How is Camp Ghormley keeping families safe and healthy?
Camp Ghormley enjoys a long history of camper health and safety. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 further heightens our camp’s safety vigilance.
Specific measures being taken in response to COVID-19 include:
- A new model for camp – allowing families to enjoy time at Ghormley as a family unit, at their own pace.
- Additional health screening measures.
- Increased sanitation protocols.
- Enhanced measures for food safety.
- Measures in place to maintain physical distancing and limit exposure between groups.
We believe that now more than ever we all need the beauty of creation, joyful and relaxed time with family. We look forward to seeing you this summer at Camp Ghormley!
Camp Ghormley will strictly follow Washington State Department of Health guidelines, which include the following:
STABLE FAMILY GROUPS. All activities will be personalized, taking place within individual family units. These family groups must remain stable throughout their time at camp. Each family must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other families or individuals.
ENHANCED CLEANING & SANITIZING. We want to be sure our guests can both have fun and be safe. We will follow enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices.
HEALTH SCREENING PROTOCOLS. Camp Ghormley has developed a detailed communicable disease plan, a part of which involves a health screening for each camper on site. We will send this screening to you prior to arrival, then ask you to confirm your answers when you get here. We will also take the temperature of everyone in the party.
FOOD SERVICE PRACTICES. (Note: To-go meals only available once Yakima County reaches Phase 2 and above) Camp Ghormley will carefully follow the recommended guidance for food service at day camps in WA State, and will serve all meals to-go style, meaning no families will need to be near other families in order to eat their meals. Additionally, families are welcome to bring their own food!
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS. If a camper becomes ill with Covid-19 type symptoms during the week of camp, Ghormley will immediately contact the Yakima Health District and follow their detailed instructions. Ghormley will assist the contact tracing process by notifying the Yakima Health District of anyone the sick party had contact with during our programs.
“HIGH RISK” CAMPERS. Please be advised that the WA DOH and CDC strongly recommends that campers in higher risk groups not attend camp, and defines high risk individuals as:
- People 65 years and older;
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
- People who have serious heart conditions;
- People who are immunocompromised
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher);
- People with diabetes;
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis;
- People with liver disease; and
- Any other underlying conditions identified by the OHA or CDC
Campers in higher risk groups who attend Family Cabin Rentals must do so with full knowledge of the inherent risks. All families must sign a Cabin Rental Agreement upon arrival. All campers agree to hold Camp Ghormley harmless.
If you are traveling from outside the United States, you must verify you have been in the United States without symptoms for 14 days prior to the beginning of the camp program.
What will happen when I arrive?
You will be greeted and given directions for where to park. Our staff will come to you and ask you some health questions, and we will take the temperature of each person staying at the camp. Then you will be directed to your cabin!
Will we have to wear masks?
Our staff will adhere to the state guidelines for businesses and the public, and will be wearing face coverings when within 6 feet of others. Campers may (but do not have to) wear face coverings when interacting within their own family, but campers must wear face coverings anytime they approach within six feet of campers outside of their group. Family groups will not be allowed to have extended close contact with other families outside their own family group.
How are meals being served?
(Note: To-go meals only available once Yakima County reaches Phase 2 and above) Meals will be served to-go style, outdoors, with each family group having their own reserved seating. Families are welcome to bring their own food, as well. Meals can be requested upon arrival; no pre-ordering is needed before arrival to Ghormley.
What if someone doesn’t follow the physical distancing rules? I don’t want my family at risk!
It is our desire that everyone be able to enjoy their camp experience. We have designed an experience that can be enjoyed while following measures intended to keep everyone healthy. We will require health screening, and we expect our guests will follow physical distancing rules. If a guest party violates these standards, we will ask them to leave in order to allow others to enjoy their camp experience.
What if I have more questions?
Please ask us! You can call the camp at 509-672-4311.