June 8, 2020

Dear Parents & Campers,

Thank you for your patience as we waited on word as to whether or not we would be able to proceed with the last four weeks of our Summer 2020 camp. The Alabama Department of Public Health has allowed overnight camps to open this summer, and our Staff and Board have decided to move forward with summer camp! We understand that the coronavirus situation is ongoing and if any developments in the coming weeks cause us to make further changes, we will notify parents immediately.

Please read the following information carefully:

The health and safety of our staff and campers is a priority for us at Camp Victory. We have reviewed guidelines from the CDC, health department, and American Camp Association in order to put procedures in place that we think will provide a safe and healthy environment for all this summer. While the information provided here is not exhaustive, we would like you to know some of the measures we are taking to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at camp. Ultimately, the decision to send your child to camp is a personal one. If you are uncomfortable with the risk of potential exposure to the virus in a summer camp setting, please contact us immediately to cancel your child and receive a refund.

Stopping It Before It Starts

  • Parents will need to complete a Covid-19 screening questionnaire and waiver for each child prior to arrival. This should be brought with you to registration and turned in. Campers will not be allowed to remain at camp without a form signed by a parent/guardian. This form will be posted on our website and a link will be emailed to you ahead of your child’s week. All campers will also be screened by a camp nurse upon arrival, including a thermal temperature scan. Campers who have a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or who exhibit signs of sickness will not be allowed to stay.

  • Registration on Monday mornings will be staggered to limit crowding. You will receive a registration time window and we ask that you do everything you can to arrive within that window. We also ask that whenever possible only one person arrive with the camper for drop off. Parents will be able to take their campers through registration and drop them off at the cabins. Parents will not be allowed inside the cabins during drop off times this year. This is to protect your child since the cabin and mattress will have been sanitized prior to arrival. Your child’s counselor will be at the cabin ready and willing to help campers unpack and get settled right away.

Preventing Exposure and Spreading of Germs

  • Each cabin group will be considered a “household” for the week and will stick together for all activities and meetings. Cabin groups will be practicing social distancing from other cabin groups. Our staff will use face coverings at times when social distancing from others outside their group is not possible. We are also working to provide camp “buffs” for each camper in the event that a facial covering for campers is needed.

  • Meals and chapel services will be staggered to allow for increased distancing and disinfection between uses. We will also utilize outdoor gatherings as needed.

  • All staff members will be trained on identifying common signs and symptoms of illness in campers and the protocols to follow should those occur. We have two camp nurses on staff each week. Any camper exhibiting signs of Covid-19 or with a temperature greater that 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be isolated and sent home.

  • We have enhanced our cleaning and disinfecting procedures, including adding hand washing stations, making hand sanitizer available in all buildings and at activities, cleaning frequently touched surfaces multiple times a day, and cleaning recreation equipment in between groups to the greatest extent possible.

  • **Because of an increased need for deep cleaning of cabins and buildings at camp between groups, we are changing pick up time to Friday evening (between 6:15-7:00)!** This will give our staff the extra time needed to prepare camp for the next week.

  • Campers will not be allowed to leave camp during the week and return this year (for ball practice, appointments, etc.) Please understand this is to limit exposure to the whole group and reschedule any appointments your child may have during his/her week.

  • Though our goal is to run camp safely for all campers, we recognize that it may not be the wisest choice for everyone. If your child or someone in your immediate family is in a high-risk category for health complications from Covid-19, please discuss with your healthcare provider and reconsider attending camp. The CDC recommends that anyone who attends overnight camp limit exposure to those over age 65 or those at high risk for 14 days after attending the event. If you feel the need to cancel your child, we have amended our cancellation policy this year so that you will receive a full refund as long as you contact us before Monday registration.

Please feel free to call or email the camp office if you have specific questions regarding your child’s week of camp. For those wondering about a Teen Week option, we are still looking at school schedules and working through details; a decision will be made and announced soon.

Pray with us…

  1. That God will give us wisdom as we work through these new guidelines.

  2. That God would prepare the hearts of all our staff and speakers to share His Word clearly and the hearts of all campers to hear His Word and respond.

  3. That God would protect us from all illness.

  4. That memories would be made and lives would be changed during this unprecedented summer!