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YES. Kidventure in consultation with The State Task Force Guidelines for Camp, Health Professionals, and the CDC, Kidventure will begin its summer day camp operations June 1. Modifications will be made, new policies and procedures will be put in place, and some sites may not run. This page and your city Day Camp pages will serve to provide you with that information. This page contains the following Important Information including:
1. Questions and Answers
2. Our Complete COVID-19 Summer Day Camp Handbook
3. Message From our President, Mike McDonell
Dear Kidventure Parents,
After 26 years of running summer camp, there has never been a more challenging period of time in which to provide camp. Indeed, there has probably also never been a more challenging period of time in which to be a parent. Balancing the needs of our families and kids with the risks of COVID-19 is a complicated and evolving ballet. So I wanted to take this opportunity to share what we’ve learned mid way through our second week of the summer and speak honestly and candidly to you about camp and how we must move forward as a camp community if we are to continue providing for your kids.
1. This is Not a Normal Summer
I don’t have to tell you that, but it needs to be reiterated. No matter what guidelines and protocols we put in place. No matter how much we clean and disinfect, wear masks, and take temperatures each morning, no matter how isolated we keep small groups, camp still poses a risk to everyone involved. In our second week, we have now had two positive tests for Covid-19 of individuals at camp in Houston. Families where those cases were confirmed were notified immediately. I think it would be naive to assume we won’t have more as long as cases continue to rise in our community. At least for the time being, the virus is with us. We either learn how to function with it or not at all.
2. Responding to a Positive Case of COVID-19 at Camp
As stated above, we have had two positive cases of COVID-19 in Houston. In both those cases we took a conservative response out of an abundance of caution and closed those programs for 14 days. For some that degree of response was unwarranted, for others appreciated. Many factors go into pausing a program other than our own guidelines including host facility concerns and their own protocols. We are working to create a more balanced response in the event a positive test of a camper or staff member takes place at your camp. But the safety of our families and staff is our first priority.
3. Our Policies Are Designed to Protect Campers and Camp
I can tell you with the utmost confidence that everything we have done at Kidventure has been with the wellbeing of our campers in mind first. We pioneered low ratios, higher qualifications of staff, and safety measures. With regards to tuition and payments, we have been completely transparent. We require a deposit to attend camp. That deposit is nonrefundable for any reason because it provides us with income to hire staff, pay for materials, and get camp off the ground. Because of closures and the challenges posed this summer, we have allowed those deposits to be utilized as credits for the future through 2021 as a way to support our families. (This applies only if and when the campsite your are attending is closed. Deposits are non-refundable if we are operating camp. This policy is essential for the continued operation of camp and for providing for our campers.
4. Everyone Has a Choice
Kidventure was created to help provide the opportunity for kids to grow, learn, and develop in an environment that is caring, stimulating, nurturing and safe. Kidventure is also designed to help provide parents with much needed care during the summer months. This summer, everyone who attends camp in the midst of a pandemic must make the choice to balance those opportunities for your children and you with the risk of infection. Choosing to attend Kidventure or any camp program means you have weighed those factors. It also means you have a choice to take the necessary precautions in your personal lives to mitigate the virus coming into camp. We all play a part. Camp is not a safe house from COVID-19. It is a safe house from anxiety, isolation, and detachment from one another. If anyone at your home is at high risk, we ask that you weigh all factors together.
5. We Will Continue to Learn and Grow
No one knows what the future will hold in this era. What we do know is that we will continue to work to provide camp for those who need and want it, in an environment where we continually work to improve our protocols and systems. We will get ongoing feedback from our health professionals, from our families, and from our campers and staff.
We appreciate all the support and comments. We must all work together to provide for our children while wrestling with the disruption of life this virus has caused. So let’s continue to pull together and work as one because the future of our children’s wellbeing depends on it.
Mike McDonell, President
Yes. We have consulted extensively with State Officials, Health Professionals, the CDC, and our licensing. Under the guidance of all these entities, we have made a decision to operate camp with specific policies and procedures in place. Many of those policies are outlined on this page. Guidelines can be updated at any time. If and when those guidelines change, we will update our registrants and information.
The Complete Kidventure Handbook for This Summer Can Found at Further Down this Page
NO. In some instances a few of our campsites have closed down for the summer or will be starting late. We will keep an up to date detailed list of those sites below as well as on each campsites location page. We will work closely with anyone registered to transfer your registration to another campsite.
