Next Steps

SUMMER 2021 at CAROLINA CREEK

Thanks so much for signing your camper up for camp! We are thrilled to have your camper join us for Summer 2021, and we want to make your experience absolutely seamless. We have compiled some helpful information below that will make your seamless experience a reality!

Some things will be a little different this year. We’ll mark the important notes with a “**”

Parent Portal Guide

Your Parent Portal will house all of the important paperwork and help keep track of balance updates, medical forms and so on! There are just a few things we need to double check to ensure your camper has the BEST Carolina Creek experience ever:

  1. Go to carolinacreek.org
  2. Sign in to your existing account with your email and password
  3. On the dashboard, click, “View Itineraries”
  4. Select your itinerary and then your child’s name

 

Once you are in the Parent Portal, this is where we’ll be able to take care of any last minute details.

  1. Click on the Health Form Icon
  2. Fill out each page then press the “continue” button
  3. Complete the form with your electronic signature

Is there someone your camper wants to create lifelong memories with this week? We’ve got you covered! Follow these directions and let the memories begin!

  1. Click on the Roommate Request Icon
  2. Enter the friend’s name, their parent’s email, and watch for them to approve your request!

 

You’re all set. Now, listen, we know your kiddo is so awesome that EVERYONE wants to be in a cabin with them. Understandable. We ask that you limit the awesome factor to only a few friends (no more than 5) Why? Because being awesome is contagious and your child will want to meet others that are awesome too. 

Nervous about not having a roommate request? Don’t be. There are so many amazing people that will be in your camper’s cabin this week; they’ll make friends quick and fast!

  1. Select “Store Account”
  2. Add how much you would like to add and if you would like to donate the balance.
  3. Make sure to put $25-$50 on your camper’s account so they will have access to money to buy snacks and souvenirs at the store!
  4. **Carolina Creek has gone cash-free for campers! You may bring cash to opening day and we will put it on their store account, but no cash will be accepted from campers throughout the week.**

 

If they run out of money during the week- no problem! Use this same portal to put money into your camper’s account.

Making a payment is easy. 

  1. Click on “make a payment” and follow the prompts.

…and the crowd erupted!! You are an All-Star at this stuff. Good Job.

Now, to make it into the Hall of Fame, just remember to make all of your payments in full, one month prior to camp.

** Before Getting to Camp

  • We will be asking specific COVID-19 screening questions when you arrive at Carolina Creek before you and your camper will be allowed to check-in.   We are including a copy of those exact questions so that you will know what to expect. Some symptoms of COVID-19, or high probability of exposure, would make it unwise for your camper to attend. If this is your situation, call our registration team and we will be happy to make whatever changes are necessary.

 

  • Only one adult will be admitted to the Registration Area, and both the camper and the adult will undergo COVID-19 screening and have their temperature taken. Only if the camper passes that screening will we continue with registration, collect medications and luggage, etc.

 

  • Please take extra precautions for the 2 weeks prior to your child’s summer camp session. We ask that they limit their exposure to family/household unit, and that you are vigilant that they are not exposed to the virus so that they do not enter camp as an asymptomatic carrier.

 

  • Because this virus affects certain populations more than others, such as the elderly, those with significant underlying medical conditions, and those who are immuno-suppressed, we ask that you weigh your risk of sending your child to camp and make a decision that is best for your family.  Although we will be following the best practices this summer for keeping your children safe, we cannot eliminate all risk.  Anyone can catch the virus from an asymptomatic carrier and become an asymptomatic carrier themselves.

 

  • The American Camp Association recommends that campers should be quarantined from any vulnerable populations, such as grandparents or high-risk groups, for up to 2 weeks after they return home from camp. This is simply because they could be an asymptomatic carrier of the virus.  This will be at your own discretion, but it is recommended.

 

  • If your camper were to be diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after attending camp, we would appreciate it if you would contact us and let us know.

 

  • Out of courtesy, we would like to inform families within your camper’s cabin group to be alert to watch for symptoms.

Packing for Camp

Here are some Pro Tips as you get ready for camp:

  • Pack your child’s clothes for each day in zip-lock bags labeled with the day the child is to wear them. Include t-shirts (Themed: if necessary), shorts, and undergarments for each day. 
  • Pack all toiletries in a gallon zip lock bag so your campers are not putting wet things back into their suitcase/trunk.
  • Pack a trash bag in your child’s suitcase so that all dirty clothes and wet clothes have a place to go instead of in the suitcase/trunk.
  • Send emails through the Parent Portal. This helps with homesickness! 

