COVID-19

March 29, 2021

Dear Campers, Staff, Parents, and our entire Wayfarer Family,

We hope this letter finds you happy and in good health! We wanted to take a brief moment to reflect on what has been one of the most memorable camp seasons in our history. It’s no secret that 2020 was a year of challenges.  As Wayfarers, we pride ourselves on rising to adversity and overcoming life’s hurdles.  Last year, we were all confronted with a new and unfamiliar set of circumstances. Covid-19 and all of the unknowns certainly proved to be difficult waters to navigate. That being said, we were determined to take to the drawing board and piece together a plan that would prioritize safety, all the while retaining the joy, friendships, and growth that we cherish so much here at Camp Wayfarer. Through consultation with health experts and other camp professionals, detailed planning, and Jim Bob’s headstrong attitude, we were able to establish and implement protocols that allowed for both a safe and healthy campus, as well as the fun-filled experience of which Wayfarers are so fond. We are thrilled to announce that our 2021 summer season will be implemented in the same way!

We look forward to having you with us again or for the first time.  We know that all of you are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, and we are honored to be able to provide that experience.  This summer will be one for the books.  We can’t wait to be with you all this summer!

Much love and big hugs to all,

Jim Bob & Nancy

Jim Bob and  Nancy Wilson
Founders & Directors

Read our 2021 policies to learn more about what we are doing to keep camp safe.

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2021 Policies

COVID-19 POLICIES FOR SUMMER 2021


WILL CAMPERS BE REQUIRED TO BE TESTED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL DAY?

Yes, your camper will be required to have a PCR test done 3-5 days prior to arrival at camp.  You must bring the negative result paperwork along with your other camp papers.  Failure to do so will result in delayed entry until a replacement confirmation can be sent.  We also ask that you avoid large crowds and use appropriate precautions after testing.  This is for the well-being of all campers and staff at Camp Wayfarer.  Temperatures will also be taken prior to entry to camp.  A fever of more than 100.4 will result in your child being further evaluated by our medical team before admittance into our camp population.

WILL CAMP BE TAKING EXTRA CLEANING/SANITATION PRECAUTIONS DURING MEALS AND AROUND CAMP?

The safety and health of everyone in our camp family has always been our primary concern. Additional sanitation procedures will be in place. We have installed larger hand wash sinks outside of the dining hall and hand sanitizer will be prevalent throughout camp. Cabins and program areas will be sanitized daily . Materials needed in any activity will be wiped down before another camper may use that item. Our dining hall will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after each meal. Our kitchen and dining hall staff will wear gloves and masks during meal prep and service. Our salad and yogurt bars will be served by staff only.   We will eat family style with the cabin counselor setting the table and serving the food.  As new information is received, these may be updated.

WILL VISITORS BE ALLOWED TO COME TO CAMP?

Sadly not. For the safety of your children and our staff, it won’t be possible. As soon as your camper arrives, we are trying to provide a closed community for their safety. Deliveries will be limited to essentials only. Delivery drivers, health inspectors and anyone having to enter our community must wear face coverings and practice the mandatory social distancing we have put in place. We will be allowing mail to be delivered to your camper this summer, but please remember that we are package free.

WILL CAMP BE DIFFERENT THIS SUMMER?

We have every reason to believe that camp will be as great as it’s ever been and we are super excited about our new activity schedule!

CAN I STILL FLY TO CAMP?

We are allowing campers to fly to camp this year.  We will be asking that you fly into the Asheville, NC airport or the Greenville-Spartanburg, SC airport.  We cannot pick up at any of the larger airports.  Your camper must be tested for Covid-19 3 days prior to travel and present the negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival.   Please read our flight details in our Parent Handbook ( Get Ready Packet) for more specific information.

WHAT ABOUT FACE MASKS FOR CAMPERS?

We will not ask our campers to wear face coverings for the most part. Our exception will be out of camp trips to the Pisgah or Dupont Forest or traveling in a van or bus anytime.

WHAT IF MY CAMPER GETS SICK WHILE AT CAMP?

Any camper or staff member with an elevated temperature of 100.4 will be immediately isolated from the community and evaluated. The individual will be assessed by our medical team and if deemed necessary, tested for Covid-19. If the individual is positive, they will stay in isolation until a family member arrives to pick them up. It is very important that parents/legal guardians understand that they must be available to pick up their child within 24 hours. Detailed new procedures are in place in the event that a positive test is confirmed. Our communicable disease plan has been modified to include a Covid-19 response and management. Contact tracing and isolation will begin immediately, phone calls to our health department and parents will be made to alert families of any elevated situation.

COULD CAMP STILL BE CANCELLED THIS SUMMER?

That is highly unlikely.  Children need camp this summer. We strongly believe that we can provide a safe environment by implementing reasonable, additional measures provided us by multiple agencies.  As we all know though we cannot guarantee that Covid-19 won’t make its way to camp. We can only provide you links to the many agencies that provided extensive guidelines for us. It may help guide you in your decision to be with us or not this summer.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.