Welcome to Diablo Day Camp

July 1, 2021

GSNorCal has eased some COVID protocols, including their carpool rules. Carpooling is allowed with masking, under the following guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html

We will no longer be doing temperature checks upon arrival, but we will still be requiring the online pre-camp health screening.

In consideration of those at camp who cannot be vaccinated, all other COVID safety protocols will remain in effect. 

June 1, 2021

Dear Day Camp Families,

I wanted to give you an update on Diablo Day Camp (DDC) for summer 2021.

Our first session begins next week! The DDC COVID Task Force continues to meet and has recently reviewed the DDC COVID-19 Safety Plan and DDC COVID-19 Staff Procedures. You can access both on our website

Even with California eliminating colored tiers as of June 15, we anticipate keeping our COVID safety procedures for the ENTIRE summer. We will continue to stress the 3 Ws:

  • Wear your mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance

Participants will only be allowed to remove masks while eating or drinking or to take a brief mask break.

Carpooling is NOT allowed by the Girl Scouts of Northern California. Campers are required to complete an online health screening the evening before they arrive at camp each day. If anyone in the car has not completed the check in and the parent of that person is not in the car and available to fill out the check-in form, none of the people in the car will be allowed to exit the vehicle or attend camp that day.

All participants will bring lunch each day. Individual session directors can decide if they will allow cooking for desserts and what methods will be allowed. Throughout the week, hive dishwashing will be kept to a bare minimum, if not eliminated entirely. This is to avoid congregating at a central location where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain. Whenever possible, participants will use paper plates, foil and plasticware instead of dishes that would need to be washed.

It is suggested that campers bring an old bath-sized towel or sit-upon so they can sit in the hula hoops, especially during lunch. This will allow everyone to maintain distance while masks are off. 

Handwashing stations will be set up in each unit. Each unit will have a pop-up paper towel dispenser and a container for gray water. This is to avoid congregating at the biffys where physical distancing may be difficult to maintain. 

Bandanas are not to be used as hand towels. They should not be used as face masks, but they are better than nothing. Bandanas will not be allowed as face coverings on the archery range while shooting. Bandanas ARE allowed as a fashion accessory as a scarf or head covering.

Remember, each individual session has a COVID-19 liaison to support that session. The COVID-19 liaisons serve as designated volunteers who communicate directly with participant families in the event that a participant displays COVID-19 symptoms. 

? Session COVID-19 liaison phone numbers: 

  • DDC COVID cell phone (will be passed from liaison to liaison throughout the summer): 925-856-8561
  • Camp Twin Canyon landline (rings in the Hive, please be patient waiting for an answer): 925-284-1058

? Name/Email of session COVID-19 liaison: 

  • Session 1: Wendy Thomas (Cracker Jack) / COVID-S1@diablodaycamp.org
  • Session 2: Karen Amos (Spots) / COVID-S2@diablodaycamp.org
  • Session 3: Carrie Kojima (Carebear) / COVID-S3@diablodaycamp.org
  • Session 7: Kim Rodriguez (Tulip) / COVID-S7@diablodaycamp.org
  • Session 8: Elizabeth Souza (Mistletoe) / COVID-S8@diablodaycamp.org
  • Diablo Day Camp, Lynn Sanford, Administrator
    • P.O. Box 803, Alamo, CA 94507
    • 925-963-4951 
    • Administrator@diablodaycamp.org 

As always, safety is our top priority. Please help us keep everyone safe by following our rules to the best of your ability. We look forward to an amazing summer! Please continue to check our website for updates.

Take Care, 

Lynn Sanford / Palatino

Diablo Day Camp Administrator

May 5, 2021

We are excited to welcome you to Diablo Day Camp (DDC). Our first session begins in about four weeks!

 The DDC COVID Task Force has developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan. You can access the Safety Plan on our website. We have also developed special procedures for all volunteers to follow. The DDC COVID-19 staff procedures are also available on our website.   There are a few special things you need to know about camp this year. This information is based on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health, the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health and Girl Scouts of Northern California. This information is ever-changing. Plans and procedures will be updated as conditions change.  Each individual session has a COVID-19 liaison to support that session. The COVID-19 liaisons serve as designated volunteers who communicate directly with participant families in the event that a participant displays COVID-19 symptoms.   

