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Summer 2020 Update

It is with heavy hearts that we share our plans to cancel all in-person activities held on our site for summer 2020. If at any point new information emerges and conditions change that allow us to safely provide in-person gatherings, we will do so as a top priority. 

While we have continued to plan, prepare, and hope for another transformative summer at Camp Bob Waldorf, the risks posed by COVID-19 threaten what we hold most dear – the health and well-being of our campers and staff that attend camp. 

You might be asking, “Why are you making this decision now and for the full summer?” Our ongoing conversations with public health officials, national camp leaders, and our staff and Board of Directors have led us to the difficult conclusion that there are too many known and unknown risks for us to create an acceptable pathway forward for this summer. As soon as that became clear, we wanted to communicate to you, our community. We believe that you and your campers deserve the clarity, that while painful, allows for grieving, healing, and moving forward towards hope, joy and better days ahead. This also enables our team to plan and create exciting camp programs that you can experience with us at home. 

We hope you take time with your campers to express sadness together; listen, embrace the loss, and savor the gratitude for the magic of camp, which will continue through the summer and will sustain into the future. Please find resources here to support you and your campers during this difficult time. 

We know that camp is more than a place, but the relationships we build with one another to form our community. The relationships that we rely on to celebrate life’s victories and lean on in times of sadness. We are a strong community that will continue to grow even during these challenging times. 

We will look forward to continuing our time together throughout the months to come. You are in our hearts, and we are counting down the days until we can be together again. 


In the Camp Spirit, 

Dale Decker 

Camp Bob Waldorf Director 

Summer 2020 FAQ

Are Camp Bob Waldorf, Kibbutz Bob Waldorf, Witherbee, Counselor-In-Training, and Junior Counselor programs going to take place this summer?

Unfortunately, due to the risks of COVID-19, ongoing Safer at Home restrictions in Los Angeles County, and concern for the health and safety of our campers, families, and our community, we made the heartbreaking decision to cancel camp for the summer 2020.   

What are the factors that informed the decision to cancel Summer 2020 programs?

Our ongoing conversations with public health officials, national camp leaders, and our staff and Board of Directors have led us to the difficult conclusion that there are too many known and unknown risks for us to create an acceptable pathway forward for this summer, coupled with the ongoing Safer at Home restrictions in Los Angeles County through the summer months. As soon as that became clear, we wanted to communicate to you, our community. We believe that you and your campers deserve the clarity, that while painful, allows for grieving, healing, and moving forward towards hope, joy and better days ahead. This also enables our team to plan and create exciting camp programs that you can experience with us at home. 

What can I do to help support my camper(s)?

Not having camp in person this season is heartbreaking, and we want you to know that we are here for you. Our professional staff and lay leaders are working together to provide support to you and your family. We understand how hard it is to break this kind of news to your campers and want to support you through that process.  

  • We have curated some resources for sharing the news with your camper. Click here to download PDF   
  • If you have additional questions or are looking for more resources, let us know by contacting Rose Levenson, Assistant Director.   

What happens to my fees?

There are multiple options for handling camp fees, which include receiving a refund for all fees paid to date for this summer.  Alternatively, you may choose to rollover your payment for credit towards Camp In A Box or convert all or part of your payment as a tax-deductible donation. 

Will there be virtual offerings?

Yes! Since 1938 – that’s over 80 years! – the Camp Bob Waldorf community has been built through transformational experiences that occur in a healthy, safe environment.  Though we will not be together in person this summer, we will be with each other through virtual means.   

What will happen with summer 2021? What about retreat programs in the fall, winter, and spring?

Decisions about summer 2021 and when registration is opening will be made in the coming months.  We want to stay true to our programs that your campers know and love, and must ensure the health, safety, and program excellence of those programs.  We don’t know for certain yet what the new realities created by COVID-19 could mean for the fall and beyond, but we are doing everything we can to be ready to open registration for next summer, and determine what are year-round programs will look like.  

If you have additional questions not answered in this FAQ document, please email


If your workplace has reduced hours or shut down:

CA Employment Development Dept: If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down operations because of the coronavirus, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits that range from $40 to $450 per week. You can file a claim with California’s Employment Development Department. Go to this page to learn more about filing a claim.

