Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated as of Friday, July 30, 2020
Program Update 6/30
Face coverings required for staff and guests:
Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center is in compliance with Governor Roy Cooper’s statewide mandatory facemask Executive Order.
While Governor Cooper’s Executive Order requires all persons ages 11 and older to wear a facemask, Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center requires all program participants and staff to wear a mask,based on guidance received from local health authorities.
Since the first day of camp this summer, we have had some concern expressed about the camp’s requirement that all campers and staff wear a mask while they are on campus. If you are considering registering a camper for one of our Day or Resident weeks, please read the material below regarding our requirement and the reasoning behind our requirement.
Three of the primary reasons why we are requiring masks for both Day and Resident camp are:
First, since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been some ambiguity as to whether or not masks are beneficial toward limiting the spread of COVID-19. In recent weeks, more and more studies have shown and experts are strongly advocating the wearing of masks as a legitimate means to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Second, over the past month, we have also discovered that the wearing of masks is a constant reminder to social distance; they tend to limit someone touching his/her face, and masks tend to make the statement that our actions have a direct effect on others. As a teachable moment, we have created a buff (bandana that fits around the neck and can be lifted up over the mouth and nose) which says, “Because we care about you.”
Finally, an important part of our summer protocol are wellness checks (blood oxygen level and temperature check) three times a day with both Day and Resident campers. However, one of the more challenging aspects of COVID-19 is that some who have the virus are asymptomatic. We require masks because we want to do everything we can to ensure a child or staff who may have COVID-19, but is not showing any overt symptoms, could not inadvertently give it to someone else.
Despite the reasons noted above, our primary goal is to make sure both parent and camper are comfortable with our expectations and ultimately have a good experience while on campus. To that end, we are encouraging parents to send their campers to camp for at least the first day. If after the first day, the child would rather not return because of the mask, we will refund the remaining 4 days’ fee. As of June 19, every camper has enthusiastically stayed the rest of the week.
Until Further notice all retreat/ rental groups must comply with the following guidelines:
No more than 25 in an outdoor gathering
No more than 10 in an inside gathering unless:
Dining at the dining hall (max 100 using both sides)
In a worship service
Masks must be worn indoors and around RF staff.
RF staff will maintain a 6'+ distance from guests.
All participants must sign a Retreat Adventure Waiver addendum pertaining to COVID-19.
All group leaders must sign a contract addendum pertaining to COVID-19.
Thank you for considering Camp Rockfish as a retreat and recreation destination and we hope to see you soon.
Program Update 5/15: Like the rest of our nation, Camp Rockfish is slowly opening its gates to serve our community. Following federal, state and county health guidelines, on Monday, May 25th we will host a Christ-centered, small group, outdoor adventure Spring Day Camp for grades K-8. We hope this will be the first of 2 week-long Spring Day Camps through June 5th. Because Camp Rockfish has always operated on a small-group model, we are able to keep much of our exciting Day Camp experience intact while making only a few changes to our programming. In order for us to offer these Spring Day Camp opportunities, we must have at least twenty four (24) registrations each week. Online registration is currently open (click HERE to register). So that we can be fully prepared for a wonderful and safe adventure, we ask those who are going to register for the week of May 25th to register as soon as possible. We look forward to opening our camp and our hearts to God's marvelous creation and what God has in store for us in this season.
Health and Wellness
We have created check-in, social distancing, and sanitation processes to be implemented even before campers come on camp. These procedures will include a health screening, drive-in drop off and pick-up, temperature checks for campers and staff every day, cleaning protocol before and after activities, and social distancing measures during activities. A full explanation of what campers and parents can expect will be sent to parents upon registration.
Our current plans are to utilize every activity typically available in years past for Spring and Summer Day Campers with the exception of large group games. Since our mission is to help campers experience, grow in, and understand the love of Jesus, we will offer a time of worship and engagement with God’s Word. All devotional times will be facilitated by a small group leader.
We realize the recent shut down has severely impacted many families in our area and the $175 cost for a week of Day Camp may be a challenge. We want to encourage every family to avoid letting the cost of Day Camp keep them from sending a child to camp. Please reach out to the office for more information on how to receive campership funds.
Current Camper Health
Camp Rockfish has always sought to meet the physical needs and safety of our campers and staff. In light of the current pandemic, we are recommending that campers with preexisting health conditions wait until next year to come to camp. Likewise, if a camper is living with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is medically fragile, that they wait until next summer to come to camp.