 

Please leave candy and food at home. Any candy or food will be collected and returned at the end of the camp. We will have the store open where campers can purchase using their Store Account.

Creekside/Elevate Packing List

  • 2 Swim Suits (Girls: Modestly cut one piece swimsuit, Guys: Loose fitting swim trunks that secure at the waist)
  • 1 pair closed toe water shoes
  • 1 pair sturdy athletic shoes
  • ** Sturdy athletic sandals with secure heel straps are also allowed. (no flip flops except in housing units)
  • 5-6 comfortable active outfits – t-shirts/shorts/underwear/socks
  • Pajamas
  • Beach Towel
  • Bath Towel
  • 1 pair of Jeans
  • 1 sweatshirt/light jacket
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Sleeping bag or fitted twin sheet and blanket
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Backpack or shoulder bag for day use
  • Water Bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • ** Buffs, to be worn as face coverings (when needed), will be provided and laundered daily. If you prefer your camper wears an alternate face covering you are welcome to provide your own.
  • White T-shirt for evening game

W!LD – Wild Week Packing List

  • 2 Swim Suits (Girls: Modestly cut one piece swimsuit, Guys: Loose fitting swim trunks that secure at the waist)
  • 1 pair closed toe water shoes
  • 1 pair sturdy athletic shoes
  • ** Sturdy athletic sandals with secure heel straps are also allowed. (no flip flops except in housing units)
  • 5-6 comfortable active outfits – t-shirts/shorts/underwear/socks
  • Pajamas
  • Beach Towel
  • Bath Towel
  • 1 pair of Jeans
  • 1 sweatshirt/light jacket
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Sleeping bag or fitted twin sheet and blanket
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Backpack or shoulder bag for day use
  • Water Bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • ** Buffs, to be worn as face coverings (when needed), will be provided and laundered daily. If you prefer your camper wears an alternate face covering you are welcome to provide your own.

W!LD – Wild Session Packing List

  • 1 Swim Suit (Girls: Modestly cut one piece swimsuit, Guys: Loose fitting swim trunks that secure at the waist)
  • 1 pair closed toe water shoes
  • 1 pair sturdy athletic shoes
  • ** Sturdy athletic sandals with secure heel straps are also allowed. (no flip flops except in housing units)
  • 2-3 comfortable active outfits – t-shirts/shorts/underwear/socks
  • Pajamas
  • Beach Towel
  • Bath Towel
  • 1 pair of Jeans
  • 1 sweatshirt/light
  • jacket
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Sleeping bag or fitted twin sheet and blanket
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Backpack or shoulder bag for day use
  • Water Bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • ** Buffs, to be worn as face coverings (when needed), will be provided and laundered daily. If you prefer your camper wears an alternate face covering you are welcome to provide your own.

W!LD THEME & DRESS DAYS

Welcome to Youville!

A place where each citizen speaks in rhyme, where every individual is one of a kind. Where each individual is seen for who they are, no matter where they come from, near or far. A world of color, whimsy and fun, our newest citizen Lucas’s adventure has just begun. As works in the Gidget Gadget Factory, he will discover his worth is more than satisfactory. Lucas learns his identity is rooted in love, which comes in multitudes from up above. Join us for a week away, in a place you’ll forever want to stay.

W!LD SESSION

  • Mon/Thurs- ONE DAY→ In Youville everyday is a celebration, wear all of one color today as we celebrate becoming citizens of Youville!
  • Tues/Fri Evening Only- CHARACTER NIGHT → Tonight as we celebrate our time in Youville, dress up as your favorite Dr. Suess character. Grab some friends to be Thing 1 and Thing 2, wow us with your Grinch mask, or maybe dress up as Red fish or Blue fish. Show us your creativity and your favorite characters from these stories.

WEEK

  • Monday- ONE DAY→ In Youville everyday is a celebration, wear all of one color today as we celebrate becoming citizens of Youville!
  • Wednesday- BACKWARDS DAY→ In Youville everything is different. Join us in celebrating a day where everything is backwards, INCLUDING YOUR CLOTHES!
  • Friday Evening- CHARACTER NIGHT → Tonight as we celebrate our time in Youville, dress up as your favorite Dr. Suess character. Grab some friends to be Thing 1 and Thing 2, wow us with your Grinch mask, or dress up as Red fish or Blue fish. Show us your creativity and your favorite characters from these stories!