Starting April 28, self-employed and independent contractors will be able to file for unemployment in California. Find out more here!

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments are underway in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. To learn more, click here.

Max Factor Fund is available to anyone in need due to job loss or other issues. Here’s the info:

The Jewish Federation’s Community Call Line will continue Monday-Thursday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Fridays from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. If you or someone you know needs access to social services including financial assistance via our Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network, please call our Community Call Line at (323) 761-8305.

NO RENT and OAG both have available letter templates for tenants who are unable to pay their rent due to COVID-19 related reasons.

Jewish Free Loan Association has a wealth of resources. Student, Emergency, and Small Business Loans are available to apply for. In addition, they have their own Resource Guide that has information on available food for all ages, education and food resources for youth (0-17), housing assistance for adults (18-64), senior food programs (65+), and other information focused on paid family leave, employment, disability benefits, unemployment benefits, workers compensations, and tax assistance.

Non-Profit Loans & More – This webpage can be used to apply for small business and non-profit loans. Details about how to qualify and what is available can be found within

Computer and Internet access:

Free or low cost internet/phone: Comcast, Charter. both AT&T and Verizon have also pledged to waive any late fee payments for customers affected by the outbreak.

LAUSD is issuing free Chromebooks to students who need a computer.

Free Meals:

The Dream Center provides free meals for LAUSD students everyday from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm! They are located at 2301 Bellevue Ave. Los Angeles 90026 and you can learn more here

LAUSD has 60 sites providing two grab-and-go meals for students and families. For more information and other resources, click here

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has food pantries available all over the county, to find your local food pantry, click here

CSUINC is continuing to support and serve South Central with local beyond organic fresh produce and organic groceries during the COVID-19 crisis.

Food has a list of food pantries but also has information on food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc. Additional food assistance locations can be found here.

Everytable is a meal service that prides itself on making sure everyone, everywhere has access to healthy, fresh food at affordable prices. Stores are located in the greater Los Angeles area.

Mental Health Resources:

OHEL Children and Family Services offers weekly support groups, webinars & fun.

UnitedHealth Group support help line for anyone experiencing anxiety or stress around COVID-19. Call 1 (866) 342-6892. Open to all and available 24/7. More info at UnitedHealth Group COVID 19 Support

California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200 (call or text)

The Relational Center is currently conducting online support for FREE at

Project Return Peer Support Network: Non crisis support line 1-888-448-9777. More information at

Department of Mental Health (DMH) Hotline: The DMH hotline can connect families who have Medi-Cal to a mental health professional. Call 800-854-7771 or text “LA” to 741741

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Warmline is designed to aid people who are having difficulty coping with the stresses and crises which arise in daily living or who are concerned about particular personal or interpersonal problems. All calls are handled confidentially, and referrals are available for additional or ongoing services if needed.

Service and Intake: 1 (855) 952-9276

Administrative: 1 (714) 544-8488

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 10:00pm to 6:00am, including holidays


LADWP (Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power) is offering payment plan and suspending utility shut off for March

“To help our customers get through any financial hardships that may occur as a result of Coronavirus/COVID-19, we offer generous extended payment plans. Any impacted customer can request a payment plan online at  or can make arrangements by calling customer care at 1-800-DIAL-DWP (1-800-342-5397).  We have also deferred disconnections for non-payment through the remainder of March at this time”

SCE (Southern California Edison) support to customers, communities and employees

SCE encourages customers who are having trouble paying their bills to contact the SCE Customer Contact Center to discuss payment extensions or arrangements. SCE also has savings programs for income-qualified customers and follows requirements for customer protections from the California Public Utilities Commission. Details on these programs are available at  or by calling 1-800-950-2356.

SocalGas Support & Response

We are committed to helping customers experiencing hardships, including from the Coronavirus. If in need of assistance, we encourage customers to call us at 1800-427-2200. If you’re experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, we are supporting our residential and small business customers by doing the following:

Residential Customers– Service Disconnects for our customers who are having a hard time paying their bills are temporarily suspended EVEN IF you receive an automated 48 hour shut off notice. Offering assistance with paying your bill.

