Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

Updated June 4, 2021. Below are our 2021 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 2021 season at ravenknob.com/covid19updates.

Before You Arrive-Prescreening:                     

  • As you gather to head to camp, scouts and leaders will need to monitor their temperatures before coming to camp (We would encourage families to check their scouts temperature before leaving to gather with the rest of troop, if a scout or leader has a high temperature they will need to stay at home.) We are encouraging troops to have their scouts and leaders monitor their temperature starting one week prior to arrival. No documentation will be required at check-in.        

  • If you have a pre-existing condition or you are defined as “At-Risk” by the CDC, we do not recommend you attend camp this summer.

Arrival to Camp              

  • We strongly recommend that troops maintain their leadership in camp for the week. Rotating leaders in troops is not a safe practice. If guests arrive after normal check-in time on Sunday they will need to report to the Admin Building.

  • In coming to camp on Sunday afternoons, each troop will have a designated arrival time which the troop leader has selected. Troops arriving on Saturday will go directly to their campsites. The troop needs to arrive at the front gate as a collective unit. Upon arrival we will direct you to your campsite from the gate. Your troop guide will meet you in the campsite. If a driver or passenger is not staying for the week then only the camp participants should exit the vehicle and unload their gear. When the gear has been unloaded then the vehicle should exit the camp property without delay.

  • Contactless thermometers are available by request from the Health Lodge if a troop would like to monitor temperatures through the week. 

  • 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.

  • Saturday morning departures will be regulated similarly to Sunday check-ins. Participants can load their gear and make their exit from the camp. The drivers should remain in their vehicles during this process.

  • Unlike 2020 and in the video above, 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. 

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.

  • Units should bring all necessary unit supplies with them on Sunday for the entire week. This includes clothing, medication, and foodstuffs. Troops who need additional items during the week should contact the Administration staff or purchase items at the Trading Post. 

Dining Hall & Eating Facilities                 

  • No camp-wide assemblies or flag ceremonies will occur at the Dining Hall. Flag ceremony & grace will need to occur in the campsite or on your own prior to coming to the Dining Hall.                    

  •  The dining facility has been extended by adding a dining tent to the parade ground to add more room for social distancing.                    

  • 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.

  • We will have two shift meals for all meals in the Dining Hall. Shifts 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.

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

  • A sanitation crew will be on hand for each meal to clean and sanitize tables and chairs once people have left the facility.

  • Scouts and leaders will likely not sit at the same table each day, but sit at whichever table has been sanitized and cleared for use.  

In the campsite

  • Campsites can be sanitized on a daily basis, please see our Ranger Staff for a cleaning solution. Troops are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer and cleaning materials as well. 

  • Participants are permitted to stay in the same tent/adirondack, but they will need 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 cloth 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, & aprons and will go through a supervised handwashing & cleansing before serving.        

  • Temporary hand washing stations will be added.                

  • Additional seating will be added outside of the trading post. Indoor seating will be limited to encourage social distancing.

  • It is encouraged that scouts and leaders take advantage of the contactless Google Pay/Apple Pay capabilities in the Trading Post. Credit cards and debit cards are also encouraged. Cash will be accepted. 

Sanitation Procedures                

  • We will have a team of staff members dedicated to sanitize all program areas, the Dining Hall, bathroom facilities on a daily routine basis.

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

Wednesday Night Family Campfire            

  • For 2021 we are allowing a restricted number of guests into camp for the Wednesday Night Ceremony. A limited number of free tickets will be made available, the number of tickets will vary each week. Tickets can be claimed one week prior to the Wednesday Night using EventBrite-links to claim tickets will go out on social media and emails to unit leadership. 

  • TICKETS WILL BE REVIEWED AT THE GATE. VISITORS WITHOUT A TICKET WILL BE TURNED AWAY. 

  • Scouts who are being called out into the Order of the Arrow will be granted two tickets apart from the limited number available on EventBrite. Unit leaders need to email, registration@ravenknob.com, to claim tickets. 

  • Visitors will not be allowed to enter camp until 7:00pm-please do not show up before 7:00pm to the camp gate for traffic control & emergency reasons.

  • Meals are not to be provided on Wednesday Night by outside guests. All participants will eat in the Dining Hall as normal.

Camp Raven Knob Staff Preparations        

  • All camp staff are required to take a COVID-19 training provided by the Boy Scouts of America and healthcare professionals. 
  • Staff members are highly discouraged from leaving camp for any purpose during the week. Staff Members will be allowed to exit camp on weekends to go home.

  • Staff housing will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis.

Policy for Day Campers

  • We will be operating a Day Camper Program for 2021. Day campers must arrive at the administration building each morning to sign in. Day Campers and their families are encouraged to limit themselves outside the camp to ensure no contact with COVID-19 is possible. 

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.

  • The following program changes have been made for the 2021 summer. Of course, these have potential to change over time based on COVID-19 status.

    • Cooking Merit Badge will not operate in 2021. 

    • BSA Lifeguard, Lifesaving, & Venture Crew Pistol will operate in 2021.

    • Mountain Man/Cripple Creek Program will operate for the summer of 2021 in the backcountry of Raven Knob.

    • The Citizenship in the Nation field trip on Monday nights will occur, given transportation is available to properly social distance.

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

    • Cycling/Mountain Biking Merit Badge will travel to New River State Park in Galax to earn their 22 mile requirement, given proper transportation is available to social distance. 

    • The Wilderness Survival Overnighter on Thursday will occur in 2021. Camping Merit Badge will not be invited to join this year on the overnighter event.