Why are you requiring vaccinations?
Why are you requiring vaccinations and a negative test result for LLFC?
Vaccinations don’t just protect us individually—they help us protect each other. New COVID-19 variants like Delta are extremely contagious, and the vaccine is our principal tool in the fight to limit the spread of the disease and return to normal.
What about family members who cannot be vaccinated, either due to their age or medical concerns?
Vaccinated persons can still carry and transmit COVID-19. In order to gather people safely, we are using every tool we have to ensure a safe experience.
Note that at LLFC, around half of our guests are under 12 and unable to obtain the vaccine. So vaccines + negative tests help us ensure the safest possible environment for our young guests.
What if I’ve only had one shot of a two-dose vaccine?
For children ages 2–11, we only require a negative COVID-19 test. For children under 2, we do not require tests at this time. We’ve consulted with family doctors and infectious disease specialists to produce this guideline.
If you are unable to receive the vaccine for medical reasons, due to the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, and due to the fact that Family Camp retreats are not socially distant, we do not believe we can provide a safe camp experience for you at this time. We will adjust this protocol as we’re able given changing conditions and updated guidance from the CDC and Texas Health and Human Services.
How much time has to pass after my vaccination shot in order for me to be cleared to come to camp?
You are considered partially vaccinated, and you can still come. According to preliminary studies by the National Institutes of Health, antibody levels are relatively high after the first dose.
CDC guidelines do stipulate that everyone should receive both doses of a two-dose vaccine. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about ensuring peak immunity against COVID-19.
When do I need to get tested?
In general, people are considered vaccinated 14 days after their second dose for two-shot vaccines, or 14 days after a one-shot vaccine. Since we accept partial vaccination status, we ask that your shot date be at least 14 days prior to the start of camp.
Where do I find tests?
All guests are required to have COVID-19 testing administered no earlier than the Tuesday prior to your Friday arrival at LLFC. Please email your test results to firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE you leave for camp.
What kind of test do I need to get?
The DSHS website lists all the available COVID-19 test sites in Texas that offer testing, including sites that offer testing at no cost. You can also search the internet for free testing services near your home or place of work, which are offered for free by many pharmacies. You may also find affordable over-the-counter tests in local markets.
Do my kids also need to be tested?
Please take either a PCR test or antigen test.
Do I need to get tested if I have already had COVID-19?
Children ages 2 and up are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to attending LLFC.
If we are vaccinated and have tested negative, why do we need to wear masks indoors?
All guests, even those that previously contracted the COVID-19 virus, should present a negative COVID-19 test result prior to attending LLFC.
Where does the H. E. Butt Foundation get its information about COVID-19?
We are following the CDC’s revised guidelines. Variants of COVID-19 are proving to be more transmissive—they spread further and faster. While we’re not gathered indoors very often at Family Camp, when we do—during meals, crafts, and visits to the Welcome House—we are masking up as an extra precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
Have you had any COVID-19 outbreaks in the Canyon?
We carefully monitor the latest updates from the Center for Disease Control and Texas Health and Human Services.
What are your COVID-19 requirements for your staff?
We did have some positive test results this summer. Each time we followed our protocols. In late July, we closed a youth camp session early when we reached our threshold of five people in a campsite who had tested positive. Subsequent contact tracing and testing led us to cancel the following session as well.
How clean are your facilities?
Our full-time Family Camp staff is vaccinated, and each staff member will be tested before a camp weekend. They wear masks indoors and practice careful handwashing and sanitation.
Weekend staff and any contractors must also provide proof of vaccination and a negative test before working a weekend retreat.
How do you deep clean?
We have an in-house professional housekeeping team, and they have reviewed their cleaning processes and products against recommendations from the CDC.
What if we choose not to participate in these protocols and need to cancel our retreat registration?
Food preparation areas and common areas are cleaned with disinfectant each week in addition to our regular commercial cleaning processes throughout camps and retreats. Private spaces (casitas and inn rooms) are cleaned and disinfected between camps and retreats.
If you choose to cancel your LLFC retreat registration, you will receive a full refund of registration costs.