Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
What can I currently do at camp?
We are following CDC guidelines for mitigating risks and updated our latest practices on March 31, 2022. We are not currently limiting capacity or activities. As your time at camp approaches, we will discuss with you how we can work together to keep guests and staff safe and healthy. You can read our Covid Monitoring: 2022 Operational Guidance for details.
Do you require Covid vaccinations?
We are not requiring Covid vaccinations, though we strongly encourage them. They are a safe and effective way to protect the staff and guests who come to camp. Over 80% of our staff are fully vaccinated.
Do we have to wear masks?
Maybe. Our staff will wear masks indoors whenever the Community Level is High. Staff will wear masks upon request of guests who are wearing masks. We will ask guests to join us in this practice at our Crossways-sponsored events (camps or retreats that are published on our website) when the Community Level is High. If you are planning your own retreat experience, we will allow you to set and enforce your own protocols. You can read our Covid Monitoring: 2022 Operational Guidance for details.
Do I need a Covid test?
Maybe. All unvaccinated staff will take a Covid test prior to a group's arrival. When the Community Level is High, we will ask all staff and guests, regardless of vaccination status, to take a test prior to arrival. Any tests (at-home or lab, antigen or PCR) are acceptable. If you have a hard time finding a test, please contact our staff. We may be able to help arrange a test at camp.
What if I am a "close contact"?
Crossways is following the guidance issued by the CDC. In many cases, those who have had a close contact are able to continue their normal lives while wearing a high-quality mask. This doesn't always work at camp, because of our community-focused environment and overnight setting. Therefore campers must be nearly at the end of their mask-wearing period before we can accomodate them at camp. The best practices for staff or adults with a Covid close contact are more similar to the CDC guidelines, because they do not require the same level of supervision. You can read our Close Contact Flowchart for details.
What did you do for Summer Camp 2021?
We reduced capacity in all of our cabins, assigned campers to cohorts of less than 20 people, and wore masks when singing, when inside, or when cohorts mingled. We also asked campers to provide either a negative Covid test result or proof of vaccination. Staff were strongly encouraged to be vaccinated and were advised to follow low-risk behaviors when away from camp. With the support of our campers, parents, and other guests, we made it through the summer without a single case of Covid-19 at camp. Thank you for keeping camp healthy!
What else are you doing to keep your spaces safe?
All three of our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and are fully licensed by the State of Wisconsin. We follow rigorous standards for cleaning and maximize ventilation in all the places you use during your stay. Between guest groups, buildings are fully ventilated and sanitized.
Do you still need donations?
Yes! Even though we are open for camp, things are not yet normal. Costs for supplies and labor are much higher than in previous years. Fewer campers and guests have been able to come since 2019, so we also have reduced revenue. We are grateful for the community of supporters who help us keep camp going strong!
If you like to give online, visit our secure donor portal: https://www.crosswayscamps.org/donate
If you prefer to give via check, make your check out to “Crossways Camping Ministries” and mail it to 912 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911.
If you have items to donate, want to make an in-kind contribution, or are interested in donating stock, call our main office at 920-882-0023 to coordinate with our staff.
If you are a member of Thrivent, you may have either Action Team grants or Choice Dollars that you can contribute to camp. Many of our maintenance projects happen through these programs. To coordinate a Thrivent donation, call our main office.
My question isn’t listed here. How do I contact you?
The best way to get in touch with us is to contact our administrative office. Our staff are working in-office and are able to answer your calls or emails.
Crossways Administrative Office