Ecojustice Camp is:
A fun community of campers
A place to learn outdoor skills
A time to connect with the natural world
We believe humans can have a positive impact on each other, and on the natural world.
Summer 2021 Camps:
COVID preparedness: Even though vaccines are now in production, predictions are that we will be living with COVID restrictions through the summer of 2021. For COVID safety, we will not only comply with current COVID state and county regulations for camps, but we have additional procedures in place. Since we’ve had some inquiries, we’re posting more details of our COVID-preparedness plan here:
—all activities outdoors, everyone masked at all times
—three-week camp session (state rule to avoid frequent mixing of groups)
—groups of 7-8 campers plus 5 counselors (this staff/camper ratio allows greater safety)
—socially-distanced outdoors camp activities
—program areas fenced off to keep groups together (and keep others out)
—each camper has their own socially-distanced area with table & supplies for their exclusive use
—no sharing of equipment unless disinfected between uses
—regular reminders of hand washing and sanitizing procedures
—regular review of social distancing rules and procedures
—sorry, no parent visits unless arranged in advance, though camps can be watched from you car in the parking lot
—all staff to be vaccinated before camp starts
For lunch and snacks, currently the state recommends that all food be sent from home, and we will comply with that recommendation. Campers will be physically distanced during meals, as required by the state (we will also be eating outdoors).
Field trips: At present (January, 2021), county health regulations mean our usual field trips aren’t possible. In addition, county and state parks are not permitting group use at present. So we’ll be focused on on-site activities, including campcraft skills, field notebooks, exploring the native plant garden, ecology games and activities, and more.
Overnights: At present (January, 2021), county health regulations mean our usual off-site overnight won’t be possible. If that situation changes, or if on-site overnights become possible, we’ll notify families and offer that as an option.
Camps will take place for three weeks, June 14 through July 2, 2021:
Full day, three-week camp for rising 3rd through 6th graders (i.e., just completed gr. 2-5)
Full day, three-week camp for rising 7th through 9th graders (i.e., just completed gr. 6-8)
Junior Counselor program for teens who have completed gr. 9. Learn more.
Learn more about Ecojustice Camp — click here.
The camp is based at 505 E. Charleston Road in Palo Alto, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA). UUCPA’s campus is filled with natural beauty and native plants, and is perfect for kids’ activities. UUCPA has made careful plans for a COVID-safe campus.
Dan Harper and Lorraine Kostka, Camp Directors
505 E. Charleston Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Our Sponsor, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA), is a liberal congregation with a strong commitment to ecology. UUCPA respects the interdependent web of existence, believes all life is sacred, and works actively for environmental justice.
The header photo shows tie-dyeing with natural dyes (redwood cones), summer, 2018.