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COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated April 22, 2022

Summer 2022 Details

What terms will you be offering this summer?

We plan to function with a normal camp schedule. Please visit our Dates and Rates page to join in on this summer’s phun!

Can I enroll for my camper for more than one term?

Absolutely!

I have a credit from Summer 2021. How do I use it?

First, please complete an online camper application. Provided space is available in your prefered term, your camper will be enrolled. Once your camper is enrolled, your credit will be automatically applied to your camper’s account! If you have questions about your camper’s financials, please contact .

When are activity preferences and cabin requests due?

All bunk requests should be notated on the camper application when registering. Bunk requests will close 2 weeks prior to a term beginning. Activity preference forms should be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the term.

COVID-19 Safety Questions

Will you be doing anything differently for the terms you are offering?

Programmatically, we will make that announcement in early May of 2022. We are increasing our efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment for your campers. Some of these efforts include:

  • There will be no transportation services offered to camp this summer. All campers must be dropped off at camp on Opening Day.
  • For our meals, all food-handling employees have gloves and face masks while in the kitchen. Any CDC guidelines and USPH requirements created in response to COVID-19 will be followed at all times during the preparation, service and clean-up of all meals.
  • We have put a great deal of thought into our activities, how to redesign them, and how to ensure the campers remain healthy. All campers and staff are required to sanitize their hands before and after every activity period. We anticipate our activity departments (Outdoors, Waterfront, Horseback, Ropes and Sports) to operate as normal as long as the local and state government do not place restrictions on the activity. You will be informed should any of our activities be affected.
  • Staff members are required to submit negative COVID-19 PCR test results from within 3 days of their arrival.

What additional safety measures are you implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

All of our decisions for programs, activities, meals and cabins will abide by the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and the American Camp Association (ACA).

  • The hygiene of campers and staff has always been a focus at Camp Balcones Springs. Washing hands before meals will continue and we will require campers to sanitize their hands more frequently throughout the day.
  • High touch surfaces around camp and in the cabins will be sanitized frequently and additional hand sanitizing stations will be available across camp.
  • Additional signage concerning best health practices and safety precautions have been posted in all restrooms, dining facilities, and around camp. In addition to regular scheduled cleaning, high-traffic areas will be disinfected frequently.
  • We’ll conduct regular reminders for campers and staff about good hygiene, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, avoiding touching your face/mouth, and not sharing personal items like towels, blankets, etc.
  • After the completion of every activity, a staff member will disinfect all areas that were used during the activity.

Recently Added Questions

Will my camper wear a mask this summer?

At this time, we do not anticipate campers being required to wear masks during the day. Our final policy will be announced in early May of 2022.

How will meals at camp work?

As part of our normal daily schedule, campers already eat in shifts during lunch and dinner.

Can I mail packages to my camper this summer?

Campers may receive one package per week. You can find more information on mail and packages in the Parent Compass, available at the bottom of the Forms & Documents section of your CBS account.

What is the process for health checks before camp?

After your camper has been successfully enrolled, camper forms will be available to you. One of those forms is labeled “Health Screening”. We are requiring campers to either submit proof of full vaccination OR a negative PCR test taken 3 days before arriving to camp. These documentations can be uploaded to your CampMinder account or presented at Check-in on opening day.

Will there be changes to Opening and Closing Days?

We are excited to announce we will be returning to normal drop-off and pick-up procedures for Summer 2022! This means parents will be allowed to enter cabins, and masks will not be required

Opening Day Procedure (June 5, June 19, July 3, and July 24) We can hardly wait! We request that all boys check in on Sunday between 3:00-4:00 pm and that all girls check in between 4:00-5:00 pm. The staggered times help to eliminate lines and make your entire check-in smooth. These times are the same for all campers (1A, 3A, and 4A sessions included).

Families with campers in both age groups may choose either time slot.

