The COVID-19 pandemic is receding, but protocols are rapidly adapting. As a result, we are committed to communicate our efforts to keep our campers, volunteers and staff healthy and safe so families can make informed decisions about sending their beloved family member to camp. We are focused on taking all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have been networking with other like-minded camps in Texas and across the country for best practices.
Here are the key elements of our policy:
- Enhanced cleaning protocols for cabins, dining room and all gathering venues.
- Widespread hand sanitizing stations.
- A fully staffed clinic oriented to the unique aspects of the receding pandemic.
- Every staff, volunteer and camper will be monitored for suspected COVID-19. Suspicion will lead to a requirement to be picked up and transferred to home for medical assessment. We will not be performing COVID testing in the clinic for pragmatic reasons.
- We will require one of three screens for admission to the CBTX campus: proof of recent COVID vaccine, test results within five days of negative COVID test, or blood test results within the last year demonstrating anti-COVID antibodies. Please note that a child-friendly saliva test for COVID-19 is available in Houston and other cities but may require more travel to obtain. Negative results need to be available before arrival at camp.
- We will be monitoring Texas state and CDC guidelines as the pandemic winds down. The most recent guideline from the CDC suggests indoor and outdoor masking at all times for all personnel. We had been planning on asking campers to wear a modified neck gaiter in certain indoor circumstances but believe that the expectation of masks in all campers at all times is not a reasonable expectation in our particular camper population. We are committed to holding camp this summer and doing the best we can to honor government guidelines. We expect modification of the most recent April CDC guideline and will communicate proactively with camper families.
- The CBTX medical directors are committed to work with camp leadership to orient the clinic staff to the key elements of safety and reality in light of the pandemic. They invite questions from camper and volunteer families.
Additionally, we have taken measures to monitor and address symptomatic campers with appropriate protocols to isolate, confirm, respond, and remove any camper or staff member with suspected COVID-19. You can view the additional measures we’re taking by reviewing our FAQs below. Over the next several weeks, we will continue to work through the details of camp as we adhere to the guidance and regulations from the CDC and local health officials.
Ultimately, the choice for your camper or volunteer to attend Camp Blessing is a personal one, and you are in control. Camp Blessing by its very nature exposes campers in a rather intimate way to each other and staff. We encourage each family to evaluate these risks and if needed, consult with their physician to determine if the associated risks are acceptable.
We appreciate your patience as we plan for an amazing summer!