4-Day WEEK

  • Monday- ONE DAY→ In Youville everyday is a celebration, wear all of one color today as we celebrate becoming citizens of Youville!
  • Wednesday Evening- CHARACTER NIGHT → Tonight as we celebrate our time in Youville, dress up as your favorite Dr. Suess character. Grab some friends to be Thing 1 and Thing 2, wow us with your Grinch mask, or dress up as Red fish or Blue fish. Show us your creativity and your favorite characters from these stories!

CREEKSIDE THEME INFO

Welcome to Masterpiece!


Did you know you are a work of art? In fact, you are a masterpiece! In a world that pressures us to be something we are not, or to find our identity in what we do rather than who we are, together we will see that God is inviting us to know and experience who we were really created to be. Join us as we go behind the scenes at a museum where the works of art are more than what they appear. You will be amazed at what you will discover about yourself as you discover your true identity, as you discover, you are a Masterpiece.


ELEVATE PARENT INFO

We are excited about the opportunity to minister to, and with, your student this summer. This summer Elevate Campers will be exploring what it looks like to experience community through participation in various activities, recreation, and team building opportunities. Campers will experience the fun of camp while learning what it means to serve those around them. This close-knit community will allow campers to be challenged in their faith and encouraged to embrace who Christ calls them to be. Here are a few events that we want to make you aware of so that way you come to camp prepared for what camp has in store.

LAKE LIVINGSTON DAY
Community is all about having fun together! It’s about getting to experience something in a fun and exciting way! One of the ways that we are going to do this is by having an entire afternoon spent at our lakefront property on Lake Livingston! At the lake, we will have some cool opportunities for your student to spend some time out on the boats tubing, banana boating, and wakeboarding. We will also have plenty of time to do other fun things near shore like hanging out in our free swim areas, Spikeball, GaGa Ball and Can Jam to name a few. After a fun-filled afternoon, we will picnic and watch the sunset together before we call it a day.

SERVICE PROJECTS
When we talk about community it’s always enjoyable to have fun with people, you are close too, but it’s also fun to serve alongside them. Come to camp prepared to spend some time participating in various service projects. These projects will require you to have some clothes to get messy and don’t mind ruining as well as having closed toed shoes.

BANQUET NIGHT
On Friday night, we are going to be having a banquet style dinner. This is because we want to celebrate what God has done throughout the week as well as create a cool experience in which the students can just spend some special time together. Now when we say banquet, we don’t mean bring a prom dress and full suit to camp. All we are asking is that you wear an “appropriate” outfit that is just a bit more classy than athletic clothing.

** NOTE: New process and times for the safety of all

  • Creek Weeks and Elevate always begin on Sunday and end on Saturday.

  • Put this address in your GPS: 84 Wimberly Lane, Huntsville, Texas (While we are located in Riverside, Texas, 20 minutes outside of Huntsville, our physical address is listed as Huntsville.)

  • When you turn into Carolina Creek, you will be greeted by staff and encouraged to drive slowly as you make your way into camp.

 

** SCHEDULED ARRIVAL TIMES

To protect all campers, staff and family members, we have scheduled a staggered arrival by grade. 

The schedule is as follows:

  • 3:30 – 4:00 5th through 7th grades

  • 4:00 – 4:30 8th through 10th grades

  • 4:30 – 5:00 11th and 12th grades

  • If you have campers in more than one grade, please come at the earlier time slot.

 

** ONLY ONE ADULT

  • Only one adult will be permitted out of your car, so please leave siblings and other guests, as well as pets, at home. The one adult will accompany your camper to pre-screening for COVID-19. 

  • Both the adult and camper will have temperatures taken and answer the COVID-19 screening questions. Only upon clearing this level of screening will you proceed through the registration process. Don’t forget to bring your medications to registration in their prescription bottles in a zip-lock bag. (See Health Information Page for more instructions about medications.)

  • We’re sorry but parents will not be able to come to the cabins or tour facilities this year. You’ll meet your camper’s counselor at ttheir cabin where you will drop off your camper and their luggage.

  • There will be a restroom available in the registration area.