Session COVID-19 liaison phone numbers

  • DDC COVID cell phone (will be passed from liaison to liaison throughout the summer): 925-856-8561
  • Camp Twin Canyon landline (rings in the Hive, please be patient waiting for an answer): 925-284-1058

Name/Email of session COVID-19 liaison

 As the DDC Administrator, I am the main COVID-19 liaison assigned to support health and wellness needs at the site. I am the point of contact with the Contra Costa County Public Health Department and Girl Scouts of Northern California.  Diablo Day Camp, Lynn Sanford, AdministratorP.O. Box 803, Alamo, CA 94507925-963-4951 Administrator@diablodaycamp.org

Before you come to camp:

  • It is suggested that participants monitor themselves for symptoms 14 days prior to camp, and limit any activities outside of camp during their session week.
  • Participants who exhibit symptoms, including fever over 100 degrees should NOT attend camp. They should stay home and monitor symptoms. They should call day camp phone and report their absence to the session COVID-19 liaison. Hive: 925-284-1058. COVID cell phone: 925-856-8561.
  • If a participant thinks they have COVID or tests positive for COVID before camp, they should isolate themselves for 10 days after the test results. Participants can attend camp after the 10 day isolation period so long as they are fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) for 24 hours and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

While you are at camp:

  • Carpooling is discouraged by Girl Scouts of Northern California to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • Parents/guardians: There is a benefit to having one parent/guardian to drop off and pick up campers every day. Individuals who are at higher-risk for severe illness per CDC guidance should not drop off or pickup campers.
  • Everyone at camp will be required to wear a mask throughout the day, except when actively eating or drinking. 
  • Please bring spare masks in your backpack.
  • Each family will need to complete an online check-in through RegPack daily, for all participants in their family. Check-ins will need to be completed the night before by midnight. A paper version of the check-in form will be available at camp if the online check-in is not received.  
  • Participants will receive a no-touch temperature check as they arrive.
  • Participants will not be allowed to enter or stay at camp without completing this check-in process.
  • Participants who exhibit symptoms, including fever over 100 degrees will not be allowed to enter camp.

After your camp session is over:

  • We suggest that participants continue monitor themselves for symptoms 14 days AFTER coming to camp. Please report any positive COVID test results to your session COVID liaison or me (Administrator@diablodaycamp.org).

 Safety is our top priority, as always, but even more so this year. We look forward to an amazing summer! Please continue to check our website for updates.

Sincerely, 

Palatino / Lynn Sanford
Diablo Day Camp Administrator (administrator@diablodaycamp.org)

March 23, 2021

We are no longer accepting registration for the summer of 2021. You are welcome to create an account with your camper information to ensure that you get all notices for the summer of 2022.

March 1, 2021 (updated March 15, 2021)

Thank-you for your patience as the Diablo Day Camp (DDC) operating committee continues to work through the details of operating the Camp during 2021.  The DDC committee and volunteer staff are proceeding with the hope that the situation will improve in Contra Costa County and that the pandemic will be under control.

Twin Canyon is located in Contra Costa County, which requires that County status be in the Orange Tier before operating an in-person camp. Restrictions continue to vary week to week, depending on the tier in the county and the DDC committee is monitoring any changes to that guidance.

Expected Modifications for a Safer Camp Experience 

After lengthy discussion and consideration, the DDC committee has implemented the following actions to ensure the safety of campers and 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).
    • Tags will not be registered (preschool-age children of volunteers).
    • Current Kindergarten or current first grade campers and boys (sons of volunteers) will not be registered.
    • Campers and boys must currently be in at least second grade in order to register and attend camp.
    • There will be no swimming activities offered during 2021.
    • Sessions will not offer late night or overnight options.
    • Campers will bring a bag lunch from home each day.

The DDC operating committee recognizes that cooking is a big part of Diablo Day Camp 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.

DDC Covid Committee

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.   

As in the past, the number of campers that can be accepted will be dependent on the number of volunteers who register as well as health code guidelines.  Registration will be first come/first served within those limitations.  The NEW registration software does provide recording a  waiting list in the event additional campers, elves or staff can be accepted.  

The DDC committee does 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 (administrator@diablodaycamp.org)

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