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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. 

Summer Camp

I know we here at John Knox Center are looking forward to our 60th summer. After months of uncertainty, prayer, preparation & planning we are excited to announce our Summer Camp program will proceed as scheduled! We are so excited and blessed to be able to welcome campers this summer.There will be new traditions in our 60th year all in an effort to keep our camp community safe. We know that kids need camp more than ever and we are prepared to provide a fun experience with memories they will never forget! 

There will be modifications to the check-in & check out process. We are asking only one adult come with their camper to check-in. Parents will stay in their cars at all times & NO PAPERWORK will be accepted at Check-In. Parents are asked to pre-screen campers prior to arrival. Daily temperature checks, frequent hand washing & cleaning, & limiting shared equipment and number of session participants are part of the new procedures. At no time will the number of campers exceed 48.

Campers will interact with their cabin mates & Family Group but have very little interaction with other Family Groups. Social distancing will be maintained between Family Groups & campers will not mingle outside their Family Group. All activities will be outdoors as much as possible. Tables, sports equipment, etc will be assigned to each cabin by color. Meals will be served cafeteria style and there will be a heightened emphasis on cleaning and disinfecting all common surfaces multiple times per day. Vespers will be just as meaningful as ever with campers sitting with others from their cabins separated by 15' from other cabins so singing may be possible. 

The Outdoor Ministries Team affirmed the operation of Summer Camp following the guidelines from the American Camp Association Summer 2020 Operation Manual on May 25 and operation of overnight camp has been approved by the State of Tennessee. To read more about these guidelines and the state of Tennessee guidance 

There will be new traditions in our 60th summer. We believe kids need camp more than ever right now. Our goal is to keep campers as safe as possible while giving them memories that will last a lifetime.

Immediate and Future Guest Rentals

For guest groups with reservations between now and July 15th, we are 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. All spring schools have been moved to dates later in the year or 2021. As of this point, fall schools remain in place on our calendar. 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.

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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