Santa Cruz Overnight Camp

Health Policy Updates

Health Policy Update for Summer 2023  (as of August 17, 2022)

We continue to follow the recommendations of various agencies and want to let everyone know that COVID vaccination may be required for camp attendance in 2023.  Our best suggestion is that you secure a place now and wait for further announcements in the Winter as things become clearer. You can cancel with no penalty up to 1/31/2023. As of today, it is most likely that we will require vaccinations, but we will continue to research and trust our medical team as they evaluate best practices for camps.


Health Policy Update for Summer 2022 – June 5, 2022

Overnight Camp – 

All campers in attendance at any overnight camp program must meet the CDC requirement for fully vaccinated.  Medical exemptions will be considered on a case by case basis. In addition, all campers enrolled as a Counselor in Training or a Junior Counselor MUST meet the CDC requirement for up to date vaccinations which includes a booster shot for this age group.

We recommend (but do not require) boosters for all eligible campers (eligibility is detailed here.)

Given the uncertainty around all travel plans, we still recommend getting the standard plan travel insurance if you haven’t already.

We REQUIRE that two rapid antigen tests be taken for every arriving camper. We will be emailing families with details.

There are no exceptions to this testing policy. For us to return to anything like normal operations, we must continue to have robust testing protocols in place. A camper cannot attend camp if both or the second of these tests is positive.

Campers arriving by plane must following the testing protocol and should not fly if they have a positive result. We will not be able to meet them at the airport if they have tested positive.

Refund Policy: this is a reasonable question, but at this stage of the pandemic, we feel that the risks of any camp experience being modified, curtailed, or cancelled are entirely foreseeable. Any cancellation, early departure from camp due to a positive test result, group isolation due to an exposure to COVID, or other interruption to the camp experience will not result in a refund. We will try to offer a partial credit towards next summer when possible but will determine this after this summer is over.

Click here for more information about:

  • If a camper tests positive before camp
  • If a camper tests positive while at camp
  • At camp testing
  • Staff testing
  • Masking

We continue to stay up to date with requirements and recommendations from the CDC, CDPH, CalOSHA, the County of Santa Cruz, and the American Camp Association.

Day Camp

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Kennolyn’s Day Camp is a fully outdoor program.  As schools have reopened without vaccination mandates, we feel that we can operate without requiring COVID vaccinations at this time. Masks will be optional outdoors and REQUIRED on buses and when entering our office and health center.  No indoor spaces will be used for activities.

We continue to join the CDC in strongly recommending vaccinations for all eligible children and adults. All Kennolyn counselors are vaccinated.

If you enroll for Kennolyn’s Day Camp, you are subject to the cancellation terms as detailed in our online registration. COVID is a known risk, and refunds will not be granted for camp attendance lost due to COVID infection, exposure, policy changes, or future vaccination mandates. We recommend purchasing the standard plan tuition refund insurance and vaccinating all eligible children.