Catholic HEART Workcamp is committed to minimizing the risks associated with COVID-19. Our aim is to make your trip both life-giving and safe. As policies throughout the country continue to change, CHWC will adjust policies based on the recommendations of the CDC/state governor.

  1. We are requesting additional space each host site while also limiting capacity.
  2. We are recommending all campers and staff members be tested and vaccinated before coming to camp. We are extremely interested in requiring some type of testing method to ensure participants arrive healthy. Because testing methods and recommendations from the CDC will likely change between now and summer, we anticipate having more clarity on this in the coming months.
  3. Groups will stay together with those that they traveled with to the worksites, during program, in their rooms, in small groups, and during meals.
    • Work teams will use the same vehicle they traveled to camp with all week for transportation.
  1. Contact with other groups will be limited for safe practices. Social distancing will be the rule of thumb. Youth groups will be encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of distance among themselves to reduce the risk of infection.
  2. Mealtimes will be organized in shifts with social distancing in mind and will be offered outdoors whenever possible.
  3. Masks will be required indoors. When outdoors, they will only be required when social distancing is not possible.
    • YM’s will be asked to regulate their own youth groups in the wearing of masks.
  1. We are still planning on offering a variety of projects, but managers are working tirelessly to organize them outdoors whenever possible.
    • Campers will be encouraged to be cautious when visiting with residents and encouraged to do so outdoors.
  1. Program and Mass will be organized with social distancing in mind. We are also looking into having these outdoors where possible. Resident night will also most likely be different.
  2. Should circumstances warrant it, CHWC will retain a medical professional for each week to monitor and respond to any concerns regarding COVID.
  3. We are considering a plan to implement daily screenings of all campers and staff, including temperature checks and screening for new symptoms. Youth Groups and staff are encouraged to bring a digital thermometer to camp to assist with this plan.
  4. We will be routinely disinfecting frequently touched areas/surfaces/objects.
    • We will put additional measures in place to ensure that shower and bathroom facilities are routinely cleaned and disinfected.
    • CHWC will work to minimize the transfer of supplies and materials between people. However, it not possible to guarantee 100% contact-less exchange of materials and supplies.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be available for campers to clean their hands.
  1. Youth group leaders will be asked to bring an extra box of masks/sanitizing wipes for the use of all campers at camp.

Covid-19 Protocol

Covid-19 Symptoms:

  • Fever or chills (+100.4)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Should anyone experience one of the symptoms listed above:

  • Monitor
  • Notify camp nurse

Should anyone experience more than one of the symptoms listed above:

  • Isolate in separate room on site
  • Youth Minister to contact parents and verify permission to test (if under 18)
  • CHWC will aim to provide rapid testing on site. However, if not available, transportation to acquire a test and any costs associated will be the responsibility of the parish/parents.
    • CHWC staff cannot drive campers to testing location

Should anyone refuse to be tested:

  • Camper will be required to isolate and arrange departure from camp

If rapid test is not available:

  • Camper will be required to isolate until test results are received

If results will not be received by the end of camp:

  • Camper will be required to isolate until the end of camp. CHWC will recommend early departure from camp via transportation that is separate from youth group. However, parish/parent will ultimately decide on travel arrangements

Following a positive result:

  • Camper will be required to isolate and arrange departure from camp
  • Notify health department
    • CHWC will follow recommendations from the health department (including, but not limited to, an entire group needing to depart camp early)
  • Should anyone have to quarantine beyond the duration of camp, all travel and housing arrangements and costs will be the responsibility of the parish/parents
    • Supervision will be the responsibility of the parish, as CHWC staff will not be available to extend their week beyond the scheduled departure date.
  • Should a camper under the age of 18 be required to stay beyond the duration of camp, a chaperone arrangement will be the responsibility of the parish