BEST SUMMER EVER!

COVID-19 Update

Kids need Camp! We have been preparing all year to welcome both overnight and day campers to camp this summer for the BEST SUMMER EVER and also the safest summer ever.

We have made significant time, staffing, and financial investments into preparing to operate camp in a safe way this summer. We believe that we have an excellent plan to move forward in a way that appropriately manages the risks for our campers and staff, while providing a fun and meaningful week at camp for our campers and the desperately needed break for parents and caregivers.

Below you can see more details about specific safety measures that have been outlined by the government and adapted for Camp Shalom.

Do you have any questions or concerns? Don’t hesitate to contact Adrian our Program Director.

Ontario Government Re-Opening Plan

We have received notice that the Region of Waterloo will be moving to Step 2 of the government re-opening plan on July 12th. Thankfully, this means that we will be able to start running overnight camp on July 18th as planned.

Making Camp Safe for YOU!

Capacities have been reduced in order to increase social distancing at camp. This will mean smaller cabin sizes.

Camp will be divided up into cohorts. All of the activities at camp will be designed so that cohorts do not need to come in contact with other cohorts. For example, each cohort will be given a designated outdoor eating area that is separate from other cohorts. All camp games will be designed where only one cohort is participating in each activity at a time (ex. mini Olympics where cohorts rotate through different challenges). Each cohort will be given their own designated time to use things like the pool, spray pad, archery, canoes, frisbee golf, etc.

Cohorts and Social Distancing

Masks

Since campers and staff will be divided up into cohorts and outdoor transmission of the virus is extremely low, campers will not be required to wear masks when outdoors within their own cohort. Masks will be required when indoors or when physical distancing cannot be maintained from other cohorts. Masks will not be required inside a cohort’s cabin. We will accept medical exemptions. Please bring a mask with you to camp.

Government regulations require overnight campers (not day campers) and seasonal staff to limit their exposures (e.g. reduce the chances of becoming infected by limiting contact with individuals outside of their immediate household) to the greatest extent possible 14 days prior to arrival at camp. Campers will provide the camp with a written attestation (included in check-in screening) indicating they have taken all reasonable measures to limit exposure for the 14 days prior to their arrival. We have “Quick Tests” that will be used weekly for our seasonal staff.

14-Day Pre-Camp Precautions

Outdoor Activities

Studies have shown that outdoor transmission is very low. Each year, camp hosts a Fall Fair where we welcome thousands of guests to camp. Because of that, we are very fortunate to already own 11 large event-style tents and 2 circus tents. We will be setting up all of these tents this summer to move every activity outside that we possibly can. With 135 acres of land, having enough space at camp is no problem.

We have made a significant investment into outdoor handwashing stations. Mealtimes will be done outside under large event tents. We have purchased a large number of outdoor handwashing stations that will be dispursed around camp and can be used throughout the day. We also have hand sanitizer distribution centres that will be located throughout the camp property.

Handwashing & Sanitation

Check-in Screening

Every camper and parent who exits their vehicle at camp will be required to pass through our screening procedures. This will include temperature checks, current health, and travel history. These will be available in advance and digitally via a QR code at check-in. Please limit the number of people who are dropping campers off. Everyone will be required to wear masks at check-in. To increase the safety of our campers we will not be performing a lice check at camp. We are requesting that parents complete a lice check prior to arriving at camp.

For the added safety of our campers, our staff will be screened with “Quick Tests.”

We have hired an additional staff member whose sole responsibility will be daily screening of staff and campers for Covid symptoms. Each camper and cabin counselor will receive a daily temperature check and symptom check.

Daily Screening

Healthcare Staff

Each summer we have two full-time healthcare staff at camp. In addition, we have a fully stocked health center and designated indoor and outdoor quarantine areas if needed.

This year we have hired a healthcare staff whose sole responsibility will be daily screening for Covid.

We have a local doctor available to answer any medical questions and provide same-day appointments if necessary. In case of emergencies, we are a short 15-minute drive to the nearest hospital.

We will be reviewing all of our summer cleaning and sanitation procedures to increase the frequency that high-contact areas are sanitized. We will be meeting or exceeding all of the recommendations outlined by our local health unit.

Cleaning and Sanitation

Frequently Asked Questions

What COVID precautions will be taken to ensure camper safety?

We will be operating Summer Camp at a reduced capacity to increase social distancing.

Capacities have been reduced in order to increase social distancing at camp. This will mean smaller cabin sizes.

Camp will be divided up into cohorts. All of the activities at camp will be designed so that cohorts do not need to come in contact with other cohorts.

We will also be doing daily staff and camper screening with temperature checks and symptoms checks.

We will be developing new routines to increase handwashing and facility sanitation, as well as implementing a screening process as part of our check-in procedures.

See more information here.

What healthcare staff will be present at Camp?

Each summer we have two full-time healthcare staff at camp. In addition, we have a fully stocked health center and designated indoor and outdoor quarantine areas if needed.

This year we have hired a healthcare staff whose sole responsibility will be daily screening for covid.

We have a local doctor available to answer any medical questions and provide same-day appointments if necessary. In case of emergencies, we are a short 15-minute drive to the nearest hospital.

What if I carried my 2020 registration forward to 2021?

If you carried your registration forward from 2020 to 2021 then you are fully registered and ready to go for this summer, there is nothing else you need to do. You should have received a confirmation email with a household account statement back in May. If you would like to see your current registration status, you can log into your online account here or email Adrian and he can help you with whatever you need.

If you need to change weeks or cancel, you may do so for free (before June 15th) by emailing Adrian or calling the office at 519-623-4860.

Will you accept medical exemptions for masks?

Yes. We will not require proof.

Will my camper be required to wear a mask at camp?

Since campers and staff will be divided up into cohorts. Campers and staff will not be required to wear masks when outdoors within their own cohort. Masks will be required when indoors or when physical distancing cannot be maintained from other cohorts. Masks will not be required inside a cohort’s cabin. We will accept medical exemptions. Please bring a mask with you to camp.

What if I fail the screening at check-in?

Campers who fail screening at the beginning of the week will be rescheduled for two weeks later. If campers receive a negative COVID-19 test, then they may be scheduled to come to camp sooner than 14 days. If that is not possible, campers will be issued a 50% refund. If campers fail screening partway through the week, campers will be refunded for the time missed due to illness but not more than 50% of the registration fee. 

Camper’s may also choose to receive a credit for summer camp in 2022.

Are you looking for some light reading that will put you straight to sleep? Read our detailed Covid-19 Summer Camp Safety Plan here.