Winterfest Health & Safety Practices


Updated December 8, 2021

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate everchanging times around COVID-19. Camper and staff safety remain a top priority. As information around COVID-19 changes, how we manage COVID-19 at camp may also change.

Please continue to check this page often for the latest updates.

As parents, we want you to understand the rigorous efforts Pine Cove is taking toward protecting the health of your child.

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 today. Thus, in order to continue effective ministry, we have taken enhanced health and safety measures. However, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

First and foremost, we will rely on expert guidance for COVID-19 provided by state government and health professionals with the goal of providing a safe and fun environment for campers and staff.

Parents should use their best judgement regarding sending their child to camp and seek to protect any vulnerable persons who are members of the same household or come into frequent, close contact with infants, children and youth who attend camps. Campers returning from an overnight camp should minimize in-person contact with any person 65 years of age or older, especially those with pre-existing health conditions.

We are prepared for and have the ability to implement the following measures during your child’s weekend Winterfest experience.


Camper & Staff Screening

  • Parents should monitor the health of their children and not send them to camp if they exhibit any symptom of COVID-19.
  • At Winterfest drop-off, everyone who arrives on camp property, not just campers, will be asked COVID-19 related health screening questions.
  • Staff and campers will fill out a health questionnaire before camp to be assessed by our medical teams on their potential for risk while at camp
  • Each camp is staffed with a screened and experienced nurse.
Staffer in Santa costume hanging a disco ball covered in Christmas lights

Health Practices at Camp

  • UPDATE: Pine Cove will immediately isolate and send home any camper or staff suspected of having a virus including RSV, Flu or Covid-19. Our medical clinics operate at full capacity during summers only. Winterfest will have experienced nurses on-site, but testing will not be available, including Covid-19.
  • Campers will always have the option to opt out of an activity if they are not comfortable.
  • Masks – While the state of Texas no longer requires wearing masks, we want all campers and staff to feel comfortable if they choose to wear a mask at any time. Masks are optional.
  • Contact Tracing – Should we receive notification of a positive COVID-19 test from your child’s cabin within 3 days of camp ending (through December 22nd), we will communicate to their cabin mates that an exposure has occurred so they can take protective measures.
  • As a reminder, campers returning from an overnight camp should minimize in-person contact with any person 65 years of age or older, and especially those with pre-existing health conditions.
Young boy camper in Santa hat at archery range

Preventing contamination

We have added multiple layers of cleaning and disinfecting policies and procedures with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to instill cleanliness standards for campers and staff, as well as thorough sanitization of cabins, camp buildings, restrooms, high-touch surfaces, and more.

Read Our Sanitization Procedures

Required Cleanliness Practices

Rigorous Handwashing

Here’s how we get all campers to wash their hands thoroughly and for the recommended twenty seconds.

Take It Seriously

We take handwashing seriously as the number one recommendation from the CDC for infection control.

Part of Our Program

Dining halls have handwashing stations right outside the door and all youth and day campers wash hands before meals.

Make It Fun

Staff are doing cheers, singing songs, and monitoring to make sure all campers wash their hands long enough and thoroughly.


Hydrate & Sanitize

Make Sanitizing Accessible - and Fun!

Hand sanitizer is available at every meal table and passed around to each camper as part of a sanitize cheer. We also have hand sanitizer in each building, including cabins, 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 to remind our campers and staff how important it is to be hydrated and sanitized—and to have fun while doing it!

Watch Now

Drop-off and pick-up information will be emailed out starting a month before Winterfest.


Winterfest Staff Health Training


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, avoiding unnecessary physical contact, and not sharing bathroom products.