Covid-19

06/29/2020 – A Difficult Decision

It with the heaviest of hearts that we send this message to our camp families this evening.

We spent countless hours planning and redesigning our operations to implement the LA County reopening protocols for day camps and felt very confident that we could enforce social distancing and mask-wearing for campers and staff throughout the camp day. Unfortunately, the best-laid plans sometimes do not turn out the way we intend.

Today was our first camp day under the new protocols, and unfortunately, we had many issues that forced us to reconsider our decision to reopen camp. While campers were separated into their assigned groups with their assigned counselors, we had a very difficult time keeping campers within the groups distanced from each other and from the staff, especially while in the water.

Part of the reason our campers love Fitness by the Sea is because of the amount of pure freedom they have while at camp and our highly engaged staff, who create an intense, fun environment. Unfortunately, the atmosphere of freedom and fun does not meld well with the requirements we must follow.

Our management team met for several hours after the end of the camp day and we currently do not feel it is in the best interest of our campers or staff to remain open at this time. Please know that this decision was not made lightly and we are doing our best to honor the feelings of our parents, campers, staff, and those of the public.

With the rising COVID levels in Los Angeles County over the past week, and after feedback from our staff, we feel it is necessary to close camp for the remainder of the summer.

For those of you who had already registered for camp this summer, we will immediately begin processing refunds tomorrow morning.

As always, we are so grateful to have all of you as part of our Fitness by the Sea camp family and we want you to know that this was a very difficult decision for us to make. As many of you know, we are a family-owned and operated business and we care personally for each of our campers and their families. We are also immensely sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment this has caused.

We very much look forward to moving past all of this and opening under better circumstances next summer.

06/19/2020 – Camp is Back in Session!

We are excited to announce that enrollment is now officially open once again for this summer. Please review the following information prior to registering your child for camp as it includes changes to both policies and programming for this summer. We may be updating this page with additional information so please check back prior to arriving at camp.

Per LA County guidelines, we have adopted some new formatting and enhanced protocols to ensure a safe and healthy environment for your children and our staff.  Click here for our complete COVID-19 Specific Health and Safety Protocols for Camp – Summer 2020 that were submitted to the County.

How will camp be different this summer?

One Combined Camp Location

We have combined all of our public* camp locations into one camp for this summer only. There are many additional restrictions and requirements we must follow to comply with the County re-opening guidelines and felt it was easier to do so with just one consolidated location. The camp will be located at Will Rogers State Beach, Lifeguard Tower 14. The entrance to the beach is at Pacific Coast Highway and Temescal Canyon Road. This is the location of our existing Pacific Palisades camp.

*Our private camp at Jonathan Club will still be offered at the Club facility for members-only this summer.

Limited Capacity

Guidelines require that we maintain social distancing while at camp, therefore, our capacity will be very limited this summer. We encourage all of our Fitness by the Sea families to enroll sooner rather than later to secure their spot.

Masks

Per LA County re-opening guidelines for summer day camps, fabric face coverings are required for all campers and staff at all times while at camp, unless in the water or while eating. We will be focusing more of our time on water play as a result of this. Your camper will need to bring a face covering from home and will be required to wear it while at camp. Please be sure to go over this with your child so they understand the importance of this policy. If your camper arrives without a face covering, we cannot allow them into camp.

Groups

Campers will be assigned to groups with 2 staff members and no more than 12 children. These groups will be based on age and will remain consistent for the duration of each camp session (week). Siblings of the same age, or within one year of each other will be placed together. You will have the opportunity to make one friend request per child during the registration process. We will do our very best to ensure your child is placed in a group with their friend.

Daily Health Screenings

Both campers and staff will all be screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Temperatures will be taken daily prior to entry into camp. If either a camper or staff member has a fever above 100.4 or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, they will not be admitted.

What will the camp day look like this summer? What activities will we be offering?

We wish we could promise you that camp was going to be the same as every other summer, but, we can’t do that. There will be things we cannot do because of social distancing and other enhanced health and safety guidelines. But, what we hope we can offer your children is a summer spent outside, in nature, doing activities they have come to love and expect at Fitness by the Sea. Our goal is to provide your children and ours with some sense of normalcy in this crazy time, where they will see familiar faces and do familiar things. We know our children need this more than ever right now and we’re sure yours do too.

There will be some activities that social distancing makes prohibitive, but we are confident that we will be able to offer plenty of other options for your children. We will be focusing a lot of our time on water activities so campers will be able to remove their masks for a good portion of the day. We will, of course, maintain social distancing to the extent possible during water times, but water safety will come first as always.

Weekly Camp Sessions and Registration Cut-Off Times

Camp will be offered in week-long (Mon – Fri) sessions only to ensure consistency between camper groups. Day-by-day enrollment, walk-up, or other partial-week add-ons will not be allowed this summer. Registration for each week of camp will cut-off promptly at noon on Sunday to allow ample time for our staff to group campers and counselors.

NO Extended Care Available

As we cannot maintain camper groups during extended hours under the current guidelines, we are unable to offer extended care this summer. Camp hours will be from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. No drop-offs will be allowed prior to 9:00 am. Pick-up will end promptly at 3:30 pm.

NO Transportation Service Available

The requirements for transportation services make it impossible for us to offer bus service this summer.

NO Make-Up Days or Refunds for Missed Days

Because groups are to remain consistent this summer, we are unable to offer make-up days for missed camp days. No refunds will be given for missed or canceled dates.

Schedule/Date Changes Cut-Off Time

Reserved camp sessions (weeks) may be rescheduled at no additional cost, however, all change requests must be sent via email to our office at email hidden; JavaScript is required. Requests must be received no later than 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) Friday prior to the scheduled camp week. All change requests are subject to availability.

