Concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As the coronavirus sweeps through our nation, all of us at Iron Horse Country Ranch know that anxiety, frustration and uncertainty must be plaguing our camp families. We understand. We too are working hard to manage the daily flow of information about COVID-19 and are keeping tabs on what our President, the CDC, Texas Governor’s Office, Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), Burnet County and the American Camps Association (ACA) are putting out in the way of orders and guidance for our Summer 2020 camp season.
We have created this page as a “go to” place for updates on what we are doing about camp this summer. As you know, things change by the day with this virus.
Update August 25, 2020 – Summer Camp 2020 was COVID-free at Iron Horse
We followed all recommended and mandated health and safety protocols throughout our 9 weeks of summer camp, for both day and overnight weeks. We are pleased to report that our camp had no cases of COVID-19 to report, no campers or staff becoming ill in any way, let alone with the coronavirus. We had a total of just under 300 campers and staff.
Fall Weekend Riding – suspended at this time.
With school getting started and concerns that the coronavirus might peak again along with the regular flu virus, Iron Horse is holding off on putting out a schedule for fall ride weekends. We may decide to do so in the future and we will notify through email and on this website on the Home Page.
Update June 1 – Governor Abbott Opens Camps effective May 31st
Texas youth summer camps officially got the “go ahead” to have camps beginning May 31st, both Day and Overnight. The Governor’s Office has published health standards for both and links are provided below for your information.
Our sessions have finished 8 weeks now – with adjustments to our schedule and programs to ensure that the health and safety of our campers and staff continue to be the priority. We have completed most of summer sessions of camp now and it is going very well.
We have surveyed many of our families and found that none have known anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 . We are a small camp and this seems to be working well for us.
This is now a requirement to get into our camp at this time.
Also camper may not have been ill 14 days before camp session.
Diary of Temp checks is required as proof or neg COVID 19 test for Overnight camps.
Our adjustments in camp for now include:
1. Reducing the number of campers to around 24 from 48 normal rate for Day Camp sessions and around 16 from 42 for Overnight Camp sessions.
2. Moving our Overnight sessions into July and keeping June for Day Camp only.
3. Adding one extra week at the end of the season to accommodate scheduling needs.
4. Bus transportation will be provided with one camper per seat, every other seat. (Family and carpool groups may sit together)
5. Cloth face covers (bandanas) will be provided to all campers for use during transportation and as needed on the ranch. You may bring our own mask. Staff will wear the same.
6. Each week, campers will be broken up into smaller groups, assigned to one Coach for the week.
7. Meals will be done in shifts to allow for appropriate spacing in the cafe. Water will be provided with disposable water bottles vs. campers bringing their own.
8. For Overnight sessions, fewer campers allow for increased spacing between bunk beds. We have 3 separate air conditioned sleeping quarters to work with. Girls will have their own quarters as is the norm.
9. Campers will have their temperatures taken before boarding the bus every day during Day Camp sessions. Any one with a temperature of 100.4 F or above cannot be allowed to attend camp. During Overnight Weeks, temperatures will be checked several scheduled times during the day.
10. Staff will also have daily health screenings and temperature checks.
11. We will follow the Governor’s protocol for what to do if a camper or staff member shows signs of the coronavirus.
12. At Iron Horse, we already run a clean, organized camp, however we will be implementing recommended dining, cabin and program hygiene protocol plans as detailed in the links below.
Guidelines for Camp Operators
Link to Our Revised Schedule/Reservation Calendar
Camp Refund Policy under COVID-19
Our general refund policy has not changed – 30 days notice prior to camp session for a refund. If your camp week or the whole summer is cancelled due to Covid-19 virus we will make every family whole with full credit for 2021 . For campers not enrolling for 2021, we will provide refunds paid to you between June 2020 and June of 2021 .
We are excited to have our Governor’s approval to offer camp this summer. It’s been a lot of worry and work but in the end , it is way worth it ! You should see the kids in the first few camps they are so happy to be out here. Mrs. Turner and I know that if we’ve been anxious, our wonderful parents are just as stressed, if not more with children at home. Ours are grown but it hasn’t been that long ago when we were juggling it all – work, home, school, sports, church, extended family and friends. To think you all have been having to do all of that from home AND school your own kids sounds unbelievably stressful. So, we know how important coming to camp will be, for everyone!
Enjoy the days ahead – it’s getting better !
Director of Camp