Frontier Camp’s Summer COVID-19 Response

Registrations, Payments, & Cancellations

  • Registration: Camp registration will stay open for each of our camp weeks up until the Wednesday before the week begins.
  • Switching Weeks: If you are already registered for camp but your summer plans have changed and you need to switch camp weeks, that is no problem! Email [email protected] with which week you would like to switch to. As long as there is availability, we can take care of that for you.
  • Financial Assistance: We understand that many families are facing financial challenges in these trying times. Camper balances are due on May 1st (or at the time of registration for anyone signing up after May 1st). If you need to request an extension on your payment deadline or would like to request a scholarship application, please email [email protected]. We do not want finances to be the reason you have to skip camp this summer!
  • Cancellation: Our typical cancellation policies will not apply while the coronavirus is still a concern. As your camp week approaches, if you feel uncomfortable sending your camper to FC due to coronavirus concerns, please email [email protected] to cancel your 2021 registration. You will be given three options:
    • Cancel and donate what you have paid to FC to help support our ministry. (Donations are tax deductible.)
    • Cancel and roll over your registration and paid fees to summer 2022.
    • Cancel and request a full refund. (Please note: Refunds may take some time to process and there will be a small administrative fee of $10 held back to cover our credit card transaction costs.)

What do I need to do before camp?

  • Sending your camper to FC indicates you “self-certify” that, as far as you know, your camper has not been exposed to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case in the 10 days prior to their camp session.
  • Please monitor the health of your camper and do not bring them to FC if they exhibit any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19 (including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, chills, fever, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, or diarrhea) in the 10 days prior to their camp session. We encourage you to check your child’s temperature daily for the 10 days prior to camp.
  • Please pack 3 or more washable (or 7 disposable) face coverings for your camper(s) ages 10 and up. The ideal face covering for your camper will be one that they can wear around their neck and pull up and over their mouth and nose whenever they are unable to social distance from campers in other cabins.
  • For additional details on how to prepare for your camp week, please see our Junior Camp Information or Teen Camp Information.

Arrival & Check-In

Sunday camper check-in will be a drive-thru event! It has been modified per Texas standards to limit parents/guardians from coming within 6 feet of individuals not within their household:

  • Staggered Arrival Times: Sunday arrival times will be staggered by last name as indicated below. 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.
    • Last Names A – D: 3:00 to 3:30 PM
    • Last Names E – K: 3:30 to 4:00 PM
    • Last Names L – R: 4:00 to 4:30 PM
    • Last Names S – Z: 4:30 to 5:00 PM
  • Late Arrivals: This year we are discouraging late arrivals, as we are doing everything we can to make check-in as streamlined as possible. We are asking parents to do everything in your power to arrive within your scheduled time frame as seen above. If that is not possible, please contact [email protected] to discuss your special circumstances.
  • Minimizing Contact: This year, camper parents/families will not be permitted to enter any buildings at camp, including cabins. All interactions with staff will take place outside and we ask that parents please maintain social distancing as much as possible. We encourage you to use the restrooms in town prior to arriving for your check-in time frame.
  • Drive-Thru: When you arrive at camp, all cars will be directed to drive-thru check-in stations on our land across from camp. When you arrive on “the camp road” (CR 2190), you will initially turn right at the first FC sign (instead of proceeding to either of our camp entrances on the left). Staff at the drive-thru check-in stations will be wearing protective equipment. The drive-thru check-in process will include:
    • Initial Health Screening: Each camper will be given an initial health screening supervised by our camp health staff to assess the potential for communicable diseases, to establish a health status baseline, and to identify health problems. This includes a temperature check using no-touch thermometers. If a camper does not pass the health screening, that camper and all campers in the same car will not be allowed to attend camp that week. You will be given the option to reschedule for a later camp week (if we have availability), roll over your registrations to 2021, or request a refund.
    • Standard Check-In Information: Each camper will find out their cabin assignment and our staff will verify that all camper payments and forms were completed online prior to arrival. Campers who have lakefront permission will receive their green wristbands.
    • Medication Drop-Off: If your camper has medication, please have it ready to turn in when you pull up to the drive-thru check-in station. Medication must be in its original container and in a plastic zip-lock bag labeled with the camper’s name. For additional details regarding camper medication, please see our Medical Safety Information.
    • Mail Drop-Off: Normally we welcome small packages that are dropped off or mailed to campers while they are here, but we are NOT delivering packages while the coronavirus is still a concern. That said, letters and cards are welcome! You can drop off letters to your camper at the drive-thru check-in station or mail them to camp. For additional details regarding camper mail, please see our Junior Camp Mail Info or Teen Camp Mail Info.
  • At the Cabin: Once you have finished at the drive-thru check-in station, you will drive to Fossil Creek (Teen Camp) and/or Main Campus (Junior Camp) to take your camper to their cabin.
    • You may drive up and park near the cabin. Parents will unload their camper’s belongings and place them on the cabin porch. Counselors will take care of getting campers’ belongings situated inside the cabin, as parents are not permitted to enter any buildings.
    • At the cabin porch, you will meet your camper’s counselors. Please practice appropriate social distancing while at the cabin. Your camper will receive their name tag, which they will wear for the duration of the camp week. Junior Campers will also receive their activity class assignments.
      • If there are issues regarding cabin or activity assignments, please call our office at 936-544-3206, and we will work with you to resolve any concerns.
    • You will say goodbye to your camper as they start a fantastic week of faith, fun, and friends! You will repeat this process at additional cabins if you are dropping off other campers or you will proceed to the camp exit, and we will see you on Saturday!

