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Your 2022 Back to Camp Questions Answered

​Click below to find out more about the following areas: 

 
 

Camper Eligibility

Who Is eligible to apply as a camper for the 2022 Summer Camp Season?

  • Campers aged 7 to 17 with a qualifying diagnosis, including their siblings or bereaved siblings. To learn more read our full eligibility at: https://www.campquality.org/new-campers

  • NEW! Are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

How much does it cost to attend the 2022 Camp Program?

FREE. That’s right. Our programs are always free of charge to campers and their families. You can help us continue providing our programs for free by sharing your experience with friends, family, colleagues and encouraging them to support your camp.

Are 18 and 19 year olds who were supposed to attend their last session in 2020 or 2021 eligible for Summer Camp Programs?

Due to our accreditation and insurance requirements, we are unable to have campers 18+ at our overnight summer programs. For more information on our programs for those individuals 18+ please visit: www.campquality.org/breaking-borders. Graduating campers are welcome to apply to volunteer and can learn more about this by contacting their local Camp Director or visiting www.campquality.org/volunteers.

 

Camper Application Process

Camp Quality will be opening our registration for in-person programs at a reduced capacity for Summer 2022. Our intent is to make more spaces available, based on guidance from our Medical Advisory Committee and Public Health. When all sessions are full, new applications will be waitlisted and may be approved as additional spots become available.

 

You will receive notification that you have been registered or that you have been placed on a waitlist.

How do I get on the waitlist?

 

If you are interested in an upcoming program that is full, you can follow these steps. 

  1. Sign-in to your CampDoc account. 

  2. Select the participant you wish to register. 

  3. Click Registration. 

  4. Select the program you wish to register for. (You will see waitlist next to the date). 

  5. Continue through the application. You will get a confirmation that you have been added to the waitlist. 

  6. Once complete, you will also receive an email confirmation that you are on the waitlist. 

If a spot opens, you will receive an email notification indicating that you are now registered for the program. You will then be required to complete all necessary forms in CampDoc.

If I am missing anything in my application will I be notified?

 

Yes, your regional Family Coordinator or Medical Coordinator will let you know if they are missing anything from you. Additionally, you may receive automated reminders from CampDoc (our online registration system) in the lead-up to camp. You will know your application is complete when the Health Profile is at 100%.

 

Program Updates

How will Camp Quality operate in compliance with guidelines and best practices to mitigate COVID-19 at camp?

Camp Quality will be diligently following guidance from the Provincial Governments, local Public Health Units and Camping Associations. Our staff and volunteers will be completing additional training on our COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safest possible environment for our campers. We will continue to monitor and consider a number of different measures including capacity, community infection rates, new variants, and new mandates. Camp Quality will review our policies and procedures through the spring and summer to stay in compliance and will communicate any changes as early as possible.

How will the CQ program look different than in past summers ?

There will be new measures to ensure a safe experience at camp. This includes adaptations around our typical camp program structure. You can expect that some of the following protocols will be in place for your camp session.

 

At camp, everyone will be required to wear a mask and observe physical distance during designated times in indoor spaces and when physical distance outdoors cannot be maintained.

 

Campers and volunteers will participate in COVID-19 screening and testing, when required, and will be asked to actively self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Campers and Volunteers may be assigned to a cohort for the duration of their camp week. A camp cohort will be a designated group of campers and volunteers that share the same dorm/ cabin space, maintaining the same members for the entirety of the week. Small group activities for cohorts will be planned throughout the week. If large group activities occur, each camp cohort will maintain physical distancing from other cohorts. Outdoor programming will be the primary focus of our 2022 programs.

 

Mealtimes may include a mix of outdoor and indoor dining, maintaining distance for camp cohorts. We will communicate with you more about dining expectations closer to the summer so you can prepare your camper.

 

In addition to these protocols, we will have increased cleaning and disinfection measures in place at camp.

What will arrival and departure look like at camp?

Our arrival and departure protocols may look different for Summer 2022. As Public Health protocols are subject to change, we will communicate more details closer to the start of your camp week.

How will my camper remember all of these changes? 

We’ve got you! A simple way for us all to remember the CQ COVID protocols is the 2 out of 3 rule.  You must always being doing 2 of the 3 following things: 

  • Wearing a mask;

  • Be physically distanced (6 ft/ 2m apart);

  • Be outside. 

