California has allowed the operation of resident camp programs, effective June 1, 2021! River Way Ranch Camp’s opening day is June 20, 2021. River Way WILL be open this summer! Thank you to all of you for your patience and support.
Dear River Way Families,
Thank you for your loyalty and patience over the past several months, as we have all waited on State and County updates. With camp nearing and our enrollment coming in strong, we feel it is a good time to share with you where we currently stand.
Here Is What We Know:
- Since last summer, we have been running very successful, family-oriented programs, family vacation weekends, and hosting other individual travelers through the Resort side of our business.
- By supplementing all existing State and County guidelines with guidance from the American Camp Association and CDC, we have managed to provide healthy social interaction for children and their families in a beautiful outdoor setting without any COVID cases.
- With our 55 years of operational experience, we look forward to opening River Way for the summer of 2021, and we will update this page regularly to provide our families with the most current information and news about summer operations.
- The American Camp Association and other organizations have compiled pages of data, taken by the overnight camps that did operate successfully (using the established guidance and preventative protocols) outside California in 2020.
- For 2021, as you would expect, the camp experience will look different in some ways. Although there may be changes to how campers are scheduled for activities or the way we congregate together, our goal is to continue to offer an incredible experience for campers, complete with laughter, community, new friendships, and many fun activities.
We all know how important it is for children to experience friendships, acceptance, self-confidence, self-esteem, exercise, and positive memories. Even if camp looks a bit different than it has in the past, we know that our campers will be happy to just be here, with us, engaging in the many activities we can provide and interacting with their peers. We can assure you we are doing everything we can to offer your camper a fun-filled experience that will create healthy social experiences while teaching safe social behavior. The safest option for everyone is still to shelter at home. There is a risk with any community-based activity, including camp. However, we feel kids are getting to a point where, for some of them, the isolation carries its own set of emotional challenges. Only you as a parent/guardian can weigh the options, but we are here if you feel camp is right for you and your family.
It is likely that the provided information below may change over the coming weeks as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, and as we await additional guidance from California and Fresno County. We appreciate your flexibility and support and look forward to having your camper join us this summer. Please contact our team with any further questions or needs you may have.
River Way Ranch Camp FAQ
Last Updated: 4/29/2021
Will you be running camp programs at full capacity?
Will there be pre-camp COVID testing required for campers and staff?
We are in the process of arranging a COVID pop-up testing site for Southern CA families. We will let you know if and when this can happen.
Will my child have to quarantine before camp?
Will you require vaccines for campers?
Will you require staff to be vaccinated?
Will staff or campers quarantine before camp?
When will I be able to submit forms, like my child’s bunk-mate request form or health form?
When will campers be required to wear masks?
The majority of your camper’s day will be spent outdoors, in the fresh air, unmasked, and doing activities with their pod. Common sense mask-wearing will be implemented when necessary, such as in the following instances:
- When distancing from other cabin groups cannot be maintained, or when in the dining hall while ordering from the buffet line
- At the camp store, when picking up an order
- While entering any office, infirmary, or meeting with a staff member outside their pod.
- In a public bathroom
Will the staff be required to wear a mask?
What will the cabin size be?
Will there be free-choice activity sign-ups?
Will you be eliminating any activities?
What about specialty camps?
What is your refund policy?
What about camp insurance?
Does my camper need a new physical if they attended in 2019?
Will you offer bus transportation to camp?
Can my child fly to the Fresno airport and be transported to camp from there?
What precautions will you take regarding using common space facilities such as the restrooms, the dining hall, camp infirmary, and the camp store?
Bathrooms will be cleaned regularly according to our detailed cleaning schedule throughout the day. Private showers and sinks are available in every cabin.
Mealtimes will be staggered by age division. Meals remain buffet, with a designated staff member serving food items. This will eliminate campers from touching any utensils. Their plate will be handed to them at the end of the buffet line, once the order is complete. All dining tables are outside, spaced a minimum of 6’ from any other table.
As we have been doing with our Resort, we will continue to clean and sanitize all common areas and surfaces multiple times per day, with designated cleaning schedules to account for increased traffic/activity. Camper rooms will be sanitized daily, We use CDC-approved cleaning products (for COVID). After activity periods, all equipment and surfaces will be thoroughly treated in between camper use. We will be increasing our medical staff, and increase the number of quarantine rooms available. We will continue to offer a separate area for campers who take daily medication.
What happens if a camper tests positive while at camp?
Will I get a refund if camp my child needs to come home early?
If a child needs to depart camp early because of a positive COVID-19 test you may:
- Forward tuition paid to a 2022 session.
- Receive a refund prorated for the balance of unused tuition paid.
- Have your camper return to camp after a negative test and a minimum of 10 days with no symptoms.
Refunds of tuition will not be given to families who decide after April 22nd, not to attend camp this summer because of any change in procedures or programming due to COVID-19, including, for example, modification of activities, lack of bus service, mask requirements, or testing requirements.