A NOTE ABOUT COVID-19
No doubt you’ve heard much in the news recently about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its continued spread. Since January of this year Forest Home has been tracking the evolving COVID-19 situation and monitoring its progress as we evaluate our health and safety protocols.
As you know, the health and safety of our guests and staff is priority #1 at Forest Home. Our Health Tech Team is in regular communication, adapting plans, and providing regular updates and guidance to our internal teams.
In response, we’ve identified ten commitments for health.
1. IT’S A TEAM EFFORT!
At Forest Home, health and safety is our absolute number one priority. Leading the charge in this is our amazing First Aid Team. Comprised of highly trained and experienced Nurses and Health Technicians, this team works round the clock to monitor and support camper health. Additionally, each and every one of our medical policies is reviewed and approved by a Physician each year to help ensure that we are providing the highest quality of care for our campers and staff.
2. IT STARTS WITH US
Forest Home staff are frequently reminded to abide by the following recommendations as set forth by the CDC to minimize the spread of germs. We are fully committed to staying healthy so that our campers stay healthy as well.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water or by using hand sanitizer
- Stay at home if you or someone you live with is sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, ears and mouth
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
3. MINIMIZING IMPACT
Our staff are trained and held accountable to no longer give high fives, hand shakes, fist bumps or any other form of physical contact. Additionally, we provide staff at the entrances of each of our meeting areas before and after gatherings in order to open the doors for campers entering and exiting. Minimizing contact with others and with frequently touched items is a simple way of reducing the spread of germs.
4. AIR QUALITY
We are replacing the air filters on all indoor meeting spaces with new MERV air filters. These filters can capture airborne viruses and bacteria from coughs and sneezes.
5. AVAILABLE AND ENCOURAGED
We make high-percentage alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at the entrances of all meeting areas, dining halls, retail locations and many other places throughout our camp. Daily announcements are made to encourage campers to practice good hygiene. In addition, during meals, campers are not released to get food until each camper has used the hand sanitizer located on every dining table on campus.
6. KEEPING SEPARATE
Each of our camp centers have isolation facilities for use in the unfortunate event that one or more campers contract an illness that might spread. Our First Aid teams employ specific quarantine protocols at each of our camp centers to ensure that illnesses are caught and contained quickly.
7. WE KEEP IT CLEAN
At Forest Home, our cleaning and sanitizing protocol exceeds that which the CDC and California Department of Public Health have set forth. High traffic areas such as restrooms, meeting spaces and game rooms are cleaned and sanitized four times per day. Cabins are deep cleaned before campers arrive and sanitized twice more throughout the week. Dining facilities are sanitized before every meal and serving utensils are replaced every time a new tray of food arrives.
8. PRE-ARRIVAL HEALTH SCREENING
Every counselor and camper under the age of 18 that is not coming with a parent is required to complete a pre-arrival health screening form. Campers showing signs of a communicable disease or illness are asked not to come to camp. Campers showing other symptoms are further examined by our First Aid team upon arrival to evaluate and determine the best options for everyone’s health and safety.
9. PARTNERING WITH PARENTS
We want you, the parents of our campers, to be fully confident and informed of the health protocols we have in place to keep your children safe. If you have any questions, please click on the “Health Update” tab on the home page of our website. If you do not find an answer there, please call us. You will be connected to a staff member that will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
10. MOST IMPORTANTLY – PRAYER
Forest Home employs numerous layers of systems and protocols to ensure that our facilities, staff, and campers stay safe, clean, and healthy. However, the most important thing we do as an organization is spend countless hours praying in advance for every camper and staff who walks through our gates. Our prayer is that they have an unforgettable experience of encountering Jesus, experiencing transformation, and engaging the world, in a safe and healthy environment.