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Our Plan

We received our guidance from Washington State Governor’s office for opening summer camp this summer. Some changes that you should expect. As we look ahead and prepare for the summer, we want to be as transparent as possible with our families about our approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and the steps we plan to take to protect our campers and staff.


Health Requirements

All campers are required to:

*Have a negative COVID test no more than three days prior to arrival or have proof of full vaccination. If your child is sick or receives a positive COVID test prior to attending camp– we will place your child in another session and if you cannot attend a different session and you have a doctor‘s note then a refund minus the deposit will be given. Free Testing sites Washington State

*Wear masks whether they are vaccinated or not (Campers & Staff) unless outside doing activities or eating. (always practicing social distancing).

*To bring 5 masks with them.

*Complete a health screening upon arrival

*Complete daily symptom screenings (Campers &  Staff) This will consist of temperature checks and brief questions.

Health Screening

Daily health screenings will be conducted during the check-in process. The screening will consist of :

*Check for observable signs of illness (running nose, Cough, ect.)

*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


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.


Our Approach

We will be relying on the expertise of camps who have remained open during COVID-19, as well as guidelines from the American Camp Association and Washington State, to keep our community healthy.


*We have placed hand sanitizers in main areas so campers can hand sanitize when entering and exiting.

*In addition to our fire drill and rules of camp we will also practice hand washing and hand sanitizing.

*We are also hiring some staff to frequently clean high traffic areas.

*Cabins will be in pods consisting of about 7-8 campers per cabin – two cabins will move more closely together with one unit director and each cabin will have a staff member.

*Meals outside unless the weather is bad

*We are recommending and offering vaccines to all staff.


We feel that it’s important to be transparent about the changes that we’ll need to make for 2022. These changes are needed both to keep campers and staff safe as well as to ensure Camp Fire’s long-term financial stability. These policies apply to all summer overnight programs at Camp Zanika.


*Non-Refundable Deposit: The deposit of $75 per reservation is non-refundable, even if we have to cancel programs. Any payments made beyond the $75 deposit will be refundable until June 1, or later in case of medical cancellation. Exemptions will be made for financial aid recipients.

*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 reducing cabin size, check in and check out procedures, health screening and temperature checks, wearing masks, frequent cleaning, limiting interactions between cabin groups, and meals eaten outdoors or at socially distanced tables. Possible requirements for campers and staff may include COVID testing or a 14-day quarantine prior to arrival at camp, or receipt of a vaccine if available.

*Specialty Programs & Field Trips: Field trips for grades 4-7 will be restricted to day trip hiking trails near camp. Grades 8-12 will also be restricted to hiking trails near camp and maybe the possibility of overnight camping in remote areas. Free activity days will be eliminated in 2021.

COVID19 Outdoor Recreation Guidance

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.

Light the fire within