COTH Programs & Ministries Overview
We offer 8 sessions of week-long faith-based summer camps for youth ages 8-18. We also offer four 2-week discipleship & service camps (Poiema) for youth ages 15-18 that are interested in being counselor assistants. If you want more info on Summer click on camper registration, summer staff positions, volunteer opportunities, or poiema.
During the school year, we work directly with teachers and schools to offer field trips that nurture students’ relationship with nature and weave academic content into outdoor activities. Programming is available for half-day, full-day, overnight, and week-long trips for PreK-12th grade. Click our Outdoor Education tab above to check out our website.
This program consists of 9 months of work training, life skills, and spiritual development for young adults ages 18+. College students in a variety of majors needing credit or internship hours are encouraged to meet one-on-one with staff to formulate a plan that will align this experience with their school’s requirements. It’s a great opportunity to build work experience and mature in ones’ relationship with God and others. Click the tab above to apply now.
Our cabins, cottages, kitchens, meeting rooms, and grounds are available for hosting events and retreats throughout the year such as business meetings, staff development, church retreats, family reunions, etc. Renting our facilities during the off-season helps make summer camps and field trips more accessible to those coming from low-income communities. For more info on how to partner with us, click the tab above.
To love well, to pursue excellence, to partner with our community, & to live out God’s goodness here at camp. Watch the video below to learn more.
Camp of the Hills is a ministry dedicated to showing God’s love to our campers and making our camp experiences accessible and supportive of the needs of youth from low-income and vulnerable communities from all across Texas.
Our staff is specially trained to engage with a broad spectrum of social, emotional, & behavioral development needs so that campers from vulnerable backgrounds can receive the support they need to experience the best week of camp possible.
Our activities engage youth in adventures that help them explore the outdoors, leadership, team work, relationship building, self reflection, spiritual development, and belonging.
COVID-19 & COTH: Frequently Asked Questions
What programs can COTH offer / operate given the current restrictions?
We are able to run and operate all of our programs with various modifications according to your group size and group dynamic. We are still able to do School Field Trips & Retreats, Day Camps, Overnight Camps, After School Programs & Clubs, and Volunteer Service Projects.
What are the health codes & recommendations that COTH follows?
What are the state recommendations that guests should follow?
Families and their campers, whether for resident/overnight camps or day camps, are subject to the recommended minimum standard health protocols as outlined by Texas Department for State Health Services for Overnight Youth Camp Families. Follow these links for more information. These protocols are set and updated based on guidance from the CDC and/or the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What are the group sizes that COTH can safely accommodate?
Anyhere from small groups of 10 people up to large groups of 178 max. Everything depends upon the facilities you wish to use and the scheduling dynamics you can choose from when designing your event.
How do you accommodate sleeping arrangements?
General Changes due to COVID:
- All guests should sleep in “head-to-toe” arrangements in their bunks.
- Capacity of each facility will be determined on a case-by-case basis given the pre-existing relationships amongst the guests being housed (family units & pre-existing cohorts vs. acquaintances &/or strangers, etc.)
50% capacity option:
- 50% capacity means 1 person per bunk bed rather than 2, and you have sole use of both the top & bottom of each bunk.
- Maximum capacity for this option is 89 people total in your group; possibly fewer if needing to split into family units.
- Tent-camping sites and RV sites are also available which could increase your group size.
50-100% capacity option:
- 100% capacity means up to 2 people per bunk bed unit. All guests MUST sleep in head-to-toe arrangements in their cabins.
- Maximum capacity given this option is 178 people total in your group; fewer if wanting to split into family units.
- Tent-camping sites and RV sites are also available which could increase your group size or minimize the number of people you have staying in each cabin.
How do you accommodate eating arrangements?
- Staggered Meal Times: Depending upon the number of guests and the schedule created by your group coordinators, we can schedule for staggered meal times to minimize the number of people in the Dining Hall at one time.
- Various Dining Areas: We have an indoor Dining Hall, covered wrap-around porches, and outdoor picnic areas with tables and blankets under the trees that provide a variety of options for your group.
- Meal Service: COTH provides food service if you desire or allows you to bring your own team for a Kitchen Crew. It is recommended that food be plated by masked & gloved workers/volunteers and guests must be masked & stay at least 3 feet away from the counter while choosing their food. Once seated, guests can remove their masks to eat and drink.
How do you accommodate activities?
- Guests are split up into a number of small-groups to rotate through the different activities chosen.
- All equipment/materials are sanitized before and after each group uses them.
- Hand sanitizer/hand-washing stations are available throughout camp for our guests.
- Socially distanced alternatives to traditional activities and ample activity choices give coordinators the flexibility to customize their trip to fit the needs and preferences of their group.
What preparations should guests take into account before arrival?
- Minimize your exposure in the days leading up to your trip in order to decrease the possibility of having to quarantine unexpectedly due to a possible Covid exposure.
- Track symptoms and err on the side of caution if any new or abnormal symptoms occur in the 10 days leading up to their trip.
- Fill out a Covid Symptom & Contact Questionnaire and Waiver truthfully and accurately to the best of your ability.
- Some private rentals may decide to require either a negative test from within 3 days prior to arrival or a vaccination record.