Every camper, on their first day of camp, is given a swim assessment by our staff. The purpose of the assessment is to gauge the child's comfort and experience level in the ocean and assign them safe and specific swimming boundaries. Campers are given color-coded wristbands (based on the outcome of their swimming assessment) designating how deep we'll allow them to go in the ocean. No child is allowed deeper than their waist with feet firmly set on the ocean floor. Campers get a new wristband each day and love collecting them day-after-day as souvenirs of their time at camp.
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.
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.
This blog is written and maintained by Eric D. Naftulin, Aloha Beach Camp's owner and Executive Director the the past 20 years.