Clubs.
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