Summer is almost here and WYP plans to be outside with kids. We have been working closely with SB County Public Health to create a plan that keeps our community safe and also allows kids to be outside with our mentors.
Wilderness Youth Project (WYP) intends to run in-person summer camps from June 22 – August 14, 2020 as long as Santa Barbara Public Health keeps our county in a Stage 2 or lower phase of the SARS-CoV-2 virus reopening plan. The health and safety of our community is our top priority, and throughout the summer we will continue to monitor these guidelines to ensure that protocol is followed. Due to our unique outdoor camp environment and small group ratio model, WYP can provide a much needed summer camp experience while maintaining COVID precautions.
Registration for waitlists is NOW OPEN, but before registering, please familiarize yourself with our protocols by reading our WYP COVID Re-Open Plan, which was approved by SB County Public Health in May 2020.
Quick Overview of Changes
- We are reducing group size to 10 children and 2-3 mentors
- Volunteers and Counselors in Training will not be used for summer camps
- Our camps will meet the same place each day and we will not use vans during camp hours
- Camps will meet at various spots throughout Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria
- Camp Sessions will mostly be two weeks
- Within one session of camp, we may have 2-4 field days of a drop off at a different location (beach, creek, etc)
- All of our safety and hygiene protocol will remain, when a drop off location changes
What will in-person camps look like?
- We will not be using vans to travel to the places we explore. Instead we will be exploring the neighborhoods and having a few different drop off locations per sessions, called field days.
- On field days, our drop off locations will change (for instance a beach day or a creek day) and you will receive the schedule before the start of camp.
- Camps will stay at a maximum of 10 kids and 2-3 staff.
- To increase stable groups, WYP camps will mostly run for 2 week periods.
- We will have no overnight/away camps this summer
What are the new protocols due to COVID?
- While your child is in camp we are asking you to keep a close eye on their health and not bring them to camp if they are not feeling well.
- Each morning, we will be doing a health screening which includes taking your child’s temperature. If it reads 100 degrees or above, you will be asked to take your child home.
- Each child will receive a WYP mask (think camp t-shirts) and will be asked to wear them at pick up and drop off as well as during a time when there is close contact for safety (for example, a first aid situation). The rest of the day we will be mask free as we enjoy open spaces in the outdoors.
- We will find a rhythm for washing and sanitizing our hands throughout the day.
New COVID-19 Waivers
During registration you will be prompted to review and sign updated waivers that include language related to the risks associated with possible COVID-19 exposure.
You can review them here.
Will you enforce 6-foot social distancing at all times?
Not at all times. While we will create games, circle times and wanders that naturally encourage more distancing than past WYP summer camps, we will not be enforcing this as a way for kids to be throughout the camp. And while we will not hold hands, pass the talking piece or share food, we will be splashing in the ocean nearby, walking up a trail and playing games that allow for moments closer than 6 feet.
This is a potential risk, though due to being outdoors, having minimal hard surfaces and stable groups for weeks, WYP and the Santa Barbara County Health Department have determined the risk to be low. We completely understand if this does not meet the needs of your family.
Is my child a good fit for WYP physical in person summer camp?
Please familiarize yourself with our COVID SUMMER CAMP PROTOCOLS and be sure you are comfortable with how we are running camp this summer. Your child must have the capacity to adhere to verbal instructions and be able to control their own physical impulses.
Will there be a virtual way to do summer camp, like Nature Link?
We may continue to offer Nature Link sessions. If you are interested in your child(ren) being a part of a virtual camp, please email gro.pyw@knilerutan and let us know.
How do I register? Who gets priority in attending camp?
It is very likely that the demand for WYP summer camps will outnumber the spots we are able to offer. Therefore, after careful consideration, we’ve determined that we need to prioritize families who have already participated with WYP.
We are asking everybody to join our waitlists for summer programs (even if you already did so in February). Locations, dates, and staffing have completely changed, so please take a look at the schedule and then join (or re-join) waitlists.
Bridge to Nature families can find out more about how to register for summer camps by calling or texting us at 805-570-3364 #summer or #verano.
How many weeks of camp may I register my child for?
To improve access, each child will be granted 1, 2-week summer camp in this round of placements. It may be possible to pick up additional spots later in the summer, depending on demand.
When can I register?
Registration for waitlists began June 1st. We will be working diligently to confirm placements in camps for our returning, priority WYP families. We will notify families via email as soon as they have been placed.
OTHER FAQ QUICK LINKS
How do I join the Summer Waitlist?
How do I register my child for a WYP Summer Camp?
It is possible that the demand for WYP camps will far outnumber the spots we are able to offer this summer. Therefore, as always, we are inviting families to register for waitlists for our Summer 2020. We are asking EVERYONE to re-register for waitlists, even those who already did so in Feb. 2020, because the schedule has changed completely. We will be giving priority to returning WYP families although we cannot guarantee spots based on the likely high demand. We will do our best to get as many families placed as possible!
What happens if I don't get a spot when I first register for waitlists? Do I have any chance?
