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The Ministry of Health has recently released the The Day Camp Guidelines for Summer 2021 and we’ve highlighted some key points along with how Green Acres will be running this summer accordingly.  We are dedicated to keeping our campers, staff and families safe and will go above and beyond to implement the necessary protocols, while providing an unbelievable camp experience!! Cohorts (cabin groups of campers and their assigned staff):
  • Campers will be placed in cohorts of approximately 12-14 campers with 2-3 counsellors, which is considerably smaller than the Ministry Guidelines.
  • Our goal is to keep cohorts consistent for as long as possible, with a minimum time of one week.  Mid-week switches cannot be accommodated.
  • Cohorts cannot mix with other cohorts and will maintain a distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet)
Masks:
  • Campers currently completing SK and older will be required to wear a well-fitted, non-medical mask while on the bus and indoors.
  • While it is not required for campers completing Nursery and JK to wear a mask, we encourage them to do so, particularly on the bus.
  • Staff will be required to wear a surgical/procedure masks when on the bus, indoors and when physical distancing outdoors (2 metres apart) is not possible.
  • Use of masks is not required for outdoor camp activities if physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) can be maintained between cohorts. Please note, that almost all of our activities will be taking place outdoors and only one cohort will go to an activity at one time.
  • If you are carpooling with other families outside your household, we strongly encourage everyone in the car to wear a mask and keep the windows open.
Sanitization:
  • All specialties and supplies will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
  • Each cohort will have their own assigned picnic tables to eat and meet at each day, which will be socially distanced from other cohorts and be disinfected regularly.
  • Washrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly (at least twice a day) throughout the day.
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water and/or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be strongly encouraged and enforced – particularly before and after activities and eating.
Bussing:
  • Parents/guardians must show proof of online Covid screening prior to boarding the bus.
  • All campers, parents/guardians and staff must maintain a 2 metre physical distance while waiting for the bus – masks should be worn if physical distancing is not possible.
  • Campers and staff must sanitize their hands before boarding the bus and once they arrive at camp.
  • Masks are required on the bus for staff and campers currently completing SK and older, but is encouraged for younger campers as well.
  • Campers and staff will be assigned a seat on the bus which CANNOT be changed.  One camper per seat.  Siblings will be seated together.
  • Eating and drinking will not be permitted on the bus.
Screening:
  • Campers and staff must complete a DAILY online screening form prior to boarding the bus and/or arrival at camp. Campers and staff will NOT be allowed to board the bus or onsite if the online screening questionnaire is not completed.
  • If campers and/or staff are not feeling well, they should not attend camp.
  • If campers and/or staff begin to show symptoms of Covid-19, campers/staff will be immediately isolated and parents will be required to immediately pick up their child(ren)
Swim:
  • Campers in Traditional Camp will have an instructional swim daily and a recreational swim daily.  Campers in All-Star will have 2 instructional swims per week and 3 recreational swims per week.  Campers in Raptors will have 3 instructional swims per week and 2 recreational swims per week.
  • Campers in Cedar Creek will have a recreational swim daily.
  • Swim instruction will be done in the camper cohorts, with Certified Swim Instructors being assigned to them to teach the various levels.
  • Swim Instructors will be in the water with the campers and will be wearing PPE for the safety of the children.
  • Our two outdoor heated pools and waterslide park will be open.
  • Protocols will be in place for physical distancing between cohorts.
Rainy Days:
  • Each cohort will have a designated indoor space that will be socially distanced from any other cohort.
  • Campers currently in SK and older and staff will need to wear masks.
  • Mask breaks will safely be provided.
Vaccines: We strongly encourage eligible campers, staff and parents to get their first and second vaccine at their earliest possible opportunity.  This will be key to keeping our younger campers safe from Covid-19 exposure. Please remember that these are the current Ministry guidelines, and they can change at any time.  Any changes will be communicated to our parent and staff community in a timely manner. To read the full document of Day Camp Ministry Guidelines, please Click Here. We can’t wait for the summer to begin and to get your children outside and having fun at Camp again! Stay safe and see you all soon!!

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