Welcome to our FAQ page!

 

Here you will find all of our frequently asked questions. Don’t see an answer to one of your questions? Feel free to contact us by clicking the “Contact” page on the left side. (Last updated: Summer 2021)

  • Will there be field trips this summer?

    • There will not be any field trips this summer. We are hoping to bring field trips back next year, depending on how things are with the pandemic.

  • Will Middle School be taking field trips this summer?

    • The Middle School group will not be taking any field trips this summer.

  • I am aware that each session is two weeks long, but is there any way my camper can participate just in the second half? They will be at another camp the first half of the session.

    • The reason behind having two week long sessions is because if there were to be a COVID-19 outbreak at camp, the city’s Health Department will have an easier time to do their contact tracing. Last summer, we implemented the same policy and did not have a COVID-19 outbreaks.

    What does my child need to bring daily?

    • Every campers needs to bring a backpack, a filled water bottle/container, sunscreen, lunch, and a towel/swimsuit (if they are participating in swimming).

  • Why can’t I pack my camper a lunch that may contain nut products?

    • Our church is a nut-free facility, not just our After-School Care and Summer Camp program. Some of our campers are severely allergic to nut products so we want to make sure that everyone is safe and do not have to worry about having an allergic reaction while at camp.

  • What happens if I accidently send my camper with a nut product?

    • They will be asked to not open or eat the nut product. The nut product will need to be placed inside their backpack until they are picked up at the end of the day.

  • It’s my camper’s birthday, can I send them with cookies/cupcakes?

    • All food products that will be shared with a group will need to be approved by ALL administrators beforehand. If you insist on bringing cookies/cupcakes, they need to have the “NUT FREE” label. What most families opt to bring are fruit popsicles. We do have fridge where they can be stored until they are passed out.

  • I forgot to give my camper their lunch! Can I can drop it off?

    • Yes. You are more than welcome to come drop it off but please stay in your vehicle. One of our staff members will come down and get it. All you have to do is call our office at 713-402-5075.

  • What are all of the activities that you all will be doing this summer?

    • This summer, will be doing the following activities: Arts & Crafts, Music & Drama, Swimming, Games in Room, Field games, Gym-style games, Tae Kwon Do, Hip-Hop, Power Yoga, Team Sports, Talent Show, and Minute to Win It.

  • Is it safe to have swimming this summer due to COVID-19?

    • We have been planning how to safely have campers swim at our on-campus pool. According to the CDC website, there has been no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is transmittable in pools, hot tubs, water playgrounds,  or other treated aquatic venues. With that said, we will be having structured pool time where only a certain a number campers will be allowed to be in the pool. We will rotate so all the campers can in the pool.

  • If I do not feel comfortable having my camper participate in swimming, do they have to?

    • Campers are not required to participate in swimming. During registration, you should have had the option to have your camper opt out of swimming. Those that are not swimming, will be doing another activity with their counselor.

  • I chose to allow my camper to participate in swimming, but I changed my mind.

    • If at any point you decide not to have your camper participate in swimming, please send an e-mail to jlozano@stlukesmethodist.org. We will then notify you camper’s counselors about this change.

  • Will there be certified Lifeguards at the pool?

    • There will be at least one certified Lifeguard, that is also CPR/First Aid certified, at the pool for every group.

  • My child is not a very strong swimmer but I would like for them to be in the pool.

    • At the beginning of every session, before swimming, the Lifeguards will perform a swimming test to see how strong a swimmer each camper is. Campers will be then categorized from amateurs to Phelps-level swimmers. Campers that are amateur-level swimmers, will need to stay in the shallow end of the pool.

  • My child’s friend will also be attending camp, can they be in the same group?

    • As long as the friend is in the same age group or attending the same grade in the fall, they will be in same group.

  • It’s my first grader’s first time being at camp, can they be in the same group as their older sibling?

    • Groups are created based on the grade that the campers will be attending in the fall (i.e. if they are going into the first grade in the fall, they will be in Group 1). Due to this, all campers must stay with their grade-level.

  • I changed plans regarding this summer, can I still receive a full refund?

    • The last to day to drop and receive a full refund (except registration fee) is May 28, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

  • My camper is sick and will not be able to attend the first week of camp, can I get a partial refund?

    • Refunds are only given in a situation where we have to close camp as a whole or a single group due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

  • I know it’s mid-summer and I signed up my child for the whole summer but COVID-19 cases are rising and I do not feel comfortable sending my camper to camp.

    • While we understand your concerns, there is a risk to be considered beforehand whilst deciding to send your child to a summer camp. It is a risk that all of us, including our staff, do take every day. Due to this, we will not refund for this reason.

