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Packing List

  • Pajamas (1 or 2 sets)
  • 8 Pair underwear
  • 6 pair of socks
  • 6 short sleeve shirts – (No Spaghetti Straps and Tank Tops must be 2 fingers wide)
  • 6 pair shorts
  • 1 or 2 one-piece swimsuit(s)
  • 1 Laundry bag with name clearly marked on the outside
  • 2 pair of jeans
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 1 nice outfit (girls)
  • 1 brimmed hat (baseball or tennis cap)
  • Camouflage Items (for Mission Impossible!)
  • 2 pair of tennis shoes (one for daily use & one grubby pair that can get dirty and wet)
  • Sport Sandals (with back strap) or water booties for water front activities
  • Flip Flops – for showering in cabin only
  • 1 Set twin sheets. (If your child is a bed wetter, send an extra set of similar sheets)
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • 2 Bath Towels
  • 2 Washcloths
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap & Shampoo
  • 1 or 2 Beach towels
  • Sun block – Write camper’s name on bottle; look for a brand designed for children
  • Hairbrush
  • Bible (Old and New Testament) 
  • Water bottle

These items are not always needed but nice to have when the weather gets nasty:

  • 1 sweat shirt or jacket
  • Poncho or umbrella
  • Extra set(s) of clothes

Don’t forget your camper’s medication. All meds, prescription and over-the-counter, MUST be in the original container.

Optional Items:

  • Stationary and pens, pencils, stamps
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Small Fan
  • Bug spray
  • Flashlight – Send a cheap one if possible
  • Backpack 

What to Leave Behind:

Cell phones, iPods & mp3 players, Game Boys or other electronic devices! THIS APPLIES TO ALL AGES. Please do not bring any valuable jewelry. Also, NO NEED FOR CASH AT CAMP. No tobacco or alcohol products, guns, knives, or anything expensive! Please leave snacks at home.

Notes to Parents

Pack all camper items in ONE large duffle, plastic tub, footlocker, or trunk. Please mark all clothing items with your child’s full first and last name and counsel them about being careful not to lose his/her clothing during their week at camp. Usually problems of this nature arise when the child is getting ready to leave camp. Camp Peniel does not take responsibility for recovering lost or misplaced items of clothing. Your child’s clothing items are his/her responsibility. We will place a lost and found articles table near the office. Please check it before leaving on Saturday.

New clothing or camping items are greatly discouraged. Only pack items that will not cause undue stress if torn, stained, broken or misplaced!

CANCELLATION POLICY: Effective September 2018

CANCELLATIONS ARE REQUIRED IN WRITING – NO PHONE CALLS TO CANCEL CAMPER TUITION

Deposit is Non-Refundable

Paid term fees are partially refundable according to the following cancellation policy:

85% refundable if canceled on or before 60 days prior to term start date.

50% refundable if canceled between 59-30 days prior to term start date.

25% refundable if canceled between 29-15 days prior to term start date.

No refund for cancellation 14 or less day’s prior term start date.

Day Camp Packing List

  • Closed toed-shoes
  • Flip-flops
  • Swimsuit (one-piece)
  • Beach towel
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen 
  • Backpack to pack everything into
  • Lunch 
  • Water bottle

Notes to Parents: 

New clothing or camping items are greatly discouraged. Only pack items that will not cause undue stress if torn, stained, broken or misplaced. Please write your child’s name on their items. Water/Gatorade will be provided by camp. Sometimes it also nice to have a extra set of clothes packed in case the weather gets nasty. 

For the Expedition Campers (older day-campers):

In addition to the above items, for their one-night sleepover your camper needs a sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, PJ’s, and Friday’s lunch

Camp Peniel  

COVID-19 Protocols  

The health and safety of our campers is our top priority. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we think it is  important that you understand our efforts to manage your camper’s health and safety so that you can make  an informed choice. We continue to be focused on taking all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of  COVID-19 at Camp Peniel this summer and are encouraged by the many improvements we consistently see  among young people and adults. In lieu of these continuing significant improvements, camp will not be  requiring campers to wear masks while they are at camp unless they present with symptoms. A camper is  welcome to wear a mask anytime if they would prefer. 

