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Health & Safety

 

Camper, guest and staff safety is of utmost importance to us here at Camp Lone Star. In an effort to reduce the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are wanted to make you aware of how we are protecting you and your group as you visit Camp Lone Star. Many of these procedures we have always been, and will continue to be, committed to; some procedures we are enhancing to reduce risk; and a few are newly implemented in an effort to be a part of the solution to COVID-19. Camp Lone Star will continue to follow the executive orders and recommendations of the Governor’s office, CDC and our local Fayette County officials, and our regional health department.

 

Following the Guidelines

Our full-time staff will unwaveringly hold to the guidelines set forth by the CDC regarding communicable diseases, including COVID-19. Our staff are daily updating our health care procedures based on the most recent guidelines to care for our campers and guests. Texas Gov. Abbott’s released his Open Texas standard health protocols for summer camp operations. Additionally, the CDC released their Shared and Congregate Housing Guidance and the American Camping Association(ACA) released the Summer 2020 Camp Operations Guide. As a result of all of these documents, we have been able to create a Health & Safety Plan that meets and exceeds all regulations and expectations. We want you to understand and feel confident in the steps we are taking to minimize risk and be a part of the health care solution. Our team is here to answer any questions to might have and assist you in any way.

 

Working Together Prior to Arrival

The key to preventing the spread of illness is stopping it from even entering camp. We ask all retreat guests to fill out the Pre-Camp Self-Screening Form. This will help us mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and other illnesses while walking alongside families to determine the right course of action for everyone’s health and safety. Guests are encouraged to come equipped with hand sanitizer and cloth masks.

 

Educating & Training for Victory

We will continue to educate and train our staff with proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and practicing home isolation if ill. For our guests we emphasize covering mouths when sneezing or coughing, avoiding unnecessary physical contact, and not sharing bathroom products.

    1. Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick, especially with respiratory disease symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and chills
    2. Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. Camp Lone Star provides tissues in all guest accommodations, bathrooms, and meeting rooms
    3. Hand Hygiene: We’ll say it again—this is the #1 defense against any infection. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Camp Lone Star provides hand soap in all guest accommodations, bathrooms, and meeting rooms

 

Hand Hygiene

The #1 defense against any communicable disease is clean hands. Guests are encouraged to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. They will wash hands before and after each meal, activity, and throughout the day.

Hand Washing

  • All guest accommodations and bathrooms are fully stocked with hand soap
  • All guests and staff are required to thoroughly wash their hands before and after each meal
  • All hand washing will utilize soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Hand Sanitization

  • Hand sanitizing dispensers are readily available in all guest accommodations and meeting spaces
  • Guests are encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting any area of camp
  • Guests are required to use hand sanitizer before and after each camp activity.
  • Our hand sanitizer is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

 

Cabin/Housing Hygiene Plan

While we have always had stringent cleaning and sanitation procedures in place, we are taking additional precautions to keep guests and team members safe.

  • CDC-approved quad-sanitizing disinfectant used on all high-touch surfaces such as mattresses, bed frames, cabinets, broom handles, doorknobs, light switches, desks, water fountains, bathrooms and showers, and everything else we where we are able
  • CDC-approved quad-sanitizing disinfectant used to mop floors and clean carpets
  • After each retreat group departs, a deep cleaning of camp is performed before the next group arrives
  • Hand washing procedures are posted in each cabin bathroom and staff will have hand sanitizer with them
  • Guests in cabins will sleep head to toe in upper and lower bunks
  • Any cloth masks used during the day will be collected and washed each night

 

Dining Hygiene Plan

Our Kitchen Team is trained to used enhanced sanitation procedures during mealtimes in order to ensure the cleanest and safest environment possible to protect the guests and staff.

  • All hands are washed prior to entering and upon exiting the Dining Hall
  • In addition, hands sanitizer dispensers are required to be used prior to entering the serving lines and salad bars
  • Buffet, Salad & Deli Bar will be served by Kitchen Staff wearing gloves and wearing masks
  • Table and Dining Hall cleaning and sanitization is done before and after meals by Camp Lone Star Staff wearing gloves and masks using an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commercial grade disinfectant, Purell FoodService Surface Sanitizer and Array Comprehensive Cleaner.

 

Program Activity Plan

Camp is all about being together and leaning on one another for support. We recognize that some of the social distancing standards are not conducive for some of the staple camp activities. As a result, we will be modifying or temporarily discontinuing some of our closer-proximity activities while maintaining an adventurous, fun and safe experience. We will put in place procedures and training for our staff to educate guests on how to safely participate in our modified camp activities. We will also utilize personal protective equipment when appropriate and sanitize all equipment before and after use. As a rule, we will employ the following general procedures for all program activities:

    1. Sanitize all program areas
    2. Sanitize equipment before and after use
    3. Wash hands or hand sanitize before and after activities.

 

Prayer

One of the staples of the Camp Lone Star community is prayer. We know that at this point there is a lot of fear, trepidation, and uncertainty; however, we do know one certainty: God is on the throne. Know that wherever you are on this journey, we are praying for you. We are also praying that God would continue to give us wisdom, that He would protect this ministry, and that He would bless all the campers and guests who come this summer. We are clinging By Faith to Jesus—trusting that He is guarding, protecting, and helping us as we pursue our mission to transform lives through adventurous Christ-centered experiences.

 

Camp Lone Star
2016 Camp Lone Star Rd
La Grange, Texas 78945

phone: (979) 968-1657
fax: (979) 968-1658
email:
lomt@lomt.com

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