HOUSTON CAMPSITES NOT OPERATING FOR 2020
- Camp Travis (at Travis Elementary)
- Camp St Paul’s (at St. Paul Methodist)
- Camp Towne Lake
- Camp Emanu El
- Camp Lutheran South Academy
DALLAS CAMPSITES NOT OPERATING FOR 2020
- Camp Viridian
- Camp Mansfield
- Camp All Saints
- All Leads Camp Sessions
AUSTIN CAMPSITES NOT OPERATING FOR 2020
- Camp Barton Creek (June Cancelled)
- Camp Steiner
ALL OVERNIGHT CAMPS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020
Guidelines for operating summer camps were issued by the State of Texas Covid-19 Task Force in conjunction with direction from the CDC. These are the guidelines we will be following, in addition to our ongoing consultation with our Medical Professionals, and State Health Services as well as our 25 years of camp experience.
A Link To The Summer Camp Guidelines Can Be Found Below On this Page
It is our ultimate goal to provide for the health and wellbeing of our campers. We believe that is best accomplished when we all come together towards that common goal. It is imperative that everyone play their part to follow the guidelines set forth and work together to care for our kids and get through this unprecedented challenge. It will take our Team, our parents, and our campers. These guidelines are mandatory. If any family or staff member does not adhere to these guidelines, we will ask that they not participate in Kidventure for the safety and respect for others.
The first step to limit spread is in preventing those with confirmed (or a high probability of having been in contact with) Covid-19 from entering the facility. We do this through our screening procedures, including in the self-screening we ask staff and families to do prior to camp each day and in the active screening we do as people enter the facility and in who we allow to enter.
The following procedures will be mandatory for each party involved in camp, our Families, our Campers and our StaffFor Families
- If you have someone at home who is considered high risk (heart condition, elderly, lung issues, etc.) consider not attending camp.
- Parents must remain in the car for drop off and pick up. Campers will be escorted into camp by camp staff.
- Parents must answer the COVID-19 Health Questions (see below) each day to satisfy admission into camp. If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the camper will be asked to remain home.
- All campers will have their temperature checked prior to entering camp. Should their temperature exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be asked to remain home.
- All campers must wash hands at a designated handwashing station upon entering camp each day.
- Campers must bring their own water bottles. Refill stations will be available throughout the day.
- UPDATED 6.25.20 Face masks for campers entering 1st grade and up will be required beginning 6.29.20 in Houston and Dallas and 6.26.20 beginning in Austin. Masks must be provided by the family. Masks are optional for campers ages 3-5.
- Staff members must answer the COVID-19 Health Questions (see below) each day to satisfy admission into camp. If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” the staff member will be asked to remain home.
- All staff will have their temperature checked prior to entering camp. Should their temperature exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be asked to remain home.
- All staff members must wash hands at a designated handwashing station upon entering camp each day.
- Consistent with the actions taken by many employers across the state, our camp staff will wear personal face masks during the day with the exception of certain outdoor camp activities. Gloves will be used during specific times at camp. All staff possess current certifications in First Aid and CPR for infant, child, and adult.
Kidventure will implement a carpool drop off and pick up procedure for camp. At your campsite, signs will be placed to direct you where to queue up for drop off and pick up. At drop off, camp staff will escort campers from the car into camp. While campers are still in the car (prior to being escorted into camp) staff will conduct the following procedures each day:
1. Rapid Temperature Check of Camper (We consider a normal temperature one that is below 100 degrees. Should a camper’s temperature exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be asked to remain home.)
2. Daily Confirmation of the COVID-19 Health Questions :
- Have you or anyone in your immediate household had symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
- Has your camper(s) come into contact with anyone who has been lab confirmed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
If any of the health questions are answered with “YES,” the camper will be asked to remain
home . In the event that siblings are signed up for camp, if one person in the family is exhibiting symptoms or has been exposed to someone who has been lab confirmed with COVID-19, then the entire family has been exposed and cannot come to camp.
3. Escort Camper into Camp (Prior to entering the camp building, campers will wash/disinfect their hands at a designated station.)
We ask that during steps 1 and 2 of the daily procedure, everyone remains in their car for the safety of all children, parents, and staff. Failure to comply will result in dismissal from camp. At pick up all campers will be escorted to their car at the designated time. Parents or caregivers are to remain in their car at all times. During Post Camp please remain in your vehicle when picking and follow your specific campsite instructions for having
your child escorted to you.
At this time, we will not be accepting walk-in registrations. The deadline for registration is midnight on Thursday the week before your camp session begins. Please plan accordingly.