Our strengthened cleaning procedures remain in place. These procedures include: Adding increased  frequency measures for things such as wiping down common touch points, dining hall areas, and activity  equipment. Additionally, we have taken measures to monitor and address symptomatic campers by  introducing a pre-camp health screener, daily temperature checks, and protocols to isolate, confirm,  respond, and remove any camper or staff with suspected COVID-19. You can view the complete list of  measures we’re taking by scrolling down this page.  

Camp Peniel will adapt & adjust our protocols & procedures as we follow the guidance provided by the CDC  and local health department, in our efforts to help keep our campers, staff, and families safe. Information in  these protocols may be added to, retracted from, or revised if/when new information is shared.  

Ultimately, the choice for your child to attend summer camp at Camp Peniel is a personal one. If you are  uncomfortable with the risks of COVID-19 in a summer camp setting or having your child interact with our  staff and other campers, please contact us at camp as we may have other options available to you. If you  have questions re: the health of your camper and/or the protocols listed below please feel free to contact our  Health Services Manager.  

In response, we’ve identified several commitments for the health and safety of your child we’ll make this  summer at Camp Peniel.  

  1. Prayer  

Camp Peniel employs numerous layers of systems and protocols to ensure that our facilities, staff, and  campers stay safe, clean, and healthy. However, the most important thing we do as a ministry is spend  countless hours praying in advance for every camper and staff who crosses our cattle guard. Our prayer is  that they experience an unforgettable summer of friendships, fun, and growing in their relationship with the  Lord in a healthy and safe environment.  

  1. It’s a Team Effort!  

Camp Peniel is blessed to partner with an incredible medical team. This team works tirelessly to monitor and  support camper health in our 24/7 Health Center. Additionally, our Camp Physician, Health Services  Manager, and Medical Advisory Team informs and reviews our health protocols to help ensure we’re  providing the best possible care for our campers and staff.  

  1. Consistent Hand Sanitation  

At Camp Peniel, we make high-percentage alcohol-based hand sanitizer available in every camper cabin and  throughout camp. Additionally, our staff are trained to encourage every camper to use hand sanitizer each  time they enter and exit a building. This simple system keeps campers and staff hands sanitized throughout  the day. ALL campers and staff will wash their hands prior to meals as well as use hand sanitizer. 

  1. Keeping Separate 

Camp’s health center has isolation facilities for use in the unfortunate event that one or more campers  contract an illness that might spread. Our health center team employs specific quarantine protocols at each  of our overnight camps to ensure that illnesses are caught and contained quickly.  

  1. Let’s Keep it Clean 

Every cabin at Camp Peniel is rigorously cleaned daily by campers and staff according to our disinfectant  protocol. This process is something we intentionally train our staff on, and one we oversee with daily  checklists and accountability. Bathrooms are sanitized, floors are mopped, and surfaces disinfected.  Additionally, each term change means we take the opportunity to perform a deep and intensive cabin  sanitizing protocol.  

  1. Staff & Camper Training 

While camp will not require campers to wear masks, every camper and staff member at Peniel is trained to  keep their hands clean. For campers, we specifically cover good hygiene – including proper handwashing –  during camper orientation on the first day of their term. Additionally, our staff is trained on Peniel’s policies  and standards for ensuring campers are taking advantage of the handwashing stations and hand sanitizer.  

  1. Let’s Check the Temp 

At camp we utilize infrared thermometers to scan every incoming camper for fever. If a camper is found to  have an elevated temperature, they are sensitively and lovingly guided to our 24/7 health center for further  evaluation away from other campers and staff.  

  1. Health Center 

Our 24/7 health center is staffed by tremendous Registered Nurses & Health Center helpers. These medical  teams are consistently monitoring the health of our campers and act quickly to identify, contain, and treat  any issues or illnesses that may appear.  

