Our staff have been working on amazing programs all year round and can’t wait to share them with you. Due to the new regulations that have been put out by the Ministry, we have had to make some changes as to how the programs can run. Please take the time to read what we have done to ensure your child's safety.
To ensure childrens' safety and physical distances we will have limited spaces for all summer programming.
Each group will have no more than 10 individuals. This means we will have 1 staff member to 9 children of the same age range. If you have siblings that you would like to keep together please let us know immediately so we can plan accordingly. If this information is not provided to us prior to the first day of learning we will NOT be able to accommodate.
Each group of 10 will have its own activity station for the day. We have broken up the property into various stations that represent the various concepts taught. The government guidelines state that each group always be 6 feet apart from each other. Our groups will be hundreds of feet apart and not be interacting with each other, not even for lunchtime. These stations will be their home base for the day. Each night the stations are sanitized which allows the groups to rotate to a different home base the next day.
In an effort to keep physical distancing as outlined by the government, each child will have their own 6 ft picnic table or activity space. The tables have been painted in different colors and your child’s first name will be placed on the table. This workstation will be theirs for the day they are at the specific station and disinfected at night and of course in between snacks and lunch. At this workstation, they will keep their bags, eat snacks and lunch as well as perform activities like crafts and experiments. Each child will have their own physical space, unless parental consent is given, for siblings living in the same household to be at the same workstation.
Workstations will be disinfected prior to and following: snacks, lunch, and activities.
INDIVIDUAL HAND SANITIZERS
Each workstation will be equipped with its own hand sanitizer and craft material.
Yes, that is right – each group will have their own rainbow rope. This rope will be painted with different coloured sections 6ft apart, that will match the colour of the workstations. Your child will hold their colour spot during hikes, etc. When sitting in a circle the children will have the rope to ensure they have the proper physical distancing.
Kiss & Ride style just like at school!
Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue has made changes to our main parking lot to accommodate a kiss and ride style camp drop off. 3 staff will be managing cars as they come down the road, helping you to navigate through the marked area.
You will be greeted at the drop off location by a single staff member wearing gloves and a mask. They will electronically look up your child’s chart on our tablet. Prior to your child getting out of the car, your child’s temperature will be taken via an electronic laser on their forehead and recorded. This is what we do to measure the animal’s temperature as well. So don’t worry it doesn’t hurt and is non-invasive. Any child with a fever, or who exhibits flu-like symptoms will be sent home and not be able to participate in the program.
Parents will be asked to complete an electronic safety checklist certifying that to the best of their knowledge, no one in the immediate family is sick, has had COVID-19, or has been exposed to the virus. This will be read to you and checked off by a staff member to reduce touching surfaces.
This form will be filled out for each camp session, regardless if your child is in multiple camp sessions. If your child is in a week-long program, then it needs to be submitted on the first day of camp - Monday. Should anything change for yourself, your family, or your child while enrolled in any camp, it is mandatory that you keep your child home and advise Stefanie MacEwan immediately.
Once we have all of the information that we need, we will point your child to the next counselor who will take them to their assigned leader and space.
As camp programming starts promptly at 9:00 am we do ask that you drop off anytime after 8:30 am. Staff will be available from 8:30 am – 8:58 am for drop off. Should you request early drop off (before 8:30 am), the process will be similar just with fewer people.
I can’t stress enough, that we do leave the kiss and ride location at 8:58 to ensure campers are taken to their activity station for the day to start programming.
End of day pick up will be very similar as the children will be waiting. Please do not get out of your car, we will bring them to you. This policy is what has been outlined by the Ministry and we have to adhere to it.
We now have washroom facilities with full running water and A/C. To ensure that all children have the access to washing their hands we have rented a portable washroom trailer. This two-stall trailer is maintained weekly by a third-party company. Each stall has its own sink with running water and soap and even air conditioning. By providing this, we can ensure that all children can wash their hands as many times as needed. This is in addition to the hand sanitizer they have at their work station.
Washroom trailers will be disinfected after each group's use to ensure that they are safe for the next group.
We are not able to supply or apply sun lotion, or bug repellent to children. We are happy to provide them with reminders, but staff cannot physically apply it to the skin of children.
Staff will be wearing masks when in close contact with your children but during normal activities and programming, they will not be worn unless the staff member chooses to do so. Our programming is 100% outdoors.
Should we encounter sever storms and head to a building all children and adults are required to wear a mask. We are happy to provide them for the day.
The most important thing about camp is having fun and building memories. We here at Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue are looking to ensure that your child is in a safe environment but also that they are having the time of their life. We can’t forget that children need adventure and pure joy in their life. I promise you that will never change!