Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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COVID-19 Updates as of 2/9/2022:

Our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures are subject to change based on the current recommendations of the CDC, ACA, and our medical advisors. We are currently working with an Advisory Committee to create these guidelines, and they will be available to review on our website and on ACTIVE in the coming months.

As of right now, we strongly encourage all of our camp participants to consult their Primary Care Physician (PCP) and receive the COVID-19 vaccine as recommended by their PCP so that we can reduce the risk of transmission at camp. At this time, we do not plan on requiring COVID-19 vaccinations, but this can change if we receive updated guidance prior to the camp season.

In addition, Hye Camp will be implementing many Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) during the camp season to create layers of protection for our camp community, including a testing cadence both prior to coming to camp and at camp.

 

What do the daily activities and classes look like?

Every day, the campers have a full daily schedule packed with fun and learning! On weekdays, they have classes in Armenian Language & Heritage, Arts & Crafts, and Religion, which are taught by our talented staff and visiting clergy. They also have a daily sports program run by the Athletics Director and a daily swim time supervised by the Aquatics Team of certified lifeguards. Our Programming Coordinator organizes an evening program every day. Our evening programs include game shows, scavenger hunts, talent shows, dances, campfires, Capture the Flag, outdoor movies, and so much more!

What is your staff supervision like?

At all times, we have a 1:8 staff to camper ratio. All staff members are 18 years old or older. Counselor groups are assigned based on the age and gender of the campers. Each counselor group is assigned with both staff and CITs, who are always present with their campers at all activities and events throughout the day. In addition to our amazing staff members, who are often raised through the camp program themselves, we have incredible adult alumni and volunteers who come to camp to lend a helping hand to the program in many capacities.

What type of training does your staff receive?

Our staff arrive the week before camp commences and experience a mandatory 4-day training. During the training, our staff undergo sessions covering a wide array of topics, such as policies and procedures, emergency plans, bully prevention, physical and mental health and safety, behavior and discipline, daily programs schedules, Bible Studies, team building, and so much more! The staff also spend time preparing the campus for the arrival of campers and CITs. Through this comprehensive training, our faithful young adults become better equipped to meet the needs of our campers and CITs. Many of our staff are CPR certified, and at least three of our staff members on campus are trained in First Aid or Responding To Emergencies (RTE) through the American Red Cross.

What spiritual formation will my child receive at camp?

Every morning, the entire camp attends Matins after breakfast. Every night, the entire camp attends Vespers after the evening program and snack. On Sunday, we celebrate the Divine Liturgy, and all participants receive Holy Communion. Hye Camp is blessed to have many clergy visitors who come and teach some of our classes. Our Primate, His Grace Bishop Daniel Findikyan, visits the camp every year and has time to interact and speak with the campers, CITs, and Staff.

What is Olympics?

During the camp week, the Athletics Director organizes a camp-wide Olympic competition, with various sports activities and games. Campers and CITs are split up into teams, and staff members act as referees. The teams compete in a number of fun (and often hilarious) activities/races so that one team may be crowned the victors!

What Medical care is available on site?

Hye Camp has a healthcare professional on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the entire camp season. We are blessed with loving volunteers who serve as nurses, nurse practitioners, or doctors during the camp week. The camp nurse responds to all health-related needs of the camp. To ensure your child is given the best care possible, please be sure to fill out the Medical Packet properly and completely. In the event of an emergency, a walk-in clinic is 5 miles away and two hospitals are within 15 miles. In addition, Camp Hickory is in a 911 zone.

What does the nurse look for during the healthcare check-in?

As part of the registration process, each participant will check-in with a healthcare professional. During this time, a head-to-toe health evaluation will be performed. The participant’s head, throat, skin, and feet will be checked for communicable diseases. The healthcare professional must give clearance to each participant prior to admittance to the camp program. If a communicable disease is identified (e.g., lice, strep throat, pink eye, etc.), then the participant may be asked to go home to be treated prior to admittance.

How many meals a day are offered?

Hye Camp offers three nutritious meals a day, plus an evening snack. There is also an opportunity for campers to purchase snacks from the canteen once a day. On Sundays, we offer a big brunch after Divine Liturgy, along with dinner and an evening snack. Our food service is run by a professional chef and a very experienced staff.

What is Canteen?

The Canteen will run on a cashless debit system during the camp week. Participants should bring money (cash preferred) in a separate envelope for each camper with the camper name and amount clearly labeled to turn in at registration. $10-$20 per week is recommended for one optional daily snack and drink per day. Indicate on the envelope if the remainder should be returned or donated.

Who should I contact in case of an emergency?

You may contact the Camp Administrator, Jennifer Morris, at 248-648-0702 or the Camp Director, the V. Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian, at 773-457-4122.