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  • WILL THERE BE IN-PERSON CAMP?
    YES! After being closed for our traditional overnight camps for two years due to Covid-19, we are excited to be opening for the summer of 2022.
  • IS THE VACCINE REQUIREMENT A NEW POLICY AT CAMP HOPE?
    While the Board of Management strongly encourages all who are able to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to do so, it is not a requirement for campers, volunteers, or employees. All campers and staff will be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival at camp. Anyone with a positive test result will not be allowed to remain at camp. Anyone developing Covid-19 symptoms while at camp will be tested. If the test result is positive, they will need to go home.
  • WILL MY CHILD HAVE TO WEAR A MASK DURING CAMP?
    Depending on the level of transmission at the time of your child's camp/conference, masks may be required for all campers, volunteers, and staff whenever they are indoors. Masks may be required outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Masks do not need to be worn inside of the cabins.
  • ARE CAMPERS AND COUNSELORS REQUIRED TO HAVE A NEGATIVE COVID-19 BEFORE ATTENDING CAMP?
    Depending on the level of transmission at the time of your child's camp/conference, a negative COVID-19 PCR test may be required 72 hours before arriving at camp. This would include those who are fully vaccinated. In the 7 days prior to your camp, it may be requested that you quarantine, except for ESSENTIAL activities. ESSENTIAL Activities: job, daycare, doctor visits, necessary trips to the grocery store for food NON- ESSENTIAL Activities: shopping in clothing stores, going out to eat in a restaurant, having a play date or sleepover with a friend, vacation, another week of camp at another location.
  • WILL CAMPERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND STAFF BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE DAILY HEALTH SCREENINGS?"
    Yes, everyone on Camp Hope property will be required to complete a daily health screening for any symptoms, as well as have their temperature taken regularly.
  • WHAT WILL IN-PERSON CAMP LOOK LIKE THIS YEAR WITH COVID RESTRICTIONS?
    We understand that there is still a lot unknown about what the future looks like in regards to COVID. However, we feel that having camp this summer is important for campers, volunteers, and staff! Camp Hope will be in constant communication with ACA (American Camping Association) and the local Health Department about all matters related to the COVID pandemic. These organizations are following the strict guidance from the CDC. While we are still planning to have in-person camp, there will be many precautions in place. The health of our campers, volunteers, and staff members are always first and foremost! During periods of high Covid-19 transmission, campers, volunteers, and staff may be required to wear face masks, stay socially distant, and participate in daily health screenings. To allow for campers to be able to still enjoy camp, but maintain the proper social distance we are limiting the number of registrations for each week. Additionally, each parent/guardian will be required to sign a waiver and COVID-19 attestation form. Camp Hope will remain in contact with parents/guardians as we move close to the camp season and have a better prediction on what the pandemic will look like over the summer months. Please feel free to contact the staff with questions or concerns.
  • HOW DOES THE ROOMMATE REQUEST POLICY WORK?
    We believe that an important part of the camp experience is to make new friends and become fully involved with the whole camp. We also understand that young people want to be with a friend, especially if they are coming to Camp Hope for the first time. Therefore, a camper may request one roommate and that person must also request this camper as a roommate for the campers to room together. If you have a concern about room assignments, call our office before the registration deadline date. We will be unable to make changes after that date as all the information we provide deans, counselors, medical, and camp staff prior to camp must include cabin assignments.
  • CAN MY CAMPER RECEIVE MAIL AT CAMP?
    Yes! We love it when campers receive mail! BRING IT Prepare letters, notes, and cards prior to arrival at camp. Write the camper’s first and last name on the front of each envelope. MAIL IT Address your letter or card to: Camper Name – Camp Camp Hope 15 Ridgeway Avenue, Blairstown, NJ 07825 Make sure to include the name of the camp your camper is attending on the envelope. Mail early in the week and be sure to include a return address in case your letter does not arrive by Friday of the camp week. EMAIL IT Email your camper at Camper@camphope.org, with the camper's name as the subject line. We will print the letters and deliver them at lunch time.
  • WILL MY CAMPER NEED MONEY?
    The camp store is open each day during the campers' free time. Campers can purchase snacks, drinks, or souvenirs during this time. We recommend that families deposit funds in the camper's Store Account for these purchases. Any money remaining in the camper's Store Account will be refunded by check and mailed within one week of the conclusion of that particular camp/conference.
  • WHAT SHOULD CAMPERS BRING TO CAMP?
    Shorts Shirts Socks Underwear Long pants or jeans for buggy evenings by the campfire Rain gear (rain jacket, poncho, rain boots, etc.) Jacket/Hoodie for cool and/or buggy nights Pajamas Closed-toe, walking/hiking shoes (Flip-flops are not allowed accept in the shower or around the pool area) Swim suits Beach towels for swimming Towels and wash cloths for the shower Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, deodorant, etc.) WATER BOTTLE Dirty clothes bag Bedding (sheets or sleeping bag, blanket and pillow) Please label each item brought to camp with the camper’s name! Instruct your camper to be sure collect all their things before leaving camp. Camp Hope cannot be responsible for lost items or anything left at camp.
  • WHAT THINGS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT CAMP?
