2023 Programs & COVID-19

Overview

2023 Programs and COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our campers, their families, our volunteers, and our staff are of the utmost importance to us at The Painted Turtle. We are taking all possible and appropriate measures to ensure everyone has a safe experience at The Painted Turtle. 

As we continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19, we are reviewing updates from the CDC and LA County Department of Public Health frequently. We understand the concern surrounding the impacts of our programs and are paying close attention to local guidance and are following all preventive measures to protect the vulnerable population we serve.

Program Update

The Painted Turtle is pleased to share the 2023 Calendar of programs!

Family Weekends in Lake Hughes

We are pleased to offer Family Weekends onsite in Lake Hughes. These programs will uphold COVID-19 policies and protocols, including testing upon arrival, wearing masks (strongly recommended), and vigilant handwashing.

Highlights of this program include:

  • Welcoming a limited number of camper families to Lake Hughes for a Friday – Sunday program
  • Medical condition specific sessions. Click here to review CAMPER ELIGIBILITY

Summer Camp Sessions

2023 Summer Camp Session Applications will be open in mid January.

We are thrilled to host 7, 6 and 5 day Summer Camp Sessions in 2023. While we continue to build the program to pre-pandemic capacity, we are sure the energy will be high and the summer camp spirit will be strong! Highlights of this program include:

  • Cabins of up to 8 campers.
  • Testing pre-travel and upon arrival.
  • Cabin Counselors to ensure camper safety and fun!
  • All of your favorite Camp activities including Woodshop, Arts and Crafts, Boating, Fishing, swimming in the pool, Creative Arts, Archery, Ropes Course and zip line, Campfire, Silly Olympics, Stage Night, and more!

Leadership Programs

We are pleased to welcome 17 and 18 year old campers to the Leadership Program 2023. Join fellow former campers and Leadership Participants to learn new leadership and life skills, mentor younger campers, and share in an incredible week at camp with your peers! Stay tuned, final details on Leadership Sessions will be announced when Summer Camp applications open mid-January

The Painted Turtle Outpost – In-Hospital Program

Outpost is following each individual hospital’s policy regarding visitor groups in response to COVID-19 and is pleased to return to in-person visits at select hospital sites. In addition, the Outpost team continues to deliver Camp to hospitals in a virtual way. This includes sending activity bags to our hospital partners to distribute to patients in their rooms, running virtual playroom sessions via Zoom, and posting videos to our YouTube page.

Policies and Procedures to Keep our Camp Community Clean and Safe

Because of the very nature of the children we serve, we have policies and procedures in place that deal with communicable diseases. We feel confident that our current policies and procedures are in line with our partners across the industry & will continue to help us keep our campers, staff and volunteers health safety at the top of our mind in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Painted Turtle Staff and Offices

In terms of The Painted Turtle staff, any work-related, long-distance trips, as well as conferences and larger group meetings, have been suspended until further notice. While our offices remain open, we are encouraging all staff who are able to work from home to do so and ask that they take the necessary steps to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.  

Moving Forward

As new information comes in, our medical team will continue to monitor the situation and adapt plans as needed. We will be in touch with any significant updates in a timely manner. Please feel free to reach out anytime to our Director of Camp Programs and Initiatives, April Tani at aprilt@thepaintedturtle.org.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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