Howdy Camp Lone Star Family!
Summer Camp 2020 is officially
happening! We know that when things seem bleak and when
we face challenges, that means Satan is working hard. But
here’s the truth—God is working harder and is
on the throne now and forever. We are so excited to have
this place filled again with camper’s laughter, joy,
songs, and worship and to see you face-to-face. As we approach
the light at the end of this pandemic tunnel, we believe
that camp is needed now more than ever. Camp is that intentional
community and conduit through which Jesus transforms lives.
By Faith we continue to move forward day by day excitedly
preparing for Summer 2020.
The following is our action
plan regarding Summer 2020. This plan includes:
TIMELINE: A timeline for “Go/No Go”
decisions for each camp session.
• HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN: Our
plan to follow guidelines and regulations as influenced
by the CDC.
• MEASURES FOR DECISIONS: The measures
we must achieve in order to be able to hold summer camp
• CANCELLATION OPTIONS: Your options
if a camp session is canceled.
• FINANCIAL REALITIES: The financial
realities camp currently faces and how you can help.
• STAY INFORMED: How we will communicate
with you moving forward.
Plan updated June
Timeline (UPDATE: we are a go!)
CAMP IS A GO! Texas Gov. Abbott’s
released his Open Texas standard
health protocols for summer camp operations. Additionally,
the CDC released their Youth
Programs and Camps Decision Tree 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.
Therefore, we are excited to announce that Summer Camp will
begin Session 2: June 14-19th. We are so sad to have lost
Session 1 but are thankful for the opportunities ahead.
Any one from Session 1 who has not yet done so are encouraged
to fill out our Cancellation Form (see below in Cancellation
We recognize that because camp
is a “go!” you still have several questions.
As such, we have tried to anticipate and answer those questions
for Camper Parents
for Pioneer Leaders & Campers
for Day Camp Parents
& Safety Plan
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 implementing the following safety plan. Many of these
are 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.
- Following the Guidelines
Our staff are daily updating our health care procedures
based on the most recent guidelines to care for our campers
and guests. We are committed to tirelessly communicating
these recommendations and guidelines with you as soon
as we possibly can. If a camper comes in contact with
someone who tests positive for COVID-19, within two weeks
of their camp session, then that camper will unfortunately
not be able to attend that session. Even if the camper
receives a negative COVID test, but it has not been two
weeks since contact with a confirmed positive case, there
is still a chance that symptoms could develop. In this
case, for the safety of your camper and others, we ask
that you reschedule your camp session.
- Medical Professional
Camp Lone Star has a 24/7 licensed Summer Medical Coordinator
and weekly assistant. Additionally, we have licensed Registered
Nurses on call to advise our summer medic team.
- Hand Hygiene
The #1 defense against any communicable disease is clean
hands. Campers and staff will 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. Counselors will keep hand sanitizer with them at
- Proactive Screening
We will be conducting proactive health screening by conducting
a temperature check and questionnaire upon arrival for
registration. In addition to pre-screening for safety
at the start of each camp session, we will have continual
screening during your child’s stay at Camp Lone
Star. By screening for illness, we are hoping to create
the healthiest and safest environment possible so our
campers can have the best week of their summer.
- Keeping it Clean
We are diligently using a quad-sanitizing disinfectant
on all mattresses, bed frames, cabinets, broom handles,
doorknobs, light switches, desks, water fountains, bathrooms
and showers, and everything else we can. We are also mopping
floors and cleaning carpets with a quad-disinfecting cleaner.
We are also increasing our regular dining hall and kitchen
and equipment cleaning and sanitization.
- Adapting Camp Activities
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
campers on how to safely participate in our modified camp
For a more detailed description
of our health and safety plan, and to see what we are doing
to keep campers safe, click below:
Health Screening Form
for Decisions (UPDATE: We have 4 green checks marks!)
The leadership of Camp Lone
Star has determined 4 key measures that must be met in order
to run summer camp sessions. These measures include:
1: Group Gathering Regulations
State regulations limiting size and type of
group gatherings must relax to the point of allowing
large group gatherings and minimal social distancing.
2: Operational Regulations
Additional state and local guidelines regarding
camps must be such that we can safely comply without
significantly compromising our ability to “do
3: Camper/Staff Care
We must be able to follow Health Department
requirements in both the prevention of on-site infections
as well as our quarantine procedures in the event of
a suspected case of COVID-19.
4: Camp Logistics
We must be confident in our ability to buy
necessary supplies, plan required program changes, enact
new procedures, have the support of our summer staff
team, and have camp ready to “go” within
a relatively short time frame.
For a more detailed
description of each checkpoint, and to learn the steps we
are taking towards each one, click below:
If at all possible,
please wait until AFTER we have made an announcement about
your camp session to cancel and/or request a refund.
If your session is canceled,
we will send you an email with a form to complete telling
us how to process your registration payment. You will have
the following options:
- Switch Sessions-move
your registration to a later session in the summer.
your registration payment to support camp.
- Refund and Donate-take
a partial refund and make a partial donation of your registration
- Full Refund-receive
a full refund of your registration payment.
In making this choice, we’re
asking for your help. Summer session cancelations could
be crippling to Camp Lone Star and our ability to serve
you and our camp family moving forward. If you have the
ability to support camp by donating your full summer balance,
please do so.
If your financial circumstances
mean you need your registration fee refunded, we completely
understand and will do so.
If we announce that your session is a “Go”,
but you no longer feel comfortable sending your child to
camp, please call our office (979-968-1657) and we will
take care of you.
Please be praying for
Camp Lone Star as we navigate the impact this pandemic
is having on our ministry. We have already lost income
from guest group cancellations this spring and are
facing the possibility of losing income for all or
part of the summer. We want to ensure camp is able
to survive this current crisis and arrives on the
other side with the ability to continue to provide
the programs and ministry people love.
In the spirit of transparency,
we want to make you aware of the financial realities
of the current situation:
- Reality #1
Summer revenue makes up 43% of our annual income.
This revenue is key to our ability to do ministry
throughout the whole year.
- Reality #2
If we refund all our summer camp registrations, we will
be in a hole that will be very difficult to pull out of
without significant changes to our ministry. The
very best thing you can do is to donate your full registration
balance to camp if your program is cancelled.
- Reality #3
Our past actions have positioned us to weather storms,
and we are currently doing everything we can to minimize
expenses, but the potential impact of this pandemic could
put us in a very precarious financial situation.
- Reality #4
God has provided Camp Lone Star with amazing support and
a tremendous group of supporters over the years. We firmly
believe that with continued action and strong support
from our camp family we can weather this storm and continue
to be a place for all to experience Christ-centered adventures,
spiritual growth, inspiration, and recreation for years
Please give to camp in whatever
way you are able. If you would like to learn more about
our current financial situation, click below:
Recognizing how quickly information
and guidelines are changing, each Monday by 3:00
pm CST (beginning May 11th) we will post a short
summary UPDATE to this plan.
These updates will be posted
on our COVID-19 page
and our Facebook
Included will be:
- Decisions made in the previous
- New information that has
impacted the current plan
- Any other changes/updates
Here are some other
Updates: Our main page for COVID-19 related
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