What a year it has been.
In our family, we have five children. Our oldest is a sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. We have two high school daughters (senior and sophomore at Rancho Bernardo HS), and two elementary school kids (3rd grader and Kindergartner at Creekside Elementary). Last summer, our family – all seven of us – closed our camp, which had been operating continuously since 2001. It was incredibly difficult, and it has challenged us to pick ourselves up and figure out how to move forward.
We’ve spent much of 2020 doing two things: adjusting to all the challenges that the pandemic has brought all of us – both personally and professionally AND working as hard as we can to offer our summer camps in 2021.
Here’s what we know:
Children need summer camp more than ever before, quite literally. They need to be outside. They need to be with each other. They need to run, explore, play, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company, in person, every day.
They desperately need a break from their devices, their screens, and their Zooms.
We welcome your family to join ours this summer at our summer camp program! We’ll be operating for eight weeks in four 2-week sessions that run five-days-per-week Monday through Friday. Our campers will be in small groups of 12 every day all day, with the same counselors, and isolated into “pods.” Our staff will work tirelessly to provide the safest and highest quality camp experience possible.
We’ve worked very hard to do this. Last summer, we felt it was unsafe to proceed when the pandemic developed so quickly in the spring. Hundreds of campers and staff had made the commitment to Summer 2020 in “normal” conditions, and we did not feel comfortable proceeding with so much that was unknown. We closed for the season and refunded every single one of our camp families in full. We were extremely thankful for hundreds of our long time families who kept their deposits with us for the future. And we actually enjoyed our first summer vacation EVER as a family.
For 2021, we’ve been able to work with the State of California and our local health department to develop a safe operating plan, grounded in both state health guidelines for Day Camps and informed by best practices developed last summer for safe operation through the American Camp Association. We can and will operate as safely as possible given the conditions. We’ve reduced our capacity by 40%, we’ve eliminated our door-to-door transportation, and we’ve moved to a five-days-per-week only enrollment model. These changes mean that spaces in our already fully-enrolled program will be extremely limited.
For you as a parent deciding what to do with your child this summer: Choosing Outpost means trusting us to take care of your child, operate as safely as reasonably possible, and provide the outdoor, group-centered camp experience for which Outpost has been counted on for almost twenty years.
Our website has all the information about our programs, and we offer secure, online enrollment 24/7. We are also here to answer any questions you have, so contact us at any time. This is our family’s business, and our loyal and talented director team has been with Outpost for many years helping us create each memorable summer. We hope you will consider choosing Outpost for your child, not only for this summer but for many summers to come. We look forward to welcoming you into our camp family!
Stuart and Kelly Jones
Feel free to email us, parent to parent. We are always happy to discuss camp.