2021 Covid-19 Safety Protocols


To create a safe and healthy environment and a positive camp experience for as many campers as possible this summer so that they may encounter God and be renewed to live a life of love.


  • Pathways must always be in compliance with guidelines from federal, state and local health departments.
  • Pathways must maintain stringent cleaning protocols for all camp housing, equipment, and common spaces.
  • Pathways must continually monitor the health of all staff and campers throughout the camp programs with temperature and symptom checks at the beginning of each camp session and throughout their time on-site.
  • Pathways must continually monitor the situation, and if it changes, we will change our summer plans.

Key Protocols

  • Pathways is following the suggested guidelines from the American Camp Association as well as national, state, and local health agencies.
  • Masks will be required when inside (not including when campers are in their cabin or when eating/ drinking)
  • Campers will stay in cabin groups of 8-10 and all efforts will be made to keep campers from certain geographic regions in the same cabin where applicable.

Check-In (Registration)

  • In an effort to reduce the number of people on-site and the exposure for our staff and campers, at Check-In we are doing a drive-through check-in process. (See Parent Letter for more information)
  • In order to have drive-through check-in be successful, it is imperative to have all forms and payments turned in ahead of time.
  • This summer Pathways is asking families to limit to one parent per camper during check-in.
  • Pathways is asking campers to screen for symptoms including a temperature of 100.4° or higher for two weeks prior to their camp session.
  • Campers will have their temperature taken as part of the on-site health screening at check-in.
  • An email will be sent out 16 days prior to your arrival telling you your designated registration time.
  • In assigning time slots, we are hoping to reduce the number of people on-site at any given time and the time parents and guardians are waiting to check-in when they arrive at camp. In the interest of honoring camper buddies, camper’s cabins and beds will be assigned and details will be issued at the time of arrival (as per normal).
  • Prescription medications should be readily available to give to the Camp Emmaus Health Care Coordinator, preferably in a zip lock bag. We have over-the-counter medications on hand.
  • To maintain a clean and sanitized cabin, we will not be allowing parents or guardians to take campers to their cabins.
  • Pathways staff will be wearing masks during camper check-in and check-out to limit exposure. We ask for campers and parents to do the same. Campers will be able to take their mask off once they are with their cabin group.

Health Care

  • Daily temperature checks will be conducted throughout each session.
  • In the event that a camper or staff is found to be symptomatic, including a fever of 100.4° orhigher, they will be quarantined on-site and evaluated for further sickness. The person’s temperature will be retaken after 30 minutes. If a fever is still present, the campers’ parents/guardians will be called and pick-up arrangements will be made as soon as possible.
  • Quarantine and Isolation rooms will be available and be separated from the Health Care Office.
  • If a camper or staff in your camper’s cabin is suspected to have COVID-19 symptoms and is senthome, parents and guardians will be notified. The remaining campers will move to a different cabin that has been cleaned and disinfected.

Cabin Life

  • Cabins will be treated like households and campers will be able to mingle within their cabin group, but will continue to physical distance from other cabin groups.
  • Campers will be spread out in the cabins as much as possible, and direction will be given for physically distance sleeping arrangements, as guided by the American Camp Association.
  • Pathways will allow for adequate time to clean and disinfect cabins between groups, and allow for adequate time for cabins to sit and self-disinfect before the cleaning crew goes in to disinfect it.
  • Daily cleaning will include disinfecting beds, doorknobs, light switches, and any other commonly touched areas supervised by staff.

Activity Areas

  • Equipment will be cleaned and disinfected by staff between each group. When possible, program equipment will be disinfected between each use.
  • Staff will be given an individual bin of program supplies for their cabin group only.
  • Supplies should be cleaned and disinfected after each session of campers.

Canteen & Camp Store

  • Cabins will go through canteen as a cabin group to maintain distance from other cabin groups.
  • The Camp Store will be online. More details will be announced soon via Facebook and Website.
  • Select Camp Store Items will be available to purchase at the Canteen. (Including Water Bottles,Stickers, Key Chains and Tie-Dye Shirts)

Check-Out (Pick-Up)

  • There will not be a Closing Worship for families this summer.
  • Camper’s luggage will be brought to a central location.
  • There will be designated pick-up times for each cabin group. If you have kids in multiple cabinsplease arrive at the earliest time. During registration you will be given a card with your child’s cabin and pick-up time.
  • Families will check out while staying in their car, sign out their campers and then will have campers brought to the vehicle.
  • This summer, we will not be able to accommodate campers being picked up in the middle of a session and dropped back off at camp again.
  • Families are encouraged to self-distance after leaving camp especially from friends and family that are at a higher risk of COVID-19.
  • Please contact camp if your camper(s) is/are symptomatic within 14 days after leaving camp.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Recommended methods for typical cleaning procedures include two-stage cleaning and disinfecting. “Cleaning” entails washing with a detergent and water to remove soil, organic matter, and some micro-organisms from a surface. Following a detergent and water wash, “Disinfecting” entails the use of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectant that must be applied in accordance with product manufacturer guidelines.
  • Communal Spaces – Cleaning and disinfecting communal spaces at least daily, and when possible cleaning and disinfecting of communal spaces between groups.
  • Frequently Touched Surfaces – Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and common spaces at least daily, and when possible cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and common spaces multiple times daily.
  • Toilets, Showers, and Restrooms – As with other frequently touched surfaces, toilets, showers, and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily, and when possible more than once per day.

Download a PDF of the 2021 Covid Safety Protocols