At this moment in time, it looks like many of the same protocols from last summer will again be in place for summer 2021. We are moving forward with the bulk of program planning while the details about camp’s day-to-day operation will be finalized closer to the start of camp to meet current regulations.

Regardless of changes we’re making to the structure of camp, what’s most important about camp will stay the same – growing closer to God, spending time with our friends, and participating in awesome activities.

If you have any questions about the protocols listed below, or feel like there’s additional information you need to decide about your child coming to camp, please feel free to contact any of us.

Alison Peticolas, Ranch Director
Linda Clarke, Enrollment Manager
Chandler Morehardt, Round-Up Camp Director
Brian Peticolas, Sky Valley Camp Director

Camper FAQs

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Cabins

How will campers be grouped in cabins?
  • Campers will live with a family group by program and spend most of their time, including eating meals, in this family group. All cabins will be by gender.

Activities

How will majors be different?
  • We are planning changes to some programs to maximize cabin capacities and create the most effective family groups.
    • Explorers: 1st Session by gender; 2nd & 3rd Sessions will be co-ed
    • SVR Mountain programs:  
      • Girls programs and boys programs all three sessions
        • 1st Session (Camp United): 
          • Mountaineers and Challengers girls will be combined
          • Mountaineers and Challengers boys will be combined
        • 2nd Session: 
          • Mountaineers and Challengers girls may be combined, depending on enrollment numbers; Mountaineers and Challengers boys may be combined, depending on enrollment numbers
          • Challengers Outcamp enrollment open to boys and girls with final decisions made in spring once enrollment is known
        • 3rd Session: 
          • Mountaineers and Challengers girls may be combined, depending on enrollment numbers; Mountaineers and Challengers boys may be combined, depending on enrollment numbers
    • Waterfront: Co-ed program all three sessions
    • Buckaroos: No separate Buckaroos program this summer; youngest riders will be a patrol within Sky Valley corral
    • Sky Valley Corral: Campers will be grouped in family groups by patrol; note we are still figuring out how to accommodate boys in the corral because of their small number and limited male staff
    • Cattle Working: Will be part of the Camp United Sky Valley corral
    • Round-Up Corral / Polocrosse: Co-ed programs 2nd & 3rd Sessions
    • Mosaics / Conquerors: Will be combined into a “Mountain Men” program and a “Mountain Women” program in all three sessions
    • Mountain Biking: 
      • Camp United (1st Session): Co-ed, open to MS-HS boys and girls
      • 2nd & 3rd Sessions: Only Round-Up boys
    •  Rafting and Kayaking:
      • Camp United (1st session): Rafting capped at 15 campers 
      • 2nd Session: Rafting capped at 10 boys and 10 girls
      • 3rd Session: Rafting and Kayaking combined will be capped at 10 boys and 10 girls
  • Program capacities will be more limited this summer. We encourage campers to sign up for their desired majors as soon as possible. 
  • Campers will not be able to switch programs or cabins once they get to camp. 
  • We will be accommodating stayover campers at camp. 
  • If you have any questions about the program(s) your camper is signed up for, please be in touch with Linda Clarke or any of the camp directors.
Will there be free choice activities? Evening programs?
  • Yes, we will have free choice activities and evening programs. We plan to offer primarily outdoor activities where family groups can come together and play while easily being physically distanced. We’ll also continue to follow mask and cleaning / sanitizing guidelines for these activities.
Will masks be required?
  • We expect masks to be required in public indoor spaces, such as the lodges, Valerie / Chuckwagon, the Hub, and arts & crafts.
  • Masks will not be required when just a family group is together.
  • Masks will be required if there is mixing between family groups.

Arrival and Departure at Camp

Should I quarantine before coming to camp?
  • We encourage campers / participants to limit their interactions in the two weeks leading up to their arrival at camp, especially during the final week and days before camp starts.
What will arrival at camp look like?
  • We are recommending driving to camp. An airport run will be available – see Transportation below for details.
  • Screening questions will be asked for each camper at the hay barn upon your arrival at camp.
  • We will unload campers and luggage from the vehicle at their cabins. Parents and family will not be allowed in cabins.
Will there be a Family Day at the end of the session?
  • With the current regulations, we will not run an end of session Family Day.
How do I collect my child at the end of camp?
  • Families will arrive at the cabin to collect their campers. Staff will load up luggage and campers and say goodbye. Parents and family will not be allowed in cabins.

