Visit The Painted Turtle


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

Thank you for your interest in visiting Camp! More than 100,000 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.

Spring Visitor Days


  • Sunday, May 1, 3:15pm-4:30pm – Camp at Home: Family Weekend

Here is how a virtual visit will go:

  • There are no medical or vaccination requirements for a virtual visit.
  • You will complete the Camp at Home Visitor Release and Policies form in advance of your visit.
  • We’ll send you the Zoom link and passcode the morning of your visit via email after your above form is received.
  • Once you log in, your staff host will meet you on Zoom and you’ll go to a breakout room for a welcome and details on the session.
  • You’ll then join the full Camp session to observe. Feel free to turn off your video if you prefer and we encourage positive feedback in the chat as you observe performances, etc.
  • Feel free to directly chat with your staff host or text/email them with questions during the visit.
  • Toward the end of your visit, you’ll return to your small breakout room with your host for any questions.

Camp at Home Visitor Release and Policies Form


  • Saturday, March 26, 11am-12:30pm – Spina Bifida & Ataxia Family Retreat
  • Saturday, April 9, 11am-12:30pm – Neuromuscular & Genetic Family Retreat
  • Saturday, April 23, 11am-12:30pm – Liver Disease & Transplant, PIDD, TPN & IBD Family Retreat

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 in-person visitors must be fully vaccinated against MMR and COVID-19 (two-dose series for Pfizer or Moderna or one dose for Johnson & Johnson Janssen). Boosters will be required starting this summer in June (Pfizer or Moderna booster if it is 5 months after the final dose or two months after the final dose for Johnson & Johnson Janssen).
  • We will need proof of a negative PCR test, which we can do onsite when you arrive, or a negative antigen test that you can do the morning of your visit. If needed, we can provide an antigen test.
  • If visiting when Camp is not in session, no negative COVID test is needed.
  • While onsite, visitors will wear masks (subject to change), except when eating or drinking or when socially distanced outside. When walking through indoor buildings, we will leave doors open for ventilation and will encourage frequent hand sanitizing and handwashing.
  • We have an on-site Visitor Release and Hold Harmless Agreement (Indemnity Form) where we require visitors over 18 years of age self-report and visitors under 18 years of age 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 or had a live vaccine two weeks before your visit.

Visitor Release and Hold Harmless Agreement (Indemnity Form)

Here is how an in-person visit will go:

  • Your staff host will meet you at 10:45 am at the front gate. 
  • Bring a picture of a negative antigen home test with the name of the person taking the test on a piece of paper or the test itself, with the date the person took the test (must be the morning of the visit), or our medical team can conduct a rapid PCR test onsite.
  • After proof of a negative COVID test, 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 1 in orange. It takes about 1 ½ hours to get to Lake Hughes from LA. If you are feeling adventurous and are okay with a winding canyon road, we ourselves take route 2 in blue.


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, but we ask that you not post any photos to social media that include campers or family members. Pictures without campers and families are OK to post.

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