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Embark Family Camp FAQ's

To minimize illness at Camp, we ask that you monitor the health of each Family Camp participant daily beginning 14 days prior to their arrival at Camp. You can find the form to track temperatures here. We are unable to admit any families who are unable to provide us with this printed and completed pre-Camp Health Screening Form for each family member arriving to Family Camp.  

No participant will not be admitted without: 

  1. A Health History Form
  2. A completed 14-day pre-screening form that demonstrates you are healthy

Pre-Camp

What is considered a “Family”?

When do I have to have my Health History Form Completed?

Arriving at Camp

Will everyone in our family have their temperature checked at arrival?

Can we carpool?  

How can I get to Camp? 

What should I bring to Camp? 

Does everyone in my family need to bring a lifejacket?

Logistics

What time can we arrive on Wednesday? 

What time is departure on Sunday? 

What is the schedule for the weekend? 

While at Camp 

Do I have to wear a mask while at Camp?

Does my family need to do any health screening while at Camp? 

What will meal and pool times look like during Family Camp? 

Can I bring a pet? 

Can we bring bikes to Camp?

Will there be WiFi?

Will the Camp Store be Open? 

Will my children have to take a Swim Assessment upon arrival?

What is the lost and found policy?  

Will I be able to make a Camp Fire?

Can I do Laundry at Camp? 

Where should I park?

Will there be a nurse on-site?

Is there anything I can’t bring? 

Will there be a lights-out time at night?

Pre-Camp

What is considered a “Family”? 

A family is how you define it!  Our unique summer time Family Camp model has adjusted staffing plans from our normal Overnight Camps to create the best experience for our participants.  For clarity, as you enter our camping environment, please understand that each minor (under 18 years of age) needs a responsible adult who has legal authority to make safety and medical decisions on their behalf.

When do I have to have my Health History Form Completed?

You will need to email your complete Health History Form no later than one-week prior to your arrival.

Due Dates

6/24 – Session 1

7/1 – Session 2

7/8 – Session 3

7/15 – Session 4

7/22 – Session 5

7/29 – Session 6

Arriving at Camp

Will everyone in our family have their temperature checked at arrival? 

Yes. Everyone in the car will have their temperature and symptoms screening, checked before being admitted into Camp. If anyone in the car fails the pre-screening or has a temperature of 100.4 or greater, no one in the car will be admitted to Camp.  

Can we carpool?  

If you choose to carpool, please know that everyone who arrives together in the same vehicle will be subject to our COVID-19 Prescreening Assessment & Daily Screening including a temperature check. If anyone in the vehicle does not pass either of these, everyone in the vehicle will no longer be eligible to participate and cannot enter Camp. 

How can I get to Camp? 

This year, the only way to arrive at Camp is in a car. You will not be permitted to arrive by boat, helicopter, or any other means of transportation.  

What should I bring to Camp? 

We have put together a packing list that will hopefully help answer that question! 

Does everyone in my family need to bring a lifejacket?  

Because of enhanced cleaning requirements, we strongly encourage and prefer everyone bring their own life jacket. If you are unable to do this, we will assign your camper a Type II Orange Lifejacket to use for your time at Camp. If you are purchasing a life jacket, be sure that it is Coast Guard Approved Type II or Type III. Type III are the most versatile.  

Here are some examples of the types of life jackets that we typically use at Camp: 

Adult Saling Vest

Adult Ski Vest

Youth Ski Vest

Child's Life Jacket

Logistics

What time can we arrive on Wednesday? 

Families should arrive between 3:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Dinner will be available between 5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. after which time the evening programs will begin.  Please note that this first dinner will not be eaten in the Dining Hall, but instead will be picked-up by a member of your family and eaten back at your cabin. The first Dining Hall meal begins the next morning at breakfast.  

What time is departure on Sunday? 

Activities will close at 12:00 p.m. Please plan on leaving Camp no later than 1:30 p.m. so that we can ensure proper cleaning protocols can be followed for the next group of Family Camp participants.  

What is the schedule for the weekend? 

Our program schedule is available here!

While at Camp 

Do I have to wear a mask at Camp?

