Last Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2021
Dear Ak-O-Mak families,
By now, many of you will have read about Premier Ford’s statement on Sunday 16th May announcing that “Ontario summer camps will be allowed to open this year.”
Understandably, we are all very excited about the prospect of being back at camp this summer, and many of you are continuing to submit registration forms.
After months of trepidation over infection rates, restricted travel, and the rollout of vaccines, Mr. Ford’s disclosure does bring a guarded spark of hope to us in the camping industry, and we are heartened to know that the government is thinking about summer camps.
However, we are still being cautious in our optimism. Although there are many positive signs that the tide is turning, experience has taught us that if the province reopens to a normal life too quickly, there is the possibility of further uncontrolled outbreaks, which would most certainly derail any plans for camps being allowed to operate.
With still more information to come from the government in the next few weeks, nothing is certain at this point, although we continue to hope and plan for the best-case scenario.
At present, Ontarians are under a stay-at-home order until June 2nd. Due to our forced extended closure it will take some time to physically open camp and to ensure all or our staff is trained with current COVID protocols to ensure a safe return to camp for all.
Should Ontario & our Local Public Health then give overnight camps the green light to proceed, Camp Ak-O-Mak will work towards offering a shorter camp season. At this point we are working on a plan to open July 21st and run until August 27th.
While more information will continue to be posted on our website, at this time, we are tentatively planning the following:
- A five week (and a bit) session beginning the week of July 21st until August 27th.
- A three week session from July 21st to August 13th.
- A two week session from August 13th to August 27th.
More information on the revised sessions will be given on our website in due course, and parents will have the option to change sessions and pick a new date, defer registration to 2022, or request a refund.
The past year has been a trying one for all of us, most of all for our kids. While there is nothing any of us want more than to be back at camp at the lake, the health and safety of your children is our utmost priority, and we want to be absolutely certain that we can operate camp in a safe and responsible manner.
We will continue to provide any information coming from the OCA and Ontario Health; and we will continue to do our best to respond to your questions and concerns in a timely manner.