    Camp Hope is a drug-, alcohol-, and smoke-free environment. Campers bringing illegal drugs, cigarettes, vapes, or alcoholic beverages to camp will be sent home immediately. Campers should not bring: any food, drinks, candy, radios, iPods, MP3 players, electronic games, cell phones, or laptops. These items will be confiscated and returned at the end of the week.
  • IS THERE MEDICAL STAFF DURING THE SUMMER?
    During the summer camp and conference season, a nurse or EMT and certified first aiders operate under standing ordersof a local physician 24 hours a day. In the event a camper requires emergency medical attention beyond basic first aid, whenever possible, parents/guardians are contacted first to apprise them of the situation Parents/guardians are notified immediately if their child becomes ill or extremely homesick.
  • WHAT IF MY CAMPER TAKES MEDICATION?
    When you register, you will fill out a medical waiver in which you will list the medications and dosages your camper needs to take. Please bring your camper’s medication in its original packaging when you drop off your camper. We will be unable to accept or dispense medication that is not in its original packaging. Our camp nurse will be responsible for dispensing medications at the times indicated on the form.
  • WHAT IF MY CAMPER HAS A FOOD ALLERGY?
    Please describe any food allergies or dietary restrictions on your medical waiver during the registration process. Our kitchen staff is prepared to make the necessary accommodations for the following: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan/vegetarian diets. If you have any questions regarding your child’s dietary needs, please contact us. We kindly request that you do not send your camper to camp with any food.
  • CAN I CALL OR VISIT MY CAMPER?
    We request that you do not call or visit your child during their stay. You may meet your camper’s counselors, hear about their favorite activity, and shop in our store on closing day! To discourage homesickness, our policy is that campers will only call home in an emergency. If you need us to get a message to your camper, please contact the office, and we will make sure they receive it.
  • WHAT IF MY CAMPER GETS HOMESICK?
    All Camp Hope staff and counselors are trained to help campers through homesick times. If homesickness continues to be a struggle, our leadership team will visit with the camper and then call home to have the camper talk with the parents.
  • HOW DOES CAMP HOPE HANDLE LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS?
    Camp Hope is not responsible for lost or stolen items. We will keep all lost and found items for one week after the close of the summer camp session, then the items will either be discarded or donated to local charities.
  • IS FOOD ALLOWED IN THE CABINS?
    Camp Hope does not allow any food or drinks (except plain water) in the cabins. Help us keep the cabins free of insects, animals, and mold -- please do not send any food with your camper.
  • IS THERE INTERNET ACCESS
    Wi-Fi is available at Camp Hope; however, due to very poor internet service in this area of New Jersey, Wi-Fi is on a secured network that is not provided to campers. Groups renting the facilities will have access to the Wi-Fi and will be provided the network information upon arrival. There are some dead zones, but WI-FI is available in both the Upper and Lower Lodges
  • DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?
    Early Registration Discounts Early registration discounts are available if you register by the following dates with the payment indicated: Recruiters' Discounts Recruiters' discounts apply when you recruit other campers for any summer program: $5 discount per new camper. The recruited camper must not have previously attended any Camp Hope summer program.
  • IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?
    Please do not let lack of funds prevent you or your child from attending a Camp Hope summer program. Contact your church or the Camp Hope office for assistance. Regional Camperships Active members of metropolitan New York Moravian congregations are entitiled to a UBC scholarship to attend camp. Active members of Bethlehem, PA Moravian churches are entitled to a BAM (Bethlehem Area Moravians) campership to attend camp. Many Moravian congregations offer camperships to active youth; check with your church office. When you pay your deposit, please indicate which Moravian church you attend as well as whether you are eligible for a UBC or BAM campership.
  • WHAT IS THREE-TIERED PRICING?
    Three-Tiered Pricing Realizing that families have different abilities to pay our camp registration fees, Camp Hope offers a voluntary three-tiered fee structure. Simply choose the tier that is most suitable or comfortable for your family. All campers receive the same Camp Hope experience, no matter which amount you choose to pay. Three-tiered pricing offers an opportunity for you to take an active role in supporting the true cost of your child’s camp experience at Camp Hope. As you consider your family’s financial situation, please also consider the true cost of camp. TIER 1 You may be surprised to know that our lowest prices do not reflect the true operational cost to Camp Hope. This rate is highly subsidized by the Eastern District of the Moravian Church. TIER 2 This amount is a partially subsidized rate. By choosing to pay a little more, you help support the ongoing summer camp ministry of Camp Hope. TIER 3 This amount most closely reflects our true operational cost. The price includes things like utilities, grounds upkeep, insurance, building maintenance, etc. By choosing this tier, you help us make needed upgrades and repairs, and you enable Camp Hope to grow in the future. THE GOAL OF TIERED PRICING The goal of tiered pricing is to provide high quality, safe, and inclusive activities for campers with opportunities for fun, fellowship, and adventure; to challenge each camper to explore and grow in Christian faith; to build Christ-centered community; to provide an opportunity for partnership with those who value the impact of Camp Hope’s summer camping ministry; and to preserve Camp Hope for generations to come. Once again, this program is voluntary and in no way influences the camp experience that campers receive. Tier 2 and Tier 3 payments (less the corresponding Tier 1 amount) will be received and acknowledged as tax-deductible donations to Camp Hope. We believe that every child should experience the powerful impact that summer camp provides, regardless of income. For this reason, camperships are available. If our fees present a challenge for your family, please contact us.
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