FAQ for Staff and Volunteers


COVID-19 Precautions

What safety precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Camp?

  • Prevention: Camp has implemented many layers of screening for symptoms, testing, and pre-camp procedures to minimize the risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 before and during camp programs.
  • Policies, Protocols, and Training: The Painted Turtle has developed a thorough guidebook of COVID-19 specific policies and protocols that are implemented across camp to ensure the safety of all participants. Examples of policies and protocols include stringent cleaning and disinfecting processes, program design guidelines to foster camp connectedness yet reduce risk of spread of COVID-19, among many others. In addition, all TPT staff (including volunteers) are thoroughly trained on these policies and protocols to ensure they are implemented as designed.
  • Facility Improvements: The Painted Turtle has invested in many improvements across Camp to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 at camp. These improvements include but are not limited to HEPA air filtration in all camp buildings, touchless hand sanitizer, sinks, and soap dispensers, clear and campy signage with safety reminders, enhanced outdoor areas for programming, eating, or group activities.
  • Program Design: The program design and camp experience will be structured to be in compliance with COVID policies. While there will be adaptations we are confident the Camp spirit – the joy, laughter, fun, and friendship – will be strong!
  • Guidance and Resources: The Painted Turtle continues to follow the guidance of the CDC, California and Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health, TPT’s Medical Advisory Board, and the SeriousFun Children’s Network. In addition, Camp follows the recommendations of Environmental Health and Engineering, Inc, a professional group contracted by both the American Camping Association and SeriousFun Children’s Network to develop operating guidance specifically for camps serving children with serious illnesses. The Painted Turtle monitors updates from these groups on a regular basis and follows guidance of these groups to make decisions regarding camp programming throughout the year.

What are TPT’s COVID Protocols (pre-camp, during camp, and post-camp) for in-person camp programs?

Safety is our priority at The Painted Turtle. Camp has implemented many COVID protocols to ensure the safety of all participants. You may visit our COVID-19 Participant Precautions and Protocols here: https://www.thepaintedturtle.org/post/covid-19-participant-precautions-and-protocols

Camp Programs

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster

Is the COVID-19 vaccination required for participation in camp programs?

No, The Painted Turtle staff and volunteers are not required to have the COVID-19 vaccine. The Painted Turtle follows the guidance of the CDC, California Department of Public Health, and The Painted Turtle’s Medical Advisory Board when making decisions regarding COVID-19 policies. Vaccine requirements are reviewed each season.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine booster required for volunteers and staff?

No, a COVID-19 booster is not required for staff and volunteers this summer.  The bivalent booster is still highly recommended for all participants to receive prior to attending Camp.  

Staff and Volunteer Eligibility

I live internationally. May I participate in camp programs this summer?

Yes, The Painted Turtle values the experience international staff and volunteers bring to the camp program and welcome international staff and volunteers to participate in camp sessions this summer.

I have a medical condition. Am I eligible to work as summer staff or volunteer?

Yes, we strongly encourage all interested applicants to apply. All applicants are required to complete a number of requirements including a complete application, interview(s), reference checks, background and sexual offender check, along with completing all medical requirements including receiving medical provider clearance to work or volunteer at camp. We acknowledge that the COVID-19 Pandemic brings additional layers of consideration for all camp participants, including those with medical conditions. The Painted Turtle is committed to making reasonable accommodations for all participants. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Cook, TPT’s Human Resources Manager, at christinec@thepaintedturtle.org.


Are participants allowed to travel by plane to participate in camp sessions?

Yes, The Painted Turtle welcomes seasonal staff, volunteers, and campers to travel by plane to participate in a camp session. All participants who travel by plane must agree to additional COVID protocols to minimize the risk of contracting COVID before or during your travels. These additional requirements may include testing prior to loading a TPT van or bus to camp, and abiding by safe travel policies (mask wearing, frequent handwashing, etc.).  An antigen COVID-19 test is strongly recommended prior to traveling to Los Angeles. TPT is not responsible for any travel costs if a participant tests positive upon arrival to California. Please do not travel if you have any symptoms of illness.