Since 1967, Pine Cove has existed to be used by God to transform the lives of people for His purposes and His glory. This purpose is no different in 2020. Thus, in order to prepare for effective ministry this summer at each of our Camp in the City locations across the nation, Pine Cove is taking measures, both operationally and medically, to conduct camp safely in response to COVID-19.
First and foremost, we will rely on expert guidance for COVID-19 provided by state government and health professionals, including the CDC, with the goal of providing a safe and fun environment for campers and staff. We will be following all guidelines released by state and local authorities for summer camp operators for each of our City locations this summer. We also understand that every family is being impacted differently by this pandemic and that you as a parent know what is best for your child. In our desire to serve you well, our cancellation policy for summer 2020 has been removed and the decision to send your child to camp in 2020 is yours.
As parents, we want you to understand the rigorous efforts Pine Cove is taking toward protecting the health of your child. We are prepared for and have the ability to implement the following measures.
Join Misty Pace, one of Pine Cove’s Registered Nurses (and a camper mom!), as she talks through some of the steps we’re taking to ensure the health and safety of our campers and staff.
If you would like to talk with one of our nurses, please let us know which camp your child is attending and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campers and staff will have face coverings as needed. What does this mean? Your camper will receive a cool runners-style neoprene face covering they can easily pull up over their nose and mouth whenever they are indoors if they find themselves in close proximity to others. When outside, face coverings are probably not needed unless in very close sustained contact.
These face coverings will be provided by Pine Cove, but it will be up to the camper to return each day with their personal covering.
• Large group, indoor interactions such as Power Hour and Club will be held in accordance with government guidelines for the number of people who can safely be together in an indoor space. These large group events will be limited and may be moved outdoors and/or coordinated to have smaller groups, as well as appropriate social distancing between groups.
• To help campers stay physically distant in 2020, campers will be part of a small group, called a cohort. A cohort consists of two “buddy cabins,” not to exceed 18 campers, with whom campers will do all their activities and eat meals.
• Campers and staff will have face coverings as needed.
• Mealtimes will be divided into appropriately-sized groups per meal to maintain spacing between cabins.
Pine Cove has made an investment in electrostatic sprayers that are highly effective in destroying viruses, including COVID-19, and are currently being used in hospitals, daycares, and on commercial airplanes. Alongside our already rigorous sanitation procedures, they will be used throughout the week to spray cabins, kitchens, pools, barns, ropes sheds, boats, and more with an organic liquid disinfectant approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19. Watch this video to learn more about why these sprayers are so effective.
Hand sanitizer is available for every cabin and passed around to each camper as part of a sanitize cheer. We also have hand sanitizer in each building and at our activity class locations. Sanitizing our hands (and staying hydrated!) have always been important parts of our camp culture. Check out this fun video that the Pine Cove Ranch made during Summer 2019 to remind our campers and staff how important it is to be hydrated and sanitized—and to have fun while doing it!
We’re adjusting Camp in the City drop-off and pick-up procedures to prioritize your camper’s safety.
More detailed specifics on the times and procedures for each location will be sent directly to every camper via email prior to their week of camp.
If a camper has a fever of 99.5 or higher, or reports other symptoms of COVID-19, the camper’s parent or guardian will be notified to pick up their camper, or arrange to have them picked up.
As per Texas state regulations, “If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify all parents or guardians of campers in their cohort. The parents or guardians may decide to either pick up their child from the camp or leave the child in the camp and trust the camp to take appropriate safeguards. Pine Cove will keep the cohort containing the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 isolated from other cohorts at the camp for the remainder of the camp session.” Day camps happening outside of Texas will abide by those state’s regulations.
Training our staff and our campers is super important. We train our staff on how to properly sanitize, wash hands, and how to monitor campers to prevent behaviors that spread illness. For our campers we emphasize covering mouths when sneezing or coughing, sanitizing hands, and avoiding unnecessary physical contact.