In Camp News
June 17, 2020

We are happy to share the exciting news that Green Acres will be running camp for Summer 2020! We have been working closely with York Region Public Health and we believe that we can safely implement the Government Guidelines to provide your children with a fun, happy, safe and healthy camp experience!!

For new families that want to register for camp please complete a Camper Application and we will follow-up within 3 business days to confirm your spot at camp. For families that were previously registered for Summer 2020 please email the camp office with the weeks you wish to attend and we will confirm space over email and adjust your previous registration.

Typical Day:
In our last communication, we outlined some of the programs and activities that would not be able to run this summer according to the Government guidelines. Several parents reached out to us asking what a new typical day would look like. We have sample weekly schedules for Traditional Camp (JK – Grade 1), Traditional Camp (Grade 2 – 9), Raptors (SK – Grade 1) and All-Star Sports Camp (Grade 2 – 7) for you to get a clearer picture of what we are offering this summer. We are very fortunate to have our amazing facilities that will allow us to still run so many of the activities the campers know and love!!

Cabin groupings:
Of course, Camp will look very different in other ways. While we will do our best to honour your grouping requests, groups/cohorts may look different this year with mixed genders and/or mixed groups of children close in age. As you know, we must stay within the strict guidelines of cohorts with no more than 10 people including staff. We may limit the number of cohorts to ensure that proper social distancing of cohorts can safely take place. Again, cabin groups/cohorts may NOT mix or inter-mingle.

Parents may also group siblings together that are close in age (mixed genders are ok) and/or alternatively, provide the names of other friends/family (mixed ages and genders are ok) to create their own cohort that you would consider carpooling with to reduce outside exposure. Please click the following link about carpools. Please remember though that other children may be added in order to fill that cohort.

Drop off and Pick Up:
In accordance with the Government guidelines, parents/guardians will need to fill out an online daily screening form prior to dropping their children off at Camp. The form is to attest that your child is not exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19 and has not been in contact with anyone who has tested positive and is in good health. Campers will not be allowed on site if the form has not been submitted. Drop off at Camp will be done in 3 different zones at scattered times to ensure that everyone is not arriving at the same time and can still social distance. Your child’s temperature will be taken upon arrival at camp as well. Pick up will also be curb-side and at scattered times. Parents will NOT be allowed to enter the camp grounds. More details to follow.

We are very excited to move forward with this summer as we know how much Green Acres means to the children, the staff and the leadership team. Having said that, now, more than ever, children need to be outdoors and socializing with others, playing sports and doing activities. Many parents, as well, need to return to work and want to know that their children are in a safe place with people they trust. We hope to provide this service for all of our families who want or need it. We have included a very interesting article by an Ontario physician from Sick Kids Hospital about the importance of camp and schools for children.

We look forward to speaking with many of you soon! Again, we respect your decision to choose what is best for your child with respect to sending them to camp this summer.

Eddy, Lori, Darren, Kathy & Phil

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