Because the information, recommendations, and requirements around COVID-19 continue to unfold on an almost daily basis, it is very difficult to state right now - with certainty - what exact policies and procedures will be in place next summer. But know this: We will take every reasonable precaution necessary to ensure the safest environment possible for campers, staff, and our clients based on the most current information available to us. We will work to provide regular updates to churches from registration to arrival into camp. We will be updating this page regularly for the purpose of providing the latest updates on what our policies and procedures will be next summer.
Latest Update: September 15, 2020
1. If COVID restrictions don't allow us to meet this summer, will I receive a full refund even if it's after the January 31 deadline?
ANSWER: Yes. If restrictions are put in place at a later time that prevent JP participants from safely gathering, 100% of monies paid to date will be refunded.
2. Will face masks be required?
ANSWER: Yes, at this time. We will closely monitor the guidelines by the CDC and err on the side of caution.
3. What about social distancing?
ANSWER: We will closely monitor the recommendations by the CDC and employ safe measures during the summer camps. This may include requiring a minimum 6-foot distance between participants not from the same church as well as employing additional safe practices.
4. Will students be required to be tested prior to arrival into camp or temperature-tested when they arrive?
ANSWER: We are very interested in requiring some type of testing method to ensure participants arrive healthy. Because testing methods and recommendations from the CDC will likely change between now and next summer, we anticipate having more clarity on this in the spring of 2021.
5. What will daily health screenings look like?
ANSWER: We are considering a plan to implement a daily screening of all campers and staff, including temperature checks and screening for new symptoms. Campers and staff may be required to bring a digital thermometer to camp to assist us with the plan.
6. How will tools be handled to minimize risk?
ANSWER: Work teams for 2021 will be comprised of same-church participants and teams will work at the same site for the duration of the project. This will allow teams to keep most of the same tools all week. Any additional tools that are needed throughout the week will be sanitized prior to adding them to the team's tool collection.
7. Will we be going into the families' homes to do work?
ANSWER: No. All projects in 2021 will be outdoor with no close contact with homeowners.
8. If we can't go into the homes, what will we do about bathroom facilities?
ANSWER: Although inconvenient, work teams will need to travel to a local public facility (Sheetz, McDonald's, etc.) for this. We are planning to carefully choose projects that are within a reasonable distance from public bathroom facilities.
9. Will hand sanitizer and masks be available for everyone?
10. How will meals be handled to minimize risk?
ANSWER: We are currently considering a wide range of options, one of them being pre-packaged meals. However, we believe it is wise to delay a final decision on this in the spring of 2021 so that we can formulate a plan that is based on more current information and recommendations by the CDC. We will certainly commit to the option that will allow us to minimize the risks associated with COVID.
11. Will showers and bathrooms be safe?
ANSWER: We will put additional measures in place to ensure that showers and bathroom facilities are routinely cleaned and disinfected. We will also be limiting the number of persons in the showers and bathrooms at one time.
12. What will you do if a staffer or camper becomes symptomatic?
ANSWER: Our plan is to provide a separate room or area at camp to isolate a symptomatic staffer or camper. We will also identify a separate bathroom stall that would be used only by those who are sick.
13. How many people will be at camp?
ANSWER: We will be limiting each camp week to 70 campers and 15 staff.
14. What efforts will be made to ensure sanitized facilities?
ANSWER: JP will be routinely sanitizing all high-touch surfaces and equipment.
15. How will you manage sanitizing between camps?
ANSWER: We will allow sufficient time between camps for intentional sanitizing of all facilities. We will work closely with the church and the 4-H Center to select the best personnel to perform these tasks. This may include contracting out to a local company, using current janitorial staff, or training our staff to thoroughly sanitize the facilities.
16. If a camper must go home during a camp week due to a COVID-related illness, will the church receive a refund for that camper?
ANSWER: We will work with the church to provide a full or partial refund based on the camper's actual time at camp.
17. How will campers be transported to and from sites throughout the week?
ANSWER: Work teams will be comprised of church teams only. Each team will consist of 5-7 students and adults and will use the same vehicle all week for transportation.
18. Will JP have a nurse in camp through the week?
ANSWER: We will be making a final decision on this in the spring. However, if circumstances next summer warrant it, JP will retain a medical professional on staff for each week to monitor and respond to any concerns regarding COVID.
19. Will staff be trained to monitor and respond to COVID-related issues?
ANSWER: JP staff will undergo specific COVID-19 training before they arrive and during their staff training prior to camper's arrival.
20. Will there be any COVID safety training provided for the campers when they arrive at JP?
ANSWER: JP will provide preparation material for all churches to use with their teams prior to arriving. Once there, churches will be asked to sign a form indicating that this training was covered with their students and adults prior to arrival. If not, churches will be required to cover this material before they are allowed to assimilate into the camp. On the first night of camp, JP will provide additional COVID safety training.
21. Will supplies be shared among campers and staff?
ANSWER: We will work to minimize the transfer of supplies and materials between people. However, there will be some exchanging of items throughout the week as it not possible to guarantee 100% contact-less exchange of materials and supplies.