Camp Manitou takes the responsibility of caring for your children while providing them with an outdoor education very seriously. To limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we are taking every measure to ensure the health and safety of all guests, campers and staff as part of our plan to resume safe programming.
Camp Manitou has been working with the province and health officials to ensure the safe resumption of day camp activities are in alignment with the provincial phased reopening strategy. We will continue to monitor the province’s Restoring Safe Services plan and guidelines. We will also continue to work with authorities to ensure we are following and evolving our policies and protocols to fit with best practices.
We recognize that some things will be different for you and your children, but our commitment to providing an enriching growth and education experience in an inclusive environment has not wavered. While some of the changes may take some getting used to, please know that all new health and safety measures are essential to our ability to open our facility and run programming. For the safety of our entire community, we appreciate your adherence and understanding.
Due to operating at a reduced capacity, Camp Manitou has added evening programming to allow more campers the opportunity to participate. Please visit our Summer Camp webpage for more information on evening camp sessions.
Cleanliness and sanitation
An enhanced commitment to cleanliness and sanitation means more frequent cleaning and more rigorous disinfection measures across camp buildings and all activity stations. Activity structures and equipment will be disinfected between each group and high-touch surfaces and high-traffic spaces will also be cleaned more frequently, especially during active business hours. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed around camp and campers will be encouraged and assisted in using them frequently throughout the day.
All meals will be plated or individually packaged, in place of buffet lines during the summer of 2020. Lunch service will be staggered to maintain physical distancing among smaller groups. While communal water fountains will be turned off, camp staff will assist in providing water bottle refills at a touchless water station to ensure campers stay hydrated throughout the day.
Personal protective equipment
Camp Manitou will not require the use of face masks for campers or for staff, however, staff will wear face masks when in close contact with campers, such as when assisting with harnessing and equipment at stations like the climbing wall. Campers may wear masks if they/parents and guardians wish.
All campers and staff will be required to complete an online self-assessment before arriving and checking in for camp each day to ensure they are symptom-free and feeling well. The assessment must be completed the day of camp and not earlier. Please consider making it a routine at breakfast time before leaving for camp each day.
All camp staff have been instructed to stay at home if they are feeling unwell, including if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms: headache, congestion, runny nose, fever, chills and/or body aches.
We respectfully ask campers not to attend to camp if they are experiencing any of the same symptoms, if someone in their household is ill, or if they believe they have been exposed to someone who is ill. As we put the wellness of our community first and foremost, there is a consideration for prorated refunds for camp days missed due to illness.
In order to maintain physical distancing, camp will be operating at less than 50 percent capacity.
A new drive-through drop-off and check-in process has been created to ensure a contactless experience with minimal lineups and waiting. Two drop-off points will be used – the Welcome Centre and the outdoor hockey rink – with staggered arrival and pick-up times. Please watch for the email you will receive before your week at camp, which will advise you of your drop-off location and arrival/pick-up times.
Following a thorough review of all activities, only those that can be facilitated with appropriate physical distancing of all participants are being offered.
To limit interaction, campers will remain in groups of six. To further restrict the amount of people touching the same surfaces, each group will have a dedicated washroom to use throughout the week.
Activity leaders will be actively monitoring physical distancing to ensure campers are maintaining a two-metre distance from others.
Extra staff will monitor the pool area for physical distancing to allow lifeguards to focus solely on water safety.
We appreciate the camp experience will be a little different than your kids are used to experiencing and some aspects may take some getting used to throughout the week at camp. While your child’s health and safety has been the priority as we have planned for this summer’s Camp Manitou experience, programming will remain exciting, diverse and educational while also adhering to physical distancing. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding and look forward to welcoming our campers back.