Outdoor Outreach Reopening Plan 

For Youth Programs

As Outdoor Outreach reopens in-person programs starting July 6th, the health and wellness of everyone involved is our priority. We are adapting our programs to local and state health guidelines, as new updates are released we will continue to stay dynamic on our practices, procedures and policies.


Outdoor Outreach will take the following precautions on all program outings:

  • Pre Trip health screenings for all participants and staff.
  • Temperature checks and health screenings upon arrival for participants and staff.
  • The use of cloth face coverings when feasible and most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Increased use of hand washing stations and hand sanitizer.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of 6’ from others as frequently as possible.
  • Individual servings of pre packaged lunches, snacks and water.
  • Limiting the sharing of any equipment or supplies.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
  • Providing personal protection items for any participant that is not able to supply their own.
  • As much as possible, the same set of staff members will be consistent with each program. Stable cohorts of youth will be prioritized.
  • Group sizes will remain at a maximum 12 participants, with a minimum staff ratio of 1×5
  • Transportation will need to be provided to the activity location by parents/guardians or the partnering organization.
    • If transportation by parent/guardian or partnering organization is not feasible to the activity location, please contact Outdoor Outreach for alternatives.

To make an informed decision about whether these programs are appropriate for participants this summer, please take note of the following:

  • Even with our efforts to educate and enforce physical distancing expectations, participants may, and will likely, have occasional short-term close physical contact with the other members of their group.
  • Programs will occur in public park spaces that are accessible to the general public.
  • If on the day of a program the participant exhibits symptoms relating to COVID-19 parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up the participant from the activity location.
  • Programs may be cancelled or modified based on local or regional public health concerns. The timeline before these possible cancelations is unknown, but we will make our best efforts to communicate as swiftly as they might be discovered.
  • Participants who are immunocompromised, or live with individuals at risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 should consider not attending camp, or consulting with their doctor to determine if participation is appropriate.

We have created our opening plan as informed by multiple levels of authority and expertise, including:

  • California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Day Camps
  • County of San Diego Public Health Orders
  • Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps
  • American Camp Association Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance


If you have questions or concerns around our program reopening plan, please contact:
Matt Smith at matt.smith@outdooroutreach.org