Covid 19 Response

Sandy Creek Bible Camp’s plain in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

As we approach hosting camp, the country continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and take a measured approach in opening back up businesses and organizations.  In Texas, we have been given permission to open and conduct summer camps by the governor after May 31st, 2020. The opportunity to perform the purpose and mission of Sandy Creek Bible Camp is extremely exciting but needs to be done as safely as possible and in line with the recommendations of our governing authorities.  Our strategy for conducting camp this summer meets the regulations recommended by the Texas Governor’s Open Texas Strike Force, The Center for Disease Control, Texas DSHS, the Association for Camp Nurses, and Washington County Authorities.

Your camper can still expect to enjoy camp activities such as archery, horses, ropes course, team games, crafts, chapel, meal times, and much more. We are working hard to make your camper’s week a memorable time that they will be reminiscing about years later.

Listed below are the changes we plan to implement in order to prevent the spread of communicable diseases including COVID-19 at Sandy Creek.

Registration

  • Registration for Summer Camps 2021 is open. Registration will close for each individual week of camp 7 days prior to the check-in date.
  • Wait-lists become available once a week of camp fills up.
  • Confirmation is required for every camper and can be made by one of two ways:
    • Making a payment of any amount.
    • Manual confirmation – we will send an email 1-2 weeks prior to check in to confirm each unpaid camper’s registration. If we are unable to get an email response, we will make a phone call. If no contact is able to be made, we will be forced to bump the registered camper to the bottom of wait list

Check-in & Check-out Process

  • Health & Safety before camp
    • It is more important than ever that our campers practice good health at home so that they can enjoy their time at camp.
    • Please read this article on how your camper can prepare for a healthy week of camp prior to arrival.
  • Check-in
    • All campers and staff will go through a health screening process designed to help prevent the communicable diseases from spreading at camp.
    • Staggered arrival times
      • Campers will be assigned to their drop-off group via email. We ask that parents/guardians do everything they can to only arrive within their scheduled time frame. Please do not arrive at camp prior to your scheduled time frame, as we want to reduce car lines as much as possible.
    • Low-contact check-in
      • Check-in will take place outside.
      • The dropping-off party will be met by a staffer who makes sure the camper arrives safely at their cabin, sets up their bunk, and meet their cabin leader. We ask that parent remain at their vehicles.
    • Please follow the direction of all staffers during the check in & out process. We take your camper’s safety very seriously and will do our very best to ensure that they enjoy their week of camp without the disruption of getting sick.
  • Check-out
    • Staggered arrival times
      • Campers will be assigned to their pick-up group via email. We ask that parents/guardians do everything they can to only arrive within their scheduled time frame. Please do not arrive at camp prior to your scheduled time frame, as we want to reduce car lines as much as possible.
    • Low-contact Check-out
      • Check-out will take place outside.
      • The picking-up party is required to stay at the vehicle for the entire check-out process.
      • The camper will be escorted to their vehicle by a staffer.
    • Health & Safety after camp
      • For the first 10 days after camp, please monitor the health of your camper for new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19. If your camper presents with any COVID-19 symptoms after camp, we encourage you to get them tested. If a COVID-19 diagnosis is indicated, please contact the camp office immediately so that we can alert parents of other campers within their group.
      • Please keep in mind that individuals ages 65 and older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. Parents should protect any vulnerable persons who are members of the same household or come into frequent contact with their child after camp.

Health & Safety During Camp

  • Campers will be recommended/encouraged to wear masks for limited amounts of time where social distancing is not possible
    • Please send 5-7 masks with you camper.  Please clearly label them with your camper name somewhere on the mask.
    • Campers will be recommended/encouraged to wear masks when inside buildings such as the dining hall, chapel, and rec room.
      • Campers will be able to remove masks once seated in cabin groups in any building
    • Campers will not be recommended/encouraged to wear masks when in their cabin or with the cabin group
    • Campers will not be recommended/encouraged to wear masks when outdoors in their cohort group
  • Preventative Measures
    • Camp Cohorts
      • The state of Texas and ACN have recommend that summer camps adopt a cohort strategy.  A cohort in this case is a group of people that act in a similar way a family would.  This methodology allows for enhanced contact tracing and allows for kids to still have a camp experience with their friends.
      • Campers will be assigned a cohort and a cabin that is consistent with that cohort.
    • Daily Health Checks
      • Campers and staff will be checked daily for symptoms of COVID-19
    • Sanitation & Hygiene
      • Cabins will be sanitized daily at a minimum
    • Activities
      • All campers and staff will sanitize their hands before and after the activity.
      • All shared activity equipment will be sanitized between groups/cohorts.
      • Meeting spaces will be sanitized between every meeting. These include the dining hall, chapel, and rec room.
      • Public restrooms will be sanitized multiple times a day.
      • Campers will sleep in a head-to-toe bunk sleeping arrangement in their cabin
      • Illness Response
        • The camp nurse will make medical decisions.
        • We will make sure the ill person is receiving the appropriate care and reach out to the on-call doctor as needed.
        • We will isolate the ill person(s).
        • We will communicate with the parents.
        • We will require a camper to be taken home in cases where the spread of communicable disease, including COVID-19, is likely. Any camper showing a fever over 100F will need to be picked up.
        • The group/cohort of that camper will remain separate from other groups.
        • Parents of any camper in the same cohort/group with a camper or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be notified of possible exposure.
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