Safety and wellness are our top priorities at camp. Diligent preparation has gone into medical, health, and safety protocols for our camp program.
Yo! Camp will have a medical staff of doctors and nurses available on-site 24/7. All medical staff will be licensed, familiar with the camp program & activities, and of course, are great in working with kids.
All staff will have basic training in first-aid and CPR.
Allergies and medication information will be collected when parents/guardians submit camper information through our camper information portal.
Medications will be managed and distributed by our medical staff. Camper allergies will be accommodated for during meal preparation and will be specifically noted by counselors and staff.
Camp registration is only open to fully-vaccinated (including a booster shot) individuals. Proof of vaccination will be required to complete the camper registration process. All staff and counselors are fully vaccinated.
Camp's COVID protocols will follow stipulations and recommendations provided by the CDC and LAUSD.
Our camp location is only 30 miles from the ocean. We will have fire safety and evacuation protocols ready in the unlikely case of a fire. During the week of camp, a fire drill will be conducted as a live demonstration of the protocol.
We will be monitoring both the spread of COVID-19 as well as wildfire closely in the months leading up to camp. In the case of a cancellation due to COVID-19, we will issue a cancellation notice 30 days prior to camp (June 2, 2022) and issue refunds to all registrants.*
*In the case of refunded registration due to COVID-19, Yo! Camp will keep a 3.5% administration fee.
Here's a list of other common questions that we've received.
Can my child be in a cabin with a specific child or group?
Yes. If you’d like your child to be in a specific friend’s or group’s cabin, please email us as firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do our best to accommodate.
Is there a “Parent Handbook” where parents can learn more in-depth information about Yo! Camp?
There is a slideshow that we’ll present during our parent orientation. The recording and slides will be sent to parents following the session. If you didn’t receive a copy, email us at email@example.com.
What are the drop off and pick up times for camp?
Drop Off: 3:00pm on Sunday, July 3, 2022Pick Up: 10:30am on Sunday, July 10, 2022*accommodations can be made if you need alternative drop off/pick up times.
What are the sleeping arrangements for the campers?
Campers will sleep in individual cabins with bunk beds. Each cabin will be split by grade and gender into groups of 6-10 campers plus 1-2 counselors each.
Who is in charge of your medical team?
Camp will have an MD onsite with an additional medical staff consisting of qualified healthcare professionals to ensure your kids are safe and healthy.
What kind of food are you serving at camp?
Headed by an all-star Sansei kitchen staff, each day we’ll serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner to 100+ campers and counselors. We’ll serve an eclectic array of American and Japanese American foods. Think 🌭 hot dogs, 🍔 hamburgers, and 🍕 pizzas on the American side. On the Japanese American side, think 🍛 curry rice, somen salad, 🐥 teriyaki chicken, and 🍜 yakisoba.
What roles are available for the counselors?
Each counselor will be assigned a unique type of role so they can specialize in providing the best service possible. Specializations include counseling (supervising a group of campers); instruction (leading activities); kitchen (preparing and serving meals); medical (monitoring allergies, medications, illnesses, and injuries); and operations (coordinating administrative camp duties).
What trainings do the counselors undergo?
We will check the background of all staff members prior to starting camp.
CPR & first-aid - Counselors will be trained how to administer CPR as well as basic first-aid in cases of minor injuries. Training will also include medical protocols of when to refer issues to our medical staff.
Staff boundaries & reporting abuse - Counselors will be trained on best practices for exercising boundaries of affection regarding campers as well as protocols for spotting and reporting abuse.
Working with teens - We’ll provide the best tips and run through various scenarios for working with teens.
Positive values & leadership - Counselors are taught the importance of exercising leadership and positive values while at camp. This includes, but is not limited to building community, leading by example, and treating the campers as their top priority.
Are laundry washing machines available?
Free-to-use washing machines are available in emergency situations. Laundry detergent will be provided.
What do I do when I arrive at Camp Gilmore?
For arrivals and departures within our official arrival/departure window, just follow the signs to “Camp Gilmore” (not Camp Daley). For all other arrivals and departures - contact our Operations Team (contact information provided in the Parent Orientation Slides) for instructions.
What camp policies and procedures have you planned to keep camp a fun, healthy, and safe environment?
We have additional policies and procedures for keeping your kids safe and healthy in case of emergencies. This includes responding to active shooters, fires, earthquakes, wildlife, medical treatments and emergencies, lost campers, unexpected visitors, and night security. If you’d like more info on any of our policies, please ask.
What is your COVID-19 policy?
Please visit https://www.itsyocamp.com/covid for more information.
What is your social media policy?
Other than on the official Yo! Media social media channels, camp staff and campers are prohibited from posting photos or videos on social media of any minors under 18.
What is your electronics policy?
To best eliminate distraction and appreciate the spirit of Yo! Camp, the use of phones and other mobile devices (i.e., gaming consoles) is prohibited throughout the camp program. *Parents needing to reach their kids should contact the camp's Operations Team first.
Can I send letters, postcards, or care-packages to my kids?
Yes! Letters and postcards - We suggest that you send something to your kid at least once during the week. Care packages and other objects - If you send care packages or objects, such as cookies, snacks, etc., we suggest you send enough for your kid’s entire cabin (6-10 individuals). For mailing address, please review the Parent Orientation Slides.
Can my child request a specific counselor as their leader?
Unfortunately, no. Each counselor will have a unique role so not all counselors will be cabin leaders of a small group of students.
If cell phones are not allowed to be used during camp, what if I want to contact my child?
Parents needing to reach camp or their kids should contact camps Operations Team (contact information located in the Parent Orientation Slides)
What should my kids bring to camp? Is there a recommended packing list?
The recommended packing list is located in the Parent Orientation Slides.
Yes. Family camp activities will be designed for ages 4-10 and day-care services are only applicable for this age; however, campers outside of the age range are still permitted to attend.
All activities and meals are included in a family camp registration; however, families can pick and choose which they'll participate in each day. Additionally, for those parents that need to step away, day-care supervision will be provided during activities.
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that Yo! Camp is operated entirely by volunteers so it may take a couple of days for us to reply to your email.
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Each day will include three balanced meals with Japanese American flavor.
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From allergies to fire to medical staff, we’ve developed policies to ensure the safety of our participants.
Discounts are avaiable for early bird and group registration.