SEND A KID TO CAMP
Every Kid Deserves a Memorable Summer
SUMMER CAMP UPDATE
On June 1st, the Halton Region’s Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health forwarded, the Ministry of Health’s “COVID-19 guidance document for summer day camps”. The guidance includes requirements for health and safety, screening, management of participants with COVID-19 symptoms, testing for COVID-19, and occupational health and safety.
We are continuing to work on our plans for day camp and incorporating the protocol in the guidance document. To allow for social distancing we have reduced the number of campers spots and we have arranged for a second site. Our registration has been open for some time and we have filled most of the available spots (unless gathering size is increased beyond what we expect).
We understand the region will be making a final decision, any day now, on whether Day Camps will be allowed. They are monitoring the number of cases daily and will base their decision on the number of new cases. Until then we continue to work at our plans.
Camp is on! We believe here at KSM that summer camp is an essential part of growing up, and so again this summer we are committed to providing another great experience for kids in our community. As COVID restrictions continue into a second year, many families are struggling financially for the first time and others have been pushed further into poverty. With the gathering restrictions, families have felt the negative affects of reduced activities, and loss of social interactions. All of this makes the opportunity to go to camp that much more needed and important.
Last year we had to modify our camp program due to the COVID pandemic. A great deal of time went into planning a program that would keep the children and youth engaged while complying with all the new health and safety protocols. Campers, Leaders in Training (LIT) and staff had a memorable camp experience full of arts and crafts, outdoor sports, games and most importantly friendships.
Although we had initially been disappointed that the number of campers had to be reduced, we soon discovered the campers thrived with the increased attention from the staff and LITs. This year we are excited that we will be able to provide for more children and that we can build on the lessons we learned from last year.
Summer Programming in 2021 will consist of three programs at two different locations, running from July 5 – August 27:
- Kerr Street Day Camp: Kindergarten to grade 5
- Youth Summer Program (camp): Youth grades 6 to 9
- Leadership in Training: Grades 9-12
We humbly ask you to consider helping us “Send a Kid to Camp” this summer.
$160 will send a kid to camp for one week.
$1,280 will send a kid to camp for eight weeks.
On behalf of the KSM staff and the Board of Directors, your support is greatly appreciated!
Please Note: If restrictions are not lifted and we are not able to run camp, we will leverage a portion of the funding for alternative child/youth programming and the remaining will be designated for 2021 camp programming.