Just Before Camp or During Camp Week Questions



I don't know who my child's counselor is. How do I find out on Monday morning?
When you arrive on Monday morning, turn left as you enter the gates and park head in on the east side. Bring your camper to the office area, and you'll find a table just outside the office door. The staff there will be able to tell you who your counselor is and explain where you'll find them.
Does my child have to attend every day?
Our camps are week-long camps, and the activities are different each day, so missing a day may mean that your camper misses an activity they've been looking forward to; however, there is no requirement that your child must attend every day. At the same time, there is no discount from your weekly fee if you choose not to send your camper one or more days during the week.
I want to pick my child up early or bring him late. What do I need to do?
Each day at 9:00AM the counselor and his group of campers leave the front area and go to their tentsite. If you arrive after that time, you will need to bring your camper to the office so that we can check them in and then take them to their group.

If you want to pick your child up early, please use our Early Pickup Request form. In addition you need to let both your counselor and the office know the time you will be coming to pick them up. We will do our best to have them in the office for you to check them out at the time you need them. However, the groups operate on a loose schedule, and it sometimes takes awhile before we can locate them. The office will try to remind the counselor so that you do not have to wait very long, but the counselor is concentrating on leading the campers through their activities, and they are not aware of the exact time of the day, so please be patient. It helps if you arrive about 15 or 20 minutes before you need to leave the campground to make it to your appointment. We do not do early pickups after 2:35, so please make sure your early pickup is before that time. Our gates close at 2:35 in preparation for the afternoon traffic.
If my child gets sick or hurt at camp, how is that handled?
It depends on the severity of the sickness or injury. If they just have a headache or a tummy-ache and need to rest in the air-conditioned first-aid cabin, then we do not contact the parents at the time, but we send a note home which says that they were at first-aid during the day and what treatment they received. We also do not contact parents by phone if your camper gets a scratch or a bump, but each trip to the first-aid cabin is recorded and a note sent home at the end of the day. If a bandaid is applied out in the field, there is no record of that.

If, however, the first-aid attendant feels the sickness or the injury is one which needs the parent's attention, she will call to let you know what the situation is. Please be sure that you are available by phone at one of the numbers you listed on your camper's registration form and be sure the person you listed as an emergency name and number knows where to reach you. We ALWAYS try to reach the parent first and use the emergency name and number only if we are unable to reach you at one of the numbers you listed on your form.
How do you handle discipline problems?
Most of the time, the kids are so busy having fun that there are not a lot of discipline problems. However, we are aware of that possibility, and we spend a good deal of time during training teaching our counselors how to handle discipline problems. The counselor has a set of steps they go through before they bring the problem to the office. One of those steps is for the counselor to contact the parent to let them know that they are having a problem with obedience from their child and ask for parent help in encouraging the child to be responsive to the counselor's direction.
If, through the steps, the counselor is unable to control the camper's behavior, the camper is brought to the office to speak with our director. He may or may not choose to contact the parents at that time. If the camper continues to disobey, then the director will call the parents and ask them to come and pick up the child. Usually that child is given another chance the following day to return and choose to obey.

If your child tells you they are having a problem with a bully, please let the counselor know right away so that the problem can be corrected and your camper can enjoy their week at CT. Feel free to call the office to discuss a problem as well.
How do I reach the camp office during camp?
Please call 817-274-8441 to reach the camp office. If you get our answering machine, please leave a message. We receive many calls during the day, and sometimes we will be on the phone talking with someone else when you call. In that case, your call automatically rolls over to the answering machine. We check those messages often during the day.
Where do I park or drop off my child each morning?
You'll find a graphic of our traffic pattern on the website. Essentially you will make a choice as you enter our gates. There will be a sign asking you to turn right if your child is under age 7 or 8 [that age may change each week, depending on the number of groups we have in the younger ages] or turn left if they are over that age. Please pull up as far as you can in your lane and continue to pull up until one of our staff comes to your car to get your children. Try your best not to stop on one of the yellow walkways so that the campers can use those to safely cross traffic. You do NOT need to stop right in front of your counselor's sign. The staff member will walk with your children to the counselor.

