What are the new dates for summer 2020?
Keeping the health and safety of our families and staff at the forefront of our minds, we have made the difficult decision to open camp no earlier than Saturday, July 11. Our hope is to enroll all campers whose terms have been cancelled or delayed in a different session.
Second Term: July 11 - August 9 (4 weeks)
Term 2A: July 11 - July 25 (2 weeks)
Term 2B: July 26 - August 9 (2 weeks)
Sprockets: July 26 - August 1 (1 week)
Why did you change the summer 2020 dates?
We made the difficult decision to push our opening to July 11 to give ourselves time to adequately prepare and adjust our programming in order to provide the best experience possible while still following the guidelines released by the American Camp Association and the State of Texas.
What criteria will Lonehollow use to determine whether or not to open?
We will continue to use input from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Camp Association, Young Life Camping, and both the state and federal governments to make deliberate and thoughtful decisions regarding our summer. Should circumstances concerning the pandemic change, our plans may have to be revised.
In order for camp to run this summer, the following parameters must be met:
● There are no bans on large group gatherings that would limit our ability to hold camp.
● There are no travel restrictions throughout the U.S. and Canada.
● Medical experts determine that there are no heightened health risks.
What sources is Camp Lonehollow using to determine when to open and how to run camp safely?
We have used input from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Camp Association, Young Life Camping, and both the state and federal governments to make deliberate and thoughtful decisions regarding summer 2020.
Will campers have to undergo testing prior to arriving at camp? What pre-screening will be required?
Campers will not be required to undergo COVID-19 testing before arriving at camp. All campers will be required to complete a Pre-Camp Health Screening Questionnaire that includes daily temperature checks for 14 days prior to arrival, confirms the absence of COVID-19 symptoms, lists travel history, and confirms that campers have not had known contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
Why aren’t you requiring testing?
The suggested method listed in the American Camp Association guidelines is to require a pre-screening of campers and staff for 14 days prior to arrival and to conduct an initial screening upon arrival at camp. At this time, the guidelines do not suggest testing campers or staff before arrival.
What should I do if I answer yes to any of the qualifiers on the pre-screening questionnaire in the 14 days leading up to my camper’s arrival?
Please have your camper evaluated by a licensed medical provider and contact Lonehollow for further guidance before you arrive at camp.
What if my child or someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of my camper’s arrival?
If your camper tests positive for or has knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days of arrival, they should not attend camp. Please stay home and stay safe and contact Camp Lonehollow for a refund.
Will daily health screenings be required?
Yes, every day campers and staff members will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and have their temperatures taken and recorded.
Will campers be required to wear face coverings? (updated July 7th)
Yes, for most indoor activities including cabin time, campers will be required to wear washable or disposable face coverings. Campers must also wear face coverings outdoors if social distancing is not feasible. Campers must provide their own face coverings.
What if there is a suspected case of COVID-19 at camp? (updated June 30th)
The individual with a suspected case of COVID-19 will be isolated in the Health Lodge, and evaluated by our healthcare team. They will be required to wear a face covering. If the healthcare team determines that the symptoms warrant testing for COVID-19 they will be isolated immediately, and a parent or legal guardian must pick up or arrange for the camper to be picked up within 8 hours and tested for COVID-19. The parent or legal guardian will notify camp of the test results as soon as they are available. Whether the result is negative or positive, the camper is encouraged to isolate for 10 days from the onset of the symptoms. The camper will not be allowed to return to camp. The campers and staff in the cabin of the suspected case will undergo enhanced surveillance for symptoms, and their interactions with other cabins will be restricted to limit exposure. Parents/legal guardians of the families of the campers in the cabin with the suspected case will be notified immediately.
What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at camp? (updated June 30th)
Camp Lonehollow will notify ALL parents/legal guardians of any confirmed case. When a case has been confirmed, the campers and staff in the cabin of the confirmed case will be isolated from other cabins in their Division for the remainder of the camp session, or 14 days, whichever is shorter. After a case is confirmed, all families will have the opportunity to pick up their campers. With the support of the appropriate local health officials, contact tracing will be carried out to determine potential cases.
If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to leave camp immediately.
What additional health practices will you put in place?
We will require a pre-screening of all campers and staff prior to arrival. Upon arrival we will conduct an initial health screening. Once camp is underway, we will perform daily health screenings of all campers and staff including temperature checks, and increased health, hygiene, and disinfection practices. We will also limit cross exposure of campers and staff during the term and provide education regarding healthy COVID-19 practices.
What extra hygiene and sanitation practices will you put into place?
According to the guidelines from the American Camp Association and the State of Texas, campers and staff will be encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly and more frequently. Where handwashing is not possible, we will make hand sanitizer readily available especially in the cabins, activity areas, and Dining Hall. Campers will be required to use it before and after each activity. We will also disinfect equipment and supplies between classes and increase the frequency with which we disinfect high touch areas and surfaces and common spaces.
What precautions are you taking in the kitchen to ensure food is prepared and served safely?
