FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We are thrilled that we had the opportunity to still run camp this past summer and are looking forward to another summer with our awesome campers and staff in 2021! As we continue to adjust and change things due to COVID-19, we are taking all we learned from this past summer and setting plans into motion for another safe and fun summer. As camp draws closer, watch our website, social media accounts, and emails for updated information.

 Due to the changes that have occurred over the last few months, we are sure that there are lots of questions about how camp is going to run moving forward. In order to avoid overloading our office staff during a very busy time, please take a look at our FAQ page to see if you can find answers to your questions. If not, feel free to contact us by phone or email and we’ll get you answers just as quickly as possible. We will continue to update this page with additional information as it becomes available and as needed to meet the needs of the MiVoden community.

Operations

Q. Is MiVoden offering camps summer 2021?

Great news folks! We will be hosting both kid’s camps and family camps this summer. Things will continue to look a bit different as we continue to implement precautions and safety protocol due to COVID-19. However, our staff will be working hard to reduce risk while maximizing the MiVoden experience. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: All operations are subject to recommendations put forth by the CDC, Panhandle Health Department and the American Camp Association. While we have made the decision to move forward with plans for the summer, our operations could be suspended or canceled at any time if the recommendation is made by these entities.

Q. What is the schedule for the summer program?

As of now, we plan to run a full summer camp schedule in 2021. Our first camp, June 27-July 2, will be our Junior Camp, as well as the kickoff of our ultimate camps including DiscipleTrek, Extreme Teen Camp, Teen Survival Camp, Teen Equestrian Camp, and Teen Wakeboard Camp 1. Starting the week of July 18, we will be running our regularly scheduled family camps with simultaneous kid’s camps continuing at some of our outpost locations. See our Summer Camps page for more info.

Q. Are there changes to the weekly schedule?

We got lots of reports that our campers enjoyed the 5-day week that we tried out in Summer 2020. In order to continue to maintain the necessary precautions and sanitization procedures, as well as give staff a day off, we will be running 5 day camps instead of 7 day camps this summer. Campers will show up Sunday afternoon and leave on Friday afternoon.

Some of the other changes that we are going to keep from summer 2020 include longer class periods and the option of eating outside at meals. We found that the longer class periods allow for a more relaxed atmosphere and for more engagement with the activity, which both campers and staff appreciated. 

Q. What is MiVoden doing about Covid-19?

Camp MiVoden is taking the health and safety of guests very seriously. Working with guidelines recommended by the CDC, Panhandle Health Department, and the American Camp Association we are continuing to adjust plans to minimize potential health risks to our guests. This summer we will continue to put plans into place to insure we are at the forefront of industry standards. While the camp experience will continue to be different, we appreciate your patience as all of us adapt to life with Covid-19.

Q. What if I’ve been sick or have been in contact with someone who has?

If you are currently exhibiting symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is exhibiting Covid-19 like symptoms in the last two weeks, we ask that you stay home.

Q. What if I come from a “hotspot” area with a lot of Covid-19 patients?

We are asking those who come from any region that has been identified as a “hot spot” not attend camp unless they have had the ability to self-quarantine for two weeks in a low risk location.

Kid's Camp

We are planning to run our usual 3 full weeks of kids camps this summer, while also adding in more of our ultimate camp options.  Ultimate camps (Extreme, Wakeboard, Equestrian, and Survival) are so popular that we have decided to run each for 4 weeks instead of 3 so that more of our kids campers get the chance to participate!

Q. I have registered already but how do I pay?

To pay for a prior registration or make any changes to your account you will need to log in to your Ultracamp account. Follow the link to the login page.

Q. What if I haven't registered for camp yet?

Registration for the remaining spots in our summer camp program will be opening on October 6 at 9:00 am. It will be on a first come, first served basis. We are doing everything we can to allow the maximum number of kids to have the camp experience at MiVoden this summer.

Family Camp

Family camps, will be starting on July 18 with Family 1. Many of the changes that were made last year such as the longer activity periods, the opportunity to eat outside, and the 5-day week will continue to be in effect this summer.

Q. I have registered already but how do I pay?

To pay for a prior registration or make any changes to your account you will need to log in to your Ultracamp account. Follow the link to the login page.

Q. What changes should I expect to family camp operations?

Since we do not know what will happen with Covid-19 in 2021, many of the changes made last summer for family camp may continue to be in place for summer 2021. Below is the practice used for summer 2020.

 

The use of color groups, socializing within those color groups, and a 5-day week is a notable change to family camp operations. Socialization within this color group will not be limited, though we still recommend the utilization of physical distancing. However, campers will be asked to minimize contact with other color groups during their time at camp to decrease the risk of spreading Covid-19. This practice is recommended by the CDC and ACA as best practice for camps. 

Retreats

Q. Will MiVoden be hosting retreats following the summer camp season?

Absolutely. We are excited about continuing our ministry to rental and retreat groups in the fall. We will continue to maintain contact with the groups that are currently scheduled and are actively seeking to fill openings through the end of the year. We have developed an email campaign to maintain contact with our rental groups, through which we will notify them of availabilities and keep them up to date on the MiVoden Story.

Q. Are there any available dates for our retreat/rental group?

Yes, we are actively seeking larger groups of up to 150-250 for some select weeks/weekends in late October for our main camp area. Groups of a smaller size will be added to our waiting list and will be contacted 8 weeks in advance if larger reservations are not secured. Contact our retreat department to find out more.

 

Q. What are the High and Low seasons for Retreat Rentals of main camp?

 

High season refers to registrations made for the months of August, September, October in the fall and April, May, June in the Spring. Because these dates tend to be in higher demand for retreats, preference will be given to the larger groups (150+) to reserve the main camp area. Smaller groups will be added to a waiting list and will be contacted 8 weeks in advance if no larger reservations are secured.

Q. What precautions are being put in place for the rental/retreat season?

We take the health and safety of our guests very seriously. We also understand that the Covid-19 situation continues to change on a weekly basis. Our response to the pandemic is based on guidelines set forth by the CDC, local health department, and ACA. We won’t try and guess what the recommendations will be moving forward, but can assure you that we monitor the situation closely and adjust our procedures and policies as needed. We will continue to maintain contact with our rental/retreat groups through email, social media and our website with more direct correspondence as we draw closer to the reservation dates.

Employment

Summer camp is a go for this season, and we are so excited you are considering being a part of the MiVoden story. Camp ministry is now more vital than ever, and it doesn’t happen without quality staff. Watch this website, our social media pages, and our email for updates on when staff applications for Summer 2021 are open. Also, watch for our recruitment team on your college or academy campus.

Q. Will camp in 2021 be different than past summers?

This summer will look different from past years, depending on the evolving changes of Covid-19. Changes to dinning, lodging, and general operations may continue to be necessary in order for us to comply with best practices for minimizing risk. We aren’t going to lie; it will require flexibility from our staff and there will be challenges. However, we also believe that those who choose to be a part of our story will have an amazing summer that they will never forget. Our leadership is committed to supporting our staff as they carry on the ministry of connecting campers to Christ.

Q. Can I still apply?

Absolutely! Soon, we will be opening up the application process through this website. We’d love to have the opportunity to hear your story and why you’d like to join ours. We will be announcing details regarding the application process through email, social media, and on the website so check back for additional details.

Q. What is the new camp schedule like?

Certification week will be starting June 14, 2021, with regular staff training beginning on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Q. How should I prepare for this summer as a staff?

More coming soon!

 
 
 
 
 

Camp MiVoden, a ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, sits along the shores of Hayden Lake in Northern Idaho. We've been sharing Jesus with campers and families since 1940.

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