All camp sessions will be hosted at facilities owned by Carondelet High School. Prior to COVID-19, there were plans to offer morning activities at both of our campuses. Those plans have now changed in order for us to remain compliant with small stable group requirements as set forth by CCHS.
After camper drop off, Camp Carondelet morning activities will take place at The Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation, located on our main campus at 1133 Winton Drive in Concord. Afternoon activities, including camper pickup, will be held at the Carondelet Athletics Complex, located at 3737 Valley Vista Road in Walnut Creek.
Below, there are further details on how we will safely transport campers between campuses midday. Dropoff and pickup for campers will take place in separate dedicated locations on both campuses to prevent cross-contamination between our small groups. You will be notified of your camper’s dedicated location for dropoff/pickup prior to the start of your week-long session.
Additionally, there will be signage to clearly indicate small stable group dropoff and pick up at both campuses.
Small, Stable Camper Groups
Following the recommended CCHS guidelines, all campers will be placed into small, stable groups of 12 to prevent cross-contamination and limit physical interactions between campers. Camp Carondelet will have two groups of 12 campers (a total of 24 at all times) on-campus for each session and both groups will be assigned one designated counselor that will remain with the group all day for both their morning and afternoon activities, for each day of their session.
As noted on the updated registration form, you are allowed to indicate if there are specific campers your child would like to be grouped with during their session.
Please note: For us to approve a requested grouping, parents of other campers you are asking to be grouped with must also list your child on their registration form.
All Camp Carondelet campers and staff members will be required to practice social distancing by remaining at least six feet apart. All facilities will include physical markers to indicate proper social distancing and pathways for each stable group while on-site. Counselors and staff members will provide further guidance to campers on their first day on how to use these physical markers to socially distance themselves.
Dedicated Pathways for Campers
In addition to physical markers that will be placed on-site, our small stable groups will have dedicated pathways while at Camp Carondelet. Dedicated pathways are preset movements and locations to ensure small groups remain together and are recommended by the CDC. Dedicated pathways include:
- Dedicated small stable group dropoff points at the Main Campus
- Dedicated small stable group pickup points at the CAC
- Dedicated pathways for entry and exit to all buildings
Dedicated bathrooms assigned to both small stable groups
Prior to your camper’s first day, you will receive an email with more details on their dropoff and pickup points along with an outline of their pathway while on-campus. On the first day of camp, designated counselors will be waiting at the specific dropoff points to greet campers, account for their arrival, and then guide them through their pathway that they will use throughout the week. Specialty teachers and other camp staff will also be on-site to help assist with outlining pathway protocol for campers.
Activities with Minimal Physical Contact
Based on CCHS summer guidelines, we have modified all offered activities to minimize physical contact between campers and staff members that would need to demonstrate how to participate in these activities.
During transportation between campuses after lunch, campers will practice social distancing on our midday shuttle busses. Campers must sit in a single seat and on every other row in an effort to create as much space possible in the enclosed environment. Designated counselors will ride on the busses with campers to ensure further safety and enforce social distancing rules. All campers and staff are required to wear a mask or face covering for the midday shuttle, including while waiting in line to get on the shuttle bus, during the shuttle ride, and once they arrive at the CAC until their stable group has reached their first activity rotation station for the day. If your camper’s first rotation at the CAC is arts & crafts, they must keep their mask or face covering on until they rotate to outdoor activities.
Face Coverings and Masks
All campers, specialty teachers, and counselors will be required to wear a face-covering at all times while at our Concord campus (with exception of lunchtime), during the midday shuttle bus ride, and while indoors at the CAC in order to protect each other. Approved face coverings can include satin or cotton masks, bandanas, or scarfs. Please ensure that your camper’s choice of face-covering is breathable for them to ensure personal comfort for morning sessions. Masks are not required to be medical grade but must cover the nose and mouth.
Campers with pre-existing medical conditions that would make them more susceptible to illness from COVID-19 or any other respiratory virus are asked to bring and wear a medical-grade mask for the morning session. In the event that a camper arrives without a face covering or mask, they will be provided one on-site from their designated counselor.
In the afternoons, campers will only be required to wear their face covering during their rotation at the Arts & Crafts station, due to its indoors setting.
