Camp Aleph COVID Updates

This page will be updated as we continue to monitor this fluid situation and as more information becomes available  

We have been approved to open camp this summer!

Modified Dates: Monday June 22- Friday July 3 

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Our COVID-19 FAQ's with information on our procedures and precautions is available below. Please read to familiarize yourself with our procedures, and to see how we are planning to give your children a safe and healthy summer. Our parent handbook will be updated in the coming weeks with additional information.
We will continue to be in contact with local and state health authorities throughout the summer, so that we will be up to date with any regulations and/or safeguards that we will need to have in place to be open for the summer season.    

Registration is open:

There is limited space in camp this year due to the requirement to have smaller bunks and the need for more space to allow proper social distancing. Acceptance to camp will be on a first come first-served basis, with priority given to children registered for both sessions.

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If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us so we can get you the information you need.

Email: [email protected]  Phone Number: (707) 559-8585

 

FAQ's

What are some of the changes we can expect at camp this summer and what is Camp Aleph doing to mitigate the risks?


While this summer program will look different from what our families are used to, we will still operate our camp using our three guiding principles: ‘Safe. Fun. Jewish.’

Obviously a major focus of this summer will be on safety. As things look at this point, based on current CDC and ACA guidelines, we will have the following changes (subject to new guidance):

  • The majority of the camp day will be spent outdoors where the risk of contagion is greatly minimized. This year camp will be located at the Petaluma Fairgrounds with plenty of indoor and outdoor space including a large shaded area.
  • There will be no trips and limited onsite entertainment and specialists.  
  • We will be limiting the size of each group. As such, please register early to ensure that we have space for your child.
  • Camp will operate with stable cohorts (bunks) of 12 campers or less. There won’t be intermingling between the cohorts.
  • There will be frequent hand-washing, hand-sanitizing, and disinfecting of common surfaces. Supplies will be disinfected before being used by each cohort.
  • Priority will be given to campers joining for both weeks to maintain stability within the cohorts.
  • Parents will stay in their cars, not accompanying their children into camp. Counselors will welcome campers directly from the drop-off area. Campers and staff will be screened daily for symptoms, and temperatures will be taken with a non-contact infrared thermometer.
  • There will be an additional waiver that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.

Does the county allow this?


Summer camp programs have been permitted to open in Sonoma County as per the Health Officer’s orders on May 22nd, provided that guidance is followed. Link

Will my child/children have to socially distance from their peers?

Based on current guidance, campers within one group/cohort will be allowed to intermingle more closely than 6’. We will still be avoiding touching and certain activities that have a higher risk of contagion. Each cohort will maintain distance from other cohorts.

Will my child/children have to wear a mask all day?


Campers age twelve and younger are not required to wear a mask, but are welcome to do so. Counselors will wear masks when indoors or when unable to maintain social distance from other groups.

Will there be swimming?


Yes! Based on current guidance from the CDC, there is no evidence that the virus can be spread through the water in pools. Additionally, the disinfection of the water with chlorine should inactivate the virus.

What about food?


Parents will send along lunch and snacks (no meat as usual). Any snacks provided by camp will be single-serve. Extra care will be given to ensure distancing between 

Will camp have regular hours (9-3)?


Yes! We've been hard at work designing a safe and fun program for your children while adhering to guidelines and restrictions. 

What will drop-off and screening look like?

Counselors will greet campers at their cars. A standard set of symptom screening questions will be asked. Temperatures will be checked with a non-contact infrared thermometer. Children with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be sent home and be unable to return for 72 hours after a fever. Parents need to wait until their child is cleared to join camp. If parents have any questions for the staff, please wait in your vehicle and one of our staff will come to help address your concerns.

Will camp tuition be adjusted?


Although summer camp this year is going to look very different from years past and there will be no trips, the cost for camp will remain the same. On our end, there are a host of expenses relating directly to COVID-19, including staff in charge of sanitizing, PPE, hand sanitizer, and much more, and we will invest a lot more into the on-campus program. With the limit on how many campers we can accommodate, we anticipate our per camper cost actually being higher this summer. We will include an option to contribute towards our COVID-related expenses.

Will camperships be available this year?


Our belief has always been that every Jewish child deserves a rich summer camp experience. This is true this year more than ever, with the children (and the parents) needing a safe and healthy summer break. If finances are an obstacle (especially if your income has been adversely affected by covid) please contact us to and we will do our best to assist. If, on the other hand, your situation allows, please consider contributing to our campership fund, so we can help every child have a summer of a lifetime.

How did you come to this decision?


We spent countless hours combing through the information released by the

  • American Camp Association, including their ‘Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020’
  • Center for Disease Control;
  • The Sonoma County Health Department.
 


We consulted with:


  • Medical professionals
  • A general practitioner
  • We participated in presentations made by a number of other epidemiologists, infectious disease doctors, healthcare consultants and more
  • We worked with local and national camps to identify some best practices to keep our campers and staff as safe as possible