COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Camp Nathanael For Father/Son and Other Camp Sessions

Updated June 23, 2020

Camp Nathanael is committed to providing a safe and healthy place for all our staff and guests. To ensure we have s safe and healthy camp, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is administered by Mark Watkins, who maintains the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, Staff and Noncoms are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our camp grounds and facilities, and that requires full cooperation among our staff, Noncoms, campers, and vendors. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our care.

Staff and Noncoms are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Camp Nathanael Staff and Noncoms have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy and we encourage everyone to ask questions, raise safety and health concerns and offer suggestions related to the plan and its implementation.

Our staff and guests are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping everyone at Camp Nathanael safe. The involvement of staff and Noncoms is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our staff and Noncoms in this process by including the review and modification of this document during the training program. Staff members met at 9:00 am June 7, 2020 to contribute to the development of this plan and there have been ongoing conversations about the plan. This is in addition to numerous other conversations with various individuals in recent weeks. Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows State of Minnesota Industry Guidance for our camp, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to safety and health precautions required in response to COVID-19 and applicable executive orders.

The plan addresses the following:

  1. Policies and procedures that assist in the identification of sick individuals and ensure sick individuals leave the camp premises;
  2. Implementation of engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
  3. Individuals hygiene and source controls;
  4. Camp building and ventilation protocols;
  5. Camp cleaning and disinfecting protocols;
  6. Drop-off, pick-up and delivery practices and protocols; and
  7. Communications, training and supervision practices and protocols.
  8. What visitors and guests can do to minimize transmission;

Staff and Noncoms have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Our guests are encouraged to self-monitor, as well. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess individuals’ health status prior to entering the camp and for individuals to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.

All individuals entering the camp grounds will be required to respond to a health questionnaire upon arrival. Any individuals that are not feeling well should go to the nurse’s cabin and temperature checks will be done as needed. Camp nurse will work with the sick individuals to identify those who have been in close contact with the sick person. The sick individual will be kept isolated until arrangements can be made for leaving the camp.

Camp Nathanael has also implemented a policy for informing anyone that may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at camp. The Camp Director will be responsible for notifying all those that need to be notified. Primary contacts are within each cabin group, so each individual in the same cabin group will be informed along with, in the case of minors, their parents. In addition, a policy has been implemented to protect the privacy of staff members’ health status and health information. Health information for staff, noncoms and campers is maintained in electronic files and, in some cases, printed files with access limited to certain administrative and healthcare individuals only.

Social distancing of six feet will be implemented and maintained between individuals on the camp grounds and facilities through the following engineering and administrative protocols: All individuals in camp will be required to maintain social distancing whenever possible or, when it’s not possible, to wear masks. Each cabin group will be assigned their own housing and meal table. Table setup and clearing will be done by individuals within the cabin group. Meals will be served cafeteria-style for father/son camp and either cafeteria-style or family-style for other camp sessions, with either kitchen staff or the cabin leader placing food on campers’ plates. These and other related policies and procedures will be explained during group meetings at the beginning of the session. The booklet given to fathers at check-in for Father/Son camp will contain information about our COVID-related procedures and policies. See the COVID-19 guidelines for Camp Nathanael for additional information.

Worker hygiene and source controls are being implemented at our camp at all times. Individuals are required to wear masks when indoors and in close proximity to others, including group training sessions. Meals and meetings will be held outside when possible Individuals may provide their own cloth masks (to be washed each day) or disposable masks will be provided by the camp. Proper handwashing will be discussed during training meetings and during announcement times during all camp sessions. Hand washing procedure posters will be posted in the wash house and kitchen. Sanitizer will be available in many places throughout camp, particularly where shared equipment might be used. 

Reopening the camp includes necessary sanitation, assessment and maintenance of building systems including water, plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. Air conditioning will be used only in extremely hot weather. At all other times windows will be open (except in rainy/windy conditions) to allow for fresh air.

Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine sanitizing of the camp and frequent sanitizing of high-touch areas. Workers have been instructed that personal equipment and tools should not be shared and, if shared, should be disinfected between users. Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned often (daily or several times per day depending on location). Deep cleaning of the cabins will be done at the conclusion of each camp session. See cabin cleaning checklist for detailed cleaning instructions.

Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfectant supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.

We experience very minimal contact with delivery personnel as most packages (i.e. UPS and FedEx) are dropped off with no contact. Rather than have food service deliveries brought to their storage locations, drivers will drop items at the back door of the kitchen and camp works will deliver it to the appropriate storage areas or drivers will be asked to wear masks.

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was communicated at the first training session to all workers on June 7, 2020 and subsequent sessions and necessary training was provided. Staff and Noncoms are to monitor how effective the program has been implemented by weekly reviews at the end of each week. Staff and Noncoms are to work through this new program together and update the training as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by Camp Nathanael management and was posted throughout the camp on June 7, 2020. It will be updated as necessary.

  • No one should come to camp if they have been sick or have been in contact with someone that is sick.
  • We have asked that campers arrive with only one family member in the car. Only one family member should accompany the camper to the check-in area and the camper’s cabin. Family members are discouraged from entering camper cabins. We encourage families to use the Fast Pass check-in when possible.
  • We encourage campers to wear masks when social distancing is difficult to maintain the six foot requirements.
  • Visits from non-registered guests are not encouraged at this time
  • Any guests on the campus will be required to maintain social distancing and wear masks when indoors or other situations where distancing is not possible.
  • Cabin occupancy will be limited to 10 or fewer.
  • Dining Hall occupancy will be less than 50% at other times during the summer.
  • Limit the number of people in the shower and bathroom areas during the training weeks by education personnel that there should be no more than five individuals in the shower area (three individual stalls plus the changing area)
  • Individuals should use every other sink to maintain distance.
  • Campers will be instructed to wait outside the wash house when it is not possible to maintain social distancing inside. As necessary, Nathanael personnel will monitor wash house occupancy from the doorway (not inside).
  • Group meetings will be held with chairs placed at greater distances, outside when possible.
  • Tables will be set at meals by one individual from each cabin group setting their cabin’s table.
  • Morning staff/noncom devotions will be moved from the gazebo to the pavilion to allow greater distancing. They may be held in the gazebo when attendance is 18 or less.
  • Campers should not enter cabins other than their own.
  • When activities involve common contact with an object (i.e. sports equipment, balls, Frisbees) participants will wash or sanitize their hands before and after the activity.
  • All individuals will wear head coverings when in the kitchen. Masks must be worn when food is being prepared or served.
  • Cabin sleeping arrangements will be such that there is maximum distance between heads. There will be a “head-to-toe” arrangement.

Certified by
Mark Watkins, Executive Director

If you have paid all camp fees in full, if the medical forms for sons and dads are complete and submitted in advance, and if you have made a deposit for canteen (spending money for snacks) you will be able to skip the check-in line and move right into your cabin. Our greeters will have a list of those who qualify. Otherwise, we'll try to keep the check-in line moving as quickly as possible.

We're praying this will be an amazing father/son experience for you. We'll be grateful for any feedback while you're here and after you're home. We welcome your questions. Please feel free to contact us in any of the following ways:

Phone: (888) 869-4334
Mail: Camp Nathanael PO Box 3987 Minneapolis, MN 55403

We will continue to update this page as more information is available and in accordance with State and County guidance.