COVID-19 & COTH: Frequently Asked Questions

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.  

COTH is subject to the recommended health protocols as outlined by Texas Department for State Health Services for Overnight Youth Camp Operators. 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. 

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. 

  • Day-Trips: Small groups of 10 minimum and large groups of 200 maximum.
  • Overnight Trips: Small groups of 10 minimum and large groups of 178 maximum.

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. 
  • 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. Either way, we cannot allow “self-serve” style meals where guests have access to the buffet line; instead, food is to 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.

The following COVID-19 precautions have been created in accordance with MFISD & Marble Falls Middle School guidelines. Camp of the Hills has successfully implemented these precautions since the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester and will continue to implement these precautions until further notice:

  • Small group numbers will be maintained to allow for adequate social distancing given the activity space available.
  • For the Club House and Garden, Arts & Crafts, Archery, & Mindfulness Clubs, many of the activities will take place outdoors with the exception of snack / sign-in time and dismissal time from the Library.
  • Students and staff are required to wear masks:
  • While indoors (with the exception of sitting socially distanced to eat or drink)
  • While outdoors when a distance of 4-6 feet is not able to be maintained.
  • All materials and surfaces are to be disinfected after use.
  • Handwashing stations and hand-sanitizer are available for use and encouraged during each program as needed.

COTH Programs & Ministries Overview

Outdoor Education

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.

Immerse Internships

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.

After-school Program

This program is in partnership with Marble Falls Middle School for students in 6th, 7th, & 8th grades. It extends the care available for students until 6 pm. It focuses on building relationships through fun activities like games, team building, arts and crafts, and assures that kids have a positive and encouraging environment to go to until someone is able to pick them up. Click the tab above to register.

Rentals & Retreats

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.

OUR PURPOSE

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.

OPPORTUNITY

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.

LIFE SKILLS

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. 

ENGAGING EXPERIENCES

Our activities engage youth in adventures that help them explore the outdoors, leadership, team work, relationship building, self reflection, spiritual development, and belonging.