Student Day Camp-Grades K-2
Holston Presbytery Camp and Retreat Center announces a STUDENT DAY CAMP. The camp will meet from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday for 9 weeks. This program coincides with the Avery and Watauga County school system’s 9-week schedule from Monday, August 17 to Friday, October 16, 2020.

HPCRC will provide adult supervision for students to accomplish their class assignments on their own computer devices. Holston Camp will enroll at least 20 elementary-age students (K-5) which will be divided into two groups according to grade, in two separate buildings. Both buildings will have Wi-Fi, bathroom access, and classroom furnishings.

The STUDENT DAY CAMP will serve local Avery and Watauga parents of elementary school children (K-5) who either have work responsibilities or would prefer a small class size with the benefit of outdoor recreation. Face covers are required along with observing proper social distance, hygiene, and sanitation. Students must provide their own computer and face covering.

Supervision is provided by adult staff with at least a bachelor's degree conferred by a college or university. They are trained and experienced in various aspects of care and management of children, including but not limited to first aid, safety, behavior issues, and recreation.

HPCRC will provide shuttle (pickup only) located at Lowes Foods (4000 NC Highway 105 S) and Avery County Morrison Library in Newland.

“Our emphasis is to provide children a safe space to learn while enjoying the benefits of outdoor activities at campus by Wildcat Lake,” says Jim Austin, Director of HPCRC. “We understand some parents must work and need a full-time daycare, and others may prefer a smaller class size for their children to mitigate risk of exposure to COVID-19.”

HPCRC will provided guided outdoor actives such as nature play, field games, archery, hiking, swimming, biking, boating, rock climbing, and zip-lines. Arts and crafts will also be available.

HPCRC will serve breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack to student campers.

Austin said, “Holston has successfully completed a summer of overnight and day camps for children despite the COVID pandemic. Children quickly adapted to masks, social distancing, and hand-washing. Mostly, they just want to be with each other and play outside. Now, we offer parents an alternative to in-class issues by providing a full day of supervised care.”

Schedules and programs are subject to change based on the decisions of the federal, sate, or local authorities.

Holston Student Day Camp
Illness and Injury Policy including COVID-19 Procedures

Holston hopes to keep students, families, and staff healthy for the upcoming 9-week semester. It is important that parents/guardians and family members work with our staff to ensure that we all remain safe from illness and injury.

Due to the nature of the Corona Virus, it is imperative that families protect themselves from possible exposure to anyone or anything that may cause infection. Your cooperation will help ensure that Holston can mitigate the risk of COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases.

The camp and staff will follow state guidelines for a healthy environment as published by NCDHHS
We will be monitoring the health of students daily by questioning the parent and child regarding their health practices and potential exposure to COVID-19 as well as recording individual temperatures.

If a student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher or if they display ANY 1 of the following symptoms: chills, a new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or a new loss of the sense of taste or smell, they must return home. We will encourage a COVID test be done immediately.

If a child has been exposed (within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes of more) to COVID but is showing no symptoms, the child may not attend camp for 14 days since exposure.

If results of a COVID test are NEGATIVE, the child may return to camp if there is no fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine) and have felt well for 24 hours.

If the results of a COVID test is POSITIVE, OR person has not been tested, the student may return to camp after 10 days since the first symptom, no fever for 3 days (without fever reducing medicine), AND, 3 days of symptom improvement, including coughing and shortness of breath.

If a child is diagnosed with COVID but has no symptoms the child must stay at home for 10 days since the first POSITIVE COVID test.


Each child will have their own table and chair.
Camp will begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:30 pm (Drop off begins at 7:30)
Let us know if and when you may arrive late or leave early.
The daily schedule will be distributed to parents and students at the beginning of the week.
Dress your child appropriately for the weather (layers). We will keep windows open to promote air flow in buildings, and as you know, the temperature and forecast can shift dramatically in our area.
We will divide the day into study and recreation periods. Student assignments will be done by lunch.
Just like summer camp or school, we discourage parents/guardians to “drop in” because it may cause children to feel homesick. We are hoping to make this environment close to a class room experience.
Let Crosby Palmer know about any medications your child may require.
Let your Camp Counselor know of any special needs your child may have.
We will make efforts to assist your child’s study habits and education, but we are not their teachers nor their disciplinarians. Their success will depend on all of us working together.

Clean Mask
Standard school supples as required by the class or teacher.
A computer device with power charger
Headphones or ear buds
Back pack
Water bottle
Hand sanitizer
Box of facial tissue
Lysol, Clorox, or similar disinfecting wipes
Spray sunscreen
2 dry, clean beach size towels
Bathing suit
Change of underwear
9x12 sketch pad
Rain coat with hood
Closed toe shoes, Water shoes (optional)
Books for independent study

Shared toys or stuffed animals
Food, drinks, gum, candy, or snacks
Electronic devices other than computer device
Cell phones

Large pieces of cardboard or foam-core board
Art supplies, construction paper, etc.
Percussion Instruments
Hand sanitizer
Box of facial tissue
Lysol, Clorox, or similar disinfecting wipes
8/17/2020 7:30 AM - 10/16/2020 5:30 PM
7:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Grades Kindergarten - 2nd
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