Summer 2013 Update

As you may be aware, The Painted Turtle was caught in the path of the Powerhouse wildfire in the Angeles National Forest this past week. In what seems an inexplicable miracle, every one of the camp’s major buildings remained intact while every piece of vegetation at the camp and in the surrounding 30,000 acres was destroyed.

Because of the extreme smoke damage to the buildings and fire’s impact on the terrain, The Painted Turtle had no choice but to make the incredibly difficult decision to cancel all of our summer sessions for 2013. We know this is very sad news but this decision was made for the safety and well-being of our campers, which is always our first priority.

During the next three months we will be undergoing an extensive process of landscape cleanup and hydro-seeding, cleaning of all buildings and ventilation systems, and an ozone cleaning process of every building to ensure that The Painted Turtle facility meets the high level of safety that is the trademark of our program.

Fortunately, many individuals in The Painted Turtle community have offered to help our recovery efforts. We will be posting opportunities to help on our website and Facebook page as soon as our needs become clearer.

Please know that we are committed to returning with more hope, more fun, and more laughter than ever before.

We are deeply sorry to have to deliver this very disappointing news but we hope you will join us in celebrating that The Painted Turtle withstood the fire and will return to bring all of you the magic of camp as quickly as possible.

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