Welcome to Diablo Day Camp

February 23, 2020

I wanted to share updates with you. The Diablo Day Camp committee is still planning to offer day camp sessions this summer. We are proceeding with the hope that the situation will improve and the pandemic will be more under control than it is presently.

Both camp locations are in Contra Costa County which requires that we be in the Orange Tier status before we can operate in-person camp. Restrictions may vary week to week, depending on what tier our county is in at the time. 

Expected Modifications for a Safer Camp Experience 

After lengthy discussion and consideration, the committee has implemented modifications to ensure the safety of our campers and our volunteer staff.

    • Camp hours will be reduced. Camp will run from 9:00am to 2:00pm daily. 
    • Camp capacity will be reduced by 50%  (units of 10-12 campers).
    • We will not register tags (preschool-age children of volunteers).
    • We will not register current Kindergarten or current first grade campers and boys (sons of volunteers). Campers and boys must currently be in at least second grade in order to register and attend camp.
    • There will be no swimming at either site this summer.
    • Sessions will not offer late night or overnight options.
  • Campers will bring a bag lunch from home each day. The committee recognizes that cooking is a big part of Diablo Day Camp, especially at Camp Twin Canyon, but we also felt that it would be difficult to maintain social distancing while preparing and cooking meals. If the county allows cooking, each session directing team will decide if campers will cook a snack or dessert item one or two days during the week.

The DDC Covid Committee is continuing to discuss daily protocols and procedures needed to keep everyone safe. We are developing plans for safe camper check-in, biffy cleaning, craft projects, nature hikes, and more. We are considering each and every detail of camp using guidelines provided by American Camp Association, Girl Scouts and State and County Covid orders. Once complete, we will need to have everything approved by both Girl Scouts NorCal and Contra Costa County.  Please understand that the state, the county or the Girl Scout council could direct us to cancel camp at any time.  If we have to cancel camp, we will issue full refunds.

Registration Updates

Our new online registration program will allow us to be flexible as we register as many of you as we safely can.  We are currently testing this program by registering our directors.  Assuming all runs smoothly we will  be opening registration to seasoned staff (who have worked at camp for at least 2 years).  Look for a registration invite in your email at the end of February.   

Registration for remaining volunteers and elf trainers should start around March 1st. Finally, registration will open to all. The number of campers we can accept will be dependent on the number of volunteers who register and health code guidelines.  Registration will be first come/first served.  The registration software does allow us to maintain a waiting list in the event we are able to accept more staff/elves/campers.  

We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we try to work out how best to safely run camp in these uncertain times.

Please continue to visit our website for exact dates and other updates as they become available. 

Sincerely, 

Palatino / Lynn Sanford
Diablo Day Camp Administrator

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