Health Screenings

  • Upon initial arrival as well as daily while at camp, all staff and campers will be screened for any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19, including having temperatures taken.

Camp Groups & Social Distancing

  • Frontier Camp is naturally split between two main groups, Junior Camp and Teen Camp, which works well in our favor. This year, we are strictly enforcing separation between the two camper groups and will prevent any mixing between the two camper groups. 
  • Each cabin will be considered its own “household.”
  • Although we will be conducting more of our camp program outdoors and by separate cabin groups this summer, we cannot strictly practice social distancing at camp due to the nature of our program. Many of our camp activities occur in close proximity to others. If your camper is immunocompromised or at an increased risk for coronavirus, we strongly encourage them to stay home and skip camp this year.

Masks

  • Please pack 3 or more washable (or 7 disposable) face coverings for your camper(s) ages 10 and up.
    • The ideal face covering for your camper will be one that they can wear around their neck and pull up and over the mouth and nose whenever around campers not from their cabin and social distance cannot be maintained.
    • If you do not have and are unable to acquire face coverings for your camper(s) ages 10 and up, we will do our best to provide them.
  • Your camper’s masks will be laundered multiple times during the week.
  • Cabin groups are considered “households” so masks will NOT need to be worn in the cabin or with the cabin group.
  • We are also making modifications to many of our activities that have a period of sitting so that campers can maintain social distance from those in other cabin groups without needing to put on masks.
  • Our mask enforcement will be gentle reminders when needed.
  • Staff will wear masks any time they are not with their assigned “household.”
  • Masks do not need to be worn when campers are inside their cabin, seated eating or drinking, in the pool/lake, or when they can maintain social distance of 6 feet or more from those in other “households.”
  • Masks do not need to be worn by campers who are 9 years old or younger or by those who have a medical exemption.

Sanitation & Hygiene

  • Frontier Camp staff will be trained on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette as described by the CDC. Staff will follow and supervise our Cabin Hygiene Plan, Dining Hygiene Plan, and Program Activity Plan which include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • All cabins will be sanitized at least daily by FC staff.
    • All multi-use facilities (Dining Hall, Chapel, Quarry, etc.) used by large groups will be sanitized multiple times daily, before and after each large group setting.
    • Bathrooms in high traffic areas will be sanitized multiple times daily.
    • Campers will sleep in a head-to-toe bunk sleeping arrangement in their cabin.
    • Hand hygiene will be required upon entry or exit from any facility/cabin. If hand washing stations are not available, hand sanitizer is an acceptable replacement.
    • Hand hygiene will be required before and after each recreational activity. 
    • Items used by campers and staff will be disinfected to the extent feasible after each use.

No Visitors

  • No parents or guardians may visit camp during or between camp sessions, except to drop-off or pick-up campers.
  • Any visit from non-essential volunteers requires approval by the Executive Director, and social distancing will be enforced.

Check-Out & Pick-Up

Like Check-In, Saturday camper check-out has been modified to limit parents/guardians from coming within 6 feet of individuals not within their household.

  • Staggered Pick-Up Times: Saturday pick-up times will be staggered by last name as indicated below. 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.
    • Last Names A – D: 9:00 to 9:30 AM
    • Last Names E – K: 9:30 to 10:00 AM
    • Last Names L – R: 10:00 to 10:30 AM
    • Last Names S – Z: 10:30 to 11:00 AM
  • Early Pick-Ups: This year we are discouraging early pick-ups, as we are doing everything we can to make check-out as streamlined as possible. We are asking parents to do everything in their power to pick-up campers within your scheduled time frame as seen above. If that is not possible, please contact [email protected] to discuss your special circumstances.
  • Minimizing Contact: Just like with check-in, parents will not be allowed in any buildings and all interactions with staff will take place outside with social distancing. 
  • Cabin Pick-Up: When you get to camp on Saturday during your assigned time-frame, you will drive directly to your camper’s cabin. Their belongings will be ready on the cabin porch for you to pick up and load into your car. Your camper’s counselor will return any leftover store money along with medication, campers will say their goodbyes, and the counselor will record that you have checked your camper out. If you have additional campers, you will proceed to their cabins. For each camper you check out, the counselor will give you a card which you will show to the staffer at the exit gate to let them know you have officially checked out your camper.
  • Lost & Found: We will have tables with lost and found items near the camp exits. You will be able to drive by these tables and take a look to see if you recognize anything that belongs to your camper. Please only touch/pick up your camper’s belongings from the table and do your best to maintain social distancing from other parents who are checking the table. For more details on lost & found, please see our Junior Camp Lost Items Info or Teen Camp Lost Items Info.

What do I need to do after camp?

  • For the 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 FC office immediately.
  • 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, close contact with your child after camp.

What if Frontier Camp has a case of COVID-19?

  • If at any point while at camp, our healthcare team suspects a camper has COVID-19, the camper will be isolated from our program and their parent/guardian will be contacted and asked to come pick them up. If the parent/guardian chooses to take their camper for a COVID-19 test, we ask that they inform us of the test results as soon as possible.
  • If our healthcare team suspects a staff member has COVID-19, the staffer will be taken for a COVID-19 test and kept in isolation from our program until the test results are in.
  • If we learn of a confirmed COVID-19 case that is/was present at Frontier Camp, we will contact and inform any camper families and all staff who may have been in contact with the infected individual.