our commitment to your child's health

experiencing a safe and fun camp!

T Bar M has been delivering unforgettable camp experiences to campers for nearly 40 years. This summer will be no exception.

Ensuring the health and safety of your camper remains, as always, a top priority.  

On May 18th, Governor Abbott announced summer camps will be allowed to operate in Texas this summer.  We can say with confidence we will be able to abide by the recommendations put forth in the Governor’s Open Texas plans.

Although the Governor and the CDC are opening summer camp programs as of May 31, we realize there is also a very personal and individual decision to be made regarding trusting us with your child. Our desire is to communicate the specific details of our adjusted safety measures through our 8-STEP COVID-19 Response. We are committed to doing our part in protecting against the spread of the coronavirus.


T Bar M’s 8-step Response to COVID-19

moving forward safely

Summer camps across America have been recognized as a valuable resource for kids and families alike instilling positive growth in Americans.  After reviewing the operating recommendations from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) that licenses our camps, and consulting with several of the other prominent Christian Camps in Texas, we have made the following decisions about our programming for this upcoming summer. As always, your camper’s health and safety will continue to be our top priority.

In order to implement the health protocols issued by the government, we have added a Health & Safety Coordinator at each camp to oversee these protocols. For a big-picture look at what we are doing to protect our campers and camp families, take a look at this infographic: What T Bar M is Doing

 

COVID-19 adjusted programming

Medical Screening

Our goal is to stop COVID-19 BEOFRE it starts at camp. To do that, we are partnering with YOU, the parents! We are asking all campers to participate in a 14-day increased social distancing and a 7-day temperature check before their camp session begins. Every camper will asked to complete a Health Screening form showing they have met these requirements. Upon arrival, the state requires our staff to conduct an onsite Health Screening and temperature check in addition to the completed Health Screening Form.

What does practicing good social distancing look like?

By practicing good social distancing, we mean avoiding large crowds/gatherings and limiting unnecessary travel. When unable to social distance, we ask campers to wear a mask per CDC recommendations.

Approved activities: sports, bike riding, hiking, other outdoor activities and Camps following CDC guidelines.

Mask Recommended: indoor activities where social distancing isn’t possible, traveling and prolonged close contact with people outside your household.

Face masks

Starting Session 7, all campers regardless of age or grade, are required to wear face coverings. This is a mandate by the state government. Click here to see more information about wearing face masks: Announcement to Parents about Campers Wearing Face Masks

 

Family Groups

Once campers are medically cleared to enter camp, cabins will be divided into large FAMILY GROUPS (the state calls them “cohorts”). Although all campers will be wearing masks, campers will be required to stay within their family groups. Family groups allow us to quickly and methodically contain and/or limit the potential exposure of COVID-19 among staff and campers.

Programming Changes

Even though our campers are medically cleared before coming to camp, our programming still needed to be adjusted to give camp the best change at staying COVID-free. Each camp is affected differently. Click on your camp to see how programming with look different this summer. You can get more details about camp-life here: COVID-19 Response

Sports Camp Adjusted Programming

1. Specialties: A practice to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 recommended by the State of Texas is for overnight camps to organize campers into “family groups” (what the state is calling a cohort). Specialties involve the mixing of campers from all cabins. This would greatly inhibit our ability to keep family groups separate from one another; therefore, campers will not be placed in the specialty you chose at registration. Campers will still rotate through specialties, but as a family group. This summer, campers will get to experience several specialties, enjoying a new focus each day.

2. Added Margin: We have modified our usual daily schedule to build in more margin each activity period to allow for sanitization and cleanliness. Parents, your child will come home having practiced good hygiene all week!

3. Theme Nights: The original programming of our theme nights did not allow for social distancing between family groups. But fear not, we are keeping the classics – Alpha vs. Omega and Mission Impossible. We are able to program these two highly rated (by campers!) theme nights to maintain social distancing between family groups and to maximum fun. The other nights of the weeks your camper will enjoy brand new camp activities with their family groups (no costume needed). If this is your camper’s first experience at camp, click here to see packing suggestions for Alpha vs. Omega and Mission Impossible.

Camp Travis Adjusted Programming

Camp Travis campers traditionally experience lake and land activities in cabin groups. Thankfully, the CDC guidelines will not impact this part of our programming. So, campers will continue to  experience activities on the lake, swimming in the giant pool, playing field games and competing in the Iron Adventure Race with their cabin mates just like past summers.

However, CDC guidelines did require us to change the way campers eat in the Rio, worship at Main Thing and participate in Theme Nights. During these times, campers will be required to stay within their family groups and practice good physical distancing with other family groups. The highly favored Boot Scoot is still under review but we are working hard to creatively create a way to still boot scoot in a safe but fun way! 