Governor Cooper's recent executive order requires that all persons age 11 and older and Camp staff wear face masks when they are not able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. There are some exceptions to this order. If you or your camper meets these criteria, please communicate with your Camp Director on the first day of Camp. We will be providing a face covering for everyone upon arrival, but recommend you bring a few that meet the mandated requirements for yourself and/or pack several with your camper. We recognize that there will be questions surrounding face coverings and how they are feasible in the day-to-day life of Camp. We want to assure you that staff will provide guidance upon arrival. There are some exceptions to this order. If you or your family members meet these criteria, please communicate with your Camp Director on the first day of camp.

Does my family need to do any health screening while at Camp? 

Each family will be asked to maintain the Daily Symptom and Temperature Screening while at Family Camp. Per the packing lists, please bring a thermometer to maintain these daily screenings.  

What will meal and pool times look like during Family Camp? 

Families will be pre-assigned a seating time for each meal to assist with social distancing.  We will also have scheduled pool sessions throughout the day to allow ample swimming fun.  Your times at these activities will be organized by the color band you are assigned upon arrival.  

Can I bring a pet? 

While we love animals and nature, we ask that you please not bring your pet to Camp.  

Can we bring bikes to Camp? 

Yes. Our Camp is very large (more than 350 acres!), so many people find it helpful to bring their bicycles. Please park your bicycles under the tree at the Camp Store during meal times.  North Carolina law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a helmet.  Please put your bikes away before evening programs every night.  

Will there be WiFi? 

We will set up small work stations with access to WiFi if you need to do some work while at camp. Physical Distancing and cleaning practices will be followed. 

Will the Camp Store be Open? 

All Camp gear will be available to purchase online. If you order on-site we will deliver to cabin free of charge. We will open our camp "candy store" for credit card purchase of drinks and snacks for periods throughout the day.   

Will my children have to take a Swim Assessment upon arrival? 

Yes! Anyone 17 and under will need to take a swim assessment. You can learn more about it here! 

Swimming in the river and our canoe lake is prohibited.  Our swim lake and pool are available only at designated times under our nationally certified staff lifeguard supervision. 

What is the lost and found policy?  

  • Camp will only hold the following specific list of items:  
    • Jackets / Sweatshirts Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Pillows 

    • Prescription glasses, durable medical equipment, prescription medication 

    • Shoes (not water shoes or sandals) 

    • Backpacks 

    • Life Jackets 

  • Camp will keep to these items for no longer than two weeks from the end of each session. After this time, these items will be donated or thrown away.  

  • Items that are soiled, damaged, or otherwise deemed not able to be safely stored will be discarded.  

  • Lost and found will be stored in a central location, not out in the open. If a participant is looking, the appropriate staff member will check if the item has been found.  

  • The list of items Camp will not hold on to includes but is not limited to:  

    • Socks and underwear 

    • All toiletries and toiletry bags 

    • All swim gear including swimsuits and goggles 

    • Hats 

    • T-shirts 

    • Pants 

    • Shorts 

    • Pajamas 

    • Washcloths and towels 

    • Water shoes including sandals 

    • Water bottles 

    • Sunglasses 

    • Flashlights and headlamps 

    • Toys 

    • Arts and crafts projects 

Will I be able to make a Camp Fire? 

Camp Fires are allowed only in contained fire pits that are off the ground and 10 feet away from the cabin and trees.  All fires must be cleared through the staff and all ashes must be dumped in appropriate bins around Camp. 

Can I do Laundry at Camp? 

Sure! The Soap Deck is located behind the Dining Hall adjacent to the parking lot. Please feel free to use it. 

Where should I park? 

Please park your vehicle behind the Soap Deck after you have unloaded your belongings at your cabin. 

Will there be a nurse on-site? 

 A nurse will be on-site during your stay and may be contacted in the Health Center at Ext. 8220 or 252-571-7407. Basic triage needs only will be available. 

Is there anything I can’t bring? 

There is no alcohol, smoking, firearms, or fireworks allowed on Camp property. 

Will there be a lights-out time at night?  

We ask that campers of all ages be in cabins by 10:00 p.m. Quiet time is 10:00 p.m. - 7:30 a.m. Please respect the need for quiet by the guests on the other side of your cabin.