Frequently Asked Questions

What changes will you be making due to COVID-19?

We are currently working with state and federal authorities, along with the LA County Health Department to determine the best practices to put in place prior to the summer starting. As time passes, we are learning an incredible amount and we want to be sure that we are doing everything we can to create a safe environment for our campers and staff by following all protocols determined by the CDC, American Camp Association, and local officials. We will continue to update this FAQ as well as our enrolled families (through email) with what, if any, changes or adjustments are needed to our typical program and procedures.

Do you have any religious affiliation?

Camp Kinneret is not affiliated with any religious or cultural organization

Do you have a first aid office on site? What if my child has special medical needs?

We have a centrally located first aid office on site. While we do not employ a Registered Nurse, we do hire a summer staff person as our designated Certified First Aid Provider (or CFAP). Our CFAP is there to provide basic care to campers and treat the small bumps and scrapes that happen throughout the day. Additionally, the CFAP and all of our Leadership Team members, lifeguards, and several other camp staff members are certified in Red Cross CPR and First Aid. In the event of an emergency, camp is located near 2 fire stations and a sheriff’s station that are fully aware of our program. We also work with pediatrician Dr. Jason Bromberg, a former Camp Kinneret staff member and current camp parent. If the need arises, we can call Dr. Bromberg to get his professional opinion.

We are prepared to accommodate a range of common medical needs (severe allergic reactions being one example). In certain cases, children may attend camp with the support of a 1:1 aide to ensure that they receive sufficient care and support. If your child has special medical needs, please call us so that we can discuss what level of care we are able to provide.

How often is sunscreen applied?

We require counselors to help campers apply sunscreen before swim, after swim, before hikes, and after hikes. We also have “sunscreen stations” throughout camp so that counselors can help campers re-apply sunscreen whenever needed.

What if my child won’t know anyone at camp?

We think camp is perfect for meeting new people and making new friends! Your camper’s group counselor will take time on the first few days to help everyone get to know each other. By the end of their summer with us, your child will have gained more confidence to meet new people in other parts of their lives.

What if my child doesn’t want to do an activity?

Campers will remain with their groups at all times at all activity areas, but your camper will never be forced to participate in an activity that makes him/her uncomfortable. Of course, your child will be encouraged to try new things and face new challenges with the support of friends and a caring counselor.

May I visit my child at camp?

Of course! We invite parents to visit camp and experience the magic of Camp Kinneret whenever it is convenient for them. While we used to have “Visiting Day” we found that campers really didn’t enjoy this day because it wasn’t “camp”. If you would like to visit your camper, you can call the office to find out your camper’s schedule or simply stop by any day that works for you. Please be sure to bring your ID with you because you will need to check in before you are allowed onto the site.

Do you take field trips?

Campers entering 4th through 9th grades can participate in the four beach trips we take each summer (2 each session). Campers are accompanied by their counselors and transported in the same buses they take to and from camp and are driven by the same professional bus drivers. All beach trips are directly supervised by a camp Leadership Team member. Campers entering preschool through 3rd grades remain on the camp site every day.

What do you do on very hot days?

We train our staff to modify activities as needed, and all staff are trained in heat illness prevention and recognition. Hikes will be cancelled if the Leadership Team thinks it’s necessary. All of our other outdoor activities take place in or near shaded areas, which helps when campers need to cool off. On exceptionally hot days, we may add water play to outdoor activities as well! Additionally, camp groups are encouraged to slow down and drink more water. (We do have a few indoor, air conditioned activities as well).

What do I need to send to camp each day? What should campers wear to camp?

Every day, your camper should bring a lunch and a backpack or bag that contains a bathing suit and towel (some campers like to swim with goggles as well!). Younger children are encouraged to carry an extra set of clothing and underwear in their bag each day. Please do not pack any electronics, music players, or cell phones as campers will not be permitted to use them during the camp day or on the bus. Your camper will be too busy with camp activities anyway!

Campers should wear clothes designed for active play. Campers should also wear clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty! Campers must wear close-toed shoes for safety reasons.

Do you provide a snack?

We provide a frozen juice bar for every camper before the afternoon assembly; around 2:45 pm. Campers entering preschool through 1st grade also get a mid-morning snack of graham crackers and milk or water.

Will my camper need to bring a lunch?

Yes. We do not provide a lunch program. All campers and staff bring their lunch with them to camp each day. Lunches are refrigerated until lunch time. Each camper will receive a Camp Kinneret insulated lunch bag on their first day of camp. Milk and water are provided at lunchtime.

Can you accommodate campers with special needs?

We welcome any child who can participate safely and successfully in our camp program. Over the years children of many different abilities have attended camp, and we encourage you to contact us so that we can determine whether our program can meet your child’s needs. If you would like your child to attend with a 1:1 aide, we would like you to know ahead of time that we do require 1:1s to meet certain requirements, pass a background check, and adhere to our camp personnel policies.

Do you have a program for high school students?

Our CILT (Camp Internship for Leadership Training) program is available to high school students who are entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. If your high school aged child is interested in applying for the CILT program this summer, please click here for more information.

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