 

Companions will always be there to support your camper through the week, with helpful reminders about our COVID protocols.  We’ll also have helpful signs around camp to remind everyone!

We aren’t comfortable with returning to camp yet, do you have other CQ programs available?

Yes! You can join us for Camp-at-Home 3.0!!! Campers from all regions can participate in our virtual summer camp program from July 26-29, 2022. Additionally, we will be offering single day virtual programs through the spring and summer.

 

Safety Protocols

How will Camp Quality operate in compliance with guidelines and best practices to mitigate COVID-19 at camp?

Camp Quality will be diligently following guidance from the Provincial Governments, local Public Health Units and Camping Associations. Our staff and volunteers will be completing additional training on our COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safest possible environment for our campers. We will continue to monitor and consider a number of different measures including capacity, community infection rates, new variants, and new mandates. Camp Quality will review our policies and procedures through the spring and summer to stay in compliance and will communicate any changes as early as possible.

Are campers required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to attend 2022 in-person Programs?

Yes, all eligible campers must receive a full series of vaccines a minimum of two weeks prior to attending their camp session. Campers will be required to upload copies of their vaccination into their CampDoc electronic health record. Questions about vaccinations can be sent to your regional Medical Coordinator or to Camp Quality Canada’s National Medical Coordinator Samantha Greenberg, samantha.greenberg@campquality.org.

Is my camper required to have any other vaccinations to attend camp?

As per CQ’s new immunization policy; in order to protect everyone at camp, Campers and Volunteers must have the following full immunizations based on age as per their provincial vaccination schedule, or are beginning immunizations as part of a catch-up schedule:

  • MMR OR Proof of Antibodies to MMR

  • Varicella OR Previous History of Chickenpox OR Proof of Antibodies to Varicella

  • Pertussis containing vaccine; ex. DTaP (one dose at minimum based on eligibility)

  • COVID-19

 

The following immunizations are not a requirement to attend camp, but are strongly recommend for all; as scheduled:

  • Hepatitis B (Two dose series)

  • Tetanus boosters every 10 years

  • Yearly influenza

Exceptions to this are limited to medical exceptions (including campers on-treatment), and will be brought forward to Camp Quality’s Medical Advisory Committee for further direction. Extra consideration will be given to campers with a recent birthday, less than four weeks prior to the start of camp programs.

Please reach out if you are unsure about where to find this information, or need help doing so.

What are Camp Quality’s Testing requirements?

Camp Quality will have COVID-19 testing requirements in place for our campers and volunteers. As Public Health guidance is subject to change before your session, testing requirements will be communicated to you closer to the start of your camp session.

What are Camp Quality’s Mask requirements?

At this time, Camp Quality will require all participants to wear masks. This is subject to change as public health guidelines change in the lead-up to camp.

 

Masks will be required indoors, unless the participant is:

  • Is eating or drinking; or taking medication

  • In their own accommodation (with their cohort);

 

Masks are not required outdoors or when traveling outdoors between activities. However cohorts must maintain a distance of at least 2 meters.

 

Camp Quality will have masks available for all campers, however we will encourage

families to send a designated number of masks with their campers in their luggage. This will be part of the packing list you receive closer to camp. Your packing list will also include a list of the types of masks approved by Camp Quality.

What happens if someone shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while at camp?

If someone shows symptoms consistent with COVID-19 while at camp they will immediately be separated and isolated in a designated space for COVID-19 cases, that is separate from the regular health facilities until they can go home.

What if someone tests positive for COVID-19 while at Camp Quality?

If a participant tests positive for COVID-19 while at camp, the individual will continue to be separated and isolated in a designated space for COVID-19 cases that are separate from our regular health facilities. Our

medical teams will continue to monitor their symptoms using all the appropriate precautions, while we create a departure plan. No participants will be permitted to complete their isolation requirements at camp. The cohort which the individual was a part of will further distance from other cohorts at camp. We will report to our local Public Health unit and follow their guidance.

 

At any time, Camp Quality may make the decision to close a camp due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Parents/ Caregivers will be required to pick their campers up from camp in this case.

When will more detailed information become available?

While mandates and public health guidelines are constantly changing, Camp Quality will communicate any changes or further information as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding as we work to redesign our programs and offer a safe experience for all campers in compliance with our accrediting bodies.