our commitment to your child's health

experiencing a safe and fun camp!

T Bar M has been delivering unforgettable camp experiences to campers and families for 40 years. It is our goal to offer our camp families 10 weeks of The Greatest summer ever. This is how YOU can help so no camper has to miss their week of camp due to closures!

Your camper and family’s health and safety continues to be our top priority.

We are continuing our commitment to ensure the safety and well-being of our campers and camp families.

It is our desire to create the most reasonably safe and secure environment for our campers and staff, while still having the most fun, Christ-Centered Adventure possible this summer! Considering the health recommendations issued by the State and the collective wisdom of our sister Camps, we believe these steps below will do just that.

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.

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

 

maintaining cleaning protocols

T Bar M is committed to our high standards of cleaning.

Our proven cleaning protocols have an “excel still more” attitude throughout all our camp property and especially in high traffic areas. All areas of cleanliness will include rigorous practices and increase in frequency throughout the day.

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 ensure safety practices are being followed. For our overnight camp families this includes our traditional daily cabin clean up competition, because even while cleaning we don’t waste fun! Sanitizing and cleanliness will be a group effort. Parents, your child will come home having practiced good hygiene all week!

screenings and masks

With guidance from our medical team we’ll continue proper screening techniques for campers and staff.

All campers and staff will be required to participate in 10-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, a screening test will be administered and you will turn in your health screening form.

Although camper masks are optional, there may be times when campers are asked to wear a face covering. These times will include; when in a shuttle/camp vehicle, if we move to a rainy day schedule which forces everyone indoors into a common space or in the unfortunate circumstance of a COVID-19 exposure. Therefore, parents pack a mask with your camper. This gives camp the best chance to keep our staff and campers COVID-free.

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!

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.

special camp trips

 

 

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

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 who have completed 6th and 11th grade at Base Camp and Camp Travis with an off-property adventure. This year LOCs will have a special trip planned for them which is still in the planning phase so stay tuned! 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!

modified 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.

Our staff will be masked and we ask parents, when on property, to wear a mask to decrease exposure of Covid-19 when interacting with our Coaches/staff and unable to social distance.

Base Camp Closing Day Schedule:

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

Camp Travis Closing Day Schedule:

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

Day Camp Closing Day Schedule:

All campers: Arrive daily between 4:30-5pm

Discover Camp Closing Day Schedule:

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

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.