Rock Mountain Bible Camp Health & Safety Plan

The health and safety of our guests and campers is our priority. That is why we will comply with the CDC & PA DOH guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.  Below are the standards that have been released to inform our decision about safely operate our camp, campground, and retreat center in the green phase of re-opening in Pennsylvania.

Health & Safety

  • Any camper, guest, or staff member who is sick, has any COVID-19 symptoms and/or has had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 (in the last 14 days) may not attend camp.
  • All RMBC youth programs will conduct appropriate medical screenings (i.e. temperature checks) for all campers and staff at upon arrival to camp, and at the start of each day. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4’F will not be allowed to participate.
  • All organized/church groups are recommended to conduct appropriate medical screenings (i.e. temperature checks). 
  • All organized youth/church groups are required to provide their own medical staff, ppe, and first aid supplies.
  • All RMBC campers and guests will be instructed to maintain 6’ physical/social distancing at all times when interacting with individuals who are not in the same family and/or cabin group. 
  • All RMBC campers, guests, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face-masks and/or shields indoors in shared spaces and/or shared activity areas, unless they meet one of the exceptions in Section 3 of the Order. Facemasks are not required while in assigned cabins/dorms, while using an indoor facility with their cabin/dorm group exclusively (no other groups or individuals sharing the space), while eating/drinking, while outdoors, or if wearing a facemask would create an unsafe condition.
  • Rock Mountain staff will abide by 6’ physical distancing, and/or use personal protective equipment (gloves, face masks, &/or face-shields) when interacting with campers/guests in any indoor facilities or activity area, required by state mandates or CDC recommendations.
  • Rock Mountain staff will conduct personal temperature checks before work, daily.
  • Rock Mountain will proactively address scheduling concerns regarding multiple groups and meals/common spaces as appropriate and dictated by state/CDC guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer and soap will available in restrooms, and common areas of camp.

Dining Room & Meals

  • Our dining room can accommodate 126 while maintaining 40% occupancy. A staggered meal service schedule will be utilized as necessary and/or for multiple organized groups (for example serve one group at 12:00pm, and the next at 12:45), and disinfect all surfaces in between groups.
  • Seating will be arranged by cabin groups (up to 8) or a maximum of 4 persons per table from various cabin groups (50% occupancy). Tables will also be set up with additional space in between tables to assist with maintaining physical distancing. 
  • Meals will be served cafeteria-style. RMBC staff will serve food portions while wearing appropriate PPE (Masks, gloves etc). Guests will be dismissed in a manner to allow for social distancing. RMBC will post appropriate signage & floor markings to allow proper direction of travel and maintain distancing.
  • Masks are not required while seated, but must be worn while moving around the dining room.
  • All condiments will be available in single-serve containers.
  • Customizable salads served by RMBC staff.
  • Hand sanitizer & disinfectant will be available to guests in the dining room.
  • The dining room will be sanitized after each use using appropriate chemicals, and including all high-touch surfaces such as light switches, tables, chairs, and drink machines.

Meeting Rooms

  • Camp meeting rooms, including Lakeview Lodge and the Worship Room will be set at 40% capacity; The Worship Room will not exceed 136, and Lakeview Lodge will not exceed 45.  Overflow meeting spaces can be made available, including Lakeview Lodge for Main Camp Groups, or utilizing the gym, downstairs meeting rooms or dining room. Live-Streaming of services can be coordinated in order to allow guests to be more physically distanced.
  • Outdoor meeting spaces including the pavilion, outdoor tents, Lakeview fire circle, and Mountain Vista fire circle can be used to create a safe, outdoor space.

Cabins & Lodging

  • Cabin & gym dorm occupancy will not exceed 8 campers, Main Building Dorms will not exceed 10 campers. Camping Cabins in the Family Campground will not exceed 4 campers (Junior Camp &/or organized Groups.)
  • All Cabins and Dorms will have appropriate mattresses removed to allow for social distancing.
  • Our main camp cabins include built in barriers between beds, which increases the distance and safety between each camper. Campers should sleep head-to-toe, or be staggered in order to maximize the distance between each person, as recommended by the CDC.
  • Lakeview Lodge rooms should be used by members of the same household, or as single-occupancy spaces.

Program Spaces

  • Outdoor recreation spaces, including the fields, hiking trails, disc golf, and volleyball are available to use without restriction.
  • Indoor spaces such as the game room and gym will be open, with self serve disinfectant available for guest use, in addition to the RMBC staff disinfecting schedule, and subject to social distancing guidelines and occupancy limits (Gym – 128 persons / Gameroom- 57 persons).
  • The lake and boats will be available, with self-serve disinfectant provided, in addition to the RMBC disinfecting procedures.
  • The pool area will be limited to 50% occupancy (35 persons), and social distancing protocols in place.
  • Hayrides will be limited to 50% occupancy (15 persons), or 1 cabin/family group per ride. Railings will be disinfected in between rides.
  • Facilitated activities such as laser tag, zipline, ropes course, and archery will be available and sanitized in between each user or family/cabin group. Activities and availability will be adjusted as needed to maintain group safety.

Cleaning Protocols

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available in all common areas of camp.
  • Appropriate signage regarding hand washing, and health recommendations will be posted in all restrooms.
  • Disinfecting chemicals appropriate to the surface and effective against corona virus will be used in all cleaning procedures.
  • All common areas of camp: Lobby, Meeting Space, Prayer Room, Lakeview, Gym & Game Room will be sanitized twice daily by RMBC staff including all high-touch surfaces.
  • All restrooms in use will be sanitized 3 times per day.
  • Cabins will be sanitized once daily, including high-touch surfaces such as the ladders, light switches and doorknobs.
  • Self-Service disinfectant will be provided to guest group leaders to be used as needed in lodging areas, for game equipment, or as the need arises.

Scheduling & Programs

Each schedule, program and group is completely unique. However, there are ways to encourage social-distancing requirements while still meeting the needs of campers.

  • We encourage keeping cabin groups together for organized activities, or limiting the mixing of campers/groups to limit contact between campers.
  • Use a rotation-based schedule approach, so campers get to do all of the activities, but not all at the same time.
  • Understand, communicate, and encourage appropriate social distancing/ppe protocols during your time at camp.
  • Have increased structure during free time to limit the number of campers in one specific area, and staff appropriately to ensure safe distancing.
  • Move as many activities as possible to an outdoor activity space.
  • Limit the amount of shared-use equipment and supplies. Pre-package as many resources for cabin groups and/or individuals as possible.  
  • Consider a small group approach to chapel times, speakers, and discussion that can be spread out to various areas of camp.

If Someone Becomes Ill:

  • Programs and organized/church groups will have a plan in place to address camper illness with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) during their event. A camp nurse, or other healthcare provider, should use standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people. See: What Healthcare Personnel Should Know About Caring for Patients with Confirmed or Possible COVID-19 Infection.
  • Medical screening of campers and staff will be implemented prior to, and during, their time at camp.
  • Groups are responsible to provide their own first-aid & medical treatment.
  • An isolation room or area to separate anyone who exhibits COVID-like symptoms will be available during each Program or organized Youth/Church group at camp.
  • Staff and campers with symptoms (fever, cough, or runny nose) at camp should immediately be separated.  Individuals who are sick should be cared for following CDC Guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick.
  • Staff and campers who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms should be separated, and follow CDC guidance for community-related exposure. If symptoms develop, individuals who are sick should be cared for following CDC guidance for caring for yourself or others who are sick.
  • Staff and campers with COVID-like symptoms will be sent home.
  • Staff and campers who had close contact with a person with symptoms may be sent home, at the discretion of the Camp Nurse and/or camp leadership.
  • Rock Mountain will disinfect any areas used by the ill person following CDC recommendations and guidelines.
  • Rock Mountain staff will abide by all DOH guidelines, should a staff member become ill.
    • Close-off areas visited by the person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. Open outside doors and windows and use ventilation fans to increase air circulation in the area. Wait a minimum of 24 hours, or as long as practical, before beginning cleaning and disinfection.
    • Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas including, but not limited to, employee break rooms, conference or training rooms and dining facilities, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls, used by the ill person, focusing especially on frequently touched areas
    • Identify employees that were in close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes over the period of 24 hours) with a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 from the period 48 hours before symptom onset, to the time at which the patient isolated
      • If the employee remains asymptomatic, the person should adhere to the practices set out by the CDC in its April 8, 2020 Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practice for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19
      • If the employee becomes sick during the work day, the person should be sent home immediately. Surfaces in the employee’s workspace should be cleaned and disinfected. Information on other employees who had contact with the ill employee during the time the employee had symptoms and 48 hours prior to symptoms should be compiled. Others at the workplace with close contact within 6 feet of the employee during this time would be considered exposed
      • Promptly notify employees who were close contacts of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the business premises, consistent with applicable confidentiality laws
      • Ensure that the business has a sufficient number of employees to perform the above protocols effectively and timely