As always, all of our kitchen and Dining Hall staff are required to take a food handler's course and pass a test prior to working at camp. Enhanced pre-camp training will include the importance of reporting any and all COVID-19 symptoms to supervisors prior to starting a shift of work, pre-work screenings, and increased hygiene practices. All kitchen and Dining Hall staff will be required to wear masks and gloves when preparing or serving food.
Who are your Health Lodge personnel?
Our Health Lodge is staffed with two Registered Nurses and two Nurse Assistants each term. We also have a local pediatrician who provides our standing orders for treatment and is available for consultations. In addition, we have a Physician Assistant who visits camp three times a week.
Will you still send out my camper’s laundry?
We will still send camper laundry to Buster’s Laundry, which has increased their disinfection processes as an extra safety measure. All campers should bring at least 10 washable or 20 disposable face coverings to camp.
How will you encourage social distancing at camp?
For the duration of the camp term, all campers and counselors will stay with their cabins for meals, activities, and Evening Programs. The only people outside of their cabins who campers will have regular contact with are the campers and counselors in their Division.
Based on guidelines from American Camp Association and the State of Texas, each Division will consist of up to 50 campers and staff. Cabins in the same Division can participate in some Evening Programs and group activities together, but may not mix with people outside their group of 50 for the duration of the camp term. Divisions are decided based on age and gender, meaning boys and girls will remain separate throughout camp, as will older and younger campers.
Will my camper be required to stay with their cabin group all day?
For the duration of the camp term, all campers and counselors will stay with their cabins. Cabins will travel to meals and activities as a group. To the extent possible, cabins will avoid mixing with anyone outside of their cabin or Division. Campers will be assigned cabins as normal. We will try to keep cabins as small as possible while still honoring mutual bunk requests as much as we can. Campers will sleep head-to-toe or toe-to-toe in bunks.
What will my camper’s daily schedule look like?
Campers’ daily schedules will change significantly. Campers will not be allowed to create their own individual schedules. Each cabin will choose and travel to activities together. Cabins will attend 5 activities per day to allow additional time between classes for campers to change clothes and for staff to disinfect equipment. Cabins will attend the same 10 activities for the first week and will have an opportunity to pick another 10 for the second week, allowing them to participate in 20 total activities. For specialty classes such as Horseback or Mountain Biking, we will provide alternate activities for campers in the cabin who might not want to participate.
Will Crews still be a part of the programming?
Crews will still exist, but there will be no all-camp crew events. New campers will be able to draw for a crew but the ceremony will be modified to prevent Divisions from mixing. Crew Outpost, Crew Yell, Crew Challenge, Adventure Race, Field Day, and the Art Show will take place in small groups based on Divisions, if possible.
Which activities will not be offered this summer?
At this time, we have determined that we cannot safely offer the following activities: Outdoor Cooking, Game On, Kidz Kunstruction, Podcasting, Rock Wall, SCUBA, Snorkeling, and Videography. There will not be an opportunity for campers to qualify in any classes.
Considering the program change, will the cost of tuition be lowered?
Because our sessions will run the same number of days and will include the same basic programs along with some fun enhancements, our price per session will remain the same.
What will mealtimes look like?
Meals and Refuel will take place in shifts. There will be multiple times for every meal and snack to prevent mixing of Divisions.
My camper is an LIT. Will their community service hours be affected?
LITs will have one class period every day dedicated to community service around camp so as to provide them with opportunities to earn service hours. Due to the American Camp Association guidelines, they will not be able to work camp jobs, teach classes, or attend the out-of-camp service trip as normal.
What will you do instead of out-of-camp trips for Navigators and Lead Climbers?
We are putting plans in place to provide these campers with a memorable on-site experience. As we get closer to camp, we will survey the campers to make sure their experience meets (and hopefully exceeds!) their expectations.
What should I do if my camper was enrolled in First Term, Term 1A , Term 1B, or Sprockets 1?
Our hope is to enroll all campers whose terms have been cancelled or delayed in a different session. Using the information you provided on your Summer 2020 Survey, a Camp Lonehollow staff member will be in contact about new dates. If you would like to cancel for the summer, please click here by June 1 to receive a refund.
What if none of the new dates work for my family? Will you refund me?
Yes, if you would like to receive a refund for your summer 2020 tuition, you must notify us in writing by June 1. Please click here to request a refund.
Are campers who are currently enrolled in Second Term, Term 2A, Term 2B, or Sprockets 3 guaranteed their current spots?
With our new dates, your camper’s spot is secure, however, our dates may have to be revised with further guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Camp Association, Young Life Camping, and the state and federal governments.
What is your process for moving campers into new terms?
In order to make the process of moving campers into new terms as fair as possible, we will use each family’s first summer start date and total family years at camp to determine priority of enrollment. Our goal is to allow as many campers as possible to attend Camp Lonehollow this summer.
How will you avoid overcrowding in cabins?
We are being mindful of cabin occupancy rates given the current health crisis and the guidelines released by the American Camp Association and the State of Texas.
What if there isn’t space for my child in the new terms? Will you refund me?
Yes, if there is not room for your camper in a new term, we will refund you as soon as we know, regardless of the date.
How will switching terms affect my camper’s cabin assignments?
