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General Info

Camp Rules

Campers are expected to follow basic behavior guidelines to ensure a safe and positive environment for all:

  • RESPECT: Yourself, fellow campers, staff, nature, and camp property.
  • Participate in activities and be willing to try new things.
  • Wear closed toed shoes and activity appropriate clothing at all times.
  • Alway remain within camp boundaries and stay on trails.
  • Do not bring ANY food to camp. Food from meals and snacks must stay at Dining Hall.

In addition, to ensure all campers have a safe camp experience, each camper must be capable of the following:

  • Be able to understand, remember, and follow directions.
  • Be able to respect and relate responsibility to other members of a group and the camp community.
  • Be able to accept responsibility for their own belongings and respect others’ belongings.
  • Be able to participate as part of a group without ongoing one-on-one attention.
  • Be able to provide age-appropriate self-care skills.
  • Be able to seek help or support from a staff member when a challenge, conflict, or other event is beyond the camper’s capacity to solve.

Camp Natoma is an inclusive space that welcomes all folks regardless of gender, background, disability, or status. 

Financial Aid

A limited number of “Camperships” are available thanks to the generosity of local organizations and individuals. The application can be found in the forms section of the Registration Portal. 

In an effort to make funds available to as many families as possible, we expect each family to contribute a portion of the camper registration fee (minimum $250). We do not provide financial aid for optional additions such as sweatshirts or photos.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2023.

Decisions will be made in early May.

Accommodations

Campers and staff sleep on cots under the stars. Facilities are rustic, and include a full kitchen and screened dining hall, swimming pool, and showers.

Exposure

Camp Natoma is rustic outdoor camping. Appropriate precautions are taken to protect participant safety. Participants are exposed to outdoor conditions throughout the day and night, which may include direct sunlight, natural hazards, insects, and animals.


COVID-19 Policies (Subject to Change) 

We have continued to work closely with the American Camp Association, CDC, SLO County Department of Public Health, and our local healthcare advisory team to have policies in place that provide for the health and comprehensive well-being of each camper and for the collective public health of our community.

Camp Natoma highly recommends all participants are fully vaccinated and up to date prior to attending Camp Natoma programs. Camp Natoma is a 100% outdoor program, which is an ideal setting for preventing the spread of airborne illnesses. We will continue to implement expanded community living health precautions including hand hygiene, surface sanitation, and symptom monitoring. Our healthcare staff are onsite 24/7 and are committed to providing a healthy, happy, and safe experience for all campers. Masks are NOT required during the Camp Natoma program, except under designated scenarios when under the care of our healthcare team.

  • It is required that your camper’s health history form (in Camp Brain) is updated with current vaccination information.
  • Campers who are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms on session start date shall be required to provide a negative PCR test and will need to complete an onsite rapid test with a negative result, or will need to postpone their session attendance.
  • During the camp session, if a camper presents symptoms associated with COVID-19 (sore throat, fever, nasal or chest congestion, persistent cough), the onsite Healthcare Provider will provide a rapid antigen Covid-19 test in Camp Natoma’s healthcare facility. Parents will be notified of testing.
    • If the test result is positive, the person shall remain in isolation under supervision by healthcare staff until able to leave camp by vehicle transportation.
      • Healthcare staff will identify those who have had close contact.
      • Close contacts that are “up to date” (as defined by the CDC) will be monitored for symptoms and tested if symptoms develop. Up-to-date vaccinated individuals will be able to continue to be at camp and participating in all programs as long as they remain asymptomatic. Symptoms will be closely monitored for 5 days.
      • Close contacts that are unvaccinated (or not up to date) will be tested for Covid-19 with a rapid antigen test. If they test positive, they shall be quarantined and required to leave camp. If they test negative, symptoms will be monitored for 5 days, and testing repeated every 24 hours.
    • If the test result is negative, the person shall be treated per standing protocols for symptoms presented. Symptoms will be monitored for 5 days, and testing repeated every 24 hours.

Transportation

Transportation into camp is provided for all campers by BUS from Thacher Winery on Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles.

More About Our Buses

PROCEDURES SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR THE 2023 SEASON

 DROP-OFF & PICK-UP

All campers will ride a Camp Natoma Bus into camp. Meet on your session start date at Thacher Winery.

Questions: Email registration@campnatoma.org or phone: 805-316-0163

Please DO NOT contact Thacher Winery.

Please be respectful of the private property Camp Natoma is utilizing for safe camper drop-off and pick-up. Obey all posted signs, park your car in designated areas only, and stay in the designated Camp Natoma area only.

  • NO SMOKING
  • NO PETS
  • DO NOT LITTER

NO cell phone reception and NO food available at this location, please plan accordingly.

Changes to camper drop-off or pick-up: If a change arises due to an operational delay on the road, parents will receive information at Thacher Winery. If a change arises prior to camper drop-off or pick-up time, or in case of an emergency, parents will be contacted by email and a follow-up phone call if time restrictions are in place. Other alerts or changes may be posted on the Camp Natoma website. In case of an emergency, an instructional message on the outgoing voicemail will provide further contact information.