What is the latest on Health & Safety Practices in regards to COVID-19 for Summer 2021?
We are so excited to welcome happy campers back to the hill and the beach this summer. While the threat of the pandemic is not yet behind us, we wholeheartedly believe that we can operate camp this summer in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy!
We continue to work with our Advisory Panel which consists of a doctor, school nurse, board member, camper parents and synod leaders. We are so grateful for the wisdom they bring and for their passion for Lutherhill. While our specific protocol are still under development, we do know of several preventative measures that we will incorporate into the camp experience you love.
Many of these preventative measures have been gleaned from the American Camp Association’s updated Field Guide for summer camp operation. Here are some of the highlights
Safety first: We love our young adult summer staff, they bring the joy of camp to life in a way that is faithful, fun and… safe! During our two-week staff training, summer staff receive thorough training on all safety measures. This year we will pay special attention to safety measures related to COVID 19 exposure. This will equip each staff member to communicate preventative measures in a consistent and compelling way with our happy campers. Safety first!
Screening: Like many public schools, we anticipate screening all campers upon entry to the community. This screening will include temperature and symptom checks. If we decide to require prescreening measures before coming to camp, we communicate this need at least one month prior to your camp start date.
Cohorts: Many of the ACA’s recommendations are based on campers being assigned to specific cohorts (small groups) during their time at camp. These cohorts are already built into Lutherhill’s camp experience with our cabin groups. Interaction between cabin groups may be reduced to minimize contact and allow for easier contact tracing if a camper becomes ill.
Contact tracing: Our Advisory panel is developing a contact tracing strategy that will allow us to quickly identify where and with whom campers and counselors were in contact while at camp. If someone becomes ill while at camp, contact tracing allows us to more quickly monitor those they were around and keep them separated from the rest of the camp if the situation warrants.
Face-covering: Face-covering use, especially indoors, is reported to reduce the risk of transmission by 80%. We know, face-covering at camp sounds like no fun. We will work to define places where face-covering is most essential and impactful. And we will work to define opportunities during your camper’s week when they can be safely face-covering free.
Physical distance: Space mitigates our risk of exposure. We will implement some physical distancing standards of six to nine feet of distance between cabin groups. When this is not possible, or groups are inside, we will require face-covering.
Outdoor programming: We are an outdoor ministry. The safest place for all of us to gather during this pandemic is outside. We will look for every possible way to gather outside while still optimizing breaks from the Texas heat!
These are the core preventative measures that we plan to implement this summer. In the next several months, our Advisory panel will help flesh out these measures in more detail. Rather than waiting until everything is finalized, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our intentional planning process. Stay tuned for more information to come.
We are so grateful that you trust us to be part of your child’s faith formation.
What happens if my camper should need Emergency Medical Treatment?
Should your camper need to visit a doctor’s office or hospital while attending camp, we will make sure they receive the proper treatment and notify you immediately. Any co-payments incurred during their stay will be billed to you.
What if my camper takes medication?
We have a trained Health Care Manager onsite 24 hours a day to take care of any medical needs your child may have. All medications will be turned into our Health Care Manager at registration. Please leave all medication in its original container and put it in a zip-lock bag with your camper’s name on it. The Health Care Manager will distribute medication when needed, per your instructions, to your camper. We have a fully stocked Health Center with routine over-the-counter medications.
Can I pick my camper up during the week for other activities?
We discourage parents from taking campers away from camp programs during the week. Campers miss fun activities and their absence affects the quality of camp for them, their friends, and cabin mates. All visitors MUST check-in at the camp office.
- How do I view pictures of camp during the week?
- How can I prevent home sickness?
How can I communicate with my camper at camp?
There are three ways you can keep in touch with your camper.
2) You can send mail during the week to: Camper Name, Lutherhill, PO Box 99, La Grange, TX 78945 Mail will be held for 24 hours before distribution. We recommend ensuring mail arrives by Wednesday so your camper gets it in time.
Please note: We will not collect mail at registration this year.
What is BUNK1?
Lutherhill’s online mail and photo application! With Bunk 1, you can view photos online for free and buy credits to send emails to
your camper. Here’s how to get setup:
Click here to go to Bunk1!
Click “Register Now”.
Enter the pre-approved Passcode that you will receive in your camper packet before camp.
Once registered, sign in and click on Photo Gallery, Image Folder.
When will campers receive mail?
We will print emails from Bunk1 Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and the campers will receive the message at lunch that day.You will only receive a Reply from your child once he/she writes the note on the Bunk Reply stationary and turns it in to the camp office. Some campers will not write a response immediately and some may not write at all. Please be patient. Bunk1 offers an option to purchase Bunk Reply stationary once you register.
Where will the offering from closing worship go this summer?
For Summer 2020, our offering will be shared with Upbring Krause Children’s Center in Katy, Texas. Krause is a residential program for girls who have experienced abuse and neglect. Your gifts will fund spiritual care activities. You may drop-off offering during registration or look for ways to give remotely throughout the week!
How can my camper purchase items at the camp store?
Campers have the chance to visit the camp store during the week. Items range in price from $2 for stickers, $15 for shirts and up to $30 for select items. Items from our canteen (sodas, candy and snacks) are included in your registration fee, no need to send extra money for this! This year, all camp store money will be submitted online through our registration system. You may do this anytime before 10am on the Monday of your camper’s week. We will not collect cash during Sunday registration or mid-week.
You may also use our online storefront to pre-order items to be picked-up on Sunday or delivered to your camper during the week. The store will not be open on Friday during pick-up.
What will happen to my deposit/registration if Summer Camp 2021 is unable to happen?
Lutherhill Ministries offers Worry-Free Registration! We have learned a lot from the pandemic and we are using the best practices to plan for the future. If Lutherhill Leadership determines that summer camp poses a health risk to our camper families and staff and opts to cancel, you will be eligible for a full refund including your initial $100 deposit.