  1. Partnering with Parents 

We know that you want the best for your child, and we want them to have the best experience possible at  Peniel. We encourage parents to help us by having their camper(s) do their best to quarantine for 7 days prior to  their arrival at camp. Additionally, parents will be asked to answer a screening questionnaire and inform us of  any exposure that might be relevant. That’s why any parent whose child has had a fever or illness within 72  hours of their term, is asked to contact our Health Services Manager to evaluate the best options for  everyone’s health and safety. If your camper is unable to attend camp due to COVID, please contact us regarding our cancelation options.  

  1. Lowering Health Risk 

ALL participants – campers and staff – will monitor their health prior to their arrival at Camp Peniel. We’ll be  partnering with families and staff to identify anyone who has had relevant exposure, symptoms, or elevated  temperature. We will not be allowing anyone into camp who is identified as posing a health risk to our  campers and staff.  

  1. Limiting Exposure  

We will be severely limiting access of non-program participants onto our properties such as our families,  visitors, and vendors. 

  1. Daily Checks  

Staff will keep campers safe by adhering to many protocols including enhanced sanitation, daily temperature  checks and more. Beyond daily staff and camper temperature checks, our summer staff will consistently  monitor campers and frequently ask the question “How are you feeling?” Of course, this is Camp Peniel, so  we will make it fun and friendly, but focused on health and safety!  

  1. No “Shared” Items  

Procedures are in place to encourage campers from handling shared items. Our staff will distribute mealtime items so  that campers are encouraged not handle each other’s plates, utensils, etc. Each camper and staff member will use  their own water bottle each day.  

  1. Spread It Out  

Throughout our program, including mealtimes, activities, and events, we are encouraging our campers and  staff to ‘Spread it Out’ and follow good social distancing guidelines.  

  1. Be Outside  

Fresh air, sunshine, humidity, and heat are all things that we have plenty of here in the Hill Country. We  believe that kids in the outdoors can stay healthier and happier.  

  1. Testing  

While strongly encouraging our staff to receive one of the COVID vaccines, camp has secured COVID-19  testing supplies. Each week, before serving in a cabin, counselors will have either received the vaccine or  tested negative for COVID-19. We will be communicating with parents prior to testing any campers who  present with suspected COVID-19 symptoms.  

  1. Rapid Response 

In the event that an illness – including COVID-19 – presents at Camp Peniel, our protocol is structured to Isolate,  Confirm, Respond, and Remove the impacted camper. Isolate campers who present possible symptoms and/or test  negative per protocols and test a 2nd time prior to returning to their cabin. If a camper tests positive for COVID-19  he/she will be sent home for quarantine. Of course, we will be communicating closely with the camper’s family from  the beginning and handle any case with Peniel love and care.  

  1. Security 

Camp Peniel has a closed, coded front gate which limits any outside visitors throughout the summer.  

  1. Modified Drop-Off/Pick-Up Procedures  

Check-in & drop-off times will be staggered by last names. A counselor(s) will meet the parent(s)/camper in  the cabin parking lot. Closing ceremonies will occur for campers/staff only, prior to parents arriving. We will  be sending these detailed procedures 2 weeks prior to your camper(s) week of camp.  

  1. Activity Enhancements 

Each activity will be subject to additional sanitation and hygiene protocols.  

  1. Resting Well and Healthy 

Rested campers are healthy campers, so we’re revising our programs to spread out activities and allow  campers and staff to rest and recharge. While they are resting, campers and staff bunks are being configured  for Head to Toe arrangements to provide additional distancing. 

  1. Partnering with our Summer Staff  

We are strongly encouraging our summer staff to receive one of the COVID vaccines. Our summer staff will  also be provided additional guidelines and expectations to help them reduce their COVID-19 exposure.  

For more information you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and  

Prevention webpages: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools childcare/summer-camps.html#anchor_1589933279516  

The primary guidance of the CDC continues to revolve around following best practices:  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  
  • Stay home when you are sick.  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched objects & surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the  bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.