  • Please be prepared to wear a face covering throughout the registration process. If you don’t have a preferred mask, we will provide a disposable one for you. Campers will be given buffs upon arrival.

  • See our Health Screening and Precautions Page for more information about safety protocols.


** STORE/SPENDING MONEY/MAI
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  • The camp store will be available to parents on OPENING DAY ONLY this year.  Campers will have access throughout the week.

  • Camper mail is back!  If you would like to send notes for your camper, please visit the mail drop-off station during check-in.  (No packages with food items, please!) Of course you can also send BunkNotes, which we will distribute daily, through your parent portal or the Carolina Creek app.

** NOTE: New process and times for the safety of all

  • Wild Weeks always begin on Sunday and end on Saturday.
  • Wild Sessions begin on Sunday and end on Wednesday, OR begin on Wednesday and end on Saturday.
  • For 2021, we have added the 4-day week which will begin on Sunday and conclude on Thursday.
 

GETTING TO CAMP

Put this address in your GPS: 3129 FM 980 Huntsville, TX 77320.

  • While we are located in Riverside, Texas, 20 minutes outside of Huntsville, our physical address is listed as Huntsville. We have two physical address: one for Creekside and Lakeview, and a different address for The W!LD. If you have campers coming to more than one camp, we recommend coming to The W!LD first. 
  • When you turn into Carolina Creek, you will be greeted by staff and encouraged to drive slowly as you make your way into camp.
 

SCHEDULED ARRIVAL TIMES

To protect all campers, staff and family members, we have scheduled a staggered arrival by grade. The schedule is as follows:

  • 3:00 – 3:30 Kindergarten and 1st grades
  • 3:30 – 4:00 2nd and 3rd grades
  • 4:00 – 4:30 4th and 5th grades
  • If you have campers in more than one grade, please come at the earlier time slot.
 

PARKING AND PROCESS

  • You will be greeted by staff at our gate and at the entrance to The W!LD, and will drive into camp to park temporarily while we determine that your child can be admitted to camp. 

ONLY ONE ADULT

  • Only one adult will be permitted out of your car, so please leave siblings and other guests, as well as pets, at home. The one adult will accompany your camper to pre-screening for COVID-19. 
  • Both the adult and camper will have temperatures taken and answer the COVID-19 screening questions. Only upon clearing this level of screening will you proceed through the registration process. Don’t forget to bring your medications to registration in their prescription bottles in a zip-lock bag. (See Health Information Page for more instructions about medications.)
  • After completing registration you’ll be directed back to your car to pick up luggage and head to the cabin where you will meet your camper’s counselor and say goodbye to your camper.
  • We’re sorry but parents will not be able to come to the cabins or tour facilities this year. We’ll send a photo of them with their personal items and made bed as soon as we can.
  • There will be a restroom available in the registration area.
  • Please be prepared to wear a face covering throughout the registration process. If you don’t have a preferred mask, we will provide a disposable one for you. Campers will be given buffs upon arrival.
  • See our Health Screening and Precautions Page for more information about safety protocols.
 

STORE/SPENDING MONEY/MAIL

    • The camp store will be available to parents on OPENING DAY ONLY this year.  Campers will have access throughout the week.

    • Camper mail is back!  If you would like to send notes for your camper, please visit the mail drop-off station during check-in.  (No packages with food items, please!) Of course you can also send BunkNotes, which we will distribute daily, through your parent portal or the Carolina Creek app.

** NEW CHECK OUT PROCEDURES AND TIMES FOR 2021

GETTING TO CAMP

  • Put this address in your GPS: 84 Wimberly  HUNTSVILLE, TX 77320
  • When you turn into Carolina Creek, you will be greeted by staff and encouraged to drive slowly as you make your way into camp.
 

CLOSING CEREMONIES

  • Campers will enjoy their own closing ceremonies after breakfast prior to pick-up. We’re sorry we can’t allow parents to join this year! We’ll publish a highlight video of the week soon after camp so that parents and siblings can see all the fun that was had.

 

STAGGERED PICK-UP TIMES

  • Pick-up times are a little earlier than in recent years. 
    • 9:15-9:45– 5th- 7th Grades
    • 9:45- 10:15–  8th- 10th Grades
    • 10:15-10:45–  11th & 12th  Grades
  • If you have campers in more than one age group you can come at either time.

