We are so excited to get back to camp this summer! We missed our camp community in 2020, and we know how important camp is, and will be, to our campers and our families in 2021.
With the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exact ways that COVID-19 will impact Cairn’s 2021 summer camp programs is still uncertain. With this uncertainty, the Cairn Directors recognize the need for regular communication so we can continue to work together to provide a safe experience for your camper.
This page will be updated monthly until the start of summer camp, or in the event of significant news from the government or local health unit pertaining to summer camps.
Registered families will be emailed directly with all summer camp specific COVID-19 protocols this spring, and again with your Opening Day information package. You will be contacted immediately if anything affects your camper’s registration.
Please know that you are always invited to contact the Cairn office directly if you are seeking additional information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year to you, from your Cairn family!
The changing of the calendar makes summer feel just that much closer - and we can imagine you might be dreaming of those warm summer days too! With this, we wanted to provide some updated information about Cairn's camp programs for summer 2021.
The Cairn Directors and Board continue to follow along closely with Public Health and government releases about COVID-19, and are constantly applying this learning to how COVID-19 may affect camp this upcoming season. We have been in contact with our Camp Med Staff to begin discussing the potential impact of vaccines on our camp programs. These doctors, nurses and paramedics will continue to serve as a support for Cairn Directors and staff as we design and plan the specific elements of each of our camp programs. Additionally, the Ontario Camps Association, through whom Cairn is accredited, is currently working with a team of public health experts, including doctors from Sick Kids in Toronto, to create a series of guidelines for Ontario camps this summer. We are so grateful for the access we have to these people and these resources.
We are excited to begin planning for campers to return to camp in Baysville, and are pleased to announce that General Registration will open on February 1st for overnight programs! Registration will be open to 50% capacity to stay in compliance with anticipated indoor space requirements per person. We have also modified some elements to our staffing structure and scheduling to accommodate cabin-based cohorting, and are continuing to develop draft policies for all elements of a camper’s week at camp: from drop-off and pick-up procedures to meal procedures to sanitizing procedures for program equipment to the logistics of Free Swim.
We have not yet come to a decision about if Family Camp can be run safely this summer. One of the main factors we are considering is capacity, which includes elements such as meal operations, including food service and physical space in the dining hall or outside; shared bathroom facilities and supplementing the Lodge bathrooms with portable toilets and handwashing units; if and how tent/trailer camping is a possibility; and staffing, scheduling, and activity options. Various options are being considered for family-based programs, and we will be in touch again in the spring once decisions are made regarding how we will proceed regarding Cairn Family Camp 2021.
We will continue to provide updates here and via email to registered families with any new information. As always, please do contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to connect with a member of the Directing team.
Robynne and Michelle
December has arrived, and as there are fewer and fewer days of 2020 left, we, in the Cairn office (well, in our home offices!), have turned all of our focus to summer 2021. With that, we wanted to provide you with an update regarding the process for camp registration for 2021.
Registration will officially open on February 1st, 2021 for our summer 2021 season. We will be sharing reminders leading up to February 1st on our Cairn Facebook and Instagram pages. Because registration is opening later than usual, do know that we will not be having any Early Bird Discounts this year.
To be proactive about the most likely COVID-19 impacts on our summer, we will only be opening camp registration to 50% capacity at this time. Should restrictions lessen over the spring, we will be able to open more bunks when it is responsible to do so, and will announce if and when that happens.
In order to ensure you have all the information you need regarding 2021 registration, we want to let you know that there will be a $65 increase to the cost of a week at camp for the 2021 season compared to 2020, to account for the additional health and safety measures that will need to be taken due to COVID-19. Camper safety takes priority, and with projections that COVID-19 will still be playing a role in our decisions at camp this summer, extra precautions will be necessary. Along with the expected additional cleaning, sanitizing, and hand washing supplies, this increase will allow for the purchasing of program equipment (high ropes harnesses, archery bows and strings, arts and crafts supplies etc.), so that campers won’t be sharing equipment, and there will be enough time for proper sanitizing between uses. It is projected that the cost of operating camp will increase by 15-20% with all of the necessary COVID-19 changes, which will be only partially covered through camper registrations, and so we will be organizing fundraising efforts to help cover the rest of those costs.
This year we are also making it a priority to increase the capacity of our Campership program. We recognize the financial impact that COVID-19 has had on families, and are committed to ensuring that financial barriers do not impact access for children to experience a transformative summer at camp. Campership applications will be made available when Registration opens on February 1st.
It is important to us that you have the flexibility you need as you consider and plan for the upcoming year for your children. To make sure of this, Cairn’s Refund Policy for 2021 will allow you to cancel your registration and receive a full refund up to one week prior to the start of your camper's session without penalty.
As always, please do contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to connect directly.
Best wishes for this Christmas season,
Robynne and Michelle