Health and Safety

The health and safety of our campers and staff are our top priority. We are partnering with the Monterey County Health Department and implementing recommended protocols during Summer 2021.

Summer at Santa Catalina provides staff with safety equipment and training to ensure EVERYONE at camp stays safe while also making new friends, challenging themselves, and having some serious fun. This means we are making changes to protect our community from communicable diseases like COVID-19. Some things are very much the same, like our intentional programming designed to encourage campers to gain confidence, nurture their independence and self-reliance, and create meaningful lifelong friendships! Read more about our program for Summer 2021.

Summer at Santa Catalina campers and counselor on a school bus

California has adopted a tiered system for determining whether schools and other businesses may reopen, based on a county's COVID-19 risk level. There are four color-coded tiers: purple (widespread); red (substantial); orange (moderate); and yellow (minimal). Schools (and our residential summer camp) can reopen for in-person activities once their county is in the red tier. Monterey County is currently in the orange tier. For more information, see California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

It is imperative that each member of our camp community remain committed to the following safety and policy procedures to help keep campers, employees, students, staff, faculty, and families safe. 

Santa Catalina Community Expectations—Our Collective Responsibility 

We urge all campers and employees coming to campus to take steps to protect good health prior to attending camp. In order to mitigate the risk of infection and the spread of COVID-19, we ask all campers and staff to incorporate these practices into your daily routine:

  • wash your hands
  • wear a mask in all situations when distancing cannot be met 
  • maintain a physical distance of six feet from others and avoid large crowds 
  • continue to follow public health orders and minimize exposure 

On April 2, the California Department of Public Health issued a travel advisory which recommends "delaying travel until persons are fully vaccinated, because travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19." Fully vaccinated travelers "should follow CDC travel guidance, and are not required to test or quarantine before or after travel unless they have symptoms concerning for COVID-19 disease."

Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated are advised to "get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel, and get tested 3-5 days upon arrival to their destination. They should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative."

International campers should refer to the Centers for Disease Control for a list of countries from which certain travelers are prohibited from entering the United States. These include China, Iran, the United Kingdom and other European countries, Brazil, and South Africa. Campers from other countries may be able to fly directly to the United States.

Emergency Contacts and Stateside Guardians 

  • Parents of day campers must provide two emergency contacts who are able to pick up your child from campus within one hour of receiving a call from the camp for any emergency, including COVID-19. 
  • Parents of domestic residential campers must provide the name(s) of guardians who are able to reach campus within one day of receiving a call from the camp for any emergency, including COVID-19. 
  • Parents of international residential campers must provide the name(s) of stateside guardians who are able to reach campus within one day of receiving a call from the camp for any emergency, including COVID-19.