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.

Your child’s health and safety have always been our top priority.

In light of the current circumstances, we are taking additional steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our campers.

We are working hard every day and doing everything within our control to ensure campers get the unmatched, Christ-centered experience that defines T Bar M Camps.

We want you to have all the information possible, so you can make the best decision for your family.

 


Here is an infographic of the big picture: What T Bar M is Doing
Below is our 8-step response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. following government guidelines

We look to the CDC, national, state and local government authorities for guidance.

Summer camps across America have been recognized as a valuable resource for kids and families alike instilling positive growth in Americans. This recognition led to a special CDC task force looking into the unique situations presented in our industry. On May 18th, the Texas Governor’s Strike Force published the health protocols required to operate overnight and day camps. We can say with confidence we will be able to abide by the new checklist along with an “excel still more” attitude in the staff that delivers it. 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 Director at each camp to oversee these new 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

 

2. upgrading cleaning protocols

T Bar M is upgrading our already high standards of cleaning.

Our cleaning practices already include the recommendations from the CDC. We are adding an “excel still more” attitude to our disinfection practices especially in high traffic areas. All areas of cleanliness will include more rigorous practices and increase in frequency throughout the day.

Full-time staff will not be the only people on property cleaning. We have modified our daily camp schedules to build in more margin into each activity period to allow our campers, led by their Coaches, to join in on the fun! Sanitizing and cleanliness will be a group effort. Parents, your child will come home having practiced good hygiene all week!

3. screening campers and staff

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

All campers and staff will be asked to participate in a 14-days of good social practicing, plus a 7-day temperature check before coming to camp (HEALTH SCREENING FORM).  Starting these extra measures BEFORE they come to camp help create the healthiest environment possible so our campers can have the best week of their summer.

When campers arrive at camp, one more CDC screening test will be implemented. Once campers are medically cleared to enter camp, they will be divided into large FAMILY GROUPS (the state calls them “cohorts”) and given a colored band that identifies their family group. Family Groups are a handful of cabins/teams grouped together and isolated with one another. Campers will travel in FAMILY GROUPS throughout their time on our property. During large group gatherings, campers will be required to stay within their FAMILY GROUPS where they can interact with one another as usual, but will practice good physical distancing from other family groups. By making these adjustments, campers and their cabin/team Coaches will not need to wear masks.

Although campers and their cabin/team Coach will not be required to wear masks, staff who have interaction between family groups will be required to wear masks if they are unable to physical distance. This gives camp the best chance to keep our property COVID-free.

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!

5. 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 FAMILY GROUP. Eating times will be staggered and dining halls will be arranged to keep Family Groups socially distanced from each other.

Day Camp Notice: Day Camp campers are required to provide their own lunches during summer camp. While this decision was made pre-COVID-19, it brings us one step closer to eliminating cross-contamination opportunities in our dining spaces. Day Campers will enjoy their meals in our big, indoor facility call The Arena. There is plenty of room for Family Groups to practice good social distancing in The Arena.

6. staying at camp

Overnight camp staff will be following recommended social distancing practices in their limited time off property.

Historically our coaches and campers have enjoyed excursions into our local community. The number of times our staff or campers leave property will be reduced. When leaving is necessary, they will follow recommended social distancing practices.

Special note for LOCs and SECs: Traditionally we have honored our oldest campers at Sports Camp and Camp Travis with an off-property adventure. This year LOCs will not be leaving property; but no worries, we have a different kind of way to honor them with a special adventure within our gates. SECs will be going “next door” to Muleshoe Bend State Park. State parks are open and CDC approved for campers. Let’s just say, no fun will be wasted!

7. adapting 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. One of the keys to prevent an outbreak at camp is limiting outside guests to a minimum. We realize this will be a challenging adjustment for us all. 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.

 

STREAMLINED DROP-OFF INFORMATION
All parents will be required to stay in their vehicles during drop-off. We will welcome camp families during two time frames based on the first letter of your last name.

Sports Camp Opening Day Drop-off Schedule:

Last names starting with A – M: Arrive between 1:45pm and 2:30pm
Last names starting with N – Z: Arrive between 2:30pm and 3:15pm

Camp Travis Opening Day Drop-off Schedule:

Last names starting with A – M: Arrive between 3:45pm and 4:30pm
Last names starting with N – Z: Arrive between 4:30pm and 5:15pm

Day Camp Opening Day Drop-off Schedule:

All campers: Arrive between 8:45am and 9:30am

[Closing Day pick-up information coming soon]

8. responsive isolation protocol

We are working with the CDC and our Medical Director 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.