Summer Camp Health Practices

How We Keep Campers & Staff Healthy

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Updated on June 11, 2021 based on latest recommendations from Texas Department of State Health

Health & Safety Practices

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 have effective ministry this summer, we have taken additional 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 consider CDC guidelines, national and international studies and state requirements 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.

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.

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Preventative Measures

  • Parents should monitor the health of their children and not send them to camp if they exhibit any symptom of COVID-19.
  • Campers will fill out a health questionnaire before camp to be assessed by our medical teams on their potential for risk while at camp.
  • Upon arrival, the driver of each car will be asked if the occupants have exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • All full-time staff and camp nurses will be screened for prior exposure before entering camp.
  • Pine Cove has the ability to test any camper exhibiting symptoms on-site for COVID-19, perform contact tracing, and offers comfortable facilities to quarantine while waiting for parent pick up.
  • Camper Mail: If sending mail to your camper, please include it inside their trunks as we will not be sorting and delivering camper mail this summer.
  • Campers will always have the option to opt out of an activity if they are not comfortable.
  • We will continue to monitor campers daily for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • 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.

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Cleaning & Disinfecting

Electrostatic Sprayers

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 high-touch areas, including dining tables, kitchens, bathrooms 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.

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Preventing contamination

We have 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

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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 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!

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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.

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Summer Staff Health Training

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.

We’re adjusting camp drop-off and pick-up procedures to prioritize your camper’s safety.

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Camp Medical Facilities

On-Site Medical Care

Every youth camp’s health center has always been staffed with a screened and experienced RN on site 24/7 and clinical services capable of providing labs and x-rays, suturing, splinting, administering oral and IV medications, and monitoring patients who are sick. Our East Texas and Central Texas regions also have an on-site clinic to quickly take care of medical needs beyond the camp health center.

Licensed Staff

Led by our Chief Medical Director Dr. Scott Lawrence, our talented medical team includes multiple physicians and over 300 nurses during the summer in two states across three regions. Their focus is on making the summer medical experience as safe and smooth as possible. This team is actively monitoring COVID-19 and making adjustments to care as needed. The big picture: skilled staffers are keeping an eye out for any kind of illness that could spread at camp.

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Learn more about staff and safety at camp!

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