Transportation

Will there be an airport run?
  • Our first choice is for families to drop off their children at camp. However, we do plan to offer limited airport transportation this summer.
  • Families who drop off kids can send them home on airplanes.
  • Families will need to do a screening for each child just before putting them on the plane and send the sheet with the camper. Staff will confirm the screening on the same sheet when they arrive at the airport.
  • Campers will be collected at the airport and transported on charter buses by family groups sitting together and space between each group. Masks will be required on the buses.
  • The cost will be increased to accommodate buses at half capacity.
What will “in-camp” transportation look like?
  • Similar to last year, family groups will aim to stay together when traveling in vans. If campers need to be mixed, van/bus capacity will be reduced to 50%, masks will be required and ventilation will be increased.

Incident Response

What happens if someone is showing symptoms of Covid-19 at camp?
  • The person showing symptoms is moved to a separate location for prayer and healing.
  • If symptoms continue, they will be moved to an area for isolation.
  • That person’s family group goes into quarantine, which means food is brought to their cabin and they won’t interact with any other groups. They are still able to do activities. This group will be monitored for anyone else showing symptoms.
  • If the original person showing symptoms opts to take a test and it comes back negative, the person can rejoin their group and all resume camp as normal.
  • If the original person showing symptoms opts to take a test and it comes back positive, the person remains in isolation and their family group remains in quarantine.
  • We are researching whether campers / staff in isolation or quarantine will be permitted to leave camp in a private vehicle.
Will campers or staff be required to take a test if they are showing symptoms?
  • We will not require campers or staff to take a test.
  • We will discuss the option of testing with staff or parents, if the situation arises.
  • We will accommodate any request from a camper family or staff member to take a test.

Bunkhouse Parents

Will there be Bunkhouse parents in 2021?
  • Yes. Bunkhouse parents would be in a family group within the cabin.
  • They might need to be distanced from their own kids in a different cabin during the camp session.
What jobs could they still do?
  • Yes – inspection, laundry, store (anything individual or distanced)
  • No – dishes (nothing working in a group together)
  • They wouldn’t be able to be a BHP family group.
  • BHPs would be governed by the same rules as staff in different family groups.

Day Camp

Will Day Camp be offered?
  • Yes, we are planning to offer two five-day sessions of Day Camp during 3rd Session. The Day Campers will be kept separate from overnight campers.

Family Camp

How will meals be structured?
  • Similar to last year, each family will be considered a “family group.” If you would like another family to be part of your group, that is entirely your choice. Members from different family groups are not allowed to eat together inside. One option to visit with other families is to eat outside, six feet apart.
Will Kids Camp be offered?
  • We will offer some level of child care and kids activities utilizing smaller, consistent groups. It will not be the traditional model of all kids nine and under being together in Kids Camp.

Staff FAQs

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Living and Working

What will this summer look like compared to last summer?
  • Staff Development
    • You will be in a program family group for the entire time. Eat, sleep, develop.
  • During Camp Sessions
    • Living in cabins by programs, if you share a bathroom you are a family group.
    • Cabin assignments/family groups may change between sessions.

Staff Time Off

Will staff be allowed to leave property on their day off?
  • Yes, staff are allowed to leave property on their day off so long as they abide by the same protocols in place at camp and as a community member of Chaffee County.
What staff mixing between family groups will be allowed?
  • Staff mixing between family groups will be limited to minimize the reach of someone’s contact trace.
  • Specific expectations will be decided closer to summer based on the current situation.
What does contact tracing involve?
  • You are in someone’s contact trace if you are within six feet for a total of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period, regardless of whether or not you are wearing a mask.

CIT Program

What will the CIT program look like this summer?
(This is a broad description with many details still to be worked out.)
  • CITs would live and train with program staff during Staff Development.
  • CITs would live together in a CIT cabin starting 1st Session, and not live in camper cabins during youth sessions.
  • 1st Session
    • Specific CIT program will include working in the lodges, training sessions, and bonding time.
  • 2nd Session
    • CITs would work in either Valerie or Chuckwagon Lodge and join programs daily.
  • 3rd Session
    • CITs would work in either Valerie or Chuckwagon Lodge and join programs daily.
    • CITs could choose to be Group Leaders for Day Camp as their program.