The City of Cupertino offers more than 100 great choices of enriching camps catering to a variety of interests including culinary, art, dance, music, education, STEM, nature, and sports. Camps are offered year-round, scheduled around school breaks. Camps are available for ages 3-17.
Cupertino Summer Camps Begin June 15
Welcome to Summer Camp! The City of Cupertino has developed these protocols to meet the COVID-19 related standards set by the Public Health Order as of June 5, 2020. These protocols incorporate guidance and recommendations from the State of California and Santa Clara County Public Health and may be subject to change based on updated to local, state, and federal direction related to COVID-19.
Revised Public Health Order as of June 5, 2020.
Childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages. To the extent possible and compliant with any licensing requirements, these operations must also comply with the following conditions:
1. They must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer children (“stable” means that the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day and for at least three consecutive weeks).
2. Children shall not change from one group to another or attend more than one childcare establishment, summer camp, and other educational or recreational instruction or program simultaneously.
3. If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in separate rooms or spaces that cannot be accessed by children or adults outside the stable group. Groups shall not mix with each other.
4. Providers, educators, and other staff cannot serve more than one group of children and shall remain solely with that group of children during the duration of the childcare establishment, summer camp, other educational or recreational institution or program.
CAMP HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
- Prior to arriving at camp, staff and campers should perform a self-conducted health screening by taking their temperature and self-checking for symptoms that the CDC has indicated are symptoms of COVID-19. Staff or campers with symptoms or a fever of 100.4°F must stay home.
- Upon arrival, campers and staff will be required to receive a health screening, which will include taking their temperature with a non-contact thermometer. Participants must not have a temperature in excess of 100.4°F and will be asked to affirm that they do not have any of the symptoms that the CDC has deemed to be indicators of COVID-19. If anyone does not pass the health screening, they will be asked to leave the site immediately.
- No one may enter the premises of our programs except for assigned staff and participants who have been cleared through their daily health screening. Guest presenters will be screened and will remain at least 6ft away from participants.
- There will be regular cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of all surfaces and supplies. Participants and staff will be required to properly wash their hands with soap and water and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
- Program staff will wear face coverings at all times. Per the current health order, campers ages 6-12 should wear face coverings at all times unless eating or exercising. Although recommended, campers under the age of 6 are not required to wear masks.
- There will be no off-site excursions, including swimming and field trips.
• All participants will be assigned a personal supply box. These boxes will contain basic supplies and tools. They should be used exclusively by that individual.
• Each camp will have their own designated restroom that will be for the sole use of that camp. Restrooms will be sanitized throughout the day and cleaned by janitorial service every night.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many campers will be in each group?
There will be no more than 12 campers and 3 leaders in each group. Children from the same household will be grouped together.
Where will camp be held?
Camp will be held at Blackberry Farm in the group picnic sites. The picnic sites will be closed to the public giving the camps sole use of that area. Although camp’s home base will be in the picnic sites campers will also use the field by the bocce ball courts and take nature walks through the Stevens Creek Corridor.
How will drop-off and pick-up work?
Camp drop-off and pick-up will be in the Blackberry Farm parking lot, near the windmill. Social distancing protocols will be in place for drop off and pickup. Only one parent/guardian will be allowed to drop off or pickup their child. If possible, please have the same parent/guardian do drop off and pick up throughout the camp. Additional adults and family members should remain at home or in the car. Due to the health screenings, drop-off may take 10-15 minutes so please plan accordingly.
- Upon arrival, campers must receive a health screening, which includes staff taking each camper’s temperature. Campers must not have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher.
- Parents/legal guardians will be asked to confirm on the daily sign-in sheet that their campers do not have any other symptoms the CDC has deemed indicators of COVID-19.
- If a camper has a fever higher than 100.4°F or has displayed any symptoms deemed indicators of COVID-19 he or she will be sent home immediately.
- Staff conducting the health screening will be wearing a face covering. Anyone 6-years-old and over who approaches the sign-in table must also wear a face covering.
