COVID-19 STATEMENT

From the Director

Christian camping has faithfully served hundreds of thousands of children, adults, and families across the state of Michigan for decades.  Camp provides a safe place for children and families to experience unconditional love and acceptance, get outdoors, take a break from technology, try new things, meet new friends, and have fun in a unique environment.
 
Now, more than ever, is a crucial time for kids to experience the positive benefits of camp.  Children have been dealing with so many disappointments as they have not been able to see friends and family in weeks and school was canceled without closure.  Across the state, children are asking for the opportunity to return to normal.  For many of them camp is a vital piece of their summer experience.

The physical health and safety of our campers and their families is our number one priority, and we will not run camp if it is not safe to do so.  We also know that there are many benefits of camp for kids who are at an increased risk of anxiety, isolation, and depression because of recent events.  

Bay Shore Camp desires to be a part of the solution.  We have been working diligently on plans to minimize risk including enhanced health screening practices, check-in and program modifications, and food service and accommodations plans, and we are working to share these with government officials.  

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Our Decision Making Process

Bay Shore Camp is currently operating under Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan. Under this plan, swimming pools and day camps are permitted to open subject to safety guidance to mitigate the risk of infection. On June 12, the Governor announced the opening of overnight summer camps effective, June15. At this time, we continue operate under the Phase 4 guidelines of indoor, in person gatherings of no more than 10 persons, and outdoor gatherings of no more than 100 persons.

Operational decisions are being made using the following criteria:

  • Federal and State mandates
  • CDC, State, and local health department recommendations
  • Proper mitigation process that can realistically be implemented
  • What is wise for our guests and staff

In mid-May, the American Camping Association released a “Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance.” 

This is a comprehensive, 80+ page document outlining recommended protocols for the operation of overnight camps.  We have been using the guidance in that document, to prepare for the opening of camp. 

The State of Michigan, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued the “Guidelines for Camp Operations during COVID-19.” 

This is very similar to the document from the American Camping Association, and was developed using information from the ACA and CDC, but is not as comprehensive.

Additionally, per the LARA guidelines, we have developed a “COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

We are a licensed camp and will only operate in accordance within the limits of what is required.

Overview of Camp Operations

Under current guidelines and restrictions here’s an overview of what you and your camper can expect at camp.

Campers are being expected to conduct some pre-camp health screening in an effort to know that campers are arriving at camp healthy.

Campers will be assigned to a consistent small group. That small group will do everything together including sleeping in a cabin, sitting together at meals and worship, and participating in group activities.  For now, the recommendation is for less than 10 campers per small group. That small group will function much like a family, with no requirement for social distancing. Although, campers will be asked to honor an alternating, head to toe, sleeping arrangement.

Social distancing between small groups will be expected during large group gatherings.

Our dining hall capacity has been reduced to allow for social distancing between tables.  Campers will be served their meals as always, but there will be no self-serve items or salad bar.  Food service staff are required to wear masks.

Swimming pool capacity has been reduced by more than half.  Chlorine is effective in killing the COVID-19 virus.

Seamless bandanas are being provided to all campers, counselors and staff to be used as a face covering if deemed necessary.  Masks will be laundered as needed.

Cleaning and sanitizing procedures are being modified to meet or exceed the minimum recommendations.

The Health Standards of Care have been updated to include COVID-19.  In the event a camper, counselor or staff member are determined to be showing common symptoms of COVID-19, they will be isolated and sent home as soon as a transportation can be arranged.

Bay Shore Camp is closed to all non-essential visitors when camp is in session.

Questions may be directed to: Jeff Parsons, Executive Director at 989-883-2501 or director@bayshorecamp.org.

Programs That Have Been Canceled or Rescheduled

Due to the “Stay Home” orders that have impacted our spring programming, the following events have been postponed or cancelled.

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  • Family Fun Days, Rescheduled to June 19-20

 

  • Fishing Camp, June 14-19 Canceled

  • Jr. High Camp, Rescheduled to July 5-10

  • Basketball Camp, Rescheduled to August 9-14

  • Primary Camp, Rescheduled to June 28-30

Programs Still Running as Scheduled

At this time we are still planning on moving forward with our remaining summer camp programs.  Camp is the perfect cure for cabin fever and we would love to help your child have a life-changing week where they can make new friends, have a blast and grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus.

Still scheduled to run as planned

         

Open Community Swim, Every Saturday, 1:00p.m.-5:00 p.m., Weather Permitting

           

            Primary Plus Camp, June 28-July 3

            Jr. Music Camp, June 28-July 3

            Senior High Camp, July 5-10

            Soccer Camp, July 12-17

            Worship Arts Camp, July 12-17

            Junior Camp, July 19-24

            Day Camp, July 20-23

            Family Camp, July 25-31

            Baseball Camp, August 2-7

            Softball Camp, August 2-7

            Volleyball Camp, August 2-7

            Teddy Bear Camp 1, August 9-11

            Teddy Bear Camp 2, August 12-14

            Lloyd Severance Thumb Gospel Convention, August 27-30

 

We are still taking Registrations for Summer Camp. Register Here.

Cancellation/Refund Policies

Summer Camp:

If your camp week is cancelled, we will help you transfer to a new date or provide a full refund.  You could also choose to invest back into Bay Shore Camp and donate all or part of your registration fee to the ministry.  Should your economic situation change and you are no longer able to send your child to camp, you may also apply for a campership or you can receive a full refund.

Bay Shore Programmed Retreats or Guest Groups:

If any Federal or State mandates are made that do not allow the experience to happen, we will work to reschedule your event, when possible.  Group leaders should contact our office.

Additional Resources

Further information on the virus and preventative steps that should be taken can be found on the following websites.

CDC general site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

MDHHS general site: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

District Health Department #10: https://www.dhd10.org/coronavirus/

Tips For Talking With Your Children About COVID-19: Parent Handout

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