March 10, 2021 Update
The Quick Update:
We are spending a lot of time working on scenarios for how to safely open Camp Mendocino—in some form—for summer 2021 and, as you can imagine, camper and staff safety is our #1 priority. We are optimistic that we can give you a meaningful update in early April and will update you via email and through our website as we have more specific information.
How We are Making Decisions:
Earlier this year, we started a Covid-19 Health & Safety Task Force to help us make decisions about our ability to safely open Camp Mendocino this summer. This 20-person task force has been utilizing research and best practices from a variety of sources to think critically about the summer. Taking account of Covid-19 considerations, we have been discussing policies and procedures related to: health and safety, facilities and operations, transportation, family experience and communication, programs/activities, camper experience, and staff experience.
Who is on the Task Force:
Year-round Camp staff
Seasonal Camp staff
What Guides our Decision Making:
Survey Results from over 100 families
BGCSF’s extensive experience operating in person over the past 12 months
State and local government guidance
Available scientific research
Trusted organizations like the American Camp Association
What Camp Might Look Like:
Cohorts of campers
Social Distancing required
Testing of campers and staff
Pre-Camp quarantine for campers and staff
Changes to the Camp schedule
Changes to staff expectations
In the meantime, although we may not have the answer to many questions, please contact our Camp office via telephone or email. We are happy to talk with you.
We know that our campers need us more than ever right at this time. We hope that we can see at least some of the smiling faces we missed in 2020. Again, we hope you all are safe, healthy, and well.
COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will Camp Mendocino be open this summer?
We hope so - in some form.
What parties are influenced summer camp decisions?
The World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, the federal government, state officials, and many others are all constantly publishing information about COVID-19. While most information is common amongst all parties, we have looked at all sources to come up with our decision for the summer. As a program of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, we have consistently consulted with the City - specifically the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families (DCYF) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) - for guidance and information-sharing. We are also paying close attention to guidance from Mendocino County, where Camp is physically located.
What additional steps will Camp Mendocino take in the future to prevent COVID-19 and other communicable diseases?
How can I stay updated on COVID-19?
What other resources do you suggest we follow?
What is the plan for summer 2021?
We are very excited about summer camp next year as we will be celebrating Camp Mendocino’s 90th Anniversary! We have a lot of plans and surprises so we are currently in the early planning stages. We will still offer mini sessions, regular sessions and a session dedicated to military and first responder youth.
How can I support Camp Mendocino during this time?
As you can imagine, not hosting our traditional summer camp or rental groups in 2021 has been challenging. Our costs are also anticipated to be greater this year as we look at solutions around testing, increased cleaning, and other changes to Camp programming and facilities. If you are able during this challenging time, donations would help us to continue operating and preparing for summer 2021.