May 17th Update
Response to Doug Ford's statement on Summer Camps (May 16th)
On May 16th, while at a vaccine clinic, Doug Ford stated that camps would open on July 3rd.
The support of our premier is an essential piece for any major decision in the camping industry.
Doug Ford called the Ontario Camps Association COVID task force chair yesterday and expressed his support for camps. He did however mention that it is contingent on covid case counts, ICU occupancy, vaccination coverage, our placement in the colour coded framework and finalized public health guidance documents/policies (yet to be presented to OCA member camps). Once the Public Health guidance documents are shared with our Local Public Health Unit, we can begin to collaborate on future plans for Overnight Camp experiences on site.
As the key elements that lead to our previous decisions remain unchanged, we will be moving forward with our plans to offer Family Cabin Rentals this summer. As previously mentioned to our leadership aged participants, we have left room in our calendar at the end of the summer for the possibility of offering an overnight leadership experience. RKY will have to review the Public Health guidance documents before we can make a decision. We anticipate the finalized guidance documents within the next few weeks, followed by consultations with our Local Health unit and medical experts.
April 30th Announcement
Since March of 2020, RKY and its community have experienced many ups and downs as we all navigate the pandemic landscape. After much planning, deliberations and soul searching we have come to the decision that we will not be able to offer our traditional One Week and Two Week summer camp programs (including LIT) for youth this year.
We were very hopeful that we would be able to offer these wonderful programs for your campers this summer. Without the approval to operate or official public health guidelines in place, the runway to prepare and confidently operate a traditional camp as we have in the past has run out.
With the current knowledge we do have of expected guidelines, we are hopeful that operating small one month long leadership development experiences on site is still a responsible and enjoyable possibility.
In the event that this is not feasible for us to facilitate, we are prepared to shift our operations entirely to the RKY Camp Family Cabin Rental Program.
If, as of May 22nd, RKY Camp has not received the necessary, attainable guidelines and approvals to operate a youth-based program we will be launching registration for a family focused experience (for up to 7 families at a time).
There is a link to more information relating to our family programs through the link at the bottom of this page.
**priority registration will be given to families registered for 2021 RKY programs**
We will be waiting until after the 22nd of May to facilitate the next steps relating to the fees we have collected from our families to date. If you would like a refund right away, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this option.
On Monday we will post the announcement on our social media platforms, giving you the opportunity to break this news to your campers in your own way over the weekend.
If one thing is certain, 2022 will bring a better world and one that includes a place for kids to be kids and a much needed escape to a camp that will be waiting for them.
As always I am available to connect if you would like to talk with me about this decision.
Always in camping,