North Central Camp Cherith
Response to MN Mask Mandate
On July 22, 2020, MN Governor Walz issued a mask mandate that begins on Friday, 7/24/20 at 11:59 P.M. In order to be in compliance with this mandate, North Central Camp Cherith is implementing the following:
1. All campers and staff should bring a mask with them to camp. Masks need to be labeled with the camper’s name.
2. Camper who are taking the bus from the Twin Cities to camp will need to wear a mask on the bus.
3. When at camp, campers will be asked to wear masks in the following types of situations:
a. In the Tuck Shop.
b. Activities such as woodworking, crafts, and nature will meet outside as much as possible. When meeting inside is necessary, masks will be required.
c. If inclement weather causes us to be inside in mixed cabin groups, masks will need to be worn.
d. Sweat and serve campers and kitchen aides will need to wear campers when working in the kitchen and when bringing food to the tables.
4. The Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Overnight Camps states the following: “The Executive Order also does not require face coverings when a person is unable to tolerate wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability.” If your child cannot wear a mask for one of these reasons, please contact our health and safety nurse, Katherine Argo, at 651-431-8502 to discuss the situation, and she will help decide if we are able to accommodate the camper’s needs at this time.
We are thrilled that you are registered to be a camper, or thinking about being a camper at Camp Cherith this summer! What a whirlwind it’s been. We’ve planned and advertised a family camp, day camp, and horsemanship lessons, and have good numbers signed up for each program. Registrar Gerri Wilson has been busy switching campers to other weeks of camp, and registering new campers. Glitter and Squirrel are training our all-summer staff, and we are just about ready to go with regular overnight camp!
Please note the following information regarding our COVID-19 plans for camp.
1. We will be calling all camper families 1-3 days before they leave for camp and asking if the camper has any symptoms that could indicate a COVID-19 infection, or has been exposed to or potentially exposed to COVID-19. If there are any red flags, our nurse will contact the family.
2. Informative COVID-19 related links:
Parent Letter outlining important changes to our program due to COVID-19 guidelines
COVID-19 Waiver for campers: If you won’t be dropping off your own campers at camp or at the bus, please print and sign the waiver, and send it to camp with your campers.
3. Check-in/check-out changes:
Check-in is on Sunday from 1-3 P.M. Check-in will be drive-thru style, with staggered arrival times this year due to COVID-19. If possible, please arrive within the following time frame based on the first letter of the camper’s last name. If you are transporting campers with different last names, choose the time for one of their names.
Check-out is on Friday from 3:00-4:00 PM. Due to COVID-19, we are staggering pick up times. Please pick up your campers at the following times if at all possible:
4. Extra items to pack for 2020:
Because we will be taking daily temperatures, you may want to send a thermometer with your camper. We will have a forehead thermometer for each age group, but it will speed things up if some campers have their own thermometers.
We have been stocking up on hand sanitizer and will have it in every area of camp, but we’d love it if campers had their own hand sanitizer as well!
5. Activity Notes: Because of the need for kids to mix less with other age groups this summer, activity choices will be more limited than in normal years. We apologize in advance that some campers may not be able to participate in their first choice activities due to this COVID-19 requirement.
We will modify plans throughout the summer as guidance changes, and as we see what is, and what isn’t working well. Ultimately, I’m believing God for a quick end to the state of emergency, and an end to COVID-19. I’m trusting that God will help campers grow in amazing ways this summer–spiritually interpersonally, and in their skills.
Kendra “Kenfish” Mohn