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This page outlines camp safety guidance for parents and caregivers.

Last updated: January 10, 2022

All day camps have put measures in place to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You can protect your child and others by following the guidelines below.

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 day 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.
  • If a parent or caregiver tests positive for COVID-19, their child cannot go to day camp until allowed by public health.
    • If a parent or caregiver is sick, but does not have COVID-19, their child can be sent to day camp if the child does not have symptoms. Have another parent or caregiver who is not sick bring your child to day camp. 
  • Local medical health officers will lead the response if someone at camp tests positive for COVID-19.
    • Public health will identify close contacts. They will inform campers, staff, and parents about self-isolation.

Practice prevention at camp

Think of COVID-19 prevention as layers of protection. Some layers of protection may be required or recommended by the camp, while others are individual. Consider which layers of protection are best for your child while at 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. Maintain physical distance from other groups or “camp cohorts” while indoors.

  4. Masks are: 
  5. Everyone who is eligible, including youth aged 12+, are encouraged to get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is not required to attend camp.

  6. 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 safety plans

Youth may attend overnight camps or family camps. Camps need to prepare a COVID-19 Safety Plan that aligns with the BC Camps Association COVID-19 Guidelines for Overnight Camps. Camps must submit the COVID-19 Safety Plan to the medical health officer and, if required, make changes to the plan.

The Guidance for Day Camps, Family Camps and Overnight Camps During the COVID-19 Pandemic provides guidance for summer camp operators, administrators and staff to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone in camp settings. This guidance may be complemented by additional measures set by camp operators.

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