Summer Day Camp
We are still planning to offer a full Summer Day Camp experience starting June 8th. Parents can register for any of our ten (10) week-long camp offerings by visiting CLICKING HERE.
We are honored to continue to serve our community. Again, if you have any questions prior to registering, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Camp Office at (910) 425-3529.
Program Update 4/22: Camp Rockfish's regular programs are currently not being offered through April 30, 2020. Please email with any questions. All previously made reservations for this time period, have been and will be fully refunded. Reservations for summer camp and retreats are still moving forward. Camp Rockfish will continue to monitor the situation and adjust session offerings accordingly.
Camper and retreat guest health and safety is our top priority at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center. To mitigate and manage the exposure of viral infections such as coronavirus (COVID-19) and the flu, we have communicable disease plans and procedures in place that will be revised in cooperation with public health authorities as additional information becomes available. Camp Rockfish is currently working closely with local officials from Hoke, Cumberland, and Robeson County Health Departments to monitor and prevent the spread of communicable disease.
What is Camp Rockfish doing to protect you?
Hand washing: Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center encourages proper hand washing methods to prevent the spread of disease. Posters demonstrating proper hand washing techniques are posted in all camp restrooms.
Sanitizing Stations: Hand sanitizer is made available at every food serving line, as well as in every occupied cabin.
Touch Free Waste Disposal: Touch-free waste receptacles are made available in all lodging, dining, and meeting spaces.
Surface Sanitization: All surfaces, including but not limited to tables, handrails, and door knobs, are cleaned with a bleach/water mixture prior to a group’s arrival, midway through their stay, and upon their departure during peak flu season, December through March. This normal procedure has been indefinitely extended.
Environmental Cleaning: Routine environmental cleaning (wiping down of outdoor trashcans, prompt trash removal, outdoor spigot/sink/water station cleaning) will also occur within areas utilized by After School Adventure campers, retreat guests, staff, and homeschool program attendees.
Health Screening: All retreat groups (overnight and day) have the opportunity upon request to have Camp Rockfish facilitate a health screening of all of their organization’s retreat participates upon arrival to Camp Rockfish. The Health Screening will include a questionnaire and recording of the participant’s temperature. Camp Rockfish asks that all groups have a plan in place should one of their participant’s not pass the Health Screening. If retreat groups are willing to do this PRIOR to their stay at Camp Rockfish, Camp Rockfish is more than happy to share the questionnaire and resources with your group.
All guests are encouraged to verify the health and symptoms of retreat/conference participants before coming to Camp Rockfish. Any camper, guest, or employee who has symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing or other symptoms altering medicines. All employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they have observed any of the symptoms noted below.
What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Shortness of breath
Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for further information.
CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center’s Health Screening Protocol
A Health Screening is to be conducted by Camp Rockfish’s wellness team within 24 hours of participant arrival (campers, guests, and employees). The practice is a risk management strategy to (a) protect the camp community from preventable illness and (b) obtain current health information for each person. The procedure updates the health form, gathers information about medications, assesses current health status, and specifically asks about exposure to any communicable disease. It is expected that campers, guests, and employees arrive for their camp experience in good health. Camp Rockfish reserves the right not to admit a person showing signs or symptoms of any communicable disease or viral infection.
A member of Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center’s year-round senior staff will be present for all groups’ arrival and Health Screening. Additional Rockfish staff are authorized to conduct Health Screenings for incoming campers, guests, and employees according to the following procedures:
Record the current temperature of the guest/camper
Obtain answers to the following health related questions:
Does the guest/camper show any signs/symptoms of illness or injury upon arrival?
i.Cough, Fever, Shortness of breath
Does the guest/camper have a history of exposure to communicable disease?
Do guest/camper need to highlight or add any information to their health history?
Has the guest/camper traveled out of United States of American within the past three months?
Has the guest/camper been in contact with anyone who has traveled out of United States of American within the past three months?
Has the guest/camper been in contact with anyone who currently has COVID-19?
3. When the Health Screening is complete, the Camp Rockfish employee will sign and date the screening document.
Significant findings from the Health Screening will be acted upon as warranted by the situation. Group leaders, parents, and adult participants will be notified of potential health concerns identified in the screening process by a senior Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center employee.