2020 Updates


Updates on Camp Natoma 2020


Covid-19 & Camp 


Registered 2020 Campers - Click here to request your refund or turn your registraiton fees in to a donation.


Camp Natoma staff are monitoring the rapidly changing Coronavirus situation closely. We are receiving guidance from the CDC, the American Camp Association, State of California and the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Health. We are actively updating and planning to keep our campers’ health and safety our highest priority. We will provide a space for campers to be with friends, sleep under the stars, connect with nature and be creative as soon as we are able! We appreciate your patience and support.

This page will be updated with the most current information regarding new programs, camp service days, fundraisers, and other opportunities. 


Please contact our Executive Director, Emily Zbin, if you have any questions at 805-709-2569 or emily@campnatoma.org 


We anticipate a great number of families seeking to communicate with us over the next several days. We promise to connect with each and every registered family, and are available to all who have questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding as our staff takes time to respond.



Update May 15, 2020



A video message for campers, CITs & staff



A video message for parents, alumni & supporters



May 15, 2020


Camp Natoma Families,


As you know, the health and well-being of our campers is vitally important to us. Our mission is to maintain and develop Camp Natoma as a resident camp for youth. We have been working tirelessly with the American Camp Association, SLO County Public Health Department, and a coalition of local summer camps, as part of major efforts to bring the Camp Natoma experience to you this summer. Sadly, due to federal and state regulations in place, as a response to COVID-19, we are not permitted to open Camp Natoma at this time.


We had hoped to announce today that Camp Natoma will open this summer, with perhaps a modified schedule or program, but unfortunately that determination cannot yet be made. As a parent with children of my own who were looking forward to this summer, it is heartbreaking to deliver this news today.


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work towards opening. We remain optimistic that we will open next year, and maybe even as early as later this summer or fall, when restrictions lift and with time to implement the latest guidelines and policies for safely running camp.


Camp Natoma has provided programs to local youth since 1941. We will continue to rely on our support network to bridge to next year’s 80th anniversary. We ask you to stay connected. 


Here are some things you can do to help:

    • Engage with us on social media
    • Be ready to sign up early for next summer (or for a program we launch sooner!)
    • Join us at the Fall Family BBQ Fundraiser, scheduled for October 11th
    • Donate: visit our website for a list of on-going supply needs 
    • Donate: make a financial contribution towards ongoing operations costs. *Note to donors - all taxpayers are eligible to take a deduction due to the recent CARES Act stimulus bill - a one-time, above-the-line deduction for cash contributions of up to $300

To our currently registered families:

First, thank you for bearing with us as our operations have been interrupted this summer. We are so sad that we can’t open and provide your camper with a week at camp as scheduled.


We ask you to please select one of the options for your 2020 registration fees. 

  1. Request a full refund of all fees paid.
  2. Donate part or all of your fees paid. We want you to know that your gift will help Camp Natoma disproportionately more today than any other time in our past. Your gift will support ongoing expenses, program staff, and help us open as soon as possible. 

Please email us (registration@campnatoma.org) to let us know. Be sure to include your camper(s) name in the email.


Most importantly, we care about the campers and expect that the news of camp not opening yet may be difficult. We’ve created a video message just for them. Use the links above to watch. 


Lastly, we appreciate your support and we’ve also made you - a parent/alumni/supporter of Camp Natoma - a video, to personally share how we’re dealing with this unprecedented summer. 


Please call or email us anytime, we look forward to hearing from you, and especially to seeing you all at one of the upcoming celebrations for Camp Natoma’s 80th!



Emily Zbin

Executive Director


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