Yes! As always, we are committed to running summer camp only if we can do so responsibly and healthily. To determine the right approach, we are listening closely to health care professionals and the relevant authorities to ensure we have the most accurate and current information. This is an exercise in humility; we are “camp experts,” but not medical professionals.
We will operate a day camp starting on July 6th. Summer Day camp will run from Monday to Friday, 7:45 am-4:30 pm each day. We made this decision after consulting with medical experts (both local and statewide), camping professionals, and seeking guidance from ACA (American Camping Association), the CDC, and State of Texas guidelines regarding COVID-19.
The CDC, ACA, and the State of Texas. Summer camps across America (ACA) have been recognized as a valuable resource for kids and families alike, instilling positive growth in Americans. This recognition led to a special CDC task force looking into the unique situations presented in our industry. On May 18th, the Texas Governor’s Strike Force published the health protocols required to operate overnight and day camps. We are also seeking accreditation with the American Camping Association this year and are abiding by their (even more stringent) guidelines. We can say with confidence we will be able to comply with the new checklist along with additional measures employed by our staff. We intend to go above and beyond when it comes to the standards. See our safety plan for Camp Rio campers here. As always, your camper’s health and safety will continue to be our top priority.
Yes! This is the first question that we asked ourselves when we looked at the possibility of opening any form of camp this summer. The safety of our campers, camper families, and staff is our number one priority. After reading through guidance from the CDC, ACA, and the state of Texas, we do not doubt that we can not only follow all guidance from these authorities but go above and beyond to protect our families.
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Our cleaning practices already include the recommendations from the CDC and the American Camping Association. We are adding additional cleaning measures to our disinfection practices, especially in high traffic areas. All areas of cleanliness will include more rigorous practices and increase in frequency throughout the day. Parents, your heightened cleanliness practices at home will be supported at camp.
Yes! Screening will start with YOU two weeks before your camp session. We ask that you keep an eye on your children leading up to camp and do not bring them if they show any signs of illness. We will be screening staff during that time frame as well. Additionally, campers and staff will be given a health screening, and temperature check to ensure everyone is healthy upon arrival, and again midday, and once more before going home. These extra measures help create the healthiest environment possible so our campers can have the best week of their summer.
Yes, historically, our counselors have enjoyed excursions into our local community. However, the number of times our staff leave property will be reduced and supervised. When leaving is necessary, they will follow the recommended social distancing practices and use face masks.
We are working with the CDC and the ACA to have the proper response protocols in the event someone should show symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive. We have isolated areas available in the event anyone has a communicable disease. We will follow the latest government guidelines throughout the summer as to our policies for sending a camper or staff home due to illness, and we will enact our COVID-19 response protocol.
Camper schedules will look much like previous years with slight modifications to each activity. Campers will still get the opportunity to experience each activity twice during the week. The activities that we will operate are archery, tomahawks, riflery, arts & crafts, fishing, canoeing, survival skills, sports, and drama. Activities such as sports will operate on a non-contact basis.
Yes! We will always strive to put friends together in a camp group where possible. This year will be no exception. We typically try to keep groups of campers together by age group. If your camper’s friend is within two years of age and the same gender, we will guarantee they will be in the same group.
Ony if the child is staying with relatives who live in town. Our aim with running a reduced day camp program is to ensure the safety of all our campers. As of the nature of day camp, all our campers will be coming from the local area. Because this is a day camp, it is unlikely that children will be traveling from out of state to attend. In the event that a child is visiting relatives from out of state and wishes to attend camp while they are here, we will make sure to confirm with the family that the child is healthy and has not been exposed to anyone who has been ill.
No, campers will not be leaving camp for any field trips during their time at camp. We will not be taking them to a pool this year. If a parent needs to pick up a camper during the day, they need to arrange this in advance with our office and will be given instructions as to how this will work.
No, campers will not be required to wear a mask while at camp. Based on recommendations from the CDC, it is unnecessary for children to wear a mask unless physical distancing is impossible. Because we intend to keep campers outside with plenty of space, we will not require them to bring or use a mask.
The CDC recommends that students on buses ride in their own seats with an empty seat in between. As a result, it would take 3 to 4 times the number of buses we typically use to transport campers to camp. This would be inefficient from a cost standpoint and would require us to raise the price of camp significantly. You can find the information on drop off and pick up HERE.