CTO SUMMER CAMP GENERAL INFORMATION
Transportation to camp: We ask that parents/guardians drop off and pickup kids at the camp location. If that is not possible, we can work to find carpool options. We can also arrange to pickup/dropoff kids at the airport if necessary. Please contact us prior to purchasing airplane tickets so we can coordinate transportation.
Electronics Policy: CTO has a NO ELECTRONICS POLICY during camp, so any electronics, including cell phones, will be collected at the start of camp and put away for the remainder of camp. Also, do not bring tablets, iPads, computers, video game devices, iPods, MP3 players, etc. We take lots of photos during camp and share those on our CTO Texas Facebook page. We will provide contact numbers in case you need to reach your child at camp, and your child can call you from a staff person's phone anytime they need to.
Packing: Please keep in mind that storage space is limited, so try not to over pack. If you aren’t sure if you should send it, please ask. Also label all your child’s stuff. We do our best to keep track of “lost and found” items, but your child’s gear is their responsibility.
WHAT TO BRING:
Hunting Camp Equipment
Saltwater Camp Equipment
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a typical day at camp look like?
Our daily schedule varies since it depends on hunting and fishing conditions, but typically we start each morning with our hunting groups that go out before daylight, while another group might get to sleep in. Then everyone meets back up to eat breakfast together when the hunting/fishing groups return. Late morning, we all head out for skills training followed by lunch then our breakout groups for discipleship, quiet time or swimming during the heat of the day. In the late afternoon, the hunting or fishing groups will head out. Dinner is served when those groups return, followed by everyone being around the campfire each night to discuss the day as well as a deeper discussion of our Question of the Day.
How can I get hold of my child during camp?
You can reach your child by contacting the director or staff. A list of phone numbers will be provided with the camp paperwork that goes out in May.
How can I see photos?
We will also be posting lots of photos during camp to the CTO Texas Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CTOTexas/)
What do you serve for meals?
A typical breakfast includes “Texas eggs” (eggs, bacon, potatoes,) in a tortilla. Some days we will have waffles, bacon and fruit. We usually graze for lunch around 1 pm – leftovers, sandwiches or sausage wraps and fruit. We encourage kids to eat lots of fruit. We do offer snack foods they can prepare themselves (ramen noodles, instant oatmeal, microwavable mac-n-cheese, PB&J, etc.) At dinner, there’s always plenty of food with meals prepared by camp staff. Spaghetti, BBQ, hamburgers, lasagna, Mexican casserole, fried fish and whatever they harvest during the week are staples of the dinner menu, along with vegetables and a dessert. We have lemonade, tea, water and ice always available. We also serve OJ, milk, coffee and hot cocoa.
What if my child has food allergies or is a picky eater?
Please report any allergies to food, medicines or insect, etc. in the campers profile. Also, be sure to update your child’s medical information and email a photo of your health insurance ID card (front and back) prior to camp. If your child has an epi-pen or inhaler, he or she will be asked to keep it with them at all times. If your child is a picky eater, we always provide options if they absolutely refuse to eat certain foods. You can contact Kim Potts to discuss any of the particulars.
How do you keep kids safe in the Texas heat?
During camp we will make sure the kids drink plenty of water, remind them to put sunblock on and stay cooled down in the shade. Also, we try to limit outdoor activities during the heat of the day by having our devotion and quiet times in the afternoon. If we notice that a child is getting over heated, we will send that child indoors and make sure they stay hydrated.
How can I find out about animal upgrades for camps?
Each child will have an opportunity to harvest a base animal. However, for an additional cost, kids may upgrade to exotics based on the landowner's pricing and animal availability. CTO does not set this price, this is the landowner's pricing, so you would pay the upgrade fee directly to the ranch. We usually get the landowners upgrade list and pricing in May. If you are interested, contact Kevin Potts at 210-372-3580 and he will get you the pricing for that.