What if a child cannot come all 3 weeks?
In order to reduce risk from exposure, Santa Clara County Health guidelines require that we keep the same group of children together in a group throughout the program. If a child cannot come all 3 weeks or needs to take a day off, that is okay, but they must continue to Shelter in Place per the current county order while they are out of camp. We ask that if a child misses camp due to illness please call (408) 777-3540 to let us know.
What if a child gets sick and misses camp days or weeks, will we be refunded?
Per the City of Cupertino’s refund policy, no refunds will be given once the camp begins.
What happens if a child exhibits symptoms during the program?
If your child or anyone in the household feels sick, please stay home. If a child comes to camp and exhibits symptoms, the child will be placed in a separate isolation area until the child is picked up by a family member. Staff will disinfect the facility if someone is sick, following the CDC guidelines. If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member, we will close camp for at least 24-48 hours, contact all families, encourage those exposed to shelter at home, clean/disinfect all used areas, and consult the Santa Clara County Health Department to ask for further direction.
What should my child bring to camp every day?
Campers should bring their own lunch, snacks, a mask/face covering, and a refillable water bottle to camp each day in a small daypack. Campers must also bring a set of colored pencils and hand sharpener in a pencil case. Campers should wear comfortable clothes, closed-toe shoes, and a sun hat is recommended but not mandatory. Please do not bring toys or other personal items to camp.
Will campers be required to wear masks at camp?
Campers should bring their own mask/face covering to camp – they will not be provided. Masks will be worn during the majority of the day including drop-off/pick-up, during quieter activities such as crafts and science projects, and breaks. Masks are not required during exercise or for individuals whose health may be compromised by wearing them. Although recommended, masks are not required for children under the age of 6. Please wash your fabric masks after each day.
Will sunscreen be provided by the camp?
No. Sunscreen must be provided by and applied by the participant or their family prior to attending camp. Campers may bring their own sunscreen to reapply themselves. Staff is not able to apply sunscreen to campers.
Will my child be able to wash their hands during camp?
Sinks are located in the picnic sites making it easy for campers and staff to wash hands throughout the day. Both staff and campers will wash hands or use sanitizer at the beginning and end of each activity.
Will campers and staff practice social distancing protocols?
Yes, campers, staff, and guest presenters will be required to practice social distancing. Campers will be assigned to a picnic table, with a maximum of two campers per table. All games and crafts will be modified to ensure social distancing and tools such as hula hoops and pool noodles will be utilized to remind campers to keep their distance.
What measures will be taken if a camper does not follow the social distancing protocols?
Each situation will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Camp structure and activities are specifically designed to limit opportunities for social distancing guidelines to be violated. Our staff is trained to address these situations in a fun, direct manner in order to help teach and empower the children to be in charge of their safety and those around them.
Will there be water fountains available at camp?
No, campers should come to camp with a full reusable water bottle each morning. Staff will have a cooler on site with water available if campers need to refill their water bottles throughout the day.
Does the City provide snacks for campers?
No, campers are required to bring their own snacks to camp this year.
What does a typical day at camp look like?
Daily routines will vary and activities will be adjusted when weather is hot with crafts and quiet games substituted for longer hikes or high-energy games. Each child will receive a journal for writing and drawing about the activities. Please note: Check-in times vary for each camp.
- 9:00-9:15 Check-in and Health Screening
- 9:15-9:30 Circle Time: Introduce the theme of day and go over that day’s schedule
- 9:30-10:30 Morning Nature or Science Activity or Active Games
- 10:30-10:50 Morning snack
- 10:50-12:00 Additional Nature or Science Activity or Craft
- 12:00-12:30 Lunch
- 12:30-12:50 Circle Time: Story, staff presentation, or discussion related to the daily theme
- 12:50-1:50 Afternoon Nature or Science Activity or Active Games
- 1:50-2:00 Daily Wrap-up, Review and Reminders
Contact the Recreation office at 408-777-3120 or stop by the Quinlan Community Center.