what we know today
last update: 6/16/20
What if I need to cancel after I register? What if camp has to close?
How will campers be grouped together?
Los Angeles County has released guidance and are allowing camps do operate. Since Tumbleweed is reopening, how to you know it is safe to have camp?
How will campers get to and from camp each day?
The requirements we’d need to follow for camp vehicles make it impossible for us to efficiently provide transportation like we normally do. Campers will need to be dropped off and picked up each day by a parent/guardian; it’s highly recommended that your family designates one person to handle this for the entire time your child is at camp. Camp guidelines require that we stagger arrival and departure to avoid having large groups at camp, so when you register, you’ll select a window of time to do that (either 8:30-9:00 am and 3:30-4:00 pm OR 9:00-9:30 am and 4:00-4:30 pm).
How to I register for camp?
For 2020, campers are required to sign up for consecutive, full weeks of camp (Monday through Friday); you can choose as many consecutive weeks as you’d like between July 6 and August 14.
What happens when we arrive at camp?
When you arrive at camp each day, a staff member will greet your car in the parking lot. We’ll ask you some questions about potential symptoms and COVID exposure and check your child’s temperature, and then we’ll bring them to their group. Parents/guardians will not be allowed to park or exit their cars this summer, including on your child’s first day of camp.
What does a typical camp day look like?
Even in a typical summer, most time at camp is spent engaging in a variety of activities with your group, and that won’t change this summer! Each day, your child will participate in five different activities, including swimming, with their group. While we’ll have to avoid large group activities like assemblies and all-camp events, those will take place within the group throughout the camp day.
Will activities be the same this year?
Can I visit camp? Can I come with my child on the first day?
In a typical summer, we love visitors! Unfortunately, state and county guidance requires us to limit the number of people who are at camp, and so we won’t be able to allow visits this summer. If you have questions or want to talk about your child’s experience, please give us a call.
What happens if my child gets sick? What if someone in their group does?
What about masks?
All of our staff will be wearing face coverings at all times, except while in the pool. LA County’s guidance is also requiring campers to wear masks, and we do too! Please send your child to camp with a cloth face covering. All staff, campers, and parents are reminded to either replace face coverings or wash them daily before use the next day. Tumbleweed has extra, clean masks in case a person's face covering becomes wet or dirty.
Do you have any discounts?
Because of our limited number of spaces for this summer, we aren’t able to offer any discounts, camperships or financial assistance. If you had registered for camp prior to our suspension and didn’t receive a refund, we’ll apply the rate you paid at the time you initially registered.
How will lunch and snack work?
As usual, you will send a lunch with your camper each day. We recommend sending some extra snacks this summer as well. We already discourage campers from sharing food, because of allergies, and that’s been a recommended practice to continue in 2020. We’ll provide an afternoon snack.
What about Twilight Riding / Overnights / Extended Care?
These programs all have a lot of moving parts, and unfortunately, we won’t be offering them this year. They’ll be back in 2021!
I heard you had a webinar to discuss how this summer is going to be different than other summers. Did you record it and can I watch it?
Yes! We hosted a webinar on Tuesday, June 16 to discuss some changes to the Tumbleweed program and also chat about what is staying the same. You can view the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/2-VYIaOhpmVLc43O-EDxa5VxEJ_Keaa8g3VN_PEEzB4J4k1SdAss62T3Cddp4WOR
What should my camper bring to camp each day?
A Letter from our directors
last update: 6/11/20
TO OUR TUMBLEWEED FAMILY
When we suspended camp about a month ago, we were overwhelmed by parents like you holding out hope for this summer, and so we’ve been working hard to determine if, when and how we could provide some kind of camp program for your family. Los Angeles County, too, has identified that day camps are critically important to reopening LA’s economy and has encouraged us to be open this summer and provide this vital service to your family. Most importantly, we know how much Tumbleweed means to you and your child(ren), and if we could make it happen safely, we knew we would! We’re very excited to announce that, with newly released guidance from the state, directives from LA County, an operating guide from the American Camp Association and many conversations with our camp pediatrician, we will be having camp this summer beginning July 6.
Summer Camp 2020 will look different from a typical summer, with the goal of keeping your family and our staff as safe and healthy as we possibly can. If you aren’t staying home completely, no activity is entirely safe, and sending your child to camp does raise their risk of contracting COVID-19 and/or transmitting it to others. We’re working really hard to make your child(ren)’s experience this summer as safe as possible and as fun as possible, but it will be weird and different. We’ll be counting on you, as a camp parent, to work with us to create the best possible summer for your child. Please read on for more information on changes we’re making for this unusual summer…
In order to limit interactions and contacts, all campers will need to attend for all five days per week, for as many consecutive weeks as you’d like from July 6 through August 14. Your child will be in a group of up to 11 other campers and two counselors, and the makeup of that group will be constant over the week. Siblings who are in the same grade or one grade apart will be grouped together, in accordance with LA County’s directives on reducing contacts.
Unfortunately, the physical distancing that’s required on a large vehicle would make it impossible for us to efficiently provide transportation this summer. So, all campers will be dropped off and picked up at camp each day by a parent or guardian. Drop off will take place between 8:30 and 9:30 and pick up between 3:30 and 4:30; you’ll choose a specific time when you register for camp.
We’ll be following all of California, Los Angeles County, and the American Camp Association’s guidelines in safely providing camp activities, cleaning supplies and equipment, and staggering use of camp areas to avoid disease transmission. Due to guidance about sanitizing equipment and distancing, we will be unable to offer horseback riding this summer. All other activities will take place, with some modifications that won’t change your camper’s experience!
Hygiene, Cleaning and More
All campers and staff will be required to wear cloth face coverings at all times, other than while eating or swimming. There’s lots more information on our website regarding our plans for cleaning, screening, hygiene, communication, and lots more. (Our website and FAQs will be fully updated by the end of the day on Friday, June 12.) We know, too, that things are always changing, and restrictions in LA County and at Tumbleweed may get stricter or looser as we get closer to summer. We’re going to be hosting webinars soon (more information to come) about all of the changes for 2020. If you have any questions, please ask!
The most important part of Tumbleweed is the chance for your child to unplug, explore nature, and play outdoors with friends new and old. While we’re making lots of changes to keep our camp family as safe as possible, nothing will change those parts of the Tumbleweed experience! We can’t wait to see your camper(s) again this summer.
Here's to braving this new reality together!
Liz and Andy Kimmelman