As we pursue our mission to provide and promote a Christian environment for inspiration and renewal, worship, education, fellowship, and recreation by the power of the Holy Spirit, the health, safety, and well-being of our guests and staff at Bonclarken Conference Center are of paramount importance.
We are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 information and guidelines from our local, state, and federal leaders and communicating that information with our guests. Below, you’ll find information about steps Bonclarken is taking to protect our guests and staff and ways that you can help.
January 2021 Update
We have a wonderful schedule of events planned here at Bonclarken this spring, summer, and fall. We thank all the leaders of these events for their optimism and continued hard work. We remain prayerful that our grounds will be filled again with guests at some point in 2021.
If you are considering registering yourself, your child, or your grandchild for an event, a legitimate question is “What steps has Bonclarken taken to keep me (or them) safe while there?”
I would like to share some of the steps we are taking. We have received some excellent guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from industry authorities including the American Camp Association, the Association for Challenge Course Technology, the National Restaurant Association, the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Our COVID-19 strategy is to provide a quality experience for our guests while also protecting them, our staff, and our community— as well as honoring federal, state, and local authorities.
Guest Housing and Meeting Facilities
We are using a tamper-evident adhesive label to seal the doors of guest rooms after complete cleaning and sanitation. Once the seal is applied, the door cannot be opened without breaking the perforation on the label. This confirms no one has been in the room since it was sanitized. We have removed all bedspreads. Blankets are being laundered in the same manner as sheets and towels. All are being laundered on the grounds to prevent contamination and ensure a higher cleanliness standard. After being washed, the blankets are wrapped to ensure that they are sanitary for guest use. Our staff is not entering a room during a guest’s stay and are instead providing any requested items by leaving them at the door. Meeting spaces and other communal gathering spots are being set up according to social distancing guidelines. These areas are regularly sanitized throughout the day.
As part of our Dining Room renovation in 2005, we began a self-serve buffet after years of staff-serve. We have returned to staff-serve. A glass partition has been installed behind which our staff is filling plates as our guests go through the serving line. Salads and desserts are packaged. Staff members are stationed at the drink and ice cream machines serving guests at each. We are presetting tables with cups and silverware and resetting and sanitizing between turns. We have installed a cold plasma generator within the ductwork of the heating and air conditioning system which creates ions out of molecules and greatly improves the air quality.
Contactless registration is a new norm in our world. We are implementing all measures we can take to reduce or eliminate check-in wait times, such as electronic payments, contactless key pickup, and online guest waivers. In our main office, we have installed a glass partition at the front desk. Camp Bonclarken’s very successful experience with contactless registration last summer was beneficial in our learning how this can be done.
Guests participating in our New Heights zip line, our climbing tower, and our Leap of Faith are required to wear the appropriate harnesses and helmets. These harnesses and helmets are being sanitized after each use. This action does limit how many guests we can serve in these activities, but it is certainly worthwhile.
Attending an event at Bonclarken is special. The crisp mountain air and this welcoming environment are something we pray never changes. I hope that by reading this article you will be confident in our safety protocols. Please share this information with others. We want everyone to know Bonclarken is ready for them to return.
Joseph H. (Chip) Sherer
President, Bonclarken Conference Center
March/April 2021 ARP Magazine article
If You Are Coming to Bonclarken in 2021
Please stay home if you are sick. If you have had a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days prior to your visit, please consult your licensed healthcare professional and let us know that you will not be able to visit.
If you have a diagnosed or suspected case of COVID-19, please refrain from attending Bonclarken events until you have been released from self-quarantine and cleared to resume normal activities by your licensed healthcare professional. Please refrain from coming to Bonclarken if you are awaiting the results of COVID-19 test.
If you plan to attend an event at Bonclarken, please help us stop the spread of germs by doing the following while you are on campus:
- Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
source: CDC.gov, Stop the Spread of Germs
We will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines for COVID-19 reporting and communication.
For additional information regarding your group reservation, please contact Lynn Rogers.