  • I felt uncomfortable sending my camper to camp last summer and did not pay the rest of our tuition. However, I would like to try again this year. Can I still sign-up?

    • In this scenario, you will only be allowed to sign-up for the current year ONLY after paying last year’s tuition. Otherwise, you will have a remaining balance and not be able to attend.

  • I have to pickup my camper early due to them having a dentist appointment. 

    • You are more than welcome to do this. Just call the office (713-402-5075) and will bring your camper to your vehicle. If you would like to drop them off after their appointment, please call us as well and will get them from your vehicle.

  • I am dropping off my camper late because of eye doctor appointment.

    • You are more than welcome to do this. Just call the office (713-402-5075) and will come and get them from your vehicle.

  • My child needs tutoring during the summer. Can they have a place reserve so they can work on academics? It’s only twice a week for an hour.

    • Due to the pandemic, we will not be allowing any outside vendors/tutors inside the building. Only staff and campers are allowed inside the building.

  • How does my camper qualify to be a CIT?

    • They must have at least attended camp for two summers, be going into 9th grade in the fall, and be recommended by their counselors. After that, we will send out CIT invitations to those that qualify, with further instructions.

  • What is St Luke’s doing in regards to COVID-19?

    • We are taking every precaution to keep all campers, families, and staff safe. This includes, hand-sanitizers in every room, specific route times to avoid cross-contamination, assigned bathrooms for every group, bathrooms cleaned every 30 minutes, teacher cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and nightly deep cleaning and fogging with EPA approved disinfectant. The maintenance team at St. Luke’s have also now upgraded our HVAC system with a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization technology that studies have shown a 99.4% reduction rate on a COVID-19 surface strain within 30 minutes. As an added precaution, we are requiring that ALL children must wear a mask while indoors. Please remember that masks can be a bandana, neck sleeve/gaiter/buff, homemade masks, or any medical mask.

  • Are St. Luke’s Summer Camp staff vaccinated?

    • Church leadership chose not to mandate that employees be vaccinated so we have not tracked employee vaccine status. Consequently, while we heavily encourage everyone to be vaccinated, we cannot assure that all employees are vaccinated. 

  • An individual tested positive for COVID-19 in my child’s group but they are vaccinated, can they still come to camp?

    • The city’s health department still recommends people that are vaccinated but have been exposed to an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19, to stay home, as they are still able to contract the virus and infect others. Remember, just because an individual is vaccinated, does not mean they are immune.

  • I just received an e-mail informing me that my child’s group has closed for the following session due to an individual testing positive in the group for COVID-19. If my child was not present during this past session, can they still attend? They were not exposed to the individual as they were not at camp yet.

    • If your child’s group has to be close due to an individual testing positive to COVID-19 but they were not here, they will not be able to attend as the counselors of their assigned group will not be at camp as they have been asked to stay at home as well.

  • I just received an e-mail informing me that my child’s group has closed for the following session due to an individual testing positive in the group for COVID-19. This is super last minute and I do not have anybody to take care of my child for the next two weeks.

    • If this does occur, we do apologize for any inconvenience. However, here at St. Luke’s Summer Camp, one of our main priorities will always be to keep everyone safe, even if it’s just a precaution. As such, we would advise to have a back-up plan. It is unfortunate but we are still living in a COVID world. What we can do, is refer you to another camp to could potentially have spaces available.

  • If there is an exposure to COVID-19, will everyone need to test negative to return to camp?

    • Unless these individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, as long as they are not showing symptoms, they do not need to take a COVID test to return to camp. In any case, we will monitor every one.

  • I just received an e-mail informing me that my child’s group has closed for the following session due to an individual testing positive in the group for COVID-19. I am going to keep her sister, who is also a camper, home. Can I receive a refund for her tuition as well?

    • Refunds are only issued if a group or camp has to close. If the sister’s group has not closed, then we will not be issuing refunds.

  • The governor has lifted the mask requirements, does my camper still have to wear theirs?

    • At St. Luke’s After-School Care and Summer Camp, we have always strived to offer a safe and fun place where children of all backgrounds and ages can come together. When the pandemic hit, our first priority was to keep everyone as safe as possible and as such, we implemented our COVID-19 policies. Due to these actions, we were able to successfully run a summer camp without any COVID-19 outbreaks. Based on this, we will be continuing with our COVID-19 policies, which includes requiring all campers and staff to wear a mask until further notice, or until health professionals in the Texas Medical Center advise us that it is safe to gather without masks or social distancing.