COVID19 Church Camp Protocols and FAQ’s


Are there going to be COVID19 protocols in place at Buffalo Gap Presbyterian Encampment’s summer children’s and youth church camps?

Yes. The encampment is creating a “pod-style” camp experience that will help contain any spread of the virus to a small group and a mask wearing policy for all camp-wide events.


Will my camper be asked to wear a mask?

Yes. Masks will not be required at all times, but each camper and staff member needs to pack one mask per day they will be at camp. When masks are to be worn, they should cover both the nose and the mouth of the camper.


Will I (a parent or guardian) be asked to wear a mask?

Yes. Please wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when you drop off and pick up your camper from the encampment, including during the final worship service.


What do I need to know about a “pod-style” camp?

Pod rules:

  • When a camper and staff member is with their pod, they do not have to wear a mask. This includes hanging out in the cabin, pod games, arts and crafts, while sitting at meals, shower time, and in the pool. If you are with anyone that is not in your pod, you must wear a mask. This includes counselors that are in other cabins and at Bible lesson times.

  • All campers and staff must wear masks at camp-wide activities. That includes Greet the Sun, camp-wide games, waiting in line for food, and vespers.

  • Every camper and staff member will have a temperature check and screening each morning.


What happens if a camper or a staff member show symptoms of COVID19?

If one person in a pod comes down with symptoms (Fever 100.4⁰F or higher, Cough, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing, Chills, Fatigue, Muscle Pain, Body Aches, Headache, New Loss of Taste or Smell, Sore Throat, Congestion or Runny nose [not associated with seasonal allergies, Nausea or Vomiting Diarrhea], the whole pod must wear masks at all times and stay 6ft away from other pods until test results are received. The individual will be quarantined from other campers until test results are received.


What makes up a pod?

A pod is comprised of two cabins. One girls and one boys cabin will be in each pod.


What other changes can I expect?

  • Campers will not be able to choose their cabins and cabin counselors on the day of check-in as we have done in year’s past. Cabins will be assigned ahead of time. This change is necessary to appropriately build pod groups of equal size and spread campers out across all 6 cabins.

  • The main schedule change will be in the afternoon. The pool time will need to be divided up between the pods as swimming cannot be a masked activity. That means a second round of round-robins will occur in the afternoon. The stations will be pool, an additional bible rotation, and an activity that will be determined by the needs of the day (example, a skit prep time on the night of the talent show). Each of these stations will be an hour and 10 minutes long. All camp-wide games will either be water-less so that mask wearing can occur or the water-oriented activities will be competitions where you stay with your pod.

  • The dance, counselor hunt, capture the flag, and the talent show will still occur, but they will be masked activities.


What will the staff be doing to help keep my camper safe?

  • Each pod will have at least one counselor or CIT in charge of each of the following activities, temperature checks and mask wearing enforcement, crafts, and games. Essentially, there will be one leader in every group that can run whatever activity the group is about to complete. This makes sure each pod has as little cross contamination as possible when not wearing masks and maximized non-mask time.

  • Counselors and CITs will be masked around each other when they are hanging out after hours, especially with counselors and CITs that are not in the same pod.

  • Chaplains, camp directors, the nurse, and the kitchen staff will always have their masks on in the presence of campers and counselors as they will interact with everyone at one point or another.


Are there any COVID19-specific waivers I (the parent or legal guardian) need to sign?

Yes. The first is a general waiver that states you have read the Buffalo Gap Camp COVID19 guidelines, and you have shared its contents with your camper(s). The second will be a document that needs to be signed in the 24 hours before your camper checks in to camp. This waiver will state that you, nor your camper(s) have tested positive for COVID19 in the past 14 days, you nor your camper(s) have not knowingly come in to contact with someone that has COVID19, and that you nor your camper(s) have experienced any COVID19 symptoms in the past 14 days. These waivers will be emailed to the address you provide at registration before camp begins.