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Summer Camp and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For HoneyRock Camper Families

This statement is for our HoneyRock camper families. If you are a Wheaton College undergraduate or graduate student or are employed by Wheaton, please view Wheaton College's official COVID-19 Campus Updates Page.

Like us, we’re sure you’re keeping up with the news on COVID-19 and wondering how this could affect HoneyRock summer programs. As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our campers, students, and staff.

This article from the CDC addresses common questions about children and COVID-19. The majority of cases reported have been adults, especially those 55 and older. There have been no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) involving HoneyRock or Wheaton students or employees. While the immediate health risk to people in Wisconsin from the coronavirus (COVID-19) remains low, we are taking a proactive approach as the situation continues to develop.

One of the benefits of HoneyRock camp programs is the support Wheaton College provides regarding our health care services. Wheaton College has formed a COVID-19 Response Team with representation from across campus to ensure we make timely decisions, communicate updates, and are prepared with ready-to-activate continuity plans.

Currently, HoneyRock is conducting a thorough review of its processes and procedures to ensure the safety of campers and staff and mitigate the possibility of COVID-19 entering HoneyRock.

At this time, no summer programs are cancelled. If this decision changes, we will notify you immediately.

For those who are currently living and working at HoneyRock, we are educating the entire community about the CDC-recommended practices for preventing the spread of sickness:

  • Wash hands frequently and often or use hand sanitizer until able to wash hands with soap and water
  • Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other individuals
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Note that masks are ineffective for preventing contraction of the virus
  • Take extra measures to increase cleaning and sanitary practices in public spaces

Despite COVID-19, summer camp is filling quickly. Compared to last year at this time, we are tracking 25% ahead on camper registrations, we are still accepting registrations, and we have yet to see registrations slow. If our summer camp programs are cancelled due to COVID-19, we will issue full refunds. Again, the decision to cancel summer camp has not yet been made.

We take very seriously the health and safety of our HoneyRock staff and campers. We remain prayerful and alert as we prepare for this summer’s camp season.

In Christ,

Rob Ribbe, Ph.D.
Executive Director, HoneyRock

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