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Overview

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Whether you are applying to join us as a camper, a volunteer, a medical professional, or a summer staff member, the process is simple using our online database, Campsite! Just select the category you best fit into below and follow the quick and easy steps. 

COVID-19 UPDATE: Safety of all participants is top priority at The Painted Turtle. Camp has closely followed the recommendations of the State of California and the Department of Public Health regarding the COVID-19 virus.

To read The Painted Turtle’s full statement about COVID-19, click here.

2022 Programs

We are pleased to share several Camp programs for you and your family.  Applications are now open! Click here to find out more about our 2022 Camp Programs.

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Apply for Overnight Family Retreats, Family Weekends, and Summer Camp in Lake Hughes

How to Apply

Selection Criteria

The following criteria have been established for family weekend, retreat weekends and summer camp sessions. In order for a child and their family to apply to The Painted Turtle he/she must:

  • Have an eligible diagnosis
  • Age Requirements:
    • Family Weekend: Between the ages of 6-17
    • Summer Camp: Between the ages of 7-16
  • Have a minimum developmental age of 5 years
  • Be able to function and participate in a group setting
  • Able to communicate needs independently
  • Can be without family members for a limited period of time (overnight retreats and family weekends) or the duration of the camp session (summer camp)

The following will be required to complete your application

  • Clearance from Camper’s Medical Provider
  • Copy of most recent Progress Notes
  • Immunization Record, including Covid-19 vaccine
  • Camper Health History
  • Medications
  • Allergies (if any)
  • 2022 TPT Policy Forms (available through the CampSite database)

*Please note, Supplemental Forms may also be required for specific conditions such as asthma, severe allergies or central venous lines, etc.

While we wish we could accommodate everyone, it is impossible to guarantee enrollment. Acceptance is based on medical criteria focusing on the needs of the child and our ability to provide safe and appropriate camp programming. All applications are medically reviewed by our Health Center Director and Medical Director.

For more information on the application process, please contact Camper Admissions at (661) 724-1768 or admissions@thepaintedturtle.org.

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Medical Professionals Application

How to Apply

We accept applicants on a rolling basis. All staff and volunteer applicants will be contacted after submitting their application. New applicants will need to complete a phone interview, reference checks, and if accepted, medical paperwork and a background check. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Questions? Contact Michelle Melendez, Health Center Director, at michellem@thepaintedturtle.org.

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Summer Staff Application

How to Apply

We accept applicants on a rolling basis. All staff and volunteer applicants will be contacted after submitting their application. New applicants will need to complete a phone interview, reference checks, and if accepted, medical paperwork and a background check. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Questions? Contact staff@thepaintedturtle.org or call (310) 451-1353.

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Volunteer Application

How to Apply

We accept applicants on a rolling basis. All staff and volunteer applicants will be contacted after submitting their application. New applicants will need to complete a phone interview, reference checks, and if accepted, medical paperwork and a background check.

Please be sure to complete each relevant portion of the application; incomplete applications will not be accepted. Volunteers and staff must be at least 19 years of age by their arrival to camp.

Questions? Contact Kylie Sedgwick, Volunteer Coordinator at kylies@thepaintedturtle.org or (310) 451-1353 x108.