 

PROCESS

  • Upon arrival you’ll be asked for the name of your camper(s) to be radioed ahead to their group so that we can have them and their belongings ready for you.

  • You’ll be directed to the pick-up area for your camper, the Worship Center for girls or the Dining Hall for boys.

  • Once there, you’ll be asked to show your photo ID, while our staff load your camper’s luggage into your car. 

  • You’ll have the opportunity to either donate or request reimbursement for any remaining spending money in  your camper’s account.

  • We’ll say our goodbyes and load your camper into the car.

  • If you have medications to pick-up, you’ll be directed to our health tents to pick them up on your way out. If not, you’ll take the shortcut out.

 

SHOPPING AND TOURS

  • While we would love to show you the camp and get you some souvenir swag, the Governor says we can’t this year! No camp stores, snack shacks or coffee shops will be open on closing day. Indeed, our plan is for you to not have to get out of the car. It would be optimal if curious passengers and pets remain home this year. 

THANK YOU for helping us to keep your camper, your family and our whole community healthy and safe.

** NEW CHECK OUT PROCEDURES AND TIMES FOR 2021

GETTING TO CAMP

  • Put this address in your GPS: 3129 FM 980 Huntsville, TX 77320
  • While we are located in Riverside, Texas, 20 minutes outside of Huntsville, our physical address is listed as Huntsville. We have two physical addresses: one for Creekside and Lakeview, and a different address for The W!LD. If you have campers coming to more than one camp, we recommend coming to The W!LD first.
 

CLOSING CEREMONIES

  • Campers will enjoy their own closing ceremonies after breakfast prior to pick-up. We’re sorry we can’t allow parents to join this year! We’ll publish a highlight video of the week soon after camp so that parents and siblings can see all the fun that was had.


STAGGERED PICK-UP TIMES

  • Pick-up times are a little earlier than in recent years.
    • 9:00 – 9:30– Kidergarten and 1st graders
    • 9:30 – 10:00– 2nd and 3rd graders
    • 10:00 – 10:30– 4-th and 5th graders
  • If you have campers in more than one age group you can come at either time.


PROCESS

  • Upon arrival you’ll be asked for the name of your camper(s) to be radioed ahead to their group so that we can have them and their belongings ready for you.
  • You’ll be directed to the pick-up area for your camper, which is right in front of their cabin.
  • Once there, you’ll be asked to show your photo ID, while our staff load your camper’s luggage into your car.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to either donate or request reimbursement for any remaining spending money in  your camper’s account.
  • We’ll say our goodbyes and load your camper into the car.
  • If you have medications to pick-up, you’ll be directed to our health tents to pick those up on your way out. If not, you’ll take the shortcut out.


SHOPPING AND TOURS

  • While we would love to show you the camp and get you some souvenir swag, the Governor says we can’t this year! No camp stores, snack shacks or coffee shops will be open on closing day. Indeed, our plan is for you to not have to get out of the car. It would be optimal if curious passengers and pets remain home this year.
 

THANK YOU for helping us to keep your camper, your family and our whole community healthy and safe.

Below you will find the exact questions that would disqualify your camper from attending camp.

Please “self-assess” to avoid a long drive to camp that might end in disappointment upon arrival. If you have any questions about whether or not it is wise for your child to attend camp, or if they might not be admitted, please call Nurse Karen at 936.435.5177 or send an email to nurse@carolinacreek.org

If you would like to read an overview of our protocols for keeping kids safe at camp, go to carolinacreek.org/health. Please be sure to read the opening and closing day procedures, as these processes will be significantly different this year to protect the health of our community.

 

HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONS

  1. Has anyone in your household or yourself tested positive and/or recovered from COVID-19 or suspect you have had the illness within the last month? If yes, date of last symptoms. (Camper may attend camp if the last symptom was more than 3 days prior to arrival at camp.)

  2. Have you been in close contact with a person with a known diagnosis of COVID-19, influenza, or any other communicable disease in the past 10 days?

  3. Has the camper OR ANYONE ELSE IN THE HOUSEHOLD had any of the following symptoms within the past 10 days:

  • Fever or temp > 100.0F
  • Cough (dry or wet)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Repeated shaking w/ chills
  • Significant fatigue
  • Headache or muscle pain
  • Nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Sore throat, runny nose, congestion