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.

On May 28, 2021 mitigation orders were lifted in PA.

On June 28, 2021, the Universal Face Covering Order was lifted.

  • 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 appropriate 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, or has had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 and is under a quarantine or isolation order from a public health official or medical professional 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 good hand hygiene, maintain appropriate distancing, and report signs/symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible.
  • 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.
  • Hand sanitizer and soap will available in restrooms, and common areas of camp.

Dining Room & Meals

  • Our dining room will be setup for adequate seating to allow 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.
  • Hand sanitizer & disinfectant will be available to guests in the dining room.
  • All high-touch surfaces in the dining room will be sanitized after each mealtime.

Meeting Rooms/Worship Spaces

  • Camp meeting rooms, including Lakeview Lodge and the Worship Room will setup in order to maintaining proper distancing as needed.  
  • Outdoor meeting spaces including the pavilion, outdoor tents, Mountain Vista fire circle, and Lakeview fire circle can be used.

Cabins & Lodging

  • Cabin & gym dorm will not exceed 16 persons.
  • Main Building dorms will not exceed 20 persons.
  • Camping Cabins will not exceed 8 persons.
  • Our main camp cabins include built in barriers between beds, increasing the distance between each camper.
  • Lakeview &/or Pickering Lodge guest rooms 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.
  • 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 COVID-19 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.
  • 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 and social distancing 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.  

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, and will be instructed to consult a medical professional for diagnosis, testing, and care.
  • We request any staff of camper who tests positive with COVID-19 within 2 days of being at camp to notify camp administration.
  • Staff and campers who had close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes within 24 hours) with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will be sent home and will be instructed to consult a medical professional for diagnosis, testing, and care (unless they are fully vaccinated or have fully recovered from a COVID-19 and have no symptoms).
  • 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 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