Yesterday we received promising news from the Ontario Government regarding guidelines to open camps in July and August. Although, the decision to open will ultimately rest in the hands of York Region Public Health, after closely reading the guidelines, we believe that they can be implemented in order to provide your child(ren) with a safe camp experience. Having said that, Camp will look very different this summer.
Given that the emergency order in Ontario has been extended until June 30th, the earliest we can realistically open Camp is Monday, July 6th. If we are allowed to open, Camp would be available for campers completing JK – Grade 9 as of June, 2020. Unfortunately, in order to comply with the guidelines, there will be NO BUS TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE. We will also be unable to run the Parent & Tot, Cedar Creek, Saddle Champs, Chipmunks (Pre-Nursery & Nursery), MyCamp and LTP programs. LTP aged campers (completed grades 8 & 9) may come to Camp but would be in their own cabin group and would follow a regular camper schedule. We will be issuing refunds for all the services that have been cancelled.
Furthermore, in order to comply with the guidelines, the following activities and services will sadly NOT be available for Summer 2020:
- Kids Kitchen lunch program
- Instructional swim (campers will have daily recreational swim)
- Towel service
- Contact with animals – no farm, pony rides or horseback riding
- Cooking specialties
- Theatre program
- Extended nights, overnights or excursions out of camp (including golf and extreme biking)
- Before and After care
We would still run the majority of activities that campers know and love in both the Traditional Camp and Raptors/All-Star Sports Camps. We will ensure that the best safety practices and proper sanitization protocols are implemented into every aspect of camp. Campers will be in groups or “cohorts” of 10, including staff. We are fortunate to have lots of outdoor space which will make it easier for groups to social distance and not mix. We also have plenty of indoor spaces to assign to each cabin group when it rains.
We encourage you to read the guidelines that the Ontario government has released, please click on the link to ensure that you are making the right decision and an informed decision about sending your child to camp this summer. We are committed to adhering to and executing these new protocols to keep everyone at camp and their families safe! Safety at Green Acres has always been and will always be a top priority! More information about what Green Acres will be doing to keep your child(ren) safe at camp this summer will be emailed in the coming weeks.
We know that this is a lot of information to digest. Although camp may seem different, we will do our very best to preserve the spirit that Green Acres is known for and give your children the best camp experience possible under the circumstances! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us and you can always chat with us online on our website!
We are optimistic for the summer and hope you will be joining us!!
Eddy, Lori, Darren, Kathy & Phil