Covid-19 Information

Thank you for trusting us with your camper this summer! We know it takes a lot of trust to send your campers to camp and it is not a responsibility we take lightly. After a wildly successful summer last year, even through the thick of Covid, we are excited for an even better summer this year. We completed 2526 Covid screenings, operated in cohorts, did almost everything outside, and increased sanitation, and, as a result, we did not have a single case of Covid at camp or at our mobile locations!

Last year we were committed to offering summer camp in the safest but also the most fun way possible. This year, we will be taking the best of what we learned last year and making it even better for this summer. The Ontario Government has lifted all Covid-19 specific regulations from the day camp and overnight camp industry. We will continue to follow the guidelines of public health officials in collaboration with the Ontario Camping Association and meet whatever requirements are in place this summer.

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

Making Camp Safe for YOU!

Here are some things we are planning to have in place for this summer:

Groups of campers may 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. 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 a designated time to use 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 indoors or outdoors. We will remain a mask-friendly facility, where staff and campers are welcome to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable.

To assure that proper handwashing and procedures are followed, we have purchased and located a large number of handwashing and sanitizing stations throughout the property. To further ensure that our campers are kept safe, some meals will be held outside under large tents.

Handwashing & Sanitation

Outdoor Activities

Since studies have shown that outdoor transmission of Covid is very low, we will once again this year be doing the majority of our activities outside under our large event tents. With 135 acres of land, having enough space at camp is no problem. Even at our mobile locations, we will be doing many of our activities outside.

Every camper who exits their vehicle at camp will be required to complete our digital screening. This 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. 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.

If you are feeling unwell before camp, please do not come to camp. Please contact the office to reschedule your week at camp or for reimbursement information.

You can find our Camper Digital Self-Screening here.

Check-in Screening

Covid-19 Rapid Tests

We have a supply of Covid-19 rapid tests that will be available for testing campers or staff members who develop new or worsening symptoms while at camp. In this case, parents will be contacted if our health team deems it necessary to use a test.

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.

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.

At our mobile locations, we have a designated first aider on site.

Healthcare Staff

Cleaning and Sanitation

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What COVID precautions will be taken to ensure camper safety?

Camp will operate in a form of cohorting. This will limit campers’ contact with other campers.

Most camp activities will be done outdoors.

Campers will complete symptom screening before arriving at camp.

We will be developing new routines to increase handwashing and facility sanitation.

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.

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.

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

No. 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 indoors or outdoors. We will remain a mask-friendly facility, where staff and campers are welcome to wear a mask if they feel more comfortable.

What if I fail the screening at check-in?

Campers who fail screening at the beginning of the week will be rescheduled for a week later in the summer. 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. 

Campers may also choose to receive a credit for summer camp in 2023.

Will campers or staff be required to be vaccinated?

No. Countryside Camp and Conference Centre will not exclude anyone from participating in a camp program because of their vaccination status.

What screening will I have to complete during check-in?

All of our camper’s parents will be required to complete the Camper Digital Self-Screening found here. Please show our staff the big green checkmark when you arrive.