Day Camp Adjusted Programming

1. Bring Your Own Lunch! For those of you returning, this is a big programming change this year. We were already planning on this change pre-COVID-19, but increased sanitization efforts in our kitchen make this an even more necessary change. Having Day Campers pack their own lunches allows for a slower, more relaxed dining pace for your campers, as well as a chance for you to pack your camper’s preferences and dietary needs. Your camper’s lunches will be stored in a climate-controlled room.

2. Added Margin: We have modified our usual daily schedule to build in more margin in each activity period to allow for sanitization and cleanliness. Parents, your child will come home having practiced good hygiene all week!

3. Theme Days: The original programming of our theme days did not allow for social distancing between family groups. But fear not, we are keeping the classics – Alpha vs. Omega and Mission Impossible. We are able to program these two highly rated (by campers!) theme days to maintain social distancing between family groups and to maximize fun. The other days of the week your camper will enjoy brand new camp activities with their family groups (no costume needed). If this is your camper’s first experience at camp, click here for ways to dress your camper.

Another helpful COVID-19 response link: What T Bar M is doing

 

3. screening campers and staff

We are working with the CDC and our Medical Director to develop proper screening techniques for campers and staff.

Screening will start with YOU two weeks before your camp session. We will be screening staff during that time frame as well. Additionally, campers and staff will be given a health screening and temperature check to ensure everyone is healthy upon arrival. These extra measures help create the healthiest environment possible so our campers can have the best week of their summer.

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4. emphasizing personal hygiene

Campers will know that personal hygiene matters, even at camp … especially at camp.

An abundance of hand sanitizer, good ol’ fashion soap and water and all the recommended hygiene practices will be generously woven in our daily schedules. Parents, your heightened cleanliness practices at home will be supported at camp. When the Coaches do it, your kids will see keeping clean is the cool thing to do!

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keeping a healthy kitchen

We are taking extra measures in our food service area to protect our campers.
  • Preparation: Specific attention will be given to stringent protocols for practicing food preparation safety.
  • Serving: There will be limited cross contamination opportunities with new procedures in place for campers to receive food within their family groups.
  • Consumption: Campers will be served and eating their meals with their cabin. Eating times will be staggered and dining halls will be arranged to keep cabins socially distanced from each other.

Discover and Day Camp Notice: Day campers are required to provide their own lunches during summer camp. While this is normal programming pre-COVID-19, it brings us one step closer to eliminating cross-contamination opportunities in our dining spaces. Day campers will enjoy their meals practicing good socially distancing.

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Special (LOCs and SECs) trips off property or shuttle rides.

Traditionally we have honored our oldest campers who have completed 6th and 11th grade at Base Camp and Camp Travis with an off-property adventure. This year LOCs will head up to Camp Travis on Thursday for the day!

SECs will be going “next door” to Muleshoe Bend State Park.

Let’s just say, no fun will be wasted!

opening & closing days

We all want what is best for kids to be able to enjoy the safest and most fun time at camp.

This means Opening and Closing Days will look different. Rest assured we are committed to Opening Days being a welcoming and reassuring experience while Closing Days will be rewarding and memorable for parents and campers alike. Thank you for being willing to partner with us to create the safest environment possible for your kiddos.

 

OPENING DAY INFORMATION

All parents will be required to stay in their vehicles during drop-off for day camp and overnight camp.

Base Camp Opening Day Schedule:

Last names starting with A – M: Arrive between 2 – 2:30pm
Last names starting with N – Z: Arrive between 2:30 – 3pm

Camp Travis Opening Day Schedule:

Last names starting with A – M: Arrive between 4:00 – 4:30pm
Last names starting with N – Z: Arrive between 4:30 – 5pm

Day/Discover Camp Opening Day Schedule:

All campers: Arrive daily between 8:30 – 9:00am

Family Camp Opening Day Schedule:

All families: Arrive between 4:30-5pm

CLOSING DAY INFORMATION

Day/Discover Camp parents will be required to stay in their vehicles during pick-up. Overnight families will have an on-site closing day ceremony.

Base Camp Closing Day (parent’s on property):

Arrive between 8:15-8:40am. Closing ceremonies begin at 8:45am

Camp Travis Closing Day (parent’s on property):

Arrive between 10:20-10:45am. Closing ceremonies begin at 10:45am

Day Camp Closing Day (parent’s remain in your vehicle):

Arrive daily between 4:30-5pm

Discover Camp Closing Day (parent’s remain in your vehicle):

Arrive between 4-4:30pm except Friday between 3:30-4pm

responsive isolation protocol

We work closely with our medical team to have the proper response protocols in the event someone should show symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

We have isolated areas available in the event anyone has a communicable disease. We will follow the latest government guidelines throughout the summer as to our policies for sending a camper or staff home due to illness and we will enact our COVID-19 response protocol.

If a camper or summer staff member tests positive for COVID-19 they will be sent home.

If a camper is exposed to COVID-19 you’ll be contacted by our camp staff.