Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

This section will be updated regularly and much of the information will be incorporated into the Summer 2021 Parent Handbook.


What are some of the changes we can expect in camp this summer and what is SGI doing to mitigate the risks?
While this summer program will look very different from what our families are used to, we will still operate our camp using our three guiding principles: ‘Safe. Fun. Jewish.’

Obviously a major focus of this summer will be on safety. As things look at this point, based on current CDC and ACA guidelines, we will have the following changes:

  • There will be limited bus transportation and kiddy camp, and no extended care;
  • We will have a slightly longer drop off window;
  • There may be no trips and there will be limited onsite entertainment or specialists;
  • The majority of the camp day will be spent outdoors. We will be putting up lots of shade spots;
  • We will not be offering 2, 3 or 4 day options so that we can keep our cohorts as stable as possible. There will also be a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks; discounts will start at 4 weeks.
  • Pickup and drop off will be from the front of our campus; 
  • We will be limiting the size of each group. As such we will likely have to turn down campers when we meet the limit;
  • We will not be allowing visitors or parents on to the campus;
  • Parents will not be allowed to accompany their child/children on to campus;
  • Campers and staff will be screened daily for symptoms and temperatures will be taken;
  • There will be an additional waiver that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.


Will lunch be available?
Lunch will be available as in the past, but it will be pre-packaged with cutlery and condiments. There will be no a la carte options, no extra this or that or special orders. Lunch will be eaten with the cohort.


What time is drop off and pickup?
Drop off will be from 8:45 until 9:30 AM and pickup will be from 3:30-4:00 PM. There are special guidelines for these times that are included in our Summer 2021 Parent Handbook.


Will the camp fees be adjusted?
Although summer camp this year is going to look very different from years past and there will be no trips, the cost for camp will remain the same. On our end, there are a host of expenses relating directly to COVID-19, including a full time maintenance staff in charge of sanitizing, PPE, hand sanitizer, water bottles, sneeze screens, shade structures and a whole lot more and we will invest a lot more into the on campus program. With the limit on how many campers we can take, we anticipate our per camper cost actually being higher this summer.


My child comes from out of town and stays with relatives during the summer.Is he/she welcome to come this summer?
Based on the current available guidance, campers coming from out of town will have to self quarantine for 5 days and then provide a negative PCR test to come to camp. 


How did you come to this decision?
We spent countless hours combing through the information released by the 

  • American Camp Association, including their ‘Camp Operations Guide Summer 2021;’
  • Center for Disease Control;
  • The Orange County Health Department.

We consulted with:

  • An allergist, an immunologist;
  • An infectious disease specialist;
  • A general practitioner.

Aside for having a successful COVID summer under our belts, we worked with other local and national camps to identify some best practices to keep our campers and staff as safe as possible.

Will my child/children have to wear a mask all day?
As it appears at this time, we will not require campers or staff to wear masks when they are outdoors and keeping a distance from each other.  

Will my child/children have to socially distance from their peers?

Based on our current guidance, campers within one group/cohort will be allowed to intermingle more closely than 6’, but will still avoid touching and sharing materials.

Will there be swimming in the camp pools?
Based on current guidance, there will be regular swimming, albeit with fewer kids in the pool at once.