UCLA UniCamp Coronavirus Updates
June 17, 2020
2020 has been filled with a lot of doubt and uncertainty. It is more important now than ever to get kids into nature and away from screens and technology. Over the past three months we have continued to train our student volunteers and work with the county to prepare for in-person camps this summer at Camp River Glen, in case we were given the green light. We have stood strong in hopes of operating but time has run out on us. The situation has not gotten any better and in fact is getting worse. We do not feel it would be safe to run in-person camps this summer. The safety of our campers and volunteers is too important to risk. UCLA UniCamp will not be hosting in-person camps sessions this summer. We will take time off from having in-person camps this summer so that next year we can all come together safely.
If you have already completed a registration for this year, your registration will automatically be cancelled. If you submitted a payment, you will receive an email soon with options to defer your registration to 2021 or request a refund. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
In lieu of in-person camp we will be offering virtual and in-home camp options. Information will be sent out shortly that will outline the different UCLA UniCamp opportunities this summer.
May 6, 2020
UCLA UniCamp creates connections. We bring youth from underserved communities and UCLA student volunteers together to create a nurturing community where both campers and volunteers can learn, grow, and build relationships that will last beyond the week of camp. We encourage meeting new people, we ask for high energy, we embrace embraces. We are the opposite of social distancing.
Over the past six weeks we have seen society do what it must to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The UniCamp staff has been meeting virtually on a daily basis to review policies and procedures, and more importantly, determine whether or not we can operate a residential summer camp safely. Should we be able to run in-person camp, the safety of our campers, volunteers, and their families will remain a top priority.
We know how much our campers and volunteers look forward to their week at UniCamp. This has motivated us to review all possible options to conduct in-person camp this summer. While we are encouraged by recent events, it has become increasingly clear that there is no way we could operate camp safely during the first half of summer. While we are still waiting on official guidance from local health departments, the CDC, and the White House to determine the second half of the summer, we have decided to postpone the first three sessions and reschedule them later in the summer.
While we realize the odds of hosting any in-person sessions may be slim, we will be waiting a few more weeks before making that determination. We could receive news that would cause us to cancel all in-person camp sessions but until then, we will stand with the volunteers and campers on wanting to go to UniCamp this summer, but only if it can be done responsibly and safely.
If you have signed up to attend one of the first three sessions of camp this summer, you will be receiving an email shortly with details to choose between switching to a later session, deferring your registration, or requesting a refund. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Jason “Mr. Woooo” Liou
March 24, 2020
Dear UniCamp Families,
With the spread of the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles, we’ve seen daily life drastically change in Los Angeles in just the last two weeks. The stress and uncertainty have been difficult for each of us and we imagine it’s been difficult for you too.
UCLA UniCamp is committed to working towards our mission of safely supporting the positive development of Los Angeles area youth and we are still planning to have camp this summer. Our first session is still three months away and, because the news changes so quickly, it’s still impossible to predict any impacts this may have.
We are working closely with the CDC, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, the American Camp Association, nearby camps, and more. If we need to make changes based on their guidance, we will notify you by email. And if a session you’ve registered for needs to be cancelled or postponed, we will contact you to offer a full reimbursement or to move your camper’s registration to another session (if available).
Though we review and update our policies and procedures every year, we are putting extra time and care into updating our policies regarding healthcare, cleaning, and sanitation at camp. As always, our aim is to use evidence-based practices to prevent the spread of any communicable disease, including COVID-19. We will contact you by email before camp if any of these revised policies will impact you.
Keep an eye out for future email updates or head to unicamp.org/coronavirus for more info. We are humbled and grateful for the trust you have placed in us to take care of your campers and we’re looking froward to a positive, fun, and safe summer.
If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to us by calling (310)208-8252 or by emailing email@example.com.
UCLA UniCamp Staff
Coronavirus info from public health experts:
- City of Los Angeles
- County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health
- San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (UniCamp’s campsite is located in San Bernardino County)
- California Department of Public Health
- US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- World Health Organization
Because of city and university restrictions, our office is closed. We are continuing to prepare for camp remotely. You can still contact us at:
Phone: 310-208-8252 ext.1