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 2021 calendar of programs! The theme 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 look forward to the Fall, we will continue to provide Camp virtually, and are excited to host several in-person opportunities to join in the fun — modified to keep campers, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy!

Camp at Home: Cabin Chat Series

Back by popular demand, we are pleased to launch another round of TPT’s Cabin Chat Series, an opportunity for campers and siblings, ages 6-18, to connect with other Painted Turtle friends! The Cabin Chat Series will include six (6) Cabin Chats throughout the Fall led by Cabin Counselors and will include time to connect, reflect, learn about others, yourself, and participate in fun activities together. Join us every Tuesday evening from October 12 – November 16 and invite an old friend from Camp to sign up too! Your cabinmates and cabin counselors can’t wait to see you there!

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, 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!)

Register Today!

Fall Overnight Family Retreats in Lake Hughes

This fall, we are pleased to offer Fall Overnight Family Retreats onsite in Lake Hughes. These overnight 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 2-day, 1-night 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 California

Click here for more information about the Fall Overnight Family Retreat Experience

Camp in a Box

Camp delivered to your door as The Painted Turtle invites all families to sign up for a box full of Camp activities! While we can’t share all of the surprises, we’ve heard it is sure to include fun for the Fall season including pumpkin carving ideas, family crafts, and if you haven’t received your 2021 shirts yet, the Camp in a Box is your opportunity for new Camp gear!

Camp at Home: Holiday Gathering

An annual tradition, we love ringing in the New Year with our Camp family! Join us on Saturday, December 4th, for the Camp at Home Holiday Gathering! All families will receive Holiday Gathering Activity Box that will include all of our winter favorites (snowballs and gingerbread house building, anyone?!).

Apply today! These programs, like all programs at The Painted Turtle are free of charge! To join the fun, please check the 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 run in-person visits at this time. The Outpost team has worked hard to continue 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. As hospitals release updated visitor and volunteer policies the Outpost team will share any changes with the community.

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

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit

Apply Now for Summer 2021 Camp Programs!