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Please help us keep camp a healthy place.  If your child shows signs of illness (fever, coughing, sore throat or vomiting) in the 72 hours before your session starts, keep your child home and contact camp for advisement. We take many steps to encourage healthy group living while at camp, including frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, regular cleaning of common spaces and disinfection of living spaces between sessions. 

As COVID restrictions change we will be working on updating this page.

COVID Safety Policies: We will be implementing COVID safety procedures determined by Washington State guidelines and recommendations from the American Camp Association. Known protocols will include health screening and temperature checks, wearing masks when necessary or if the child want to wear a mask, and frequent cleaning. Campers and staff will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test taken within three days of camp as well as quarantine from the date of the test until arrival at camp.

Any child who exhibits symptoms of illness, has a fever above 100.4 degrees F, or who may have contracted or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 will not be allowed to stay at camp.

Health Requirements

All campers attending Camp Zanika are required to:

  • Complete a health history form- please complete paperwork at least three weeks before arrival, or as soon as you register for camp.
  • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test and provide proof of full vaccination or fill out an exemption form.
  • Campers will complete a health screening 
  • A health screening will also be conducted during the check-in process. The screening will consist of:
    • Check for observable signs of illness (runny nose, cough, etc.)
    • Temperature check – must be below 100.4 degrees F without use of fever-reducing medications
    • Attestation that the child and household members:
      • Have not had signs of illness for 14 days prior to camp
      • Have not been diagnosed with or suspected to have COVID-19
      • Have not been exposed to anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccines

Per Washington State Guidelines, all campers and staff must Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to check in day. Please take a picture of your test and make a copy to drop off at check in and please upload the picture to your account. We will not have time to look at all of the account for the uploads so please bring a copy of the test result.


Please pack a couple of masks just in case. We will not require masks to be worn unless it is required by state regulations, if your child feels safer wearing their masks then we will encourage them to do so.

Health Care

There is always a health care supervisor on site. In the event that your child needs medical attention, has a significant illness or has been injured but does not require outside medical attention you will be contacted by phone. All staff are First Aid & CPR trained.


All medications, vitamins, and over the counter medicines must be turned in to the nurse during check-in, where they will be kept in a locked cabinet for the nurse to distribute. All medications and vitamins must be in the original container, and clearly marked with directions, contents, and the camper’s name. Prescriptions not properly labeled will not be accepted. Be sure to send enough to last through the session. Over the counter medications such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, allergy medications, etc. will be on hand to be dispensed as needed by the health care supervisor.

Special Needs

In order to participate a child must be able to meet his or her own personal care needs with a minimal assistance or reminders, control his or her own actions most of the time, follow instructions from adults, and interact safely and cooperatively with peers. We cannot support campers who are unable to control violent or disruptive behavior, or who need significant help with toileting, bathing, or dressing.


There will be mosquitoes at camp. Make sure to pack enough repellent to last your campers whole stay. When purchasing a product, pay attention to how often you must re-apply. Staff remind campers to apply and carry repellent. If you have questions about what product will best meet your child’s needs, discuss the issue with your family physician. We recommend no higher than 30% DEET.


All meals at Camp Zanika are prepared and cooked by our kitchen staff, served family style and one of the highlights of a camper’s week. Campers are encouraged to try our nutritional kid friendly meals, alternative choices are always available. There is a salad bar option at dinner and lunch, a breakfast bar option in the morning, and fruit is available all day for snacks. . Local and organic items are used when available On cookouts campers get to help their counselors prepare, cook and clean up after the meals.

Dietary Restrictions

Camp Zanika strives to be a nut free & vegetarian friendly camp. Any dietary restrictions should be noted on the special needs and medical forms, so our staff can be prepared. Parents/Guardians may be asked to provide food items for certain restrictions. Please contact us if you have any concerns.

Swim Checks

All Camper s will be tested for swimming skills by the waterfront staff, and then placed in the swimming level that will result in the greatest benefits to the camper.

Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

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