COVID Policies

COVID Policies

COVID Policies

Design Ranch 2023 will look a little different than events pre-pandemic. The Design Ranch Board and Camp Waldemar staff are taking every precaution to make sure attendees will have a safe and fantastic experience. But we won’t be able to do this without your cooperation, fellow ranchers.

Our enhanced health and safety measures are designed to create a space where we can live together outdoors, still build a sense of community, and make some cool stuff while we’re at it.

General policies

  • As an attendee, we ask that each rancher reads through our code of conduct, where we have added a COVID Commitment. Attendees will be held to the code of conduct as well as the COVID Commitment when attending DR 2023.
  • We are closely following CDC guidance for all things COVID-19. These items are a moving target, so we will keep attendees updated as their guidance updates.
  • Attendees are asked to engage in low-risk activities 5-10 days before arrival.
  • Attendees are asked to supply their own masks. We will have a few on hand, but will not supply masks for every attendee, multiple times a day. Have reusable washable ones? AWESOME. Bring em all! Show ‘em off.
  • If you’re flying in from out of state, please follow the COVID Commitment
  • The ranch has multiple hand washing stations throughout the property. We ask ranchers to maintain healthy hand washing habits throughout the event.
  • A few of you will be bunking up with friends or soon new-to-be friends. Communicate with your bunkmates on whether or not extra precautions need to be taken. While towels are provided by Waldemar, we ask ranchers to use their own designated towel for showers, hand washing, face washing, etc.
  • Waldemar staff, DR board members, and volunteers will be diligent about wiping down communal supplies and areas.
  • Bathrooms are communal, so respect the space. No crowding in the areas, and please wash hands and dispose of paper goods respectfully.
  • Are vaccines required? No, but HIGHLY recommended.
  • We will have rapid tests on hand at the ranch, but these will NOT be used for folks traveling in. These will be used for those showing symptoms or emergency cases. Know that we are working on a plan if a rancher happens to test positive.
  • Because of this updated policy and increased risk, we are limiting in and out traffic during the event. So if you need to bring in cold dranks or other supplies, be sure to plan ahead! Grab them ahead of time!

Arrival policies

Arrival onto the ranch will look a little different this year some previous years. Please make sure you are prepared ahead of time.

  • Upon arrival at the gates of Camp Waldemar, someone from our board will greet you. All attendees, workshop leads, assistants, volunteers, and DR board members are then required to show proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken at least 72 hours prior to arrival at the Ranch. NO exceptions. Have your ID and test results ready to show for all members in your vehicle. If you are unable to comply with this requirement, then you unfortunately will not be permitted onto Camp Waldemar grounds. Understand that these are not normal circumstances, and our board as well as the fine folks at Camp Waldemar want to mitigate as much risk to you and your personal health as possible.
  • For those folks who are flying in, plan your COVID test around your travels. We will NOT be making any exceptions. There are plenty of places with open appointments in the Austin/San Antonio/Kerrville, Texas areas. Appointments are recommended — check out Walgreens, CVS, and Curative for open slots.
  • Attendees upon arrival will be asked to sign Camp Waldemar’s Visitor Release form.

Moving target items

  • On-site rapid testing – This is something our team is actively researching to see the benefits/costs/etc. More to come.
  • What if someone tests positive while at camp? – We are working with a RN to both bring them on-site to help provide guidance around a plan and procedures. More to come.

Ranch activities

In addition to added safety precautions, there are items that will look a little different than past ranch experiences.

  • Mealtime – Meals will be packaged up individually and served in to go/disposable containers. No more buffet style meals for this event, unfortunately, but we are working with staff to make sure everyone gets their dessert and can eat it too.
  • Coffee – A coffee station (provided by Greater Goods!) will be set up in the room adjacent to registration. We ask that folks maintain at least 3 feet while waiting in line and not congregate in the area after receiving their tasty beverage. Times for open/close of the coffee station are still being worked on.
  • Kickball – We know y’all love competition, and don’t worry… kickball is still on. For folks who register to participate, you will be provided a bandana of your team’s color. We ask that you wear this proudly as a badge of honor to not only represent your team when kickballing your way to glory, but to also use as a DOUBLE face mask.
  • Listening Lounge – The shenanigans of the listening lounge (presented by Lewis Carnegie!) will happen outdoors for one of the evening’s entertainment sessions! Saturday at 7:30PM.
  • Horseback riding / archery / massage – For each of these activities, Waldemar staff ask that attendees provide the necessary precautions in order to maintain social distancing and mask wearing. 
  • Workshops – Workshops will be held either outdoors or in open, airy spaces. If your workshop requires extra safety measures, we will let you know ahead of time. We will be allowing extra time in between each workshop to wipe down communal supplies. There might be the opportunity to bring your own supplies to certain workshops. Again, if this is the case, we will let ranchers know ahead of time. However, know that materials left at the ranch will most likely be donated to the camp. So be sure to keep track of your own stuff. 
  • Swimming / Boating – While items for canoeing and paddle boarding are provided by Waldemar, we ask attendees to maintain social distancing while in and around the water.
  • Live Music and Dancing – Sitting around the campfire listening to a band or two is still on! However, line dancing- not so much this year. Dancing around the yard if the music moves you? Definitely encouraged. We just ask ranchers to abide by our COVID Commitment and respect each other’s COVID experience.
  • Cold dranks at the bar – DR will be providing closed/sealed beverages for those who want to partake. No mixed drinks, but again, we ask attendees to abide by our COVID Commitment and maintain social distancing and wear masks when not sippin down a cold one by the campfire.
  • Hayride – Oh, it’s on. Just with less folks per ride, and we ask those who participate to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask.
  • Silent Auction – This will be held in the same room as registration, but we will have a limit to the number of attendees admitted into the silent auction space at one time. 
  • Mechanical Bull – Yup. This is happening. Ride at your own risk and there will be a waiver to sign before partaking. We will wipe down equipment after each ride. Will there be a prize for the longest ride? Potentially… Wait and see.

If you have any questions regarding any of the policies, please message us at