COVID Prevention Plan
The health and safety of our campers and staff will always be our #1 priority.
We continue to study the best practices for preventing COVID here at camp. The American Camping Association (ACA), Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) and Texas Department of State Health Services have provided numerous resources, webinars and guides to assist camps in safely reopening for 2021, and we encourage our camp families to learn from them as well. While we are hopeful that COVID cases throughout our area and the world will continue to decrease as summer approaches, we are preparing for COVID to continue to impact our area through summer.
Below is a summary of our current COVID Prevention Plan for summer. We are asking our camper families to partner with us in helping create the healthiest environment we can. We want to do our best to keep COVID out of camp as well as implement best practices for reducing the spread of COVID should it find its way into camp. We recognize that components of this plan may change several times between now and the beginning of camp as COVID continues to be a fluid situation.
COVID Prevention Plan Summary
Air Purification – During this school year, camp has invested in air purification systems (Reme Halo) for the main buildings and cabins with central air conditioning. Other cabins with wall unit air conditioning have air purifiers with HEPA filters and UV lights. Camp also installed new windows with screens in our Chow Hall to increase air flow.
Quarantining – Prior to camp, we ask that your camper self-quarantines for 10 days. If face-to-face interaction with individuals outside your household is necessary (ex. attending school), physical distancing must occur and masks must be worn. Please do not schedule trips or social gatherings in the 10 days leading up to camp.
Testing – With increased access to testing facilities as well as the introduction of at-home testing kits, COVID testing will be a key component to our overall prevention plan.
- We will require each camper and counselor to take a COVID PCR test within 72-hours of opening day and have proof of a negative result in hand on arrival to camp.
- Campers or staff who exhibit COVID symptoms while at camp will be required to receive a COVID PCR and/or rapid antigen test and must quarantine until testing negative. Any camper who tests positive will be required to be picked up from camp immediately and all camp families will be notified of a case at camp.
- Camp is currently evaluating recommendations and feasibility of COVID PCR and/or rapid antigen testing of campers and counselors several days after the start of a 2-week and 3-week camp session as another layer of spread prevention.
Health Screenings – Upon arrival at camp, each camper will go through a health screening with a temperature check. Additionally, each camper and counselor will have a daily health screening.
Pods/Camper Groupings – Campers will be assigned a cabin within a specific cluster or “pod”. Activities, programs and events will be planned to limit the mixing of pods. Campers will be scheduled in their daily activities based on their activity choices made prior to camp. Activities will be coordinated by gender and pod. As in prior years, we will strive to place campers in their top activity choices but the number of classes available per pod may be limited.
Cleaning Measures – Camp will continue to use an EPA approved, commercial-grade cleaning agent that kills bacteria and viruses in addition to our standard daily cleaning practices.
- Cabins and bathrooms will be sprayed daily.
- Sports equipment throughout camp will be cleaned twice daily.
- Frequently touched objects and surfaces (such as doorknobs, railings, etc.) with special emphasis on the high-traffic, high-touch areas of camp will be routinely cleaned.
- Camper and staff belongings will be sprayed prior to moving into the cabin.
Handwashing – Proper and frequent handwashing with soap and water will be emphasized. Additionally, there are hand sanitizer stations at the cabins, main buildings and activity areas throughout camp.
Masks/Face Covering – Campers and staff alike will be required to wear a face covering (mask or buff) while inside buildings (except for their own cabin) or outside when in close proximity to campers/counselors who are not in their pod. Face coverings will not be required while participating in physical activities. We ask that campers come to camp with at a minimum of five face coverings.
Vaccines – It appears that the country is on track for most of our population’s most vulnerable to be vaccinated by summer. It also has been announced that all adults should have access to the vaccine prior to summer as well. Camp staff is now defined by the CDC as workers supporting the education sector and, thus, is included in its recommendations to states for earlier vaccine distribution. With this designation, it is likely that many of our staff will have access to the vaccine prior to the adult population at large. Children under 16, however, are not expected to have a vaccine available by the start of summer. Vaccine availability is expected for children ages 12-15 by fall 2021 and younger than 12 by spring 2022.
Transportation – We will NOT be offering bus transportation for pick up or drop off this summer from the airport as well as our other Houston/The Woodlands area pick-up locations. All campers must be driven to camp by parents/guardians this year. If you have a camper who lives out of state or country and requires flying in to attend camp, we ask that you make arrangements to fly in at least 72 hours prior to camp’s opening day. A negative PCR test following your air travel, in the 72 hours leading up to camp, is required.
If you have any questions about our plan, feel free to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 936-594-2541, and we will be happy to talk to you.
Now more than ever, kids need to be outside, have fun and connect with others. We are ready to make that happen at camp. We can’t wait for summer to get here and for you to be a part of it! The COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER 2021 HAS BEGUN!