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This page outlines camp safety guidance for parents and caregivers.

Last updated: May 2, 2022

Keep your child home if they are sick

Check with your child daily to see if they have any COVID-19 symptoms before going to camp. Teach them about common COVID-19 symptoms if they are old enough to understand.

  • Do not send your child to camp if they:
    • are sick with, or showing symptoms of, COVID-19 
    • have been told by public health to self-isolate because they are a close contact to someone with COVID-19 
    • have travelled outside of Canada and are required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • If they have any symptoms unusual for them: 
    • Use the self-assessment tool, call 8-1-1, or contact your health care provider to see if they need COVID-19 testing. 
    • Self-isolate until symptoms resolve or as directed by public health.

Additional measures your child can take when attending camp

  1. Clean hands often, including before and after:
    • leaving and going home
    • playing
    • going outside
    • eating
    • using the washroom
    • touching shared things like sports equipment, art supplies or toys.
    • Some hand sanitizers are not safe for children and youth. Read labels carefully. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is approved by Health Canada.

  2. Cover coughs and sneezes with elbows or tissues. Put tissues straight in the garbage and wash hands.

  3. Masks are a personal and family choice. 
  4. Everyone who is eligible are encouraged to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is not required to attend camp.

  5. Avoid sharing food, drinks, and other personal items. 
    • If food is not provided, pack lunches in thermos containers and insulated lunch bags with an ice pack. Avoid dropping off meals during the day if possible. Be sure to pack a full water bottle.

Be open and honest with your children

  • Listen to any concerns about going to day camp.
  • Let them ask questions.
  • Tell them what their day camp setting is doing to help prevent COVID-19.
  • Maintain familiar activities like mealtimes and outdoor exercise.
  • Focus on and acknowledge positive behaviours like hand washing.
  • Help them realize that they can do a lot to protect themselves and others, such as staying home if they are sick.

Overnight and family camp

Overnight camps for children and youth are allowed. 

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