Camp Prep #1: Transportation
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During the Passover Seder, we recount the exodus from Egypt and our 40 year journey through the desert. Unless you like long, hot walks, what could be more important than reliable transportation?
And with that, we begin Chapter 1…
Getting to Camp – Camper Drop Off
- On Opening Day each session, we get hundreds of campers checked in, checked for lice and temperature, settled in bunks, and introduced to their counselors and bunkmates in just a few hours time. For Summer 2021, we will also be administering COVID-19 rapid tests upon arrival and will require a negative test result. For more information about what to do before you arrive, please read our article about pre-camp behavior and testing.
- ALL CAMPERS MUST BE DROPPED OFF BY CAR AT THE START OF EACH SESSION FOR SUMMER 2021. The adult who brings each camper to camp is responsible for them until they pass our health screening and are cleared to enter their bunk.
- Dropping your child off at camp will be literally that. Parents will not be allowed to exit the car as this starts the process of our “contained camp community.” We are not able to offer buses on opening day of camp due to the risk of an infected camper spreading COVID-19 to others while they are in close proximity on the bus. We will be staggering drop off throughout the day from 9:30am - 2:00pm. You will receive an email with your assigned time closer to the start of camp.
- Campers Flying to Camp: We are not able to offer a bus or any airport pickup this year. We expect a responsible adult to drop campers off at camp. A parent does not need to be the person dropping the camper off, but please be aware that that adult is responsible for the camper until they pass our health screening.
- If a journey is half the fun (desert exodus aside), it’s fair to say that the camp experience actually continues on the bus. On closing day we will send every child home on a bus (with the exception of our Nitzanim (11-day) campers who will be picked up when their program ends mid-session). Buses will drop off in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and the Austin airport for those campers flying home. Bus transportation will be included at no extra cost to you. Based on the advice we have received from our medical committee, we feel that it is the safest option for our campers to bus home as they will have been in our contained camp community for three and a half weeks, so the risk of COVID-19 transmission is low.
- Bus times for closing day (Session One: July 7th, 2021, Session Two: August 4th, 2021):
- To Houston - arriving at 12:30pm to Congregation Beth Israel
- To Dallas - arriving at 1pm to Preston & Frankford (NE Corner)
- To San Antonio - arriving at 11am to Barshop Jewish Community Center
- To Austin - arriving at 10:30am to Jewish Community Center of Austin
- Those campers flying home should schedule flights from Austin International Airport between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. For second session, we do have flights selected with chaperones to LAX and MIA. Please DO NOT book a flight outside of these times without approval from the camp office.
- See our Knowledge Base for detailed travel information regarding bus arrival times and places as well as flight information to Los Angeles and Miami.
Other important travel notes
- Please make sure that you complete your transportation form and you can update it up to a week prior to the start of the session, if anything changes. You can find your transportation form along with the rest of the forms in your CampInTouch account.
For campers who cry on Closing Day, we will provide unlimited toilet paper (provided they register for Summer 2022).
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask: email@example.com or 713-723-8354. You can also search our Knowledge Base to learn more about not only transportation, but everything else you need to know to get ready for camp.
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