Local summer camp suspends operations at one of its facilities

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Chris Drake with Pine Cove Christian Camps:

SMITH COUNTY (KLTV) - Due to a large number of campers presenting with a viral illness and flu-like symptoms, Pine Cove is suspending operations at their Towers Camp in Tyler, Texas for the remainder of this week.

"The safety of our campers is our main concern, and we feel this is the best decision," said Matt Edwards, Chief Operating Officer.

Currently all other Pine Cove camps are running smoothly and will continue to operate as planned. The decision to suspend the Towers camp was made Thursday morning after campers began presenting symptoms on Wednesday night. Parents were notified immediately through phone calls and emails from the staff.

Influenza Type A screenings were performed as campers were brought in to their Health Center. Despite negative results from the flu tests, the decision was made to err on the side of caution and to begin sending kids home that presented with flu-like symptoms.

Pine Cove's medical staff, including Medical Director Dr. Scott Lawrence, is monitoring and treating each case as it comes in. In addition, camp staff is cleaning and sanitizing the entire facility in time for the Towers camp to reopen for its next session beginning on June 28th.

"Our desire is that every camper would come and have an amazing and safe camp experience," Edwards said. "We are saddened to have to send kids home, but know that it is the right thing to do."

Pine Cove is offering every Towers camper from this current session the opportunity to return to a session later this summer free of charge. For more information on this offer, parents should contact Pine Cove at 877-474-6326.

Pine Cove is a non-profit, non-denominational, year-round Christian camp that operates 3 Family Camp facilities and 5 Youth Camp facilities with locations in both Tyler and Columbus, Texas.