How Covid-19 Affected Summer Camp in 2020
Coping with Covid-19 at summer camp has been a challenge. But it has highlighted how important 2021 will be. Autumn is usually the time of year when we reflect upon the past summer and remember the highlights. When children come to camp, they rely on us to help them develop confidence. With Kettleby Valley closed for most of this past summer, it has made me understand how much my confidence relies on our campers.
Even though summer camp didn’t open this year, we still managed to accomplish a great deal in spite of Covid-19. During June and July, we had a small group of hard workers maintain and improve the site. We took on projects such as lawn maintenance, reconstructing decks, staining, tree removal, trail improvements, tree planting and ropes course repairs. The biggest project was retiling the Atlantic Pool. Hotter than normal temperatures and delays in supplies led to the job taking longer than it should have. Now that it's finally complete, we won’t have to think about the tiles for a long time to come.
In late August we finally began to welcome campers to Kettleby Valley by offered day programs for homeschoolers. We scheduled the program to run until the end of September. However it was extended into October at the request of the campers and parents. In late September and early October, we led two weekend workshops for our 2020 Leader in Training program. It was amazing to see people back at camp and we also learned a lot about what it will take operate camp safely during the pandemic.
A recent study showed that, early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, only 5 percent of Canadian children met the basic physical activity guidelines. We now know that outdoor gatherings are safer than indoors and after a long winter, being outside and active with friends at camp is going to feel pretty good. We hope you can join us.