We eagerly look forward to welcoming campers back to Glen Arden for our 70th summer of operation. While we were sad that camp could not take place in 2020, we spent that time gaining a greater understanding of COVID-19 and how to provide the best camp experience in 2021. We strongly believe that children need camp more than ever and look forward to filling these mountains with the laughter, love, and friendship of our campers once again.
We plan to operate camp as normally as possible, while making necessary adjustments to programming and following best practices to ensure the safety of our campers and staff. Upgrades to the facility, from additional hand washing stations to telehealth technology in our infirmary, will aid us in providing the safest summer possible. Smaller cabin area groups may be necessary at the start of a session. While not likely, limitations created by the smaller group division may affect the availability of some camp activities. Protocols may change as we receive guidance from local, state, and national authorities, and we will adjust as required.
Below we have provided some frequently asked questions to help you understand our adjustments to the program where campers will be most affected. While we will make every effort to operate camp in a safe and responsible manner, it is important to note we cannot guarantee that we can operate this summer without exposure to COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.
If a camper cannot attend camp due to a confirmed and active case of COVID-19 we will refund tuition that has been paid, minus any credit card transaction fees.
Cancellations for any reason other than active COVID-19 cases or closure of the camp prior to opening will be subject to Glen Arden’s normal cancellation policy.
Glen Arden will follow the state of NC guidelines for campers testing positive for COVID-19 before arriving at camp. If your daughter has tested positive for COVID-19, she must be symptom free with a negative COVID-19 test presented upon arrival at camp.
Campers will be required to wear masks when they are in enclosed spaces or outside of their cabin area groups and unable to maintain more than 6 feet of distance. Masks will not be required when campers are in open air spaces (and able to maintain social distance) or when they are within their cabin area groups.
Partnering with our families to ensure that campers arrive at camp healthy is our top priority. As guidelines from the CDC and NC Health Department continue to evolve, we expect that pre-camp screening requirements will likely include an at home isolation period, negative COVID-19 test before arriving at camp, and daily temperature and symptom screening logs in the days leading up to arrival.
We will continue to place campers in cabins based on their grade-age. Mutual cabin requests will be honored in the order they are received. Smaller than normal cabin groups may be necessary.
The activities that campers love and look forward to will be available this summer, with possible reductions in the number of campers per activity session. Progressions will be available in afternoons.
This summer will still be filled with the exciting and fun evening programs that we have had in the past - and a few new ones, too! If guidelines require, some programs may be operated by age groups to limit group size.
Our infirmary will be staffed with full-time nurses as usual. Pre-camp screening and testing will be required for all campers. Hand washing and sanitizing stations have been added around camp for campers to use, as necessary. Daily screening and temperature checks will be conducted by our medical staff. Campers will wear a mask when they are inside closed spaces or outside of their cabin area groups. Masks will not need to be worn while in cabins, in activities with cabin groups, or during outdoor activities in which social distancing is possible.
Should your daughter become sick at camp, our medical staff will admit her into our infirmary for observation and to monitor symptoms. If COVID-19 is suspected and she tests positive for it, we will require that you make arrangements to pick her up within 24 hours. Our medical staff will provide care for her until you can arrive.
We contract with a team of local doctors at Blue Ridge Health that provide health services to camp. A kiosk equipped with digital diagnostic equipment and person-to-person video imaging is located in our infirmary. This technology will allow our nurses to work with doctors without physically having to take campers in for office visits. Having this technology limits the exposure that may occur in a doctor’s office. Should a camper need a procedure or a physical exam, campers will be seen by a physician either on-site at camp or at one of the Blue Ridge Health locations. Our doctors also have admitting privileges at Margaret R. Pardee Hospital, where emergency room services are available.
No. We cannot guarantee that your daughter will not be exposed to COVID-19. Please review all of our FAQ’s above for more information on our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at camp, or please give us a call with further questions.