June 24, 2020

YMCA Camp Twin Lakes Cleaning Procedures

May 28, 2020

Camp Twin Lakes Updates – May 28

May 26, 2020

Dear Campers and Parents,

Earlier this week, Governor Abbott announced that summer camps across the state of Texas are able to open and operate beginning on May 31st. This was the announcement that the YMCA Camp Twin Lakes staff team had been anxiously awaiting. We now know that the magic of summer camp is not cancelled.

Children are going to need summer camp more than ever this summer after two months of shelter-in-place. Children need to be able to run, play, laugh, dance, sing and make new friends this summer. But, this needs to be done as safely as possible and that is what our staff team has been working on these past two months. The health and safety of our campers, their families and our staff is and always will be our top priority here at CTL. Below we have outlined some of the measures that we will be taking this summer to ensure camper and staff health and wellbeing along with some updated information regarding summer camp.

Summer 2020

In accordance with Governor’s Executive Order, YMCA Camp Twin Lakes will host its first session of Day Camp starting on June 1. The first session of Overnight Camp will begin on June 21. Please note that we will only be running four weeklong sessions of Overnight Camp and one session of MINI Overnight Camp this summer. Registration for both of these summer camp programs are now open with only the deposit being required to secure your camper’s spot.

Responding to COVID-19

Our summer camp staff team has spent these last two months updating our Camp Operation Policies and Procedures to ensure that we are able to provide the safest camp experience possible for our campers and staff. Guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Camp Association and our local health department were used when developing this plan. Our staff relied heavily upon the following resources when updating our Camp Operation Policies and Procedures: CDC Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps, ACA Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020 and the Texas DSHS Minimum Standard Health Protocols for Youth Camps.

Preventative Measures

Following the advice and guidance from local and national health authorities, our staff team has created a programmatic plan to match the most stringent of measures to ensure safety, while also maximizing your camper’s experience. Below are a number of the safety measures that CTL will be implementing to minimize the risk of potential exposure to and spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 at camp this summer.

  • Robust health screening and temperature checks of campers and parent during Check-In.
  • Drop-Off and Pick-Up will happen via curbside, meaning parents will remain in their vehicle during these times. Staff greeting cars will be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Campers will be placed into small groups and campers will remain with that group of campers for the duration of the week.
  • Hand washing stations will be set up all around camp and campers will wash hands often throughout the day. Below are a list of times during the day that campers will be required to wash their hands with soap and water:
    • Before eating food.
    • Before entering a program area or building.
    • After touching a high touch surface (railings, door knobs, picnic tables, etc.)
    • After using the restroom.
    • After using shared supplies (sports equipment, arts and crafts supplies, etc.)
    • After coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose.
  • Social distancing will be practiced between groups and within groups to the best of our abilities.
  • No Add-On programs will be offered this summer outside of Sports and Dance Add-ons where social distancing can be practiced consistently.
  • The use of shared equipment between campers and groups will be minimized as much as possible.
  • A thorough, regimented cleaning and sanitization plan is being developed for all equipment, buildings and communal spaces.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We know that some camper families may not feel comfortable sending their children to camp this summer or that summer camp is no longer a part of their summer plans. For those families, we are committed to being flexible and will work with you to find the best solution for your family.

If you would like to discuss your options, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (512) 615-7427 or contact us here.

May 14, 2020

Camp Twin Lakes Overnight Camp Updates – May 14

Camp Twin Lakes Summer Day Camp Updates – May 14

April 28, 2020

CTL COVID-19 April 28 Update

April 20, 2020

Dear Campers and Parents,

YMCA Camp Twin Lakes considers the health and safety of our campers, families and staff to be our top priority. No doubt there are many questions for families as you navigate school closures, social distancing, as well as, disruptions to your own work schedules. We know you may have significant concerns right now, from the well-being of your children and immediate family, to how we can continue to care for the most vulnerable among us. We appreciate your patience as we monitor the situation throughout the coming weeks. We are committed to keeping you informed!

Summer 2020

At this point in time, we still planning and preparing to run both Day and Overnight Camp here at YMCA Camp Twin Lakes. However, we know that in order for us to run camp safely and responsibly this summer, camp is going to look different. How camp looks and operates this coming summer is fully dependent on the forthcoming guidance from our state and local health departments as well as the American Camp Association. Our intention is to start Day Camp on May 26 and host our first session of Overnight Camp on June 21. Registration for both of these summer camp programs are open with only the deposit being required to secure your camper’s spot.

Responding to COVID-19

We continue to monitor advice and guidelines on health and safety, cleaning and preparedness from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Camp Association and our state and local health departments. Information changes quickly, and we are regularly reviewing and updating our policies to ensure we stay current with CDC/local recommendations to keep our campers and staff safe. The camping community across the country is responding in creative ways, and thinking through every angle of how we can each run a safe operation once groups are allowed to gather. Please know that we are dedicated to providing a safe, high-quality camp experience and that this is something we will not compromise on.

Preventative Measures

As advice from local and national authorities has been released we have been updating our programmatic plan to match the most stringent of measures to ensure safety, while also maximizing your camper’s experience. Below are a few of the safety measures that we plan to implement this summer.

  • Health screening and temperature checks of campers and parent during Check-In.
  • Drop-Off and Pick-Up will happen via curbside, meaning parents will remain in their vehicle during these times. Staff greeting cars will be wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Campers will be placed into small groups and campers will remain with that group of campers for the duration of the week.
  • Hand washing stations will be set up all around camp and campers will wash hands often during a day at camp.
  • Social distancing will be practiced between groups and within groups to the best of our abilities.
  • No Add-On programs will be offered this summer. This decision was made to prevent the mixing of campers from different trail groups.
  • We plan to minimize the use of shared equipment between campers and groups.
  • A thorough, regimented cleaning and sanitization plan is being developed for all equipment, buildings and communal spaces.

Cancellation or Rescheduling

We know that some camper families may not feel comfortable sending their children to camp this summer or that summer camp is no longer a part of their summer plans. For those families, we are committed to being flexible and will work with you to find the best solution for your family. Here are the options for families looking to cancel.

  1. Roll over any paid camp fees to Summer 2021.
  2. Request a refund.
    • Full refunds, including the deposit, will be issued if a parent cancels 1 week prior to the start of a Day Camp Session.
    • Full refunds, minus the deposit, will be issued if a parent cancels less than 1 week prior to the start of a Day Camp session.
  3. Donate all or a portion of their camp fees to help us continue to offer childcare to essential employees.

Thank You

Again, we appreciate your patience as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Rest assured that the safety and health of our campers come first. Camp is a special place, and whether you are receiving this email as a returning camper family, or if it is your first time expecting to join us, we want to say THANK YOU. School events may be postponed or cancelled right now, but fun is not cancelled. Friendships are not cancelled. The magic of camp is not cancelled. Children need camp. The skills they learn, the friends they make, and the community they belong to, are all precious. We are here to do everything we can to deliver that experience for your child. We can’t wait to spend a safe, healthy, joyful summer with your camper!