COVID-Proofing Safety Measures

This summer’s COVID safety measures are an opportunity for us to embody our value of Respectful Service. Each step taken toward COVID-proofing your trip helps protect your group as well as our summer staff, our vulnerable community partners, and future groups coming to serve after you leave. As you read through the content on this page, know that we’re here to support you in every way. Use the button at the bottom of the page if you’d like additional assistance understanding the information or sharing it with your group. 


Policies

Our Safety Philosophy

YouthWorks has been creating summer COVID-19 safety policies by looking at CDC guidelines, state recommendations and resources from the American Camp Association. It’s easy to look at these policies as ‘restrictions’ – we understand that some things may feel more stringent than your group is used to! However, we encourage you to look at these safety policies not as ‘restrictions,’ but as a way to care for each other and communities. Our intent is that your entire trip is safe for everyone involved.

Below are some of the safety plans YouthWorks implemented for our summer 2021 mission trips. We are intending to use these same policies for 2022, and we will likely revise them as we move towards the summer. These plans are based on the current climate of COVID-19 requirements and additional standards may be added or removed pending guidance from the CDC and American Camp Association. Any changes will be communicated to you prior to your YouthWorks mission trip.

Preparing For Your Trip

Make sure your group arrives healthy and ready to serve.

Participants will not be allowed to attend if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms, if they have had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 10 days or if they have been around someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

If you have been fully vaccinated and have had an exposure, you do not need to quarantine and therefore may participate. However, we do ask that you continue to monitor your symptoms and if symptoms were to develop we would treat it as we would anyone else getting COVID symptoms on a trip.

Trip Leaders are required to acknowledge that their group has not shown any COVID-19 symptoms and have all received a negative COVID-19 test within 3-4 days of your trip. This acknowledgment is part of the online paperwork accessed through the dashboard. Log into the dashboard to view more information and download the symptoms tracker for your group.

*If you have been fully vaccinated, you do not need a COVID test unless you have symptoms. 

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If you have been fully vaccinated, you do not need a COVID test unless you have symptoms. 

If you have been fully vaccinated and have had an exposure, you do not need to quarantine and therefore may participate. However, we do ask that you continue to monitor your symptoms and if symptoms were to develop we would treat it as we would anyone else getting COVID symptoms on a trip. 

Fully vaccinated participants should be prepared to wear a mask while serving in the community.

On-Site Policies

Stay healthy as you serve, worship, and connect during your trip.

Consider your church group your “bubble.” Crews will be a smaller subset of your church—this is different than previous years where church groups mixed together. Many activities this summer will happen exclusively in your church group or crew. Trip Leaders will form these crews before their group arrives and should pay attention to vehicle needs.

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YouthWorks Mission Trip Associates are working with and listening closely to our Service Partners when determining the safest and most respectful ways to serve. This may mean that in some communities, we will be unable to serve with more vulnerable individuals directly. Before your trip, engage with your group about what respectful service could look like and how you can enter into the community with an open mind to that service.

You might experience things like…

  • Smaller service crews
  • Serving only with your own group
  • Serving at the same location all week
  • Updated vehicle or transportation guidelines and requirements
  • Specific guidelines for engaging with community members

Your Mission Trip Associate will have more specific information related to your trip.

During meals and large group gatherings (such as The Gathering and devotion introductions), crews will sit together while staying at least six feet from other crews. Because of this, we’ll utilize outdoor areas or large well-ventilated areas for large group times.

The Gathering: Elements of our large group programming, such as games, discussion groups and experiential elements, will be adjusted to ensure safety.

Dining: Groups may spread out to eat in additional rooms, eat outdoors, or in shifts. We are updating our strict kitchen safety protocols to ensure crews are safe while preparing, serving and eating meals.

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The YouthWorks Mission Team is planning and budgeting for the possibility of needing to host groups at 50% of sleeping room capacity. Alternative primary lodging facilites or secondary facilities are being sought to ensure there is plenty of room to spread out in sleeping spaces.

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YouthWorks is committed to finding showering locations that are safe for participants and that limits contact with the public. Though some shower locations will offer exclusive use for YouthWorks participants, some will not. We will continue use our COVID safety protocols to keep students safe during shower times.

Resources

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FAQ

Responses to frequently asked questions about this year’s COVID-Proofing measures.  

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