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 provincial guidelines. We will continue to monitor the province’s reopening 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. August 7th begins a new change in the health orders, where all restrictions are allowed to be removed for day camps. The recommendation remains that unvaccinated individuals still mask and social distance. As the majority of our campers fall under that designation, we are choosing as a camp to continue to follow all of the protocol already in place and will do so for the remainder of the summer. (Please see below for details).
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.
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. 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
The need for both campers and staff to wear masks will be determined by the provincial guidelines that are in effect at the time summer camp is running.
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 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.
To assist with physical distancing and stay within the province’s maximum allowable group size, Camp Manitou is operating at reduced capacity.
A new drive-through drop-off and check-in process has been created to ensure a contactless experience with minimal lineups and waiting. The drop-off and pick-up point for all campers will be at the outdoor hockey rink. Please watch for the email you will receive before your week at camp, which will provide you with details regarding drop-off and pick-up.
Following a thorough review of all activities, only those that can be facilitated with appropriate physical distancing of all participants are being offered.
Even with restrictions on cohorts lifted, campers will remain in groups of 8 and cohorts no larger than 25 campers, so no more than 3 groups will engage in activities together.
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.