Keeping Camp Safer - Our Response to COVID-19

Safety is our top priority. Hip Wah is committed to following State and Alameda County Health Department guidelines to run the 2022 summer program in a manner that minimizes risk for our staff, aides, and campers.

Hip Wah will continue to monitor guidelines and will develop protocols based on youth program requirements established by the county. We will also utilize protocols established by our host location which has conducted in-person classes in both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.

May 13, 2022 update:

We want to remind the Hip Wah community that we believe the most important layer of protection against severe symptoms of COVID-19 is the vaccine. As stated in Hip Wah's response to COVID-19 (, all campers and staff are required to be vaccinated and boosted, if eligible, prior to the start of camp. Please plan for the vaccine and booster accordingly and be prepared to show evidence, if requested.


We also recommend that every family have in-home COVID-19 antigen tests available before the start of camp. Free tests may be ordered through the government at, and if you purchase an FDA-approved COVID-19 antigen test, you may be eligible for a reimbursement through your medical insurance provider. In the event a close contact of your child(ren) tests positive, we may require that your child(ren) show evidence of a negative antigen test before being allowed onto campus. Hip Wah will not be administering COVID-19 tests, nor will Hip Wah have tests on hand.

We expect masks will be required in both indoor and outdoor settings if your child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the past 10 days. We expect to make a final determination on any other requirements regarding masking or pre-camp COVID-19 testing by June 6, 2022, and we will communicate with you.

Our goal is to keep the Hip Wah Summer Program enjoyable and safe, and we do not want to experience staffing shortages or have our campers miss out on our 4 weeks together. 

April 4, 2022 update:

As you may know, many school districts no longer require outdoor masking, and many, if not all, are removing the indoor masking requirement. Masking remains "strongly recommended" at this time. While we do not yet know the guidelines that will be in place in June, we anticipate Hip Wah may observe the following:

- Outdoor masking is optional

- Indoor masking is optional

- Masking required in field trip carpools, while on public transit for field trips, while indoors in large group settings (i.e., the Music Festival), or where recommended or required by our field trip host site

We expect to make a final determination by June 6, 2022 and will communicate with you. We acknowledge that these months ahead will be a period of transition for our families and staff. While masking may be optional in some settings during our summer program, we understand an individual camper or staff member may have personal, family, or other reasons to continue masking, and we respect and honor their decision to do so.

We also want to remind the Hip Wah community that we believe the most important layer of protection against COVID-19 is the vaccination. As stated below, all campers and staff are required to be vaccinated and boosted, if eligible, prior to the start of camp. Please be sure to plan for the vaccination and booster accordingly.

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Please check our website regularly as we will modify plans as guidelines evolve. At present, Hip Wah has the following plans:

Our Program

  • Hip Wah runs a single 4-week camp session each summer. No campers will be added during the 4-week session.

  • Hip Wah plans to return to its normal size for each camp class (e.g., age group). Depending on the age group, camp class size typically ranges from 14 to 22 campers, plus 2 aides. 

  • We plan to reinstate field trips in 2022. We are planning to host an orientation, open house, and music festival in 2022. 

  • Before and after camp Extended Care, as well as afternoon enrichment classes, will be available. 

  • Physical distancing is not currently a requirement, though will be observed when reasonable. We will hold more sessions outdoors, when possible.

  • Lunch and snacks will be eaten outdoors. Hip Wah plans to offer lunches. Lunch will not be individually packed (as they were for 2021); Hip Wah will reinstate ordering lunch from a couple of local restaurants and having lunch plated by camp aides.

  • Campers, aides, and staff will practice frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing (e.g., before and after lunch, before and after using the restroom, before and after recess).

  • Last year, Hip Wah ordered additional musical instruments and other equipment, making the sharing of supplies less frequent.


Vaccination Status

  • All teachers, specialists, staff, and aides are required to be fully vaccinated and have had the vaccine booster.

  • All campers are required to be fully vaccinated by the first day of camp. All campers eligible for the booster are expected to have had the vaccine booster by the first day of camp. A camper who becomes eligible for the vaccine booster in June or July 2022 is expected to have the booster within 2 weeks of eligibility.

  • Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

  • A medical exemption will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The request must be accompanied by a written explanation from a medical provider. 


  • We will evaluate and determine if masks will be required in indoor and outdoor settings based on county guidelines. We will communicate any masking requirement to you by June 6, 2022.


Screening and COVID-19 Testing

  • Depending on county positivity rates, we may require campers, aides, and staff to take a COVID-19 test and show documentation of a negative result in the week prior to the start of camp. If this becomes a Hip Wah requirement, we will communicate it to you by June 6, 2022. We may require additional testing during the 4-week session. Hip Wah is unable to reimburse for any portion of the testing.

  • A camper, aide, or staff that presents symptoms of an infectious illness during the day will be sent home and asked to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if COVID-19 testing is recommended.

  • In the event a camper, aide, or staff tests positive for COVID-19, we will follow county notification protocols.