Summer 2021, Together COVID-19 Update

Summer 2021 Updates

Summer Together

We’re so excited for camp this summer – camp together, in person, inside and outside and alongside our best friends. That’s the way it’s supposed to be!

Kids were made for this – for adventure and making friends and epic moments that just can’t be experienced behind a screen.

That’s why we’re doing everything we can to make in-person camp a reality this year, even if that means camp looking a little different. On this page you’ll find an overview of the current changes we have in place for this summer - all designed to keep staff, campers and families safe.

Keep scrolling for camp-wide and location-specific updates.

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**Updated Regularly. Last Update March 29th, 2021**

Disclaimer: These plans reflect what we believe are necessary measures in light of current case counts and local and national guidelines. These plans are subject to change as we get closer to summer, depending on how the situation evolves and in light of any future regulations.

Latest Monthly Video Update

Released March 28th, 2021. Next video set to be released at the end of April.

Introducing WinShape Camps for Families!

We’re excited to announce we’re launching WinShape Camps for Families at Cohutta Springs in 2021. More information coming soon, registration will open March 17th at 9am ET.

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Guidelines for All Camp Locations

We are evaluating each camp location – overnight and day camp – and limiting capacity to ensure that we follow all state and local guidelines. We are committed to following any executive orders in the states in which we run camp.

Reducing Contact at Camp

  • In an effort to reduce camper contact where possible, we are implementing three levels of interaction at camp:
    • Family Groups: No more than 15 people. This group will be comprised of campers who have the least amount of restrictions around each other. This is the only group where campers may not be required to wear a mask. Campers will go through all Skills alongside their family group members.
    • Community Group: No more than two Family Groups in a single location where campers can interact and experience camp activities together.  Masks will be required in this group.
    • Larger Groups/All Camp: Two or more Community Groups, including camp-wide gatherings. Social distancing measures will be implemented and masks are required.
    • Registration Caps: We have worked with each camp location across the country to set caps on the amount of campers per square foot that will be allowed in the facilities we use.
    • Dropoff/Pickup: We are modifying the drop-off and pick-up experiences to be safer, faster, and more efficient for your family. These may look different across camp locations based on local guidelines, but they’ll still be FUN!

Safety Protocols

  • Daily symptom and temperature screenings will be conducted for all campers and staff.
  • Regular and methodical sanitization and cleaning processes will be conducted daily.
  • Healthy Camp Begins At Home! Check out these pre-camp recommendations for day camps and for overnight camps.
  • Parents are encouraged to have their camper(s) quarantine 10 days prior to coming to camp, if possible. Doing so helps reduce the risk that any camper would unknowingly come to camp with the virus. Those in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others outside of their family, and monitor their health for any signs of illness.  
  • A pre-camp “health check” questionnaire will be sent out the week before your camper’s session. This survey will ask if your camper has been tested for COVID-19,  exposed to COVID in the past 14 days, or has shown any possible COVID symptoms in the past 2 or 3 days. 
  • Additional questions will be added to the camper profile to ensure we know how to best care for your camper.
  • While we are encouraging Summer Staff to get the vaccine, it is not being required in 2021. Unless staff are with their own Family Group, on stage or leading part of worship, they will be required to wear a mask.

Note: As of now, campers will not be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination before coming to camp. 

Updates for Skills at Camp

We’re changing up the way we do Skills as part of a bigger effort to keep campers safe. These changes will apply to both overnight and day camps.

  • Usually, a camper selects their Skills early on in the year through our registration system.
  • We then take those choices to place them in some of their preferred Skills, and once they get to camp they are in different Skills with different campers each time.
  • However, because we are working to keep groups more separated this year, campers will travel in what we are calling a Family Group, and they’ll do Skills together with those in their Family Group.
  • You will not select Skills through our registration system like normal. This is intentional.
  • This change will allow campers to experience more Skills than ever!

Keep scrolling for some location-specific updates!

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All Overnight Camps

  • Healthy Camp Starts at Home Resource: Check out this handy resource for ways you can prevent COVID-19 from spreading by preparing for camp in advance.
  • WinShape Camps for Families: We’ve added a brand new program for families this summer! This is a great option for families not ready to send their camper off on their own just yet! More information coming soon!
  • Open House: This year we are changing Open House to an online Q&A format, including virtual options to tour your camp location’s campus. This virtual event will take place on Saturday, April 24. More details will come via email, and a link to register will be shared on our social media channels in the coming weeks.
  • Parent/Camper Handbook: Because the Parent/Camper Handbook won’t be emailed until April to allow for the most up-to-date information to be shared, we have released our Camp-Wide Events (Nite Lifes, Late Nites, etc.) early so you can go ahead and start planning! Find those by visiting the blog page on our website.
  • Pre-Camp Testing: We are currently considering COVID-19 test requirements for overnight campers prior to their registered week of camp. More guidance will be shared closer to camp season if a decision is made to require this precaution for campers.

Location Specific Updates: WinShape Camps for Girls and Boys at Mt. Berry

  • For Summer 2021 we’ve decided to divide our two-week sessions at Mount Berry and make them one-week sessions, which will allow us to essentially cut our number of campers on campus at one time in half.
  • This gives us plenty of physical space on campus to provide an incredible camp experience while keeping our campers safe and healthy.
  • Families will have the choice to pick either the first or second week of their registered session to attend this summer.
  • The exceptions to this plan are our adventure cohorts, the Taiga Village (formerly Creek) and Elk Pack (formerly Sioux), which will remain two-week experiences this summer.
  • The change in session length will be reflected in a new, reduced price of $824 with the exception of Taiga Village and Elk Pack mentioned above.
  • We are also going to keep our girls and boys camp programs completely separate this summer in an effort to reduce contact where possible, and more details on what those measures will look like will be shared in an upcoming monthly update.
  • This is not a permanent change. We love our two-week sessions! The shift to one-week sessions is a necessary change to this summer only as we work to find ways to do camp safely.
  • Families who want to send their camper for 2 weeks still may choose to look at our one-week programs at Young Harris, Cleveland, or Cohutta Springs.
  • Watch this video for more information.

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