what we know today
last update: 6/16/20
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