MOUNTAINCAMP 2021 REGISTRATION IS FULL
For 42 years, The Mountain has provided enriching Unitarian Universalist youth summer camp programs filled with recreation, adventure, education and creativity. The low camper-to-counselor ratio and professionally trained staff create a safe environment where campers are treated with respect, kindness, consideration, and are celebrated for their individual talents.
The Mountain places a strong emphasis on being an inclusive, noncompetitive environment where youth can develop a deeper understanding of themselves and form lifelong friendships. Campers learn to advance their communication skills and resolve conflicts—skills they will use the rest of their lives.
Camping sessions are offered for youth aged 7-17, divided into age-appropriate groups. Some of the exciting activities and workshops campers experience while at Mountain Camp include: arts and crafts, drama, music, campfires, outdoor survival skills, field games, low-ropes challenge courses, whitewater rafting, swimming, canoeing and hiking.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We will only be offering 2-week sessions (CIT/ASCENDER excepted, as they are summer-long programs).
This is to minimize camper contact and the influx of new campers on site, to help preserve the overall health of the camp group. With fewer instances of changeover and new arrivals, we can mitigate potential exposure, and will have an advantage in monitoring any symptoms that arise if campers are not leaving and arriving on a short schedule.
We have chosen to suspend the Explorers program.
We have also chosen to suspend the Beginning Camp program.
This decision was also made due to staffing constraints, and with the best interest of future programming in mind.
Campers will be in cabins of no more than 4-7 campers total, with 1-2 counselors to supervise.
This cabin group will be considered a “household” or “bubble.” Masks will not be required for sleeping, but will be required at all other camp activities.
We will require that campers and staff have a negative COVID test result 1-3 days prior to their arrival to The Mountain.
This measure is to help ensure the safety of these cabin bubbles and camp as a whole. This timeline is aligned with North Carolina CDC recommendations for summer camps.
We will cross-train each counselor in how to instruct all activities, to minimize contact.
Instead of having leadership who oversee discrete activity areas that they instruct for all campers, such as arts and crafts or athletics.
We will hold as much programming outside as possible.
We will implement a new sanitization protocol.
Incorporating it as a part of daily cabin inspections to promote enhanced health and safety.
We will be employing a zero-tolerance policy for flagrant, purposeful, and repeated COVID protocol violations.
This will be communicated to campers upon their arrival and reiterated throughout their session.
Waitilist for 2021
Enrollment for camp this year is first come first serve. All sessions are already full and you will be asked to enroll in a waitilist. Open spots are dependent on other campers on the waitilist relinquishing their spots. If your child is next in line for an open spot, we will notify you immediately. We thank you for your support and cooperation. We hope that we will have many more camper spots available in 2022!
What happens if my child receives a positive COVID test result while at camp?
If your child receives a positive COVID test result while at camp, you will be asked to pick them up as soon as possible. They will be quarantined and tended to in our Nurse's Station.
What happens if a staff member or camper displays COVID symptoms?
If a staff member or camper displays any COVID symptoms, they will be quarantined in the Nurse's Station and receive a rapid test and a PCR test. Their pod group will also be quarantined and PCR tested to avoid potential spread. Once results are received, the Camp Director and Executive Director will follow our COVID communication plan to handle the situation with discretion, respect, and attention to safety.
Does my child need a negative COVID test to come to camp?
Yes! Your child must have a negative COVID test result 1-3 days prior to arrival at The Mountain, per the North Carolina CDC guidelines for summer camps. If you are unable to secure a test appointment in time for your arrival, we will have a limited number of rapid tests with 99% accuracy available for $30 each, to be administered at check-in by our Camp Nurse.
How is The Mountain staying COVID-safe this summer?
All full-time and seasonal staff at The Mountain receive weekly PCR tests to maintain the health status of our Mountain community. We have quarantine space and rapid tests available should any staff or campers display symptoms. We have adjusted our sanitizing protocols to ensure that our spaces are at a higher standard of cleanliness. Finally, if campers or staff are interacting indoors with anyone outside of their pod group, they will be required to wear a mask. We will also be praciticing social distancing and holding activities outside as much as possible.