Two summers ago, in 2020, we were unable to open camp due to COVID-19.
In 2021, we operated on a limited scale while still under the cloud of COVID.
For instance, we had a blast at the beach, but were to unable visit Castaic Lake for boating, wakeboarding, tubing or jet skiing as part of our phased reopening plan while still dealing with COVID-19.
This summer, for 2022, we are hoping and planning for a return to normalcy while offering all the usual activities and experiences campers love.
At the same time, the Omicron variant is raging. And as we all know, the only thing predictable about the coronavirus pandemic -- and what may happen next -- is unpredictability itself.
Accordingly, even though we are hoping to reimplement lake activities, and all the other events and locations campers have come to know and love about Aloha, it's prudent for all of us to move forward with a certain degree of educated skepticism that COVID-19 is completely behind us, and everything will be normal for summer 2022.
So please consider this post a friendly "heads-up." While we always strive to present the program and activities we plan for, COVID-19 might throw us a curveball. Activities, events, experiences and other offerings may be modified, unavailable, subject to limited capacity, closure, or cancellation depending on evolving COVID-19 circumstances or other reasons without notice.
In the age of COVID, we're all used to this by now. We hope you will go with the flow and understand that no matter what happens, we will always error on the side of keeping campers, staff and the public safe while presenting the best possible program for kids.
Can't wait to see you this summer. Aloha!!
We hope your family is healthy and safe and you are looking forward to a fantastic 2022 summer camp season. We are posting this message in late December 2021 and will update it as necessary going forward as summer 2022 draws near. Meanwhile, we will take the following health and safety measures to protect campers, staff, and families against the spread of COVD-19.
Limited Capacity: Particpant capacity will be limited to 50% of normal for each age group.
Vaccination: Our counselors will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Eligible campers may be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to arrival at camp. Others may need to show proof of a negative COVID test prior to starting camp.
Physical Distancing: Campers and staff will be spaced out the buses with the windows down. Participants will be spaced apart to the extent feasible while at camp.
Sanitation: Campers and staff will santize/wash their hands throughout the day. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the campsite. Toys and equipment will be sanitized throughout the day with limited-to-no sharing among groups. Buses will be disinfected each day.
Face coverings: Campers and staff will wear masks on the buses. Mask-wearing will be optional during the camp day.
Limited Capacity: In the past, we've hosted hundreds of kids at camp. In light of COVID-19, capacity is restricted to just 30 campers.
Vaccination: Camp counselors and staff will be fully vaccinated. Eligible campers are required to be fully vaccinated prior to attending camp. Campers who are inelligible for vaccination much show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within 72 hours of arriving at camp.
Physical Distancing: Participants will be spaced apart to the extent feasible while at camp. Campers will generally partipcate in camp activities within their own camper groups, separate from other groups.
Sanitation: Campers and staff will santize/wash their hands throughout the day. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the campsite. Toys and equipment will be sanitized throughout the day with limited-to-no sharing among groups. Camp vehicles will be disinfected each day. Most meals will be eaten outside.
Face coverings: Campers and staff will wear masks when traveling in camp vehicles and while participating in indoor activites, except we do not anticipate mask-wearing will be required within cag bin groups since campers and staff will generally remain with their own groups separated from other groups.
Air Travel: Participants traveling to Hawaii must follow the rules and regulations outlined on the Hawaii Safe Travels website . These may include showing including proof of vaccination status and/or a negative COVID test from an approved facility within 72 hours of entering Hawaii and attending camp.
This Post Will Be Updated as Necessary
Teri and Eric Naftulin own Aloha Beach Camp. Teri's sister is a director at the CDC in Atlanta, so we're constantly getting updates from her before the general public, which allows us to get an upper hand on safety measures.
At the same time, considering the situation surrounding COVID-19 is always changing, we will update this post as necessary and publish a more definitive guide as we get closer to summer.
For now, now this is the plan.
From singing songs on the beach to learning to surf, younger children ages 4 to 7 love our Keiki Camp program. Keiki Camp takes place at lifeguard tower 7 at Zuma Beach. It's the first beach day camp just for younger kids. So many fun things to do!
Want to see something funny? Our counselors thought we were snapping a photo. But it was a VIDEO! LOL!
Enrollment for summer camp 2022 Opens January 1. Join Our Interest to be notified when the application comes online
In order to beat everyone else to the punch and get your child's first choice of days, we encourage you to join our interest list now so we can notify you later as soon as next summer's registration form goes live January 1.
Every day we received questions from concerned parents regarding our plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our camp communiy.
Though restrictions are loosening, will always error on side of health, safety and caution.
You will likely see the CDC coming out with new camp guidelines sooner rather than later, although we are under the guidance of the LA County Dept of Public Health.
