COVID-19: Summer Camp Safety

After months of quarantine, your child’s summer camp experience is an exciting opportunity for them to get some fresh air and socialize with other children. To help your child and others have the safest experience possible during COVID-19, ask camp administrators questions about their safety precautions and protocols. Learn more about what to ask by reviewing the CDC’s Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps.

Teach children to stay safe while having fun at camp by discussing the following before they go to camp:

Hand Washing: By now, your child should be used to regular hand washing as part of their daily lives. Teach them that frequent use of hand sanitizer or hand washing while away from home is the most important thing they can do at camp, even if their friends aren’t as careful.

Face Masks: Your child will likely want to remove their face mask when running and playing with their friends. Teach them to keep their masks on through practice — wear masks during playtime at home in the days leading up to their first day of camp.

Feeling Sick: If your child feels under the weather, they must stay home. Call a doctor if they have symptoms related to COVID-19, including fever, coughing or nausea.

You should feel confident that camp leaders are setting a good example for your child and keeping them safe at all times. Don’t hesitate to talk to camp administrators or counselors if you have questions. To learn more about the California Department of Public Health’s safety guidelines, visit COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Day Camps.

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