YES. In an effort to minimize the mixing of groups, and to allow for the increased preparation for each camp day, Kidventure is eliminating Pre Camp and restructuring the camp day to start drop off at 8:00 a.m. and end the camp day at 3:00 p.m. This allows all campers to be dropped off and move into dedicated spaces with their small group. We know for many families a 3:00 p.m. end to the camp day will pose some challenges. We will continue to run Post Camp and minimize the mixing of groups; however, some mixing during this time is inevitable as numbers decrease at the end of the day.
Camp Times: 8 AM – 3 PM | Post Camp: 3 PM – 6 PM
Please remain in your vehicle when picking and follow your specific campsite instructions for having your child escorted to you. Please refer to your campsite newsletter for specific details on drop off and pick up locations and procedure.
For the 2020 camp season, campers are encouraged, but not required, to wear the Kidventure camp shirt. Each camper will receive two free Kidventure camp shirts on Monday their first session of the summer.
Kidventure’s camp curriculum is varied and provides a wide range of activities for campers to participate in, but because of COVID-19 certain normal camp activities pose greater risks than others. We have removed those activities and in many cases added others. Here is a list of activities or equipment that we will not be participating in or using due to those unnecessary risks.Activities We Have Removed
- Field Trips and associated bus travel
- Activities that involve equipment that cannot be cleaned and disinfected
- Discoverer Splash Day (until further notice)
- Multiple Sets of the same equipment and supplies for each small group of campers
- Requiring Campers to keep personal belongings in a personal bag that holds all items
- Cleaning shared equipment between all rotations, each day.
- Additional camp staff to help support cleaning and sanitizing
- Hospital grade disinfectants and sanitizers
- New Activities onsite
- Rock Climbing
- Camp Games
- Camp Songs and Dances
- Early Childhood Centers (Discoverers Only)
- Outdoor Play
- Ribbon Ceremony
- Nine Square
- Swimming (swim sites only and where operational per community guidelines)
- And So Much More
As one tool to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, we have adopted a policy for our maks, or face shields. While no mask can prevent the spread of the virus, masks have been proven to help reduce the rate of infection by limiting water droplets. There are challenges to wearing masks and certain situations where they can impede breathing. Therefore, with the help of health professionals, we have created a mask policy for our staff and Campers (entering 1st grade and up)at camp.
- All Kidventure staff and campers (Entering 1st grade and up) at the campsite are to wear a properly fitted face mask, buff, or gaiter indoors where social distancing is not possible.
- Staff and campers are to wear their mask during activities in classrooms, transitions, assisting with camper lunch and snack, during hand washing times, and restroom breaks
- There are specific occasions where camp staff and campers may need or can take a mask break. They include (1) When involved in high activity sports and games where social distancing can be maintained and adequate breathing is compromised. (2) Outdoors where social distancing can be maintained. (3) While eating lunch and or snacks.
- Exceptions will be made for specific situations where the physical or mental risk from wearing the mask is greater. In this situation, a medical letter will be required.
- Please ensure your camper’s name is written on his/her mask.
Our staff have been instructed to arrive each day wearing their mask and depart each day wearing their mask. They have also been instructed to wash their mask each day of use.
While we have had to drop some activities like field trips and swimming (for the time being), we have had to hire additional staff, purchase hospital grade cleaners and sanitizers, and new supplies. The cost to operate summer camp this summer is much higher than ever before. We understand that not having field trips is disappointing but we also feel that the Kidventure program has always been much more substantive than just one endeavor or activity. We will be bringing in other activities such as inflatables, rock climbing walls and other events. We have also purchased a series of Escape Room Challenges that small groups will take part in. We will work as hard as we can to provide each child with a rewarding experience given the circumstances we are all dealing with. At the end of the day, we feel confident that camp will not only be fun and exciting, but of great value as well.
- Active and comfortable clothing
- Tennis Shoes
- Lunch (if not ordering catered lunch)
- Refillable Water Bottle (There will be no water fountains used. Refill stations will be set up to refill water bottles)
- Sunscreen(Come to camp with it already applied! Bring extra in spray bottles only—no lotion.)