Upon arriving at the check-in area, parents MUST provide their completed Health Screening form. Campers will NOT be allowed to check-in without the completed form (either fully vaccinated or a negative PCR test).

After receiving the form, our medical team will check the temperature of each camper. Any camper with a temperature less than 100.4 will be permitted into camp. If any camper has a temperature of 100.4 or greater at drop-off, they will receive a strep and rapid covid test. If either test comes back negative, a plan of action will be discussed with the parents. Each camper will also go through a very quick check for lice. Any camper discovered to have lice will be asked to leave and seek treatment before returning.

Beds are pre-assigned, so there is no advantage to coming early! Our entrance will be locked until 3:00 pm. The purpose of this policy is not to inconvenience our camper families, but to assure that we are 100% ready for your children! Like the cast in a big theater production, our staff needs every minute prior to “curtain time” to prepare, so please do not arrive early.

We ask parents to leave by 5:15 pm so campers can begin their camp experience. Also, please have any medications on hand to be given to our nurses during check-in

Closing Day Procedure (Term 1: June 18, Term 2: July 2, Term 3: July 23, and Term 4: August 6)

Closing Day Ceremony will officially begin at 10:00 am. The gates will open at 9:15 am to allow traffic to flow, and we will still be serving refreshments on the parking lot side of the soccer field, but please, do not arrive any earlier than this time. We will conduct a formal flag ceremony on the soccer field at 10:00 am. Following the ceremony, girls will attend brunch at 10:15 am in the Pavilion, while boys will report to the Rio Grande for the term video viewing. At 11:00 am, girls and boys will swap places.

In order to keep the closing events running smoothly, we ask that you absolutely do not cross the soccer field to see your child until the flag ceremony is over and hear our director give the announcement “Campers, you may now greet your families!” It is a special moment worth waiting for! Please realize how important closing day can be for campers. It is a time to say goodbye and get that closure amongst their cabin. We certainly understand the temptation to want to leave early or not attend at all, but we ask that all campers have an opportunity to share that last morning with their cabin mates. The more campers we have stay for the ceremony, the more special the ceremony will be. This is also a great time to provide feedback. All full-time staff members will be readily available on this day to accept both good and bad feedback. We truly want camp to thrive and be the best that it can be, so we greatly appreciate your input!

You will receive a closing packet with camper awards and your camper’s photos at check out. You’ll want to be sure to check out the Camp Store in the Longhorn Room and our re-registration table during any down time.

Closing Day Procedure (Term 1A: June 12, Term 3A: July 13, and Term 4A: July 31)

Term 1A closing day will be Sunday, June 12, Term 3A closing will be Wednesday, July 13, and Term 4A closing day will be Sunday, July 31. These special closing days will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the Pavilion. Parents should arrive for check-in between 2:00 and 2:10. Parents will greet their campers, and a short segment will follow. Campers will recite the summer’s verse, sing the camp song, and be released by the Camp Director at 2:45 p.m. Since the full term will still be in session at this time, parents will unfortunately not be allowed to go see cabins.

Please note: All ‘A’ term campers will be offered a chance to stay full term. IF your camper is interested, the camp office will call you to discuss.

**Important Closing Day Information **

Be aware of the Closing Day pick-up time and be prompt!!! No family has ever intended to miss the Closing Day, but it has happened. It is tough for a child to watch other campers with their families and then realize that his/her family is not there. For this reason, it is important that you ARRIVE BY 10:00 am ON THE LAST SATURDAY OF THE TERM. We do not provide buses for the return trip home as we have found that children prefer to have a parent present for the Closing Day Ceremonies.

There will be a $50 fee for any late drop offs or early pick-ups from camp. This is to help us with staffing for those exceptions, so we may keep a constant flow to camp and avoid sudden interruptions.

What if I have another question?

We want to help you through this process! If you have any questions regarding Summer 2021, please call us at (830) 693-2267 or email us at info@campbalconessprings.com. We can’t wait to see you this summer!