Yes – in line with the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, we are currently permitted to run in-person residential events (of up to 30 under-18s) this summer.
Due to having a maximum of 30 under-18s on each camp, this summer we will be running several smaller, shorter holidays that each span across four days. We are hoping to run these holidays in as close a way to previous years as possible, with the usual mixture of first-class activities, brilliant fun, great friendships, excellent food and a chance to explore the Christian faith.
Please remain assured that we will be running these holidays in a Covid-secure way, following up-to-date government guidance.
The Government and the National Youth Agency have provided updated guidance for running residential activity holidays this summer (see latest guidance below). We will be ensuring we implement both the legal requirements and best practice for the safe running of all our holidays.
This will include increased hygiene measures will be required and we will be requiring all children and leaders to have taken a test before arriving on one of our holidays as well as on departure.
We will continue to monitor government guidance with regards to things such as social distancing measures and the wearing of face coverings.
Where we use external activity providers or centres, we will, of course, be ensuring that they are Covid-secure.
Our teams are making every effort to ensure our holidays are as enjoyable as normal. Many of our usual activities will still be running and we are working creatively to provide a full, fun and engaging programme. We are confident that our holiday experience will be as memorable as ever.
As guidelines are published and requirements become known, we will update our website and keep parents of those booked in to our holidays informed by email. Specific information will be included in final holiday communications.
In these circumstances we will follow the latest Government guidelines. Currently that would mean:
Before the holiday begins…
…if a child or leader displays COVID-19 symptoms, or tests positive, they will not be able to attend.
…if a child or leader is required to self-isolate due to coming into close contact with someone who has tested positive, they will not be able to attend until their self-isolation period has ended.
During the holiday…
…if a child or leader displays symptoms, they will be required to self-isolate immediately and leave the holiday as soon as possible. If they subsequently test positive (with a PCR test) and the holiday is still in progress, then we will follow PHE and NYA guidelines with regard to close contacts who may be required to return home.
After the holiday…
…if we are made aware that a child or leader has developed symptoms within 48 hours of the holiday ending, and subsequently tested positive, we will follow latest PHE and NYA guidelines with regard to notifying their close contacts who may need to self-isolate.
[N.B. These measures are in line with current Government guidelines which may change before holidays begin (see latest guidance below)]
We appreciate that making plans at this time of uncertainty is difficult, so please be assured that should we have to cancel a holiday as a result of Covid-19, then a full refund of any monies paid (including the deposit) will be made.
We are now a member of ‘Protected Trust Services’, which means holiday fees for new bookings paid after January 2021 are kept in an independent trust account that we do not have access to. This offers added protection as it guarantees fees would be returned if we were not able to run an event for any reason in compliance with package travel regulations. Payments of bookings carried over from 2020 are still guaranteed under our previous insurance policy.