Health Announcements

for all camp and retreat centers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

Please note, the statement will be updated as we have new or changed information
Updated July 14, 2021

Overview

We are excited about being able to open camp this summer and see what God will do in the lives of our campers. Our motivation—like yours—is to share the Gospel with as many people as possible as safely as possible. We are committed to being flexible in our plans to adapt to changes in the COVID situation.

We have worked with numerous health professionals to develop a plan to give you the assurance that summer at Hume will be the great experience you have come to know without taking unnecessary risks with the health and safety of our campers and staff. We appreciate your patience and support as we address the unique challenges that the Covid pandemic has placed on our program and operations. We know that God will do great things this summer and are grateful for your participation in this life-changing, 75-year-old ministry.

See how we are doing no-touch, no-wait temperature checks »

We recognize there are many perspectives on how Hume should respond to the pandemic for opening camp. We may not all agree on the best plan of action, but we know that everyone agrees on Hume’s commitment to sharing the Good News of Christ with as many people as possible this summer. That means we have to find the best way to open camp this summer and keep it open safely. Doing this will prayerfully allow thousands of campers to experience the life-transforming power of the Gospel.

Please note: California’s recent June 15th COVID-19 response changes generally did not apply to overnight youth camps such as ours. We will continue to regularly and prayerfully monitor the situation, in conjunction with our professional advisors, and in consultation with our board of directors and make adjustments to our positions as we deem appropriate. Any changes to our approach will be updated here.

Pre Screening

For California Locations
As of right now, all campers, volunteers, and staff at our California locations will be required to show proof of a negative COVID Test or Proof of Vaccination prior to arrival at camp. Learn more about this and upload documents at hume.org/screening.

For New England Location
As of right now, all campers, volunteers, and staff must obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arriving at camp and provide the results of that test before being allowed to enter camp buildings or participate in activities. Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days, have been cleared from isolation, and who provide lab results do not need to meet arrival testing requirements. Those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (completed the full vaccination series at least 14 days prior to arrival) are also exempt from testing requirements.

We believe these steps for both locations are essential because it allows us to have fewer restrictions during camp. Testing is also a universally recognized mitigation that helps protect your campers and counselors while hopefully allowing us to continue to operate throughout the summer without issue. We don’t want anyone going home early!

At this time most PCR testing is readily available and free of charge. Here is a listing of available state testing locations for reference: https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html

Face Coverings

For California Locations
As of right now, for our California locations, during most of camp, campers will enjoy a mask-free experience. The only time masks will be required will be:

  • Indoors in places like stores or game rooms.
  • In dining rooms when campers are going through indoor buffet lines—but, of course, not while eating!
  • In the event we identify broad transmission of COVID in camp.

For New England Location
As of right now, masks will not be required outdoors.

For indoors, masks will need to be worn when in the presence of other cabin groups, specifically:

  • In the Dining Hall and Coffee Shop (except when seated to eat/drink)
  • In indoor recreation spaces
  • When entering and exiting Hilltop for chapel

Face coverings can be removed when seated in Hilltop (in cabin groups), and will not be required when campers are in their cabins.

It’s our desire that masking in these limited situations at all of our locations will help us achieve our goal of not just opening camp but staying open so that more people will experience the adventure of faith at Hume.

Large Group Gatherings

For California Locations
As of right now, most all camp large-group gatherings will be outdoors with campers and counselors sitting as cabin groups.

For New England Location
As of right now, large group indoor gatherings will be as normal with the appropriate mitigations described above. For large outdoor gatherings, campers and counselors will sit in cabin groups at Victory Circle.

Meals

For California Locations
As of right now, we will eat outdoors as much as possible and/or indoors per current indoor dining guidelines, with cabin groups going through serving lines together and eating together.

For New England Location
As of right now, we will be using our Dining Hall and food will be served cafeteria-style rather than self-service buffet style. We have installed new fans and windows will be open for good air circulation.

As of right now, cabin groups will go through the serving line together and will be seated together, one cabin group per table. Outdoor dining will also be available on the Dining Hall deck or elsewhere.

Staff

All Locations
As of right now, our seasonal staff will be required to have a vaccination or a negative COVID test prior to arrival at camp. Any staff exhibiting covid-like symptoms and/or tests positive will be asked to return home until a specific waiting period is complete. If it is not feasible for symptomatic staff to return home, isolation cabins have been set aside for quarantine. Staff that work indoors will be required to wear a mask.

Ventilation

All Locations
For HVAC filtration, we have deployed MERV-13™ filters or greater in high trafficked areas. We have also installed Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Technology™ in high trafficked areas, further eliminating airborne COVID pathogens.

A Healthy Camp Experience Starts at Home!

We ask all of our guests, campers, and parents to partner with us by promoting behaviors that reduce the spread of any communicable disease so we can open and stay open! If you or your camper develop symptoms or are exposed to a communicable disease before arriving, please contact us at info@hume.org to discuss a possible arrival plan. We look forward to what God will do this year through the ministry He has entrusted to us! We look forward to seeing you, your family, and your campers soon!

View details about our COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan for each location:

Hume Lake & Hume SoCal – Download

Hume New England Download

Hume is committed to the health and safety of all our guests and staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Hume is committed to the health and safety of all our guests and staff.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
info@hume.org1 (800) 965-4863

FAQ

What happens if my test is positive?
Contact the Hume Lake Health Center at 559-305-7700 or at info@hume.org to speak with our nurse.

Hume Lake accepts negative PCR or Antigen test results that have been administered and verified by a 3rd party testing professional only.
Hume Lake will not accept self-reported, self-verified test results or tests that require mailed-in samples.
PCR or Rapid Antigen Tests administered at a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, urgent care, CVS or pharmacy, county or public health departments, etc., and verified by a licensed healthcare or testing professional (non-family member).

What is Antigen testing?
Antigen tests detect proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that form during the infection cycle and indicate that a person has an active infection. Rapid antigen tests offer several important benefits. They are highly portable, scalable, easy-to-use and provide a flexible approach to helping more people in more places get access to reliable testing in a cost effective way.

Hume’s medical team typically does not conduct randomized testing of otherwise healthy campers or campers who are not known to have been exposed to COVID-19. As per our Informed Consent for COVID-19 Testing of a Minor, we test campers for exposure, usually when they are symptomatic, but also if we determine a camper has been exposed to COVID-19 prior to or during camp.

  • We send the entire cabin/cohort home, regardless of vaccination status, to reduce potential exposure.
  • In some cases, the scope may move beyond the cabin/cohort or be less than the whole cabin/cohort if appropriate for the situation.
  • When a camper or entire cabin/cohort is sent home, the church or family of the camper is asked to coordinate pick-up and associated costs.
  • Hume Registration will prorate the cost of camp by the number of nights the camper was in camp before testing positive.
  • All parents of campers who test positive or were exposed to COVID-19 while at camp should expect to be contacted by their county’s health department with further instructions for quarantine or isolation.

May We Pray for You?

Prayer is one of the pillars of everything we do—and in these trying times, we have unceasing faith in the Creator of the universe. He encourages us to bring our troubles and praises to Him. In that same light, we would love to pray for you. The Hume staff brings every single request before the Lord.

Let us know how we can pray for you.

Please pray that we will be able to resume camp operations as soon as possible and that God will use us at this time to point people to Him.