Cabin assignments will depend on availability, but our process will not change. We will still use your mutual bunk requests and make every effort to place campers in cabins with their friends. Please note: we cannot guarantee that all 8-11th grade boys will live in the Treehouses, nor that all 9-11th grade girls will live in the Silos.
What are my refund options?
If you would like to receive a refund for your summer 2020 tuition, you must notify us in writing by June 1. Please click here to request a refund.
How and when will I receive my refund?
Once we receive a written request, a Camp Lonehollow staff member will contact you to confirm your cancellation. We will refund your tuition and fees to the credit card we have on file.
Can I roll my tuition to summer 2021?
Yes, you can request to roll over your tuition to 2021. We will honor the summer 2020 tuition rates for those who choose to rollover.
What if the outbreak worsens as camp approaches? Am I still eligible for a refund?
Yes, you may still receive a refund. Please email email@example.com for more information.
What if my child exhibits symptoms in the 14 days leading up to camp and I have to cancel? Will I receive a refund?
Yes, you may still receive a refund. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Will you offer transportation to camp for campers?
We will not use buses for Opening Day arrivals this summer. Families who have paid for the bus service will receive refunds for the bus fees.
Will you allow out-of-state or international campers to attend camp?
Yes, we will allow out-of-state and international campers at camp based on travel restrictions and state regulations. They will be required to complete a pre-screening questionnaire that includes daily temperature checks for 14 days prior to arrival, confirms the absence of COVID-19 symptoms, lists travel history, and confirms that campers have not had known contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
Will you offer airport pick-ups for campers?
We will not offer airport pick-ups for campers this summer. Campers coming in from out-of-state may schedule a pick-up and drop off with Hill Country Limousine Service or another transportation service.
What will Opening and Closing Days look like?
Parents will receive an afternoon arrival time prior to Opening Day and will drop their campers off at Camp Lonehollow according to the schedule. There will be several checkpoints upon arrival, including a health screening for campers. According to state and industry guidelines, parents will not be allowed to exit their vehicles while on camp property.
Closing Ceremony will take place on the last night of camp and will be available for parents to livestream. Pick-up will take place the next morning and will be very similar to drop off. According to state and industry guidelines, parents will not be allowed to exit their vehicles while on camp property.
We will be in contact via email with more details two weeks prior to Opening and Closing Days.
If my camper has to leave in the middle of a session, will they be able to return?
In the past, we have done our best to accommodate campers who need to leave during the term. Unfortunately this summer, due to safety concerns, if a camper has to leave in the middle of the term, they will not be allowed to return to camp.
How will Camp Lonehollow communicate with me while my child is at camp?
Families can expect to receive normal communication via email. In addition, we will contact families if there is a case of COVID-19 at camp and/or if their camper is believed to have been exposed.
Can my camper still receive packages?
Campers can still receive packages in envelopes (no boxes), but we will hold them in our Post Office for 24 hours before distributing them. For safety and ease, emails and care packages ordered directly from the Camp Store are preferred to outside mail.
Will staff be required to undergo testing?
Staff will not be required to undergo testing for COVID-19. They will complete a pre-screening questionnaire that includes daily temperature checks for 14 days prior to arrival, confirms the absence of COVID-19 symptoms, lists travel history, and confirms that staff have not had known contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
Will you employ out-of-state or international staff?
Yes, we will allow out-of-state and international staff members at camp based on travel restrictions and state regulations.
Will staff be required to wear face coverings?
For most indoor activities, staff will be required to wear a face covering if social distancing is not feasible, with the exception of interactions with their cabin. Camp Lonehollow will provide each staff member with two washable face coverings.
What will daily life as a staff member look like?
All staff members will be assigned to a camper cabin with whom they will spend their day. This includes activities, Rest Period, meal times, and Evening Programs. Cabins will choose their daily activities as a group and travel together to these activities throughout the day. For larger group gatherings such as meals and Evening Programs, cabins will be grouped into Divisions of up to 50 campers and staff of the same age and gender.
Will your staff be allowed to leave camp on their time off? How will you regulate their travel plans?
All staff members will receive one activity period off each day. In addition, each staff member will also receive at least one afternoon and one night off per week. According to the Texas guidelines, staff members may leave camp property once per week during their time off to go on scheduled, supervised trips to the store for essential goods. Staff members will be required to wear face coverings during these in-town trips and remain in their Division groups. Staff members will not be allowed to leave camp in their own vehicle, for the duration of the camp term, this includes extended time off for graduations, family trips, etc.
Will staff have to participate in daily health checks?
Yes, staff will be responsible for daily temperature and symptom checks for campers and co-counselors in the cabin.
What additional responsibilities will staff members have?
Staff members will be responsible for daily health screenings of campers, daily disinfection of equipment, camper hygiene practices, and increased frequency of cabin disinfection.
What if I am at higher risk for complications due to COVID-19?
Staff members who are at higher risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19 should take additional cautionary measures including consulting their physician before coming to camp. This group includes those who are over the age of 65, have chronic lung disease, moderate/severe asthma, a serious heart condition, are immunocompromised, or have severe obesity, diabetes, or chronic kidney/liver disease.