Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters: Action Plan For SWO20

While we know that every student is excited about Summer camp at SWO, we understand that parents, church staff and chaperones may have health concerns in sending student groups to SWO. Here are some precautions SWO is taking to conform to the NCDHHS (NC Department of Health and Human Services) recommendations and requirements. This situation continues to change daily, and as such, we will adapt and adjust our protocols and plans as we follow the guidance provided by the NCDHHS and local health departments. 

Please keep in mind: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present. Our protocols do not ensure the safety of camp attendees, but are efforts to reduce exposure to COVID-19 for all of our SWO community. Please feel free to contact our office for more information.

Increased Cleaning protocols

Every bathroom, surface, kitchen and common space is thoroughly cleaned multiple times per day according to our COVID cleaning protocol. We’ve upped our daily cleaning checklists in all areas of camp. Every weekend, we take the opportunity to deep clean and sanitize every cabin. 


During Monday’s orientation at SWO, we will cover proper hand washing techniques and social distancing while at SWO. Additionally, our staff are trained to encourage students to use our added hand washing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers.

Increased Hand Washing stations

We have increased the availability of handwashing stations at SWO, installing sinks at key locations on campus. Students have easy access to soap and water at these stations at all times.

Increased Hand Sanitizer availability

SWO has installed self-dispensing hand sanitizer units at each cabin for student use. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be dispensed upon entry to the Metal Building for meals and the Coop for worship. We also have placed dispensers at other locations on campus for easy access.

Partnership with Churches

Our first line of defense against the spread of illness is what you are already doing at home. Here’s how you can help us keep students safe at SWO: 

Please contact your group coordinator if your student or child has had symptoms of illness within 72 hours of leaving home for SWO. Every group must conduct temperature checks on each student before leaving home. We are sending each student pastor a temperature checklist to record their students’ temperatures. This report must be submitted to SWO upon arrival.

Temperature checks on campus

Upon arrival, every incoming student and chaperone will be temperature checked by our trained team. Key SWO staff are trained and prepared to conduct daily temperature checks for every student, chaperone and staff member, should daily checks become necessary or advisable. 

Visitors restricted

During our SWO20 Summer program, we are instituting a NO-VISITOR policy on our campus. Only staff and student groups will be allowed on campus – even on the weekends. We apologize for any inconvenience. We’d love to see everyone back here on campus after all of this is over. 

Vendor protocols

SWO is working with our vendors to institute more strict limitations and checks on vendors who access our property for deliveries. 


This Summer at SWO, the schedule will look a bit different! In efforts to spread things out this Summer, all campers will be divided into smaller (“cohort”) groups which will rotate through meals, recreation and more. To this end, we’ve created additional meal times, rec slots, and more. 

No shared cabin space

Rest easy, knowing that your church will not be sharing living quarters with any other church group. People who come as individuals will be divided into their own groups for lodging and rotation. Church groups with 10 or less may be treated as individuals and combined to create a “cohort”. 

No shared activities

As part of the rotation, you’ll cycle through all activities as a “cohort” group. 


To ensure best practices regarding COVID-19, we have partnered with the ACA (American Camping Association), the NCYCA (North Carolina Youth Camping Association), the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and the Cherokee County Health Department. These partnerships not only help us to create and vet COVID policies for the summer but also ensure we are learning from the expertise of others in order to care for the health of everyone at camp. 

Medical staff

This Spring, we have brought on a Medical Advisor for SWO. Our Medical Advisor is not only advising us on our plans for COVID-19, but is also creating medical protocols and overseeing our Emergency Response/Crisis Plans and medical center. 

Added security

SWO has always had a security team on campus, but this year, we are upping that security by adding gates at our main entrances.  You will also notice our security guard at the gate. 

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