While are most of the restrictions, as they stand now, are quite feasible for us, as being outside at the beach is among the safest places you can be. Staff will be vaccinated and wearing masks, kids will wear them when not swimming, eating or participating in physical activity, and all the groups/cohorts will have their own equipment with no sharing between groups.
Everyone will wear masks on the bus with windows down. Buses will be disinfected 2 to 3 x per day. We may eliminate some or most of the field trip locations and keep everything at the beach depending on certain conditions. We are the only beach camp licensed, permitted and accredited by the LA County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors, LA County Dept. of Public Health, and American Camp Association. The LA County Dept of Public Health is the same govt agency that sets COVID protocol.
We assume things will loosen even more, and will make adjustments accordingly going forward. But for now, this is part of our plan.
We had a fantastic online open house last weekend! If you joined us, we hope you found it useful and informative. If you missed it, don't worry -- we've already got our next open house on the calendar and hope you can make it for this one.
Aloha Beach Camp Open House Sunday, April 11, 2021
Aloha Beach Camp is getting full, with demand for summer camp in 2021 already at an all time high. Don't miss out! Reserve your space at our virtual summer camp open house for Sunday, April 11. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Each day we get emails from parents who want to sign up their kids for beach camp.
Many of the messages contain the same questions, so it caused us to think, "there must be many more other families out there who have the same questions, but haven't taken the time to ask."
So, here's a quick post of some of the questions (and answers!) we received just this morning. You can always visit our FAQ's if you have additional questions, or feel free to leave us a comment here and we'll respond right away. We are here to help!
1. Do you run weekly camps or can campers choose individual days?
Aloha Beach Camp does not operate according to prearranged sessions. You can pick and choose the days you want to send your kids to camp. Read about unique day-by-day enrollment where you can in essence "cherry-pick" the days you want your child to come to camp.
2. How many lifeguards do you have per child?
All of our counselors are lifeguards. Ratios fluctuate depending on the activities and camper age groups. For instance, if the kids are taking a surfing lesson, the ratio would be 1 camper to 1 counselor/lifeguard. If the kids are quietly having lunch on beach, the ratios might range from 5 to 7 campers for every counselor/lifeguard. It just depends, but in general a 5 to 1 ratio is what you can expect on average. In addition to our own staff of camp counselors, we only visit beaches staffed by public lifeguards, just like you would (hopefully!) do when going to the beach on your own. Finally, Aloha Beach Camp has the safest location of any beach camp, because we are based directly adjacent (literally arms reach!) to the Zuma Beach lifeguard headquarters tower. That means we enjoy extra supervision compared to other camps!
3. Do you provide life vests for the water sports
We provide properly-fitting, coast guard approved life vests for all boating activities, but not for swimming in the ocean. We believe wearing life vests in the ocean could in fact be dangerous by providing campers with a false sense of confidence.
4. Is there a swim level you prefer the kids to be at?
Nope! We accommodate campers of every aquatic background no matter their swimming ability. Activities are tailored to each child's swimming ability and experience level. The goal of the program is to help campers become safe and comfortable in the ocean.
5. If we register now can we change days later?
Of course! You can always modify your initial schedule on a space available basis (as long as the days you want to move into are not full, you can change your child's schedule around).
There's an interesting article on lasummercamps.com today. Talks about how the coronavirus has created a huge demand for kids' summer camps and how tough it will be for parents to find available space at camp this year.
From a personal perspective, we can tell you we still have room for your camper at Aloha, but it's getting tight. Everything the article says is true. Here's the link again so you're up to speed on how hard it might be to find room as camp this summer in a post-pandemic environment.
Start with Aloha Beach Camp
Of course we hope you'll choose Aloha Beach Camp! We're L.A.'s only 5-Star, American Camp Association Accredited beach camp with operating licenses and permits from the Los Angeles County Dept. of Beaches and Harbors and the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health. That means we are a COVID-compliant business dedicated to your child's health, safety and fun at camp this summer.
That means this coming summer is more meaningful and important than ever. Demand for camp is at an all-time high, and many programs are already enrolling kids. In fact, many camps are reporting an interesting trend: As COVID restrictions begin to relax and the vaccine provides new hope for some return to normalcy, families are signing up for camp earlier than ever while recognizing how competitive finding available space at the top camps this year will be.
The question remains, though: How do you even FIND the best summer camps? Simply signing up for the first camp you find isn't enough, let alone wise. You need to make sure you're choosing one with appropriate credentials, a proven track record, quality reputation and an overall above-board program where the counselors and staff are committed to creating a safe, fun and memorable experience for your kids this summer.
CampSearch.com can help you find the best camps
Aloha Beach Camp has a profile listing there, too. But in addition to us, you can find literally any type of camp you want, according to any criteria important to you, such as type of camp, camp location, etc. enabling you to find the best summer program for your kids this year.
This blog is written and maintained by Eric D. Naftulin, Aloha Beach Camp's owner and Executive Director the the past 20 years.