June 12, 2020
Ventura County just gave a green light to open day camps. Yay! We are now implementing new plans for a safer camp experience for local Ventura County families. This will include social distancing, frequent cleaning and sanitizing of our campuses, and grouping campers in small cohorts.
As part of adjusting to the “new normal,” we would like to share our new safety protocols, policies, and social distancing measures that meet and exceed the standards set by the CDC, state and local health departments. We have established these new norms so everyone can enjoy a safe and enjoyable summer camp experience. Here is what you can expect from us:
• Safety First – We will meet the highest standards for cleanliness, frequently cleaning and sanitizing equipment, classrooms, outdoor group areas, restrooms and campus grounds. Counselors will encourage frequent hand washing, proper sneeze and coughing etiquette, and use of hand sanitizers, which will be available in every classroom.
• Social Distancing and Face Masks – Our counselors and staff members will wear protective masks and adhere to social distancing protocols by staying six-feet apart as much as possible. Campers will wear cloth face masks when not able to socially distance from others. We recognize face coverings may be challenging for younger campers to wear in some settings, and we are taking an approach of encouraging their use as feasible.
• Cohort Groups – Campers of similar age will be assigned to groups consisting of 10 campers and 2 counselors or teachers. Each group will be assigned a bathroom facility that only that group will use, and the groups will stay together throughout the camp day, participating in traditional camp songs, announcements, activities, and games.
• Drop Off, Pick-Up – Campers should arrive before 8:30 a.m. each morning. A staff member will meet you at your car, perform a temperature and wellness check of your camper, and then walk your camper to his or her designated classroom area. Campers with a temperature of 100.4F or higher will be required to return home until they are clear of symptoms. At the end of each day, staff members will escort each camper to their parent’s car. Campers should be picked up no later than 4:30 p.m.
• Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids – Our Food Services Department will provide campers with fresh snacks and boxed lunches prepared on-site and delivered to designated outside patio or pergola areas on campus. Campers will dine with their cohort groups. A temperature and wellness check will be conducted daily after lunch.
By being smaller, this means our Summer Camp programs, June 29-August 7, may soon be sold out! We do have limited space available in our academic, robotics, and equestrian camp programs for students ages 6-15. Contact the Admission Office for information and availability. Learn more about our summer plans and policies in the Camper Handbook.
We hope to see you!
Summer Camp Director