If you desire to park, please turn left and park head-in on the east side of the lot. If there is no room, please ask a traffic staffer to direct you to a parking place. Please do NOT get out of your car if you are in a traffic lane.

After you park, please follow our traffic policy and cross the traffic only on the yellow walkways and watch your children carefully. Approximately 300 cars will be using those traffic lanes each day. If you don't know where your counselor is stationed, you may ask a staff member. Generally, the groups start with the youngest children on the far north end of the drop-off area and then progress southward as the age of the groups increases so that the oldest camper groups are located at the far south end.
How does pick up time work?
You'll make the same left/right turn decision as you did with drop-off time when you come in the afternoon to pick your children up. Once again, pull up as far as you can in a traffic lane, regardless of where your camper's group is located. Our traffic staff is trained to come to your car to ask you whose group your campers are in; then they will place a red card on your car to let the other staff know they have talked with you already. You may continue to move up in the lane even after a red card has been placed on your car. The traffic staff will bring your child to your car wherever you have moved to.

If you want to park, you'll need to turn left as you enter the gates and park head-in on the east side of the lot.
What if I want to pick up their T-Shirt or make a snack deposit?
In the morning or the afternoon, you'll need to park to come to the office area to pick up or purchase shirts or make snack deposits. On Monday mornings, there will be a snack-deposit table by the office, and T-Shirts which have been pre-purchased may be picked up at the new Bambi's Trading Post just south of the camp office, behind the gazebo. If you did not prepay for a shirt or you did not submit a T-Shirt Selection Form in March, T-Shirts may be picked up or purchased at the trading post.
I overlooked putting down my child's friend for grouping. Can I change him to another group on Monday morning?
Please do not ask us to make a change of groups on Monday morning. Our groups are always formed with the maximum number of campers in each group. For us to move your child would mean making the group too large or moving out a camper who is already expecting to be in that group.

Please check your camper's information by going to your MyCampThurmanAccount at least two weeks before your camp date and make sure you have listed the buddies you would like to have your camper placed with.
It's very hot this week. What kind of precautions will you be taking?
Most of our summer weeks in Texas are hot, so we are used to working with children in these conditions. Counselors are trained to be sure their campers are drinking water often throughout the day. The campers also swim twice daily, which helps keep the body temperature cooler. We have misters and fans scattered throughout the grounds. And, in addition the majority of our campground is under trees.
What is your sunscreen policy?
We ask that parents apply long-lasting sunscreen before their child arrives at camp and send sunscreen in the camper's backpack if you would like for the camper to reapply before the afternoon swim time.

For children who are too young to re-apply sunscreen, you must indicate on your registration form that they will need help. If you will send a spray sunscreen of your choice in your camper's backpack, the counselor will spray your child with that sunscreen before the afternoon swim time. If your child sunburns easily, it is also a very good idea to ask them to wear their t-shirt even during swim time. They dry quickly.
If you would like for the counselor to spray afternoon sunscreen or to require your child to keep his/her shirt on, please indicate that on the medical section of your reg form. Otherwise, the counselor would not have time to check through all 12 backpacks to see if there is sunscreen there. You can also indicate on your registration form that you would like for your child to keep his/her T-shirt on throughout the day, even during swim time.
My child left his lunch at home. What do I do?
If at all possible, please bring a lunch to them before lunch time at 12 noon. If that is not possible, we have only granola bars, chips, and drinks from the snack shop to offer them, nothing more substantial.
My child left their swimsuit at home. Can she still swim?
Yes, if you don't mind that they swim in their shorts and shirts. They swim twice daily, so if you can bring one to them as soon as you realize it, they may still be able to make the change for at least one of their swim times.