COVID-19

Overview

COVID-19 and Camp

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 daily. We understand the concern surrounding the possible impacts of our programs. We 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 Summer 2021 calendar of programs! The theme for the summer is “We are Family. Somos Familia.”  Our goal to create and extend our Camp family far and wide and create a community full of joy and support continues. As we head into the summer, we will continue to provide Camp virtually, and are excited to announce several in-person opportunities to join in the fun — modified to keep campers, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy!

Camp at Home Weekends

From the comfort and safety of your own home, we invite all campers and families to participate in a Camp at Home Weekend this summer. Once again, Camp will provide you with a Camp Activity Box delivered to your door to prepare you for a weekend full of fun and friendship with other Camp families.

Highlights of this program include:

  • 3-day, virtual Camp at Home experience for the entire family
  • Online and offline program opportunities
  • Activities for your family to enjoy together, along with activities specifically designed for campers, teens, and leadership participants.
  • Your favorite Camp activities including cabin time with other campers, campfire, no-hands dinner, arts and crafts, Silly-O, singing, dancing, and more!

Please note, the Camp at Home program requires 1 device with a reliable internet connection per family. The Painted Turtle offers a device loan program, please contact Camper Admissions for more information.

Camp on the Move

Load into your car and join us for a parking lot party! We’re bringing Camp to cities across California. Due to the decreasing COVID rates across the state, The Painted Turtle is pleased to launch Camp on the Move, a program that will offer campers and families an opportunity for a 30 minute, parking lot party experience in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, San Diego, and the Bay Area in Northern California. 

Highlights of this program include:

  • Families will sign up for a 30-minute time slot at your preferred location
  • With social distance, families will be greeted by a couple of your favorite Camp staff, play games, dance, and sing from the comfort of your car.
  • Build a specialized Camp on the Move Activity Box full of camp activities and gifts for your entire family to enjoy after returning home.
  • You may even be able to “Silly O” the outside of your car (caregiver permission permitting, of course!)

Dates and locations of the Camp on the Move program are being finalized, and more information to follow shortly!  

Limited Family Days in Lake Hughes

This summer, we are pleased to offer limited Family Day programs onsite in Lake Hughes. These day events will uphold COVID-19 policies and protocols, including wearing masks, vigilant handwashing, and staying physically distant from other Camp families.  Eligibility for this pilot program is very limited and we encourage caregivers to carefully consider how you share this opportunity with your children.

Highlights of this program include:

  • Welcoming a limited number of camper families to Lake Hughes for a 1-day Camp experience
  • Campers must have a primary diagnosis of, Adrenal Insufficiency, Epilepsy, Rheumatic Diseases, Skeletal Dysplasia & MPS, Spina Bifida, or TPN dependent.
  • Click here to review CAMPER ELIGIBILITY 
  • Camper families must live in Los Angeles County

Click here for more information about the Limited Family Day Program 

Apply today! These programs, like all programs at The Painted Turtle are free of charge! To join the fun, please check the Summer 2021 Calendar and camper eligibility to determine the best program and session for your family. All programs require an application on CampSite, The Painted Turtle’s Camper Database. We encourage every family to apply as soon as possible.

The Painted Turtle Outpost – In-Hospital Program:

Outpost is following each individual hospital’s policy regarding visitor groups in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and unfortunately is not able to continue visits at this time. The Outpost team is exploring new ways to bring the magic of Camp to hospitals in a virtual way. They will adjust accordingly as more information becomes available and will update the online calendar as changes happen. 

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 wake of the Coronavirus situation.

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 daily, 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

Apply Now for Summer 2021 Camp Programs!