- Bag to keep all items secured and together
- Toys or electronics
- Anything else
- Face Mask
- Medications (Must have completed Medical Dosage Form, in their original container, and turned in to Staff at drop off)
Kidventure’s camp program has always divided children into small groups for much of the camp day. This summer, we will extend that technique throughout the camp day, thus minimizing the mixing of larger numbers of children together. Children will be grouped with other campers of similar age and we will strive to keep those groups as consistent as possible throughout each camp session. Along with their counselors, campers will play and learn in their small groups during the day. They will participate in athletics, art, science, games, and music, and all other aspects of the typical Kidventure camp curriculum.
The State acknowledges that the “protective measures,” (i.e. social distancing or keeping a distance of six feet from others within small groups), “that we can expect from adults are, for a variety of reasons, simply not possible for infants, children, and youth to practice in schools, child care centers, and youth camps. In some cases, the child will be too young to understand and practice these precautions. We cannot, for example, expect a group of toddlers or schoolchildren not to engage in interactive play or share toys,” (Checklist for Day Youth Camp Operators and Staff, page 1). Our goal is to keep these small groups as distinct as possible, but we acknowledge that within each small group, there will be interaction between those campers. Our staff will attempt to mitigate the risks of those interactions as much as possible in accordance with our Camp Hygiene and Cleaning and Disinfection Policies.
Following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and the State of Texas, our Camp Hygiene procedures will be in place each day of camp for all staff and campers
Hand washing will take place during the following times:
- Arrival to the facility and after each activity rotation
- Before and after preparing food or drinks
- Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children
- Before and after administering medication or medical ointment
- After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom
- After coming in contact with any bodily fluid
- After playing outdoors or in sand
- After handling garbage
Following the guidelines for campsite cleaning and disinfection, Kidventure will work to maintain a clean and sanitary camp environment. The following will be part of that procedure:
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces within the camp throughout the day (for example, door handles, sink handles, tables and chairs, etc.).
- Clean and sanitize shared objects (for example, toys, games, and art supplies) between each rotation of camp groups, each day.
- Ensure safe and correct application of EPA approved disinfectants and sanitizers to treat for COVID-19. These products will be kept away from children.
- Deep clean and sanitize the camp prior to the start of a new camp session.
From the moment a child is dropped off at camp each day, Kidventure will continue to screen and monitor for possible sickness including any potential symptoms listed below:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
- Known close contact with person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported. Please read the next section for procedures when symptoms are detected at camp.
*If the following symptom exists with no other symptoms present, an assessment will take place, and the individual may stay in the camp setting; however, if the symptom is paired with any other symptoms on the list, the individual will need to be separated from camp and go home.
The following steps will be taken for any camper or staff member who demonstrates symptoms of sickness during camp.
1. The camper or staff member exhibiting symptoms of illness during camp will be isolated in our designated First Aid Station.
2. The camper’s parents will be called and asked to pick up their camper immediately . The staff member exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave camp if they are able to leave on their own, or secure transportation if unable to leave on their own.
a. If the camper or staff member has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to camp the individual must obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on a negative nucleic-acid COVID-19 test and an alternative diagnosis. Find TX COVID-19 Test Collection Sites online , contact the local health department for testing, or see a health care provider.
b. In the case of a staff member who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19 , the individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to work until they have completed this three-step criteria : at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
IF POSITIVE CASE OF COVID IS CONFIRMED WITH A CAMPER OR STAFF
In the case of a camper or staff member who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to work when all three of the following criteria are met:
1. at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)
2. and the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);
3. and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Situation #1: Kidventure Closes Camp
If Kidventure has to close camp due to Covid-19 related reasons, you will receive a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit. All deposits can be used for future weeks through the Summer of 2021.
Situation #2: You Choose to Cancel
If you choose to cancel camp and we are still operating, our regular refund policy applies. Prior to 10 days out from camp for each week you are registered, you may receive a full refund minus the non-refundable deposit. Deposits in this case are not applied to future weeks.
Deposits will be credited forward only if and when the campsite your are attending is closed. Deposits are non-refundable if we are operating camp. This policy is essential for the continued operation of camp and for providing for our campers.
Kidventure will email you a Camp Newsletter for each week you are attending. That newsletter will be emailed you our account the Thursday before each week you are attending. It will contain important information about camp including updates on Covid-19, directions to camp, what to bring, and agendas. Reading it will inform you and keep you educated and our campers safer.
From time to time we will send other emails or texts in order to communicate important information. Please ensure your email and mobile are up to date with us.
THE 2020 COVID-19 SUMMER CAMP HANDBOOK
6.22.20 Face Mask Requirement for Campers 10 and Up
Harris, Dallas, and Travis Counties have issued face mask orders for all customers ages 10 and up in commercial businesses where goods and services are sold. This takes effect for all Kidventure camps irregardless of the county the campsite resides in.