Small Business Customers: Waiving late payment fee.

Elderly (65+)

Elderly Meal Program Map, click here

ALL Super A Markets and Superior Grocers will open one hour early to allow Seniors 65 years and up to exclusively shop during the hours of 7:00am- 8:00am before the store opens to the general public.

St. Vincent Meals on Wheels  offers free Meals delivered to the elderly and homebound.

WDACS is providing fresh and frozen home-delivered meals for seniors in LA County.


JVS has jobs available to people out of work click here to learn more.

One-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Miscellaneous Resources:

Children’s Institute is a great resource for children and families during this pandemic. There is a collection of available food resources including free meals for children. Elderly, Immigrant and Undocumented, Educational, and Financial resources are also highlighted here.

LAUSD Hotline – (213) 443-1300. Now, when families call the hotline with a need for SHHS (Student Health and Human Services)-related services (e.g., housing/emergency shelter, mental or physical health support), the hotline operator takes down the person’s contact information and submits it to School Mental Health and Healthy Start staff, who provide direct support and/or link the family with one of our community partners.

LAPL has a resource page with guides for those experiencing homelessness, handwashing station locations, shelters, social services, food accessibility, and consumer protection for those experiencing price gouging or other fraudulent activities related to COVID-19.

Free Arts has resource assistance for food, housing, technology, mental health, education, employment, pay assistance, utility assistance, and general assistance including virtual AA meetings.

EOP DREAM Center at CSU Northridge has created a document specifically for the undocumented and immigrant community in Los Angeles.

WIC-People who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 crisis and are pregnant, postpartum or have a child under five years old can apply for WIC services by texting APPLY to 91997, calling WIC at 888-942-2229, or online.

Social Justice Learning Institute has a virtual intake form that allows you to describe your areas of need. Once submitted, a member of the SJLI team will connect with you for relief support and/or guidance.

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles has a number of programs and services dedicated to the following: Older Adult Services, Food & Hunger, Counseling, Intimate Partner Violence Services, Services for People with Disabilities, Child & Family Services, and Jewish Life. The JFS Central Access hotline is 877-275-4537

The JQ Helpline provides inclusive support and resources for LGBTQ+ Jewish, their families, and allies. The JQ Helpline is available to community members in need. If you or someone close to you needs support, call 855-574-4577 or email

COVID-19 Guidance

We understand that there has been much information in the news lately about the spread of Coronavirus and this may be causing some concern in our community.  As with any public health related concern, we are taking the spread of this virus seriously and are closely monitoring the situation. We are in contact with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and are following guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

When to Seek Medical Attention:
 If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

If you have any combination of these signs and symptoms, see your Primary Care Provider and DO NOT COME TO CAMP.

Practicing good hygiene may be the best way to help limit the spread of disease.  To reduce your risk for exposure, the CDC and LACDPH recommend the following precautions:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, with unwashed hands, as much as possible.
  • Avoid close contact (kissing or sharing eating utensils) with people who are sick.
  • STAY HOME when you are sick and do not come to camp until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Get a flu vaccine – there is no specific vaccine for coronavirus currently.
  • CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear masks

If COVID-19 or the common flu should arrive to our camp, we aim to limit the exposure to our community as quickly as possible. We are currently reviewing our infectious disease outbreak emergency plan with our camp nurse, camp doctor and local Public Health officials.

Camp Bob Waldorf is developing and implementing the below Action Plan to address any infectious disease outbreak.

  1. The Camp Bob Waldorf Maintenance team will continue to use EPA approved products to clean/disinfect high-contact touch points like doorknobs and bunks, as well as common areas like countertops, tables, and handrails.
  2. We will also provide a review to all camper and staff on effective hand-washing practices.
  3. We’ve installed many alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers around camp.

We know the current focus on Coronavirus in the media can be frightening, and particularly to children.  We will continue to remain informed through the trusted resources listed below and encourage you to do the same for the latest accurate information.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

California Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

UCLA Health Coronavirus| Daniel Z. Uslan, MD, MBA: