Rock Mountain Bible Camp Health & Safety Plan


Health & Safety Guidelines         

The health and safety of our guests, campers, and staff 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 given to enable us to safely operate our camp and campground.

  • PA MITIGATION ORDERS:
    • https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
    • KEY PRINCIPLES INCLUDE
      • Rock Mountain will operate at 75% maximum occupancy or less, depending on the use/function of specific spaces and/or facilities.
      • CDC & DOH guidance for social distancing, universal masking, and facility cleaning will be followed.
      • Spaces used for “religious services” (spaces whose primary use are gospel-centered ministry, Biblical education, and/or spiritual enrichment) are exempt from DOH gathering limits.  We will setup spaces for appropriate physical distancing.
      • Any use of our facilities for special events/gathering beyond our normal operations as a Camp/Campground will abide by DOH event/gathering limits.
  • PA GUIDANCE ON SUMMER CAMPS:
  • CDC SUMMER CAMP RECOMMENDATIONS:
    • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html
    • KEY PRINCIPLES INCLUDE
      • Actively encourage staff and campers who are sick or have recently had a close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home.
      • Teach & reinforce hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and use of face coverings.
      • Campers should maintain 6’ physical distancing whenever possible.
      • Campers should be placed into smaller groups (cohorts), and stay together for as much of the program as possible.
      • Outdoor gathering and activities prioritized.
      • Discourage sharing items that are difficult to clean/sanitize.

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, etc.). 
  • All organized youth/church groups are required to provide their own medical staff, ppe, and first aid supplies.
  • In the Organized Camp setting, a “household” is defined by persons who share the same lodging unit: a cabin, dorm, lodge, trailer, house, or tent.
  • All RMBC staff, campers, guests, and visitors will be instructed to maintain 6’ physical distancing, and use facemasks/shields according to the current PA Universal Facecoverings Order when using shared indoor spaces and/or shared activity spaces with individuals who are not in the same “household,”  unless they meet one of the exceptions in Section 3 of the Order.
  • Face masks are not be required (1) while in assigned lodging space, (2) while using an indoor facility with persons within their household (the space is not being shared with persons from another household),  (3) while seated at a table in order to eat and/or drink, (4) while outdoors, (5) if wearing a face mask would create an unsafe condition, (6) while seated at an assigned seat in a learning space and distanced 6′ apart,  or (7) engaged in any activity at least six feet apart (e.g. face covering breaks, recess, etc.).
  • 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 will be limited to 75% maximum occupancy , while maintaining proper distancing. 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 all surfaces disinfected between groups.
  • Seating will be arranged by households/cabin groups (up to 8) or a maximum of 4 persons per table from various cabin groups. Tables will be set up with additional space in between tables to maintain physical distancing. 
  • Facemasks will be worn at all times in the Dining Room, except when seated at a table in order to eat/drink.
  • Meals will be served cafeteria-style. RMBC staff will serve food portions while wearing appropriate PPE (Masks, gloves, etc). Guests will be dismissed in an organized manner, to allow for social distancing. RMBC will post appropriate signage & floor markings to allow proper direction of travel and maintain distancing.
  • All condiments will be available in single-serve containers.
  • Customized salads will 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, including all high-touch surfaces such as light switches, tables, chairs, and drink machines.

Meeting Rooms/Worship Spaces

  • Camp meeting rooms, including Lakeview Lodge and the Worship Room will be limited to 75% maximum occupancy, while maintaining proper distancing.  Overflow meeting spaces can be made available, including Lakeview Lodge for Main Camp Groups, or utilizing the gym, breakout meeting rooms, and the 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, mountain vista fire circle, and Lakeview fire circle can be used to create a safe meeting space.

Cabins & Lodging

  • Cabin & gym dorm will be limited to 75% maximum occupancy, and will not exceed 16 persons.
  • Main Building dorms will be limited to 75% maximum occupancy, and will not exceed 20 persons.
  • Camping Cabins will be limited to 75% maximum occupancy, and will not exceed 8 persons.
  • Our main camp cabins include built in barriers between beds, increasing the distance 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 &/or Pickering Lodge guest rooms will be limited to 75% maximum occupancy, and will not exceed 3 persons.

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 masking/distancing guidelines.
  • 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 75% maximum occupancy (54 persons).
  • Hayrides will be limited to 75% maximum occupancy (22 persons).
  • Facilitated activities such as laser tag, zip-line, 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 daily by RMBC staff including all high-touch surfaces.
  • All restrooms in use will be sanitized daily.
  • Cabins will be sanitized 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 unique. However, there are ways to encourage social-distancing requirements while still meeting the needs of campers.

  • We encourage keeping lodging groups (“households”) together for organized activities, or limiting the mixing of lodging groups to limit contact between lodging groups.
  • 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 hygiene, social distancing, and masking 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 within a 24 hour period) 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 law.
    • Ensure that the business has a sufficient number of employees to perform the above protocols effectively and timely.
    • The Rock Mountain Staff member should not return to work until cleared to do so by a medical professional, in accordance with the DOH & CDC’s guidance. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/return-to-work.html