You still have a chance of getting a summer camp spot if you were not included in the first round of selections, especially if you are a returning WYP family and have flexibility in your schedule. Simply join the waitlists for the camps you want and WYP Registrar will be notifying families on the waitlists as soon as spots open up.
How many camps can my child participate in this summer?
Does ability to pay does affect my chances of participating in a summer camp?
Thanks to our community-wide fundraising efforts, we offer scholarships of many levels, and our weighted lottery does NOT prioritize those who can pay full price. We simply ask you to state your family’s income as part of the application process, if you are requesting a scholarship. However, once our generous scholarship fund has been allocated, we do place full-paying families into any remaining spots.
What does a typical day of summer camp look like?
Each program begins with a thanksgiving circle where we have an opportunity to give gratitude and check in with each other. We move onto something active that gives kids an opportunity for body awareness, animal understanding, and/or tactile exploration with skulls, tracks and other mysteries of nature. Once we are all warmed up we pile in our 8 or 15-passenger vans for an adventure in the local area. Places we go include local beaches, creeks, the Santa Ynez River, Lizard’s Mouth and the Pines (East Camino Cielo). Learn more about Places We Go).
Each day there are elements of inspiration, skill focus, wandering, exploring, celebration, and storytelling. An example of a day in camps is:
9 am – Thanksgiving Circle
9:30 – Blindfolded drum stalk
10 am – Head for Rattlesnake Canyon in a 15 passenger van
10:30 – Creek wander discovering tracks, plants, birds
Noon – Lunch, story
1:00 pm- Hike down the trail stopping at any swimming holes
3 (or 4) pm – Back to park for closing circle and story sharing
What does my child need to bring?
Please pack lightly — kids carry their own packs. We ask that each day your camper shows up with:
1. Backpack (preferably with padded shoulders and not too big)
2. Bathing suit (for girls consider a two piece or swim shorts and rash guard–they are easier for using wilderness bathrooms)
3. Healthy lunch (low sugar) and plenty of snacks. Kids get hungry on our programs!
4. Water (minimum of 32 oz. reusable water bottle). We’ll refill during the day.
5. Sunscreen. Please apply before arriving. We’ll re-apply during the day.
6. Clothes that can get dirty. Please have children arrive dressed in layers because SB’s summers start cold and foggy and burn off to be hot later in the day.
7. Shoes that can get wet–water shoes or water sandals work great!
8. Small towel (no bigger than the length of the child’s body), sarongs work great.
9. Hat (optional, but if your child will wear it, they are a wonderful way to keep out the sun).
Lastly, we encourage parents to LABEL everything and toys & electronics need to stay at home.
The rest is provided by our staff and all that surrounds us!
How much food should I pack?
More than you would think, is the typical answer. We play hard outside and children get hungry. At least for the first day, pack more than you would for a typical school day and then talk to your child after camp to determine whether they need more or less. We’ve also noticed that children tend to need more food as the week progresses, so keep in touch with staff and your children to see how food supplies are doing.
Can my child bring a knife?
Yes. We believe that children have inherent competence. Children using knives will have to learn our unwavering rules around knife safety, which begins with the difference between a tool and weapon and that a knife, like words, can be used as both. We then go into how to create the space for using a knife and how to properly care for a knife. Lastly we show our participants how to safely carve. WYP counselors provide knives to participants, when carving projects are planned. We prefer locking blade and fixed blade knives for children as it creates more success in carving. Finally, if you are going to be sending a knife with your child, please let your counselor know, so that we are sure to be supervising how/when it is being used.
Can my child come for part of the session or split the session with a friend?
Usually, no. Part of the camp experience is forming a tight group that understands one another and works together (our core value of unity). Our days build on each other and end in celebration. We believe it is important to be able to attend all days of the camp, therefore we do not allow campers to attend only part of a camp. We also do not allow two children to split a two week camp, for many of the same reasons. Some exceptions can be made, however, so speak with our Registrar for further conversation regarding your specific need.
Program fees for summer camps are organized via sliding scale levels based on ability to pay.
- Program Fee: This is the actual cost of running the program for Wilderness Youth Project
- Scholarship Levels 1-6, Subsidy: For families that need financial assistance. Scholarship amounts are automatically calculated in our registration system based on the income/family size information you provide per the chart below.
If your family qualifies for a scholarship, and would like to pay above or below the amount shown for your preferred program in the “Price with Scholarship” column, you may enter a different amount on the “Review and Pay” page at the end of the registration process.
WYP has a limit of one session/week (School-year programs) or two weeks of camp (Summer camps), per child, with a scholarship below Scholarship Level 2. Additional sessions or weeks require payment of at least Scholarship Level 2.
Read even more on pricing.
Deeper Scholarship Request Policy: We are only able to grant deeper scholarships below Scholarship Level 2 for:
- up to two weeks of summer camp per child
- If a family would like to participate in more weeks of summer camp, they must pay at Scholarship Level 2.
- Each family must pay a minimum of $30/child/week.
Cancellations made 2 weeks before the start of camp will not be refunded, unless we can find a family to fill the vacant spot.*