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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement
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 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.
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.
As of right now, all campers and registered guests at our California locations will be required to show proof of a negative COVID Test or Proof of Vaccination prior to arrival at camp. Also, we’re partnering with a nationally recognized testing company for our California locations that will facilitate at-home testing for all of your campers – making it as easy as possible. Learn more about at hume.org/screening.
For Hume New England, as of right now, a negative PCR test prior to arrival and a negative antigen test upon arrival is required.
We believe these steps 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!
In addition, campers are required to complete our standard health screenings within 24 hours of arriving at camp by licensed professionals (Doctor, Nurse, PA, or NP).
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:
- Outdoors when all campers are in close contact, primarily during our large group meetings at various outdoor venues.
- 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 our New England location, as of right now, we will only require campers to mask when they are interacting (not able to social distance) with someone outside their cohort/cabin, inside and outside. In general, our staff will mask when interacting with campers and unable to socially distance. They will not mask inside their housing when with other roommates.
It’s our desire that masking in these limited situations 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
As of right now, most camp large-group gatherings will be outdoors at our California locations, and indoors with appropriate mitigations at our New England location.
As of right now, we will eat outdoors as much as possible and/or indoors per current indoor dining guidelines, with cabin groups eating together.
Our seasonal staff will be required to have a vaccination or a negative COVID test prior to arrival at camp. All Staff will also be randomly tested throughout the summer and after returning from being away from camp. Any staff exhibiting covid-like symptoms 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.
For more detailed information about our COVID Response, feel free to download our COVID Protocols for each location:
Hume Lake – Coming Soon, Hume New England Camp Protocols
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.
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.
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.