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Covid-19 statement for Summer Camps

(May 2021)

 We take the health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers seriously.

Our mission at Doe River Gorge is the same as it has been since 1987…Inspiring and
equipping people to be passionate followers of Christ. Thus, in order to continue this life-changing ministry this summer, we have taken additional health and safety measures. However, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

First and foremost, we observe state and local requirements with the goal of providing a safe and fun environment for campers and staff. We will continue to monitor any changes in these state and local requirements so that we can adjust and implement appropriately.

Parents should use their best judgment regarding sending their child to camp and seek to protect any vulnerable persons who are members of the same household or come into frequent, close contact with children and youth who attend camps. Campers returning from an overnight camp should minimize in-person contact with any person who has pre-existing health conditions or any person 65 years of age or older.

As parents, we want you to understand the rigorous efforts Doe River Gorge is taking toward protecting the health of your child. We are prepared to implement the following measures.

Camper and Staff Screening

Stopping It Before It Starts

• Parents should monitor the health of their children and not send them to camp if
they exhibit any symptom of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours. Upon arrival,
each occupant in the vehicle will be thermally scanned for a fever and the driver
of each vehicle will be asked to sign a form which states that the occupants have
not been exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours.
• We have the ability to perform daily thermal scans for campers and staff.
• Campers will always have the option to opt out of an activity if they are not
comfortable participating.
• Campers will not be permitted in any dorm room except their own.
• Campers will be outdoors for the majority of their stay at Doe River Gorge…we
have very limited indoor space other than the dorm rooms.

Limiting the Spread

What We Are Doing

Cabin Groups and Teams – To help campers stay physically distant in 2021,
campers will be part of a group, called a Team. A Team consists of two or three cabin groups with whom campers will do the majority of their activities, meals, and meetings.
Face Coverings – While the state of Tennessee has never had a statewide
mask mandate, and Carter County no longer has the authority to require face
coverings, we want all campers and staff to feel comfortable wearing masks at
any time if they feel the need to do so. Campers may be asked to wear masks
when going through the food line or inside the Gift Shoppe.
Mealtimes – All campers will eat meals in their Cabin Group and Team.
Camper bunks – All campers will sleep head to toe in upper and lower bunks.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Electrostatic Sprayers

Doe River Gorge has invested in and is implementing the use of electrostatic sprayers. Electrostatic sprayers are highly effective in destroying viruses, including COVID-19, and are currently being used in hospitals, daycares, and on commercial airplanes. Alongside our already thorough sanitation procedures, they will be used in all critical areas of the property using an organic liquid disinfectant approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19.

Preventing Contamination

Cleaning & Disinfecting

We have added multiple layers of cleaning and disinfecting policies and procedures to
instill cleanliness standards for campers and staff, as well as thorough sanitization of
cabins, camp buildings, restrooms, high-touch surfaces, and more.

Required Cleanliness Practices

Rigorous Handwashing

It is our goal to get all campers to wash their hands thoroughly and for the
recommended twenty seconds.

• Communicate the Importance – We take handwashing seriously as the number one recommendation for infection control.
• Part of the Routine – All campers and staff routinely stop at the restrooms to wash hands or use the hand sanitizer stations before meals.
• Monitor – Staff will be monitoring to make sure all campers wash their hands long enough and thoroughly.

Hydrate and Sanitize

Make Sanitizing Available

Hand sanitizing stations are available at strategic locations around the property.
Sanitizing our hands (and staying hydrated!) have always been important parts of our
camp culture and will continue to be so this summer.

Summer Staff Health Training

Training

Training our staff and our campers has always been one of our top priorities. We trainour staff on how to properly sanitize, wash hands, how to monitor campers to prevent behaviors that spread illness, and on the symptoms of Covid-19.For our campers we emphasize covering mouths when sneezing or coughing, avoiding unnecessary physical contact, and not sharing bathroom products.

Camp Medical Staff

On-Site Medical Care

Doe River Gorge medical staff will be available 24/7 to care for your camper and their healthcare needs. If your camper shows symptoms such as, but not limited to fever, severe cough, vomiting, diarrhea, as assessed by the Doe River Gorge medical staff, you will be contacted immediately. If necessary, you will be expected to pick up your camper within 12 hours of notification. In the meantime, we will take measures to keep your child and their Cabin Group appropriately isolated from other campers so as not to spread any sickness further.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Some changes to note for parents/guardians dropping off or picking up their camper in 2021:

Arrival at Camp:

• Upon arrival, each occupant in the vehicle will be thermally scanned for a fever
and the driver of each vehicle will be asked to sign a form which states that the
occupants have not been exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 24
hours.
• Only one adult (parent/guardian) may accompany the camper into the check-in
tent/area.All other family members will have access to the rest of the campus.
• Following the parent/guardian and camper completion of the check-in process, please accompany your camper to their sleeping quarters and transfer the care of your camper over to the counselor.
• Please note that no guests (including parents) will be permitted to enter any of
the sleeping quarters/dorms.
• The parent meeting will be held in an outdoor setting. Specific location will be
communicated upon arrival.

Closing Day Events:

• Upon arrival, each occupant in the vehicle will be thermally scanned for a fever
and the driver of each vehicle will be asked to sign a form which states that the
occupants have not been exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 24
hours.
• Please note that only one adult (parent or guardian) will be able to accompany the camper for the closing day event.

o All other family members will have access to the rest of the campus. Please note no guests (including parents) will be permitted to enter any of the sleeping quarters.

We understand there is a wide range of opinions on how to handle COVID-19, so if you find that you are not in agreement with this policy, please call us at 423.725.4010 to
discover further options.

Thank you for your understanding as we deal with this difficult balance of
providing your camper with an enjoyable, positive camp experience, while still
protecting the health and safety of our entire Doe River Gorge family.