COVID-19 Information: Summer Camps

 

Day camps and overnight camps are permitted if they operate in a manner consistent with Ministry guidance from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Provisions in Ontario Regulations 364/20 must be followed.

Ministry Guidance and Regulations

In addition to the resources provided below, please review the Child Care and Schools pages of our COVID-19 information for additional guidance as it applies to your setting.

Day Camps

All day camps must follow the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for: Day Camps [PDF]. These guidelines ensure the safety of all campers and staff. In addition, day camp programs and Outdoor Education Centres (OECs) must also comply with applicable setting/activity-specific requirements (e.g. sports) as well as general restrictions or requirements in accordance with the regulations made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA).

All camp operators in Huron Perth should provide contact information to the Health Unit by emailing schoolcovid@hpph.ca. In the email, please include the name of the camp, camp address, name of contact person, contact person's email and phone number, an alternate contact name, and the alternate contact person's email and phone number.

 Public Health Ontario checklists to support planning & operations
 Safety plans
  •  Under ROA regulations, persons responsible for a business that is open are required to prepare and make available a safety plan in accordance with the regulation. Camp operators are encouraged to use Ontario's Develop your COVID-19 workplace safety plan guide to make plans and put controls in place to help make the operation safer for everyone.
  • Safety plans must:
    • Describe the measures and procedures that have been or will be implemented in the business to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19
    • Describe how the requirements of the ROA regulations will be implemented in the business, including by screening, physical distancing, non-medical masks or face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects and the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Be in writing, and made available to any person for review upon request
    • Be posted in a conspicuous place where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals working in, or attending the business

*NOTE: HPPH does not provide approval on safety plans. If you have questions regarding the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Day Camps you can contact the School/Childcare/Day Camp COVID team at 1-888-221-2133 ext. 3560 (voicemail only) or emailschoolcovid@hpph.ca. You do NOT need to submit your safety plan to HPPH.

 Other resources for day camps

COVID-19 Screening Tools

Parents and caregivers should be aware of the possible symptoms of COVID-19 and must assess their children for symptoms to permit safe attendance at day camp each day - to protect themselves other children and staff.

The screening tools should be completed daily by all staff, visitors and children who are attending the day camp. These tools are designed to determine whether staff, visitors and children should attend day camp each day. All children, staff and visitors should follow the directions provided in the screening tool, including when to stay home, and when it is safe to attend day camp.

 Screening tools

Day camps may use the provincial screening tool below, or a similar process (e.g. an online form, survey, or email aligned with criteria from the provincial tool) to facilitate pre-arrival participant screening.

If your child does not pass the school screening, use the COVID-19 decision tool for parents [PDF]

Overnight Camps

All overnight camps must follow the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for: Overnight Camps [PDF]. As per section 10 of Ontario Regulation 503/17: Recreational Camps, all overnight camps are required to develop and submit a camp safety plan in writing to the local health unit before opening or operating the camp. Please email EHresponse@hpph.ca  to inquire about Recreational Camp Opening requirements  several weeks prior to a proposed opening date.

 Public Health Ontario checklists to support planning & operations

Resources

Understanding how COVID-19 is transmitted and ensuring proper public health measures are in place is important for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in day and overnight camps. The following resources support pre-camp planning and daily camp operations:

  • Day and overnight camps: preventing the spread of COVID-19 for camp operators and staff | an overview of how COVID-19 is spread and implications for camps as well as public health measured such as hand hygiene, environmental cleaning, physical distancing, respiratory etiquette and ventilation (video and downloadable slides). 
  • Personal Protective Equipment for DAY camp operators and staff | how and when to put on and take off masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns for individuals working in day camps (video and downloadable slides).
  • Scenarios for DAY camp operators and staff | examine real-life scenarios on applying public health measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in day camps (video and downloadable slides).
  • Cohorting and Personal Protective Equipment for OVERNIGHT camp operators and staff | learn about cohorting and how to implement public health measures including PPE (i.e., masks, eye protection) and physical distancing for overnight camps (video and downloadable slides).
  • Scenarios for OVERNIGHT camp operators and staff | examine real-life scenarios on applying public health measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in overnight camps (video and downloadable slides).
  • Day and Overnight Camp presentation | developed for camp operators to assist as they plan for a safe environment for campers and staff. Developed by the Middlesex-London Health Unit and adapted with permission (PowerPoint)
  • For additional resources, please visit Public Health Ontario's Day and Overnight Camps web page. 
  • The COVID-19: Mental Health Resources for Camp Operators [PDF] provides a list of mental health resources to support camp operators and staff in talking to children and youth about the COVID-19 pandemic and seeking mental health supports. The document can be downloaded from the Ministry website.