Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

2022 COVID-19 Mitigation Plans

Updated June 5, 2022. Below are our 2022 policies & procedures regarding COVID-19. Please understand, all policies and procedures listed below are subject to change at any time. We will release updates to these policies for the 2022 season at ravenknob.com/covid19updates.

Before You Arrive-Prescreening:              

  • Units are HIGHLY encouraged to screen their Scouts and adult leaders for COVID-19 before departing for camp via a rapid COVID-19 test and symptom monitoring. Please use the Pre-Event Checklist CLICK HERE or download from the bottom of the page.

  • If any Scouts or adult leaders exhibit COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival to Raven Knob, our health staff will determine the best course of action, which could include a participant, everyone in their vehicle, or an entire troop being sent back home. Especially if you are traveling from out-of-council or long-distance, a proper pre-screening before departure will help to avoid any unnecessary travel and ensure the best experience for those staying in camp for the week.

Arrival to Camp              

  • We strongly recommend that troops maintain their leadership in camp for the week. If guests arrive after normal check-in time on Sunday they will need to report to the Admin Building.

  • Upon arrival at camp, each unit will be directed to their campsite from the front gate. A member of the Raven Knob staff will meet the unit in the campsite and begin the check-in process.

  • If your troop would like to monitor temperatures through the week a contactless thermometer is available by request from the Health Lodge. 

  • All camp participants will need to have their Camp Participant At-Risk Statement signed and ready to turn in upon arrival. Please gather forms as a troop to turn into the Health Lodge Team on Sunday Check-In. 

  • We will be checking in troops in at a regional area throughout camp. At this area you will have a unit leader check-in with the admin team and the troop will complete their health checks. Unit Photos will take place at the OA Arena (could change depending on weather).

Troop Leadership               

  • Units coming to camp should have at least two adult leaders that can stay in camp for the week.

  • We strongly recommend that units maintain their leadership in camp for the week. If a leader needs to leave halfway through the week then another leader can come in as a replacement. The new leader coming in mid-week will need to go to the Administration Building upon arrival to sign in. Then this leader will need to proceed directly to the Health Lodge to turn in their medical form (Parts A,B &C) and go through the standard medical screening there. This step must be followed before going to the campsite or having any contact with any camp participants.

  • Leaders are encouraged to NOT "come and go" throughout the day as has sometimes happened in years past. We understand that this is a significant change for some, but feel that it is necessary to keep our Scouts, Leaders, and Staff safe and healthy.

Dining Hall & Eating Facilities                 

  • We will have two shift meals for all meals in the Dining Hall. Shift assignments are determined by campsite and will be announced on Sunday at check-in. Shifts have been created to keep traffic limited in the dining hall at a given time.

  • We will be hosting camp wide assemblies and flag ceremonies at breakfast and dinner each day. The parade ground will be separated in half for meal shift 1 and meal shift 2.  

  • Additional hand washing stations have been added at the Dining Hall. Hand-washing is mandatory for all scouts and leaders before each meal & will be supervised. 

  • Plexiglass screens are placed above the serving lines.    

  • All servers will wear masks, gloves, & aprons and will go through a supervised handwashing & cleansing before serving.

  • Masking will not be required but HIGHLY recommended for all participants when in line and moving around the facility. If circumstances change throughout the summer, masking could be required and enforced.

  • No food that leaves the kitchen of the Dining Hall will return to the kitchen.

  • Scouts and leaders will sit at the same table each day, as assigned by the staff on Sunday evening. 

  • Scout Waiters from each unit will only be responsible for cleaning the area the troop is seated in by removing trash, wiping/sanitizing tables and benches, and sweeping. Scout waiters will not “set the table” as was done prior to 2020.

  • Salad Bar will be available for participants at supper only for 2022. All participants that wish to enjoy a salad will be required to sanitize and wear a glove when preparing their food. 

In the campsite

  • Troops are encouraged to sanitize their campsite on a daily basis. Troops may bring their own sanitizer and cleaning materials, or our Ranger Staff can provide a cleaning solution.

  • Participants are permitted to stay in the same tent/adirondack, but it is encouraged to sleep head to toe. 

  • Scouts and leaders are permitted to bring their own tents or hammocks to use in the campsite. 

  • All participants should bring at least two face masks with them to camp. Disposable & washable masks can also be purchased in the Trading Post. 

Trading Post    

  • Plexiglass screens have been added to serving areas and the concession side of the Trading Post.

  • All servers will wear masks, gloves and will go through a supervised handwashing & cleansing before serving.    

  • Hand washing stations have been added.

  • Masking will not be required but HIGHLY recommended for all participants when in line and moving around the facility. If circumstances change throughout the summer, masking could be required and enforced.  

  • Additional seating will be added outside of the trading post. Indoor seating will be limited to encourage social distancing. No indoor seating will be available on campfire nights. 

Sanitation Procedures    

  • Each program area will be responsible for cleaning their facility each day. This could include sanitation of all tables, equipment and other high touch items. 

  • Trash & Recycling from the campsites and the program areas will be collected on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Wednesday Night Family Campfire            

  • For 2022, we are opening our gates to families and friends that would like to join their participants at camp for our Wednesday night Family Night and Campfire. This has been a long tradition of Camp Raven Knob and one we are excited to bring back. Troops that have families coming up are encouraged to have a family potluck type meal in the campsite that evening. We do ask that all visitors be cautious and stay home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 and follow the same Pre-Event Checklist that our units will be using. CLICK HERE

  • All visitors will be screened at the front gate, and anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms will be asked to return home.

  • Visitors will not be allowed to enter camp until after 5:30pm. Please do not arrive before 5:30pm to ensure adequate traffic flow for camp operations and emergency procedures.

  • Units that will not have family attend on Wednesday to have a meal in the campsite will be able to reserve a camp meal to either be delivered to be served in the Dining Hall on Wednesday evening, depending on the week. 

Camp Raven Knob Staff Preparations        

  • Our Camp Raven Knob Staff will go through extensive training and preparations in order to best serve our participants in a COVID-19 environment. Our training includes being able to notice and monitor any symptoms, saintion for their program area, and knowledge of our plans to mitigate COVID-19. 

  • Each Camp Raven Knob Staff Member will be tested for COVID-19 at least once per week. 

Program Changes:                    

  • We hope to offer a full selection of summer camp programs for our Scouts and Leaders this summer. As developments in Covid-19 safety and policy are implemented or amended at the national, state, and local levels, we may have to alter our program offerings for the health and safety of our participants.

  • Facemasks are required for ALL INDOOR program sessions. This applies primarily to several sessions in the Trail to Eagle, Handicrafts, and Technology areas. Most of our sessions across camp are held outdoors and do not require facemasks.

  • The following program changes COULD be made for the 2022 summer. Of course, these have potential to change over time based on COVID-19 status.

    • Cooking Merit Badge could see a change in how the program is instructed. 

    • Citizenship in the Nation merit badge will travel to a local historic site on Monday evenings, but this could be canceled if adequate socially-distanced transportation is not available.

    • Climbing Merit Badge will travel to Pilot Mountain State Park on Wednesday mornings. This will be guided under strict social distance guidelines and guidelines enforced on the state level.

    • Cycling/Mountain Biking Merit Badge will travel to New River State Park in Galax to earn their 22 mile requirement, but this could be canceled if adequate socially-distanced transportation is not available.

    • The Wilderness Survival & Camping Overnighter will operate on Thursday nights in 2022 BUT could see cancellation if we feel that social distancing and mitigation strategies are at risk. 

File Name Description
Covid 19 At Risk Download
Prescreening Check List Download