Like you, we hope to see life return to normal by the time camp opens on June 22nd. We will all need summer camp more than ever!
Even though social distancing may be paused by that time allowing our kids to play outside and with each other once again, the threat of contracting COVID-19 will remain.
As soon as we are allowed to do so, we will be touring our facilities with health professionals to determine how best minimize the risk of campers or staff contracting COVID-19. This will include everything from scheduling hand washing breaks, ensuring we are well-supplied with hand sanitizer, rigorous daily sanitizing of equipment, scheduling sports and activities that minimize risk, and evaluating the plausibility of field trips during this unique summer.
As the situation develops we will keep you well informed about the steps we are taking and new policies we adopt.
Healthy, Yummy and Fresh Food
After so much exercise and excitement, your kids will need to eat well and stay hydrated in the El Cerrito sunshine.
Camp Olympia offers an optional catered lunch and snack program Monday through Friday in our cafeteria. Campers can choose from three fresh options prepared on site each day. Hot, buttered pasta and make-your-own sandwiches are available everyday. A new, yummy, kid-friendly item such as pizza, tacos, hamburgers, and chicken nuggets rotates in and out as the third choice.
All meals are made fresh daily and include seasonal fruits and veggies at no charge.
Every effort is made to provide food and drink free of artificial food colorings, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and any added sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Campers who bring their own snack & lunch to camp will not feel out of place doing so. Campers who do bring their own snack and lunch will be given healthy fruit juice and/or ice water free of charge.
As wonderful as unplugging and playing outside all day in the Bay Area weather can be, a bad sunburn or heat exhaustion can put a big damper on it all. We ask that you apply a healthy covering of sunscreen in the morning before dropping your child off at camp and make sure you send him/her with a hat.
Once in our care, our staff will make sure that more sunscreen is applied at morning snack, lunch and during the afternoon break as needed. Camp Olympia provides 50 SPF broad spectrum sunscreen that is water resistant, hypoallergenic, greaseless, and noncomedogenic. Our sunscreen is free of:
Please make sure that your child arrives at camp well fed and hydrated so that he/she has the energy needed to jump into morning activities.
Once at Camp Olympia we take great care to make sure your child stays well hydrated and doesn’t get overheated. Your child is free to carry and manage their own water bottle if that is your preference. However, water is readily available throughout camp.
In normal sunny weather, each group will get a water break after every activity. In the event that we encounter a heat spell, campers will take multiple water breaks during every 45 minute outdoor activity.
To avoid overheating on overly hot days, staff members will consistently mist the campers with spray bottles to keep them cool. Activities utilizing water (water balloons, water relays, slip & slides, etc) are often incorporated into the daily activities to help campers cool down and have a blastWe
Thanks for your interest in Camp Olympia.
It is with very heavy hearts that we have decided not to open Camp Olympia this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As parents ourselves, we share your agonizing desire to give our own kids a summer filled with all of the amazing things Camp Olympia is designed to provide: joyful, fun-filled sports and games; forever friendships; lifetime memories; tons of opportunities to practice and build character strengths that come from teaming with peers and trying new things; and, last but certainly not least, close relationships with well-trained, amazing counselors.
We will deliver all that and more… in 2021! We hope you will join us then!
Feel free to hang out and learn all about Camp OIympia and provide your email address below so that we can reach out to you when we open registration for 2021.
Be well and stay safe.
Owner & Director of Camp Olympia