Camp FAQs

Day Camp readiness and some tips to prepare your camper for the best possible experience

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Attendance and Registration

Before attending any of our programs, make sure you're already registered your child to participate. Online registration is available via Enjoy! Online. Please note that we will not be able to provide any refunds or make-up classes due to absences. 

Waiting Lists 

If the program you are interested in full, you may place your child's name on the waiting list. In the event waiting lists grows and if resources permit, another camp may be added to accommodate participants off the waiting list. If someone withdraws and a spot in the camp opens, we’ll contact the first participant on the waiting list. If offered a spot, you will be given a deadline to register and complete payment. If the deadline has passed and payment was not completed, your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list.

Drop Off / Pick Up

There will be designated spots for drop off and pick up participants. Please also wear a face covering at this time to protect both you and our camp staff. Make sure to bring a form of photo identification (i.e. Driver's License). Please check your welcome letters for more information. Social distancing guidelines of 6ft will be strictly enforced.

Transportation

Unfortunately, bus transportation to Foothills Nature Preserve is not available this summer. You will be responsible for providing transportation to and from any camp you register for. While we recognize the loss of the bus transportation may be limiting, the safety and health of our staff and participants is paramount. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Camp Guidelines

City of Palo Alto camps are in full compliance with the most current State and County guidelines around childcare, camps, and other educational or recreational institutions for children. Please note, safety protocols may change as conditions and directives change.

Safety and Sanitization Measures

All camps offered this summer have been modified to follow the current State and County guidelines. As such, we’ve intensified our cleaning and disinfecting efforts including routinely cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces and objects. In addition to this, we have enforced a strict hand washing procedure, limited use of shared materials, provide dedicated materials for each participant, and spaced seating. Each program space will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized often throughout the day, as well as at the end and beginning of each day.

Face Coverings

Staff and campers will be required to wear a face covering during the program.

Daily Wellness Checks

At the start of each day, staff and campers will be asked a series of questions to determine their current state of health. If a staff or camper answer yes to any of the identified symptoms related to COVID-19, they may not attend the program and must go home immediately. 

We also highly encourage that prior to arriving to camp, parents should perform a health screening with their child by taking their temperature and self-checking for symptoms that the CDC has indicated are symptoms of COVID-19. If your child shows any symptoms, please keep them at home. 

DAY CAMP READINESS GUIDE

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What to Bring

  • Sunscreen

  • Change of clothes 

  • Packed lunch and snacks

  • Refillable water bottle 

  • Please do not bring toys to camp

Where will camp be held?

Camps will be held in various City facilities and/or parks. You can verify the location of your camp by visiting the camp specific page under Summer Camps Tab or by reviewing the welcome email sent to you before the camp starts. 

Camp Emergency Forms

Please remember to fill out and bring your camper's emergency form on the first day of camp. This includes information on your child's allergies, their authorized pick-ups, and other emergency information. Your child will NOT be allowed to attend camp without this completed. 

You can also download the form below, or fill out the form online. To fill out the form online, click on the link below. You can also find it in the specific camp your child is sign up on.

Download Emergency Form 

OTHER QUESTIONS

My child is not of age, or about to be of age

Please send an email to PA.SummerCamps@CityofPaloAlto.org if you want to sign up your camper but they are not of age or about to be of age before the camp starts and you still want to sign them up for a specific program. Please include: 

  • Camp Name

  • Your camper's age 

  • Camp's Session Code (if you have it)

This is not a guarantee. Each request will be considered on a case by case basis.

Camp Coordinators:
Leila Benest - Leila.Benest@CityofPaloAlto.org
Tahlia Fehl - Tahlia.Fehl@CityofPaloAlto.org