6.16.20 Health Question Updated
We updated the prescreening health question, ‘Has you come into contact with anyone who has been lab confirmed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?’ to ‘Has your camper(s) come into contact with anyone who has been lab confirmed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?’
5.19.20: Day Camp to Remain Open
Kidventure formally announced it would keep summer day camp open beginning June 1 with modifications and guidelines put in place.
5.19.20: Overnight Camp Cancelled
Kidventure made the very difficult decision to cancel all 2020 Overnight Camp sessions. More info Here
5.18.20: Camp Guidelines Received
Today at 2 PM we were given the Guidelines for the operation of Summer Day Camp 2020. We are in the process of confirming our camp plan congruent with those policies and look forward to communicating our plans moving forward very soon. State Guidelines for Day Camp
5.15.20: Camp Viridian in Dallas Cancelled for Summer 2020
Viridian HOA has cancelled all summer programs for 2020
5.13.20: Camp Travis Cancelled for Summer 2020
Houston ISD informed us today that they are closing their facilities to all rental groups for the entire summer of 2020. That includes our Camp Travis at Travis Elementary School in the Heights.
5.6.20: Kidventure Still Proceeding
Kidventure is proceeding with the opening of camp at this time. We will be watching Gov. Abbott’s address on the 18th as he is expected to provide more guidelines for summer camps.
4.27.20: Kidventure Update Email Sent To All 2020 Camp Registrants
Today we sent an email to all families registered for Summer Camp 2020 communicating that it is our intention to run camp this summer, what that would look like, and reiterating our policy with regards to deposits. That full communication can be read here.
4.15.20: Kidventure Launches Houston Helpers Facebook Group
We have created a Facebook Group that connects our staff of summer camp counselors and after school team with anyone in need. Join Here
3.25.20: Kidventure ‘Basecamp’ is Here
Come on over to Basecamp where we’re bringing some of camp to your home in the form of energizers, yoga, story time and much more
3.18.20: Kidventure ‘Basecamp’ Rolls Out
Kidventure will be offering online art projects, morning energizers, and story time for kids beginning next week! Hosted by your camp counselors and heroes, it should be an entertaining and fun opportunity for all. Look for details in your email.
3.13.20: SpringFest Camp Cancelled
Following the recommendation of our medical authorities, Kidventure is cancelling all SpringFest Spring Break Camps for next week. Email and Text communications have been sent to all families enrolled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has posed to your family.
3.12.20: SpringFest Begins Monday
Our Spring Break Camp will be taking place beginning Monday at locations in Dallas and Houston. Special precautions have been put in place to provide a more sanitary and safe environment. Those can be viewed below. More information on SpringFest can be found here .
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, Hubel Province China. It is being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Shortness of breath
Having these symptoms alone does not mean that someone has the virus. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. According to the CDC, preventive measures for the COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory viruses such as the flu.
COVID-19 is spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through coughing and sneezing. The virus also may be transmitted by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently, for at least 20 seconds
- Use alcohol-based sanitizers when soap and water are not available
- Use disposable tissues when coughing and sneezing; dispose of carefully and promptly
- If tissues are not available, direct your cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm/sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect “high-touch” objects and surfaces
- Stay home when you are sick, and remain home until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms
- Maintain healthy habits that support your immune system
- Asking that children and employees who have symptoms of respiratory illness stay home and not come to school until they are free of fever (100.4° F or 37.8° C, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicine (i.e. Tylenol, Motrin)
- Scheduling regular times throughout the day for children to clean their hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Reminding students about how to stop the spread of germs!
- Daily cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces at camp, such as desks, tables, and doorknobs and providing disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces can be wiped down before each use.
- Counselors using commercial grade disinfectants on lunchroom tables and surfaces after each lunch rotation.
- Cautioning staff and families regarding travel plans: please follow CDC safety guidelines and be aware of CDC travel notices Important Reminder: If traveling to any countries with Level 3 Travel Health Notices, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance calls for staying home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.
We have adjusted our refund policy during this time to help provide peace of mind when registering for the summer. While our policy is that all deposits are non-refundable, if you are unable to attend camp because your child or you have contracted Coronavirus or if camp is closed due to the virus, we will credit your account or refund you for any payments made beyond those deposits. We ask that you let us know ten days prior to each camp session attending in order to receive the refund or credit.