COVID-19 Updates

April 2, 2020:

Dear Camp Woolman Families,

We hope you are all doing well. Our hearts go out to anyone who needs extra support and light during this time.​

We have been watching the news and monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely. We recognize the WHO’s change in declaring COVID-19 a pandemic and international recommendations for social distancing. We are closely monitoring the situation and public health recommendations and will plan and communicate any actions accordingly.​

The safety of campers and staff at Woolman is paramount. As of right now, we are going to continue to plan for the full operation of Camp Woolman 2020. We are working on other scenarios as well and will keep you posted as we know more. We will make a decision by May 1, 2020 as to whether or not our regular camp programming will be feasible for this summer. If at such time it is apparent that running our normal programming is not the safest choice for our campers and staff, we will present alternative program options that will hold less risk of spreading the Coronavirus. In the meantime, we are reviewing and updating all camp policies for hygiene and proper sanitation and making sure that our staff gets the best training possible.

Although it can be hard to consider all the outcomes, our camp staff is staying positive, and we are focusing our energy into planning an amazing summer camp experience for your child. One of the hallmarks about Camp has been our ability to confront challenges as opportunities and face difficulties as times of coming together as a community. Given that, we have confidence that we can meet the challenges of this new situation! If we have any updates we will immediately email you. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at

March 16, 2020:

Dear Camp Woolman families,

We hope everyone is doing well and finding ways to stay healthy and happy. We want to assure you that we are staying positive at camp and using this time to update our health policies in light of CDC recommendations so we can protect the health of your camper this summer. We are hopeful that by our first camp session (starting June 28th), the outbreak will have been controlled and minimized, but of course, we are working hard to be prepared for other scenarios. We will be updating this page frequently so you know of any policy changes. Below are some ways we are preparing and adapting to face this current outbreak.

  • Our Camp Staff is studying the methods for preventing Communicable Diseases specifically at summer camps, referring to the many resources provided by the CDC, the American Camp Association, and the Nevada County Health Department.
  • We will be implementing a Prevention & Handling of Communicable Diseases training for all of our staff prior to the start of camp sessions. This 2-hour training will help our staff understand the daily steps they must take to ensure campers are being sanitary and nurturing strong immune systems. Some of these steps include:
    • Counselors will ensure every member of their cabin or group thoroughly washes their hands before every meal, by escorting the whole group to a handwashing station and supervising hand-washing
    • Counselors will frequently remind their campers not to share any eating utensils or toiletries. Examples of items that cannot be shared at camp include mess kits (bowls, cups, and utensils), hairbrushes, contact cases, pillows, towels, and any items that come into regular contact with campers’ faces
    • All campers on top bunks will sleep with their heads on the other side of the bunk than the person’s head on the bottom bunk. This head-to-toe sleeping style will also be used on our backpacking trips.
    • We will be switching our meals from family-style (all food served at the table) to service lines (all food served by staff members behind a sneeze guard)
  • We are revising our current Health Care Policies to outline very specific steps that must be taken if any camper exhibits symptoms of a communicable disease.
  • Please help us! If your camper is not feeling 100% healthy and rested on drop-off day, please call our Camp Director. We will be as flexible as we can with dates, and we would much rather your camper arrive a few days late or meld two partial sessions together than come to a full session with a weakened immune system. We will not admit any campers who are displaying any of the following symptoms on arrival day: coughing, body aches or temperature above 99°F.
  • If by the start of the Camp Woolman or any of its sessions, the CDC or the Nevada County Department of Health is recommending restrictions on events that include groups larger than 100 people, we will cancel Camp programming for summer 2020. Please see our new refund policy below.

New Refund Policy

We are changing our Refund Policy to help families make safe and informed decisions for their camper. Our original refund policy stated:

  • “As we are a small camp and a small community, we rely carefully on the budget that our tuition provides us. Deposits are only refundable before March 1st. Tuition fees paid are refundable in the event that we are able to fill your camper's spot. We will do our best to find new campers but regrettably cannot guarantee that we will in all cases. Additionally, we will not offer a refund of any amount if your camper drops a spot within 7 calendar days of a session”

Our new Refund Policy:

  • If your camper is too ill to attend their session, and you cannot reschedule them for a later session, you will receive a full-tuition refund (excluding the deposit) with a doctor’s note listing your camper’s symptoms and their recommendation that your camper does not participate in our programming. 
  • In the event that we must cancel Camp Woolman for Summer 2020, or any sessions of Camp Woolman in 2020, all families will receive a full refund for what they have paid, excluding the $200 deposit. Your $200 deposit and your tuition fees can be transferred to future programs, such as Camp Woolman 2021 sessions, upon request at the time of cancellation.  And, of course, if you can donate to Woolman at this time, it will make a world of difference to us.  

Although it can be hard to consider all the outcomes, our camp staff is staying positive, and we are focusing our energy into planning an amazing summer camp experience for your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time by emailing