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.

  • Campers will need to have a negative COVID test no more than three days prior to arrival or be vaccinated. 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.
  • Changes will be made to drop off and pick up- Drive thru Drop off and Pick up – All Paperwork and payments will need to be turned in before campers arrival -to reduce the risk of exposure, parents will need to stay in their vehicle.
  • 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
  • Masks will need to be worn by both un-vaccinated Campers and Staff unless outside doing activities or eating. (always practicing social distancing). Vaccinated Campers and staff have to wear a mask indoors. All campers need to bring 5 masks with them.
  • We are recommending and offering vaccines to all staff.
  • Daily symptom screenings are going to be required for campers and staff. This will consist of temperature checks and brief questions.
  • 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.

Our Approach

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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