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The California Department of Public Health finally released the long-promised guidelines. You can read those guidelines here.


Members of CCFY, along with our partners across the state met with decision makers at the California Department of Public Health and have been assured that state guidance will be released by April 1st and that camps will be able to open by June 1st. 

Obviously, we do not know what the guidelines will say, but this is a massive step in the right direction.


Click Here to download our "Working With California Counties" guide. 

Here is our November 16th, 2020 All California Camps Webinar




Take Action: Ask the California Department of Public Health for guidance for opening residential programs.

A lack of guidance for resident programs is crippling the organized camp and outdoor education industry right now. Even being able to see the guidelines would allow those programs to prepare to open when that becomes an option. We have been working behind the scenes with our contacts at CDPH and the Governor’s office, but we also need pressure from legislators. 


Each and every program in California represented by at least two members of the California Legislature, and we’re asking you to write to them to ask them to put pressure on the State Department of Public Health. We all understand how vital getting this guidance now is, but we need to make sure that government officials understand that as well. 


Call to action: Send 2 emails and 2 letters

Here’s what we’re asking for:

  1. If you don’t have contacts for your legislators in your email, go to this link, and it will send you to a contact page for your state Senator and Assemblymember.  

  2. Here’s a form letter you can use for that electronic communication. There is a character limit, so there isn’t much room to ad-lib here. Just update your program name and your role and paste it into the contact form on your legislator’s website. 

  3. We’d also like you to send a paper version of that letter. The text for that is here. Please send that letter on your organization's letterhead. 


Please also copy Cathy Barankin on any email you send (

And any snail mail at


 770 L Street, Suite 950 

Sacramento, CA 95814.

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