Campers do not need to wear any face covering for field sports or water sport activities.
Hand Washing and Sanitizer Access
Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is required for all camp staff and is encouraged for all campers after each bathroom use, before and after lunch, and as needed. Hand sanitizer will also be readily available for all staff and campers at both facilities. We encourage you to build on conversations from the spring with your camper about good hand washing hygiene as a way to keep them and their small stable group from spreading germs.
Temperature and Wellness Screening
Camp Carondelet designated counselors, part-time counselors, and all staff members will have thermometers available for use as needed. Daily temperature screenings are not required, but if your camper has a pre-existing condition that may make them susceptible to fevers, please be mindful to take their temperature prior to arrival each day.
The wellness and health of all campers and staff is our top priority. We would ask that any camper who is sick or not feeling well, stay home for the day to avoid passing along illness to their small stable group. Based on guidelines from the CDC and CCHS, we reserve the right to contact a parent or guardian for an early pickup (only those listed on your camper’s medical forms will be permitted to collect for an early release) if a camper is experiencing any visible signs of illness related or unrelated to COVID-19 that may expose others (i.e., coughing, wheezing, runny nose).
There will also be a designated quarantine area on both campuses where campers can wait until they are picked up.
These same guidelines will be applied to all of our counselors and specialty teachers.
For campers with a chronic or pre-existing condition that may include symptoms that mirror those mentioned above, but are unrelated to COVID-19, please indicate this on their medical form in detail.
All medical information is strictly confidential and can only be viewed by Camp Carondelet staff.
Daily Cleaning and On-Site Sanitation
In a commitment to best practices for sanitization and cleaning, our facilities staff has been disinfecting our campus on a continuous basis since March. These practices will continue during our camp sessions and will include:
- Cleaning of each activity station following each stable group rotation
- Regular cleaning of restrooms throughout the day
- Sanitization of shared stairways, corridor walls, doors, windows
- Nightly sanitization of spaces used by Camp Carondelet to prep for the next day/next week of camp
As mentioned above, in an effort to prevent cross-contamination, each small stable group will also be assigned an individual pathway to navigate around our main campus. All rooms or spaces, such as bathrooms will be sanitized after a stable group has completed its use throughout the day.
What to Bring to Camp Carondelet
Based on guidelines from the CDC and CCHS and in consultation with other day camps throughout the Bay Area, we have made the decision to be responsible for all supplies for campers. This will allow us to provide individual supplies to prevent cross-contamination.
Permitted Items for Campers
- Small Backpack or Tote Bag (Material should be durable and easy to wipe down)
- Personal Water Bottle (Campers will refill from disposable water bottles on-site)
- Individual Snacks (1-2 per day)
- Paper Bag Lunch or Reusable Lunch Tote (If reusable, material must be wipeable)
- Personal Disposable Plastic Bag (To be used for wet clothing after water sports)
- Mask or Face covering ( Required for indoor activities and shuttle ride )
- Required medication (Includes EpiPens. Please list all required medication on your campers medical form)
- Sunscreen (We will provide this, but please pack if your camper requires a specific formula or brand for a medical condition)
- Eyeglasses or Contacts (If applicable)
- Sunglasses (Optional)
- Extra change of clothes (Optional)
- Cellphone (If applicable)
To remain compliant and prevent cross-contamination between campers when collecting personal items, please be sure to clearly label your camper’s backpack, water bottle, lunch container, and the reusable plastic bag with marker or tape/marker with their first initial and last name on all items.
Prohibited Items for Campers
- Personal or individual supplies for camp activities
- Any snack or lunch item that encourages “sharing” with others
- No snacks that include nuts or shellfish for the safety of campers with pre-disposed allergies. Camp Carondelet is a nut-free summer camp.
- Personal items, including blankets or stuffed animals
- Summer game toys, including water guns, water squirting toys, bubble makers, etc.
We reserve the right to temporarily collect any prohibited item found on-site during a day session. Items will be returned to parents/guardians at pickup.
We also strongly discourage campers from bringing any personal items of value that may need to be removed during activities including watches, earbuds/AirPods, and jewelry of higher value.
Additional guidelines may be added to this document in the upcoming weeks if newer requirements are released by Contra Costa Health Services. You will also be notified of any updates to this document by email.