Camp Pinnacle’s Approach to COVID-19
COVID-19 update for summer 2021
As we look ahead to summer 2021, it’s impossible to know what the world will look like on June 13, 2021, when we open our first Camp Pinnacle session of the summer. We do know, however, that having successfully operated Camp Pinnacle COVID-free during summer 2020 that we’ll be ready for the many challenges 2021 will be sure to bring.
Summer 2021 will look different than previous years. Though there’s hope for a vaccine in the near future, it may then be reserved only for at-risk populations and essential workers. We’re also hopeful that testing will be inexpensive, easily available, and accurate—with rapid results. We anticipate that we will still operate in a “bubble,” but that with reliable testing, we’ll be able to return to a more “normal” Camp Pinnacle experience with fewer cohorts and more camp-wide activities.
We have many months to prepare. We’ll continue to study the science and adapt state-of-the-art plans from other industries so that we can operate the safest and most substantive summer camp possible.
We promise to continue to operate with the ingenuity, discipline, trust, and work ethic that we delivered in 2020, and we will always communicate our plans and protocols with parents.
We’re currently limiting enrollment in each session to 160 campers (our “COVID” size), so that we can guarantee every enrolled child a space should we need to run at reduced capacity.
Did Camp Pinnacle operate in 2020?
Yes! Using the guidelines from the American Camp Association and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (and in partnership with the Henderson County Health Department and support of our local government), we set up effective protocols to run a safe, fun, and rewarding summer. We focused on pre-camp screening and testing, daily symptom screening, exclusive use of outdoor venues, cohorting by cabin groups, doubling our daily cleaning, constant hand-washing and vigilant hygiene, wearing masks in vehicles and indoor spaces, and physically distancing when appropriate.
We’re thrilled to report that we had our healthiest summer ever in 2020, and kids had an incredibly fun time with peers in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.