Contactless Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Parents will remain in their vehicles during drop-off and pick-up. Parents will not be allowed in or near the camp area this summer. Carpool line instructions will be given to you by our on-site camp staff so that your drop-off and pick-up experience runs smoothly.

How to Register for Camp this Summer

Click here for our public camp locations and follow the instructions on each page. Please be sure to read all information so you are aware of any changes.

If you are a member and would like to register for our Jonathan Club camp location, please email that camp office at email hidden; JavaScript is required with your name and member number along with the number of member children you would like to register.

06/14/2020 – Summer Camp 2020 to Re-Open!

We received guidance from LA County late last week allowing beach camps to move forward with re-opening for this summer and we are beyond excited to share this news with you!

We are doing our best to implement these new guidelines as quickly as possible in order to keep campers and staff safe and healthy. We will be opening up enrollment in the next few days once we have had a chance to fully review and incorporate the necessary changes to our programming.

If you are on our mailing list, please look for an email from us early this coming week with additional information, including camp dates for this summer.

Thank you all for your encouragement and unfailing support!

 

05/22/2020 – Summer Camp 2020 Officially Suspended

It is with great sadness and disappointment that we are writing to let you know that we received an update from LA County officially suspending all camp operations on County beaches until further notice. This includes our Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades Fitness by the Sea camp locations.

It was just days ago that we were optimistic that camp would happen, even if it was delayed or modified. But now, according to documentation received from the County, beach camps will not reopen until Stage 4 of the LA County Roadmap to Recovery. As such, we feel it is best to officially suspend camp at this time. We do not feel confident enough that camp will happen this summer to continue accepting reservations and customer funds.

We know how disappointing this is for you and your children. It is heartbreaking for our family and staff as well. We look forward all year to seeing your children at camp. Please tell them we will miss them dearly. They are the reason Fitness by the Sea exists and why we do what we do each and every day.

This experience has definitely been trying for all of us, but we truly believe brighter days will be coming soon.

For those of you who had already enrolled at camp this summer, we will begin processing full refunds immediately. We will do our very best to complete the refund process for all customers by the end of today. If you have questions about your refund, please reach out to us directly.

Your families will remain in our thoughts this summer and throughout next year as we begin our countdown to Summer 2021.

If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to respond to this email or call us directly at 310-459-2425.

Sincerely,

The Colton Family & All of the FBS Staff

 

05/18/2020 – Fitness by the Sea Coronavirus Update #2

We wanted to take the time to update our Fitness by the Sea families on our plans as they relate to summer camp 2020.

#1 – Yes, we are still planning on having camp.

It is more important now than ever that our children get to experience the release of summer camp. We know our three girls are in desperate need of a ‘normal’ summer experience and we’re sure your children are as well. Therefore, we are moving forward with our plans for the summer in hopes that camp will happen.

Though we do not have any specific dates yet, we do believe County and State officials will be allowing summer camps to open up for at least part of the summer. It is probable that they will be strictly limiting the number of participants and will also be requiring social distancing and rigorous safety guidelines as outlined in the CDC’s Camps Decision Tree document.

Currently, our registration system shows our original dates of June 15 – September 4, but please understand that those dates may change as the re-opening guidelines for camps becomes clearer. We will communicate any changes to you as soon as we learn of them.

#2 – Spaces will likely be limited, so you may want to secure your spot now.

Given that it is highly likely our capacity will be very limited, we encourage you to sign up now to save your spot. If we are unable to offer camp due to governmental restrictions, we will refund all fees in full. If we are able to offer camp this summer, we will follow our regular cancelation policy.

#3 – What we will do to keep your children safe.

In addition to our longstanding and rigorous safety procedures and staff training protocols, we are following the latest guidelines on health and safety, cleaning, and preparedness from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the LA County Department of Public Health. Please visit our FAQ page for more information about how we plan to support a healthy camp environment, including stepped-up cleaning protocols and social distancing strategies.

Once again, we are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you updated as soon as we learn new information regarding camp this summer.

 

04/21/2020 – Fitness by the Sea Coronavirus Update #1

Many of our Fitness by the Sea families have been asking how the coronavirus and social distancing efforts will be effecting camp this summer, so we wanted to reach out and share how we’re responding to COVID-19 and making plans for your child’s safety.

In addition to our longstanding and rigorous safety procedures and staff training protocols, we are following the latest guidelines on health and safety, cleaning, and preparedness from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the LA County Department of Public Health. Please visit our FAQ page for more information about how we plan to support a healthy camp environment, including stepped-up cleaning protocols and social distancing strategies.

Our goal is still to be able to offer camp this summer. We believe camp will be more important than ever this year, as it will provide children an important break from any stress and anxiety caused by the disruption of their normal schedules. We are preparing contingency plans and are equipped and ready to adjust our camp programming to meet any government advised guidelines, should they still be in place when summer arrives.

Summer 2020 Registration – Registration for our camps is open. If you’re concerned about how the coronavirus will affect your plans, don’t forget that you can sign up now to secure your early bird discount, and then change your camp dates as things become clearer.

Early Bird Discount Extended thru May 15th – To provide additional financial relief for our camp families, we have extended the early bird discount until May 15th.

Summer 2020 Cancelations & Refunds – If camp is canceled entirely due to governmental restrictions, we will provide full refunds for all reservations. If we are able to offer camp this summer, we will follow our regular cancelation policy.

Once again, we are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you updated as we learn new information regarding camp this summer. We feel certain that we’ll get through the summer with healthy and happy children. We can’t wait to spend a safe, healthy, joyful summer with your campers!

If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to email, email hidden; JavaScript is required, or call me directly at 310-459-2425 x110.

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