Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated as of June 5, 2022
Program Update: 6/24/2022
The protection of your children and our staff continues to be our first priority here at Rockfish. The measures we take to protect everyone at Rockfish range from staff background checks to training to group sizes to special protocols when we are under heat advisories or storm warnings and more. Today we are writing to inform you of another way we are working to protect your children.
As you may know Camp Rockfish is part of the greater organization of three camps- North Carolina United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries. NCUMCRM has determined for the betterment of our campers, staff, and community we are moving to indoor mask usage. Cabin groups will not wear masks inside their own cabin.
The blessing of Camp Rockfish is we are a nearly entirely outdoor program. The only area this will affect is dining in our dining hall. We will be asking campers to wear a mask when we go into the dining hall, when getting food, using the restroom, or getting drinks. Masks will not be required when campers and staff are actively eating. To alleviate any stress this may cause, we are also looking into options regarding eating outdoors where masks are not required.
As we stand in solidarity with the decisions regarding mask usage brought to us by NCUMCRM, we are excited for the support we know our Camp Rockfish families will show us during this time. As always, our decisions are based on the best practice to protect your children and our Rockfish community. We want to thank you in advance for your support and offer for you to contact us with any questions you may have by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 910.425.3529
Program Update: 3/18/2022
Face Covering Changes: Per NC Department of Health and Human Services guidance for overnight camps ( https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/media/28/download?attachment ): Guests are not required to wear masks & face coverings in any outdoor camp spaces, masks are suggested and encouraged when social distancing is not an option or when groups are mingling. We will continue to offer single-use masks in our shared and more trafficked areas.
Program Update 6/5/2022- We currently do not require testing or vaccinations for our summer camp guests this can change at any time due to the most current CDC, DHHS, and ACA guidance for safe operating in summer 2022.
We value your partnership as we work together to provide a safe and healthy summer camp experience for the children and youth of our community. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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.
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.
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