COVID-19 Updates

Roadmap to Summer 2021 – December 17, 2020

Camp High Rocks has the unique opportunity to allow kids to both grow and have fun this coming summer as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused many changes in our lives, but the need for us to be in a community at camp has not diminished; it has only increased. Camp brings laughter, face-to-face relationships, freedom from screens and homework, improved mental health, the perspective of living in a community, continued love for the outdoors, and so much more. We are committed to running a residential summer camp program in 2021.

Using The Experts

In order to develop plans and protocols so that we can operate safely in-person next summer, we are working with our state and local health officials along with the CDC and American Camping Association. Here are some of the resources that we are using to create the safest camp experience possible: CDC, ACA and ACN. Our Summer Medical Team is meeting with our COVID-19 Task Force on a regular basis. As we move forward, we also continue to meet with camps that operated successfully this past summer. 

As we layout our considerations and plans below and in our Roadmap to 2021 document, we consider the following:

  • As an outdoor program, we are well-positioned to operate with appropriate COVID modifications and protocols.
  • Our natural advantage of 1000 acres to utilize for activities, adventure, and plenty of space!
  • Like previous summers, we will continue to have trained medical staff onsite at all times.
  • The previous year of mitigation practice that all campers and counselors will have experienced.
  • The continued positive news regarding vaccines.

Preliminary Plans, Procedures, & Considerations

We have laid out our initial plans in the document linked below. Please read through carefully.

Please understand this is a working document. All of these considerations are subject to change. This document is not our final operations manual for 2021. Rather it is a snapshot of our thinking if we were to open camp next month, based on what we know now from science and best practices today. While we hope that by Summer 2021 the world is closer to some kind of normal again, we are nevertheless preparing to operate camp in a world where COVID is still with us.


Camp will look and feel different this year. But the value of being in an outdoor setting, among friends old and new, and participating in fun camp activities is needed more than ever during this challenging year

Safety Plan Primary Components

Closer to the summer, we will release a detailed COVID Safety Manual.  We will use this manual to train our staff and educate our campers before camp begins. This page and our Roadmap to 2021 document, which we will update as our planning evolves, contains an overview of the key elements and main considerations of our safety planning.

  • Limiting the Spread of Germs: To limit the spread of germs within camp, we will regularly clean and sanitize the facility, require frequent handwashing, maintain camp “households” so each bunk is its own self-contained unit within the larger camp community, and require masks at certain times.
  • Creating an Imperfect Bubble: We plan to use pre-camp testing, onsite rapid testing, appropriate pre-screening, and limited camp visitors with the ultimate goal of creating a relatively closed community.
  • Swift and Appropriate Action: High Rocks is developing a multi-stage quarantine and isolation process in the case someone does fall ill at camp.

Your Questions

If you have any questions about next summer, please reach out. We are here to talk through any questions or concerns you have. Give us a call at (828)885-2153 or email us at

Refund/Cancellation Policy

It is our goal to partner and work together with parents to determine if our program is suitable for your child prior to their enrollment.When you enroll your child in our program, you are reserving space, time, meals, supplies, and staffing whether or not your camper attends the program.  Your registration helps us continue to make plans and prepare for next summer. We are grateful for your trust.

For families who rolled their registration from 2020, if cancellation is necessary, the full amount of money you rolled over including the deposit and typical $200 administration fee is refundable if written notice is received prior to February 1. There is no refund made for cancellations after February 1. 

For new families and current camp families who did not roll money/registration over from 2020, if a cancellation is necessary, the deposit, less $200, is refundable if written notice is received prior to February 1. There is no refund made for cancellations after February 1. 

We will remain nimble and responsive to ever-evolving state and local standards and protocols, and plan to be able to adapt our summer program accordingly.  If, however, camp is unable to open due to government regulations you will receive a full refund including the deposit, without penalty or the option to roll your tuition to 2022. If you register for camp and decide to cancel after our February 1st deadline and the changes outlined above do not apply, our normal cancellation policies apply. 

If Camp High Rocks makes the decision to dismiss a camper early due to COVID-19 related concerns, we will communicate with the family and make appropriate prorated refunds. No refund will be made for other late entrance or early withdrawal. The director reserves the right to dismiss any camper who violates the camp rules or is judged detrimental to the general welfare of the camp. No refund will be made in the case of dismissal. 

There are a number of companies that offer “camp insurance” in the event you need to cancel for an unexpected reason. Most of the time this is referred to as “trip insurance.” In order to be protected, you typically need to sign up before paying for camp in full and at least 60-90 camp begins. This could change due to COVID-19. Please look carefully if it would cover COVID-19 related cancelations. You can find a number of different companies online or ask your insurance agent.

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