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COVID-19 Updates and Information [Home Page]

Dear Friends,

I want to start by thanking you for continuing to value the outdoor retreat and camping experience for your group and campers. Camp has always been a safe space and it is important we continue to ensure the safety of our camp community. We are continuing to monitor the rapidly changing situation and following guidelines of the CDC, American Camp Association, and local officials.

Immediate and Future Guest Rentals

For guest groups with reservations between now and April 30th, we working with groups to rebook their event any time this calendar year. We understand and appreciate that individual groups and congregations are navigating decisions and setting guidelines that may affect your upcoming event with us. We will continue to monitor the situation, evaluate going forward, and update this policy as necessary.

River Ridge Program

Our environmental education program has always been a partnership with schools and that is never more true than now. Each school system is making decisions that are best for their community and if those decisions impact their spring reservations we will work with them to rebook so their students do not miss this experience. We are currently reviewing our activities for each class to make sure we are inline with Health Department and CDC recommendations limiting close contact and disinfecting supplies.

 Summer Camp

I know we here at John Knox Center are looking forward to our 60th summer. At this point we are planning on having all weeks of summer camp as scheduled. We are in the process of updating several of our protocols to create an environment that makes camp one of the safest places for children and youth this summer.  We have updated our communicable disease control plan that was already in place to make sure we address every concern with Covid-19.  We are reviewing this with health care professionals to ensure it meets updated CDC guidelines and recommendations. Our priority has been and will always be the safety of the children in our care. We are adding additional hand washing stations, expanding health screenings at check-in for staff and campers, and education and enforcement of hygiene practices. We are looking at program areas, foodservice, and general camp operation to evaluate what things we do that may need to be modified. Many of these are as simple as changing how we greet each other, how we serve meals, disinfecting equipment more frequently and teaching campers fun ways to ensure their hand washing is effective. As always campers may not share food, water bottles, or bunks with other campers and we will be vigilant in making sure we keep campers in the safest environment possible. These changes will not affect the quality, fun or benefits of our program in any way.

Foodservice & Cleaning Practices

As always, we are committed to upholding the highest standard of cleanliness and sanitization by working closely with our Ecolab provider and Health Department to provide best practices and products to our staff. Disinfecting all spaces used by a group or campers is always done as they depart. We are increasing our frequency of disinfecting common surfaces like door handles and light switches during a guestís stay. For the immediate future all foodservice will be served cafeteria style, limiting the common surfaces touched in serving ware. We are asking all groups to encourage frequent and effective hand washing during their stay and we have posted directions on how to do this in each bathroom.

 In these times of uncertainty, we want you to know that the safety and health of guests and campers are always a top priority. We will continue to monitor and follow recommendations of the American Camp Association and CDC as we navigate these challenging circumstances. While large group gatherings being in close proximity is inadvisable for the moment, we want to remain in community in other ways.  Follow John Knox Center on Facebook and Instagram.  We post daily sharing helpful tips, nostalgic pictures and other things that encourage, uplift and share Godís love, creation, and the camp experience. It will also be a way we share steps going forward in this process.

We look forward to sharing this place again with you soon.


Bri Payne, Executive Director

John Knox Center
591 West Rockwood Ferry Road
Ten Mile, TN 37880
Phone: (865) 376-2236
Fax: (865) 376-1719
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