The coronavirus pandemic means it is time to get creative to in how to support children and youth in summer programming. Physical distancing and other safety requirements means day camps cannot look like they have in years past. Whether you are looking for ideas to adapt activities, or are still deciding if your organization can even host a camp, this page has information for you! Keep checking back for new information and ideas.
In order to actively balance COVID-19 risk management with the physical, social, and mental health benefits of summer camps and programs, it is important to plan ahead. Ottawa Public Health recommends that starting with these safety foundations:
If you cannot meet these four foundations, consider how you can meet safety needs:
Questions worth asking before, during, and after you making a plan:
If you think your organization can work to meet the safety foundations with the resources available, your next step is to make a plan. The activity of making a plan will help your organization know how to prepare to be safe from infection and how to manage a potential outbreak, while providing summer programs. Below our resources and guides to help you make your plan.
Ottawa Public Health is available to answer questions about your plan, although they do not need to approve your plan.
How are you modifying activities for children under 8 years old? What camps are you hosting? Share with email@example.com!
How are you modifying activities for kids 6-12? What camps are you hosting? Share with firstname.lastname@example.org!
How are you modifying activities for youth? What camps are you hosting? Share with email@example.com!
The ability to provide any programming is subject to The Province of Ontario emergency orders. All services must adhere to Provincial Order. Furthermore, resuming any service has inherent risks with regards to COVID-19. This is highlighted not to scare you from providing programs, rather a reminder of the value of planning ahead to mitigate risks. Just as you plan activities, staff training, registration, and other aspects of your program, COVID-19 risk mitigation is part of a comprehensive plan. There are many benefits to the numerous summer programs offered across Ottawa, and making a plan for COVID-19 will be part of success in 2020.