Coronavirus Operations

Coronavirus Information

We Care For Kids is our mantra. Fun and safety are elements in our mission statement. Due to COVID-19, the summer camp experience this year will be different as we make changes to keep kids safe, but we will do everything in our power to make it a memorable and great camp experience.

Please call or contact us if you have any questions at all or need clarification. Our hope is that we are creating a safe environment, approved by the State and local Health Department, while also maintaing as much normalcy as possible. Here are a few things you can expect as part of our safety plan this summer:


  • This year, we are requesting that all payments, including camp store funds, cabin photos, and other charges, be paid in full by the Wednesday prior to your session check-in date. This will allow us to expedite the check-in process and limit potential exposure to spreading the virus.
  • If you live outside of Michigan, please confirm that your state is in phase 3 of the Opening Up America plan. If you are in a geographic area that is not in phase 3 of this national plan, the State of Michigan does not want you to send your child to camp this summer.
  • The State of Michigan is requesting (i.e. this is not mandatory) that all campers be tested for COVID-19, completed within 10 days of the camp session start date. This is a request our licensing agency encourages to provide a safe environment for all of our campers and staff, but this is not a requirement for attending. You can find testing locations for your community by visiting
  • Additionally, the State is requesting (i.e. not mandatory) and Pine Ridge encouraging that all campers monitor their health symptoms between being tested and arrival at camp. This should include daily temperature checks. Symptoms that indicate possible COVID-19 infection include fevers 100.4 or greater, coughing, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle or body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, and vomiting. The MI Symptoms app is a good tool to track symptoms and is free for use in Michigan. If any of these symptoms are present prior to the camp session, please cancel or change your camp session to a later date.


  • Check-in time will be divided by alphabet this year. We are requesting that if your last name begins from A-L that you arrive between 9:00-9:45am, and if your last name begins M-Z to arrive between 9:45-10:30am. If your arrival time slot does not work well because of a job or other conflicts, please arrive at the time that works best for your schedule.
  • If possible, please only bring children attending Pine Ridge with one parent. We realize this isn’t always possible.
  • Face masks will be requested (not required) to be worn through the check-in process. 
  • In addition to our normal health screening process, a temperature check will be done on all incoming campers.
  • Bring all needed prescriptions and non-prescription medications with you. ALL medications MUST be in original containers with original labels. The label must include the camper’s name, the name of the medication with dosage, dispense times, and the name of the doctor.
  • Our health screening also includes a brief check for head lice.


  • Check-Out process begins at 9:15am with the campers being released at 10:30am.
  • There is an optional parent meeting at 9:45am that will include an update on the camp week. 
  • You are also invited to observe the campers award ceremony beginning at 10:00am.
  • Please have the designated pick-up person bring their license to the check-out table to confirm that we are releasing campers to the correct person.
  • If possible, please limit pick-up to one adult and no children.
  • Face masks will be requested (not required) to be worn through the check-out process.
  • The camp video will not be shown this year at the awards ceremony but instead will be offered to view through our YouTube channel and Pine Ridge Facebook page.


There will be sanitization stations throughout camp. Campers and staff will use hand sanitizer at regular intervals throughout the day.


The camp experience in 2020 will happen mainly outside, in cabin groups. However, we request that campers bring one or more face masks to use when/if social distancing is not possible. This request is encouraged, but not required. We anticipate the requested use of face masks to be fairly minimal and for short time periods. For example, they may be requested when entering and exiting our dining hall.


Each morning campers and staff will receive a temperature check with an infrared thermometer.


The Pine Ridge staff will receive extra training on COVID-19, cleaning and sanitation, and new protocols for this summer. Campers will also receive additional guidance at the start of camp and each day for hand washing, sanitizing, etc.


In the event a camper exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or becomes sick, parents or guardians will be contacted and the camper will be removed from the cabin group and placed in the care of the health officer until a parent is able to pick them up.


In an effort to limit exposure visitors will be limited to coming on-site through the camp week.


When at all possible, items will not be shared between campers and staff.

Please email us if you have any questions.