Keeping Campers Safe at Overnight Camp and Day Camp
Our camp safety team is working within Girl Scouts of the USA, state licensing, and ACA regulations to ensure the health and safety of our staff and campers. We understand that local areas’ guidelines may vary between areas and may change over time. We have set ourselves to a high standard to ensure the safety of the girls, so they can participate freely in all aspects of camp. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We will continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable.
Our priority is keeping campers safe and not closing camp this summer due to COVID-19. Our risk management team has been meeting continuously, researching guidelines, recommendations, and our licensing requirements. We will continue to do so throughout the summer.
Any changes to the policy will be announced 14 days prior to implementation, allowing families to make a decision regarding attending camp within the cancellation window.
As of June 2, 2021, the following requirements are currently in place for overnight resident camp:
- Vaccinated Campers: Anyone who has received the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and is a minimum of two (2) weeks past the shot (second shot for Pfizer & Moderna) is not required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test when attending summer camp. Proof of vaccination is required at check-in by showing the original vaccination card for the camper.
- Unvaccinated Campers at overnight resident camp:
- A negative COVID-19 test is required to attend camp.
- Parents are welcome to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within five (5) days of the first day of camp when arriving for check in.
- Campers without proof of a negative test at check in will receive a lower nasal swab test free of charge. This test will be administered by trained camp staff. The camper will remain in her vehicle approximately 20 additional minutes until the test can be confirmed. If the test is positive, the camper will not be allowed to attend camp.
- All camps will utilize pod assignments and social distancing, frequent hand washing, and sanitation practices to help prevent the spread of disease.
For Day Camp at Camp Timberlake, as well as the half-day Horse of Course day sessions at Camp Kiwanis and Stevens Ranch, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is not required.
COVID-19 tests are available at no cost nationwide at health centers and select pharmacies. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act ensures that COVID-19 testing is free to anyone in the U.S., including the uninsured. Additional testing sites may be available in your area. Contact your health care provider or your state or local public health department for more information.
Currently, many pediatrician offices are administering COVID-19 tests as children prepare for summer camps. Please check with your child’s pediatrician if an appointment can be scheduled.
Texas No-cost testing is available at local health centers and select pharmacies. Find a health center near you. Please call ahead to make an appointment, if required by the location.
- CVS Health
- Local independent pharmacies (Health Mart , eTrueNorth , and TOPCO )
- Walmart (Quest Diagnostics)
If my child shows symptoms at camp, will camp health officials administer a COVID-19 test?
Yes. If a camper or staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19 while on camp property, a lower nasal swab quick test will be administered. These tests take approximately 20 minutes to gain results.
What happens if someone at camp is diagnosed with COVID-19?
Once at camp, if a camper is diagnosed with COVID-19, that individual's parents will be contacted to pick up the camper immediately. Any camper that has been within the infected individual's pod will have her camp session come to an end. Parents will be contacted to pick up their children immediately. The infected pod will be separated from the rest of the camp. Refunds will be pro-rated.
If a staff member or camper has received the vaccine, is that staff member or camper still tested for COVID-19?
No. Staff and campers must provide their original vaccination card as proof of vaccination. The final shot of the vaccine must be at minimum two (2) weeks from the first day of camp to be considered fully vaccinated.
Will masks/face coverings be required at camp?
No. Masks/face coverings are optional once the child is checked-in to camp.
What guidelines are Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains following when creating camp procedures around COVID-19? Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains camps are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). Through our camp accreditation and GSUSA, we are required to follow ACA guidelines for all summer camps. We also abide by the Texas Department of Health Youth Camp guidelines, as well as Girl Scouts of the USA guidelines as it relates to operations of our summer camp programs.
What if my child wants to wear a mask?
She may wear a mask. We know that some parents, staff, and girls will be more comfortable with a mask. As always, Girl Scouts will respect the decision of others as we live by the Girl Scout Law. There will be no tolerance for any disregard to the comfortability of a camper or staff member to wear a mask while on camp property.
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