Our Plan

We know that even with the best possible plans and preparation, there is a chance that we will have to cancel camp again in 2021. We will be closely following the data and guidelines released by the health department and Washington State, and will make a final determination in the spring.

Our target decision date is May 15, 2021. If we have to cancel camp, we will switch to family camping. Parents will be able to receive a refund minus the deposit fee of $75.00, transfer their payments to the following summer or sign up for family camping (family camping includes activities and food up to four family members).

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.

Our Approach

While we understand that the virus may not be under control by 2021, we will be operating with more data, information about the virus, and clear operational guidelines. Our staff and board has had a year to prepare and plan for restarting Camp Zanika while keeping kids and staff as safe as possible. 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.

Changes for 2021

We feel that it’s important to be transparent about the changes that we’ll need to make for 2021. 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.

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