How will we handle covid?
We are super excited that we are able to go on this Middle
School Retreat. We have been working very hard to make sure that we are able to
have this retreat. We along with our elders, ministers, and our youth deacons
and elders (YLT) believe this retreat is important to our middle school
students. However, we also want you to know that your child’s safety is one of
our top concerns. We want to make sure we are doing our due diligence to make
sure every student has a great time but in a Covid safe manner. We know that
none of these regulations are ideal but serve the greater good of all. Below
are just some of the measures we will be taking to make sure that your child
has a fun and safe time.
- New Location: In an effort to reduce
travel and exposure time on the bus we are switching locations to Plains
Baptist Encampment outside of Floydada, Texas.
- Church provided transportation: We will
take the aim bus and either more vans or a charter bus. On the aim bus there is
an air purifying system that cycles the air off the bus every 2-3 minutes. We
will only be allowing around 50% capacity on the vehicles and only have one
student per every set of seats. We leave from Sunset at 7pm on Nov. 13.
- Other transportation options: if you feel
transportation is a concern for your child’s safety. We are allowing students
to ride with parents out in a caravan. This is at the expense of the parent. It
is about a 50-minute drive each way. If you choose to drop off your child, you
are also agreeing to pick up your child at 2pm on Sunday. You will need to
caravan with the group.
- Housing: We will be doing reduced
capacity in the retreat housing. The housing we are staying in usually holds
100. We are only going to be doing 60 people in the housing, and we will be
sleeping head to toe vs all kids sleeping the same direction. These are bunk
beds with each room having it’s own bathroom. Each room sleeps 10 people and
there a total of 10 rooms.
- Masks: At this point we will be wearing
masks a good majority of the weekend, when social distancing of six feet cannot
be met. This will possibly include: small groups, games, and worship. We
usually do shirts on the retreats but on this one retreat we will be designing
masks that are unique to this retreat.
- Food: Plains Baptist will be providing the
food for the event. We will have snack time during the weekend, but the snacks
will be prepared in individual packaging or be pre-packaged snacks.
- Activities: All activities will be
modified to make sure we are doing our very best to keep social distancing
We hope that you notice we are trying our very best to keep
this retreat as similar as possible but with modified techniques. We believe in
the importance of this retreat and that is why we tried our hardest to make
sure we are having this retreat. This retreat is important to getting the
students connected together. Retreats are a great way to get your child
involved and connected
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. We
will be happy to answer them. We hope that you consider sending your student on
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