Visit The Painted Turtle


Dates, Directions, How to Prepare, and Additional Safety Protocols

Thank you for your interest in visiting Camp! More than 180,000 campers have found courage, strength, and friendship since we opened in 2004. Here are details to prepare for your visit. Please review the below information in full prior to committing to your visit. If you have any questions, please let your staff host know.

Family at camp enjoying boating

In preparation for in-person visits, please see the below information, requirements, and forms:

  • The Painted Turtle is a medical specialty Camp for children with serious illnesses. All campers, volunteers, staff, and visitors must fulfill very specific vaccination requirements because many campers are immune-compromised and cannot fight infections.
  • All visitors must be immunized for MMR and Varicella by either having had the vaccines or the disease. Exception to this requirement if you are born before 1957.
  • We encourage frequent hand sanitizing and handwashing.
  • We have an On-site Visitor Release, Medical Reporting, & Hold Harmless Form where we require visitors over 18 years of age to self-report and visitors under 18 years of age to self-report AND provide proof of select immunizations. Please complete this between 2-10 days before your visit.
  • Let us know if you’ve been sick in the 10 days prior to your visit.

On-site Visitor Release, Medical Reporting, & Hold Harmless Form

Here is how an in-person visit will go: 

  • Your staff host will meet you at 11:00am at the front gate and you’ll take a golf cart tour of Camp in action visiting program areas around Camp.
  • You’ll join us for lunch with campers and counselors at 12:30 pm, followed by singing and dancing, and visitor pictures.
  • Return to the front gate for departure.

Map and Directions to Camp:

Click here for directions. We recommend taking Route 2. It takes about 1 ½ hours to get to Lake Hughes from LA.


Please dress comfortably for Camp. We do recommend good walking shoes, sunglasses, and a hat.


Check out the weather forecast for Camp here. We will provide water and sunblock as well.


You are welcome to take pictures of The Painted Turtle site and facility on your tour. To respect the privacy of all participants, we ask that visitors do not take any photos that include any campers or family members.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let your staff host know. We thank you in advance for ensuring our campers and staff stay healthy and well!