FAQs about COVID and Camp
We are working closely with our colleagues at the Ontario Camps Association, along with Ontario public health authorities, on our stringent Covid-19 protocols that enable us to provide our camp experience this summer carefully and responsibly. We are very confident in the revised safety procedures and new operating systems we will have in place and are very excited to be bringing the magic of camp back to the lives of our children.
We are anticipating an official announcement in the coming weeks from the Province, and are continuing to prepare for camp. Please contact us at any time if you’d like to hear more details about any of our Covid-19 procedures.
1. Are you offering bussing?
For the coming summer, we will be offering limited busing service for those who need it in order to get to camp, with specific capacity limits, distancing and masking procedures in place to maximize safety during the trip. For any parents able to provide transportation for their children to and from camp, we ask that they do so for this coming summer.
2. How will campers be kept physically distanced while enjoying all that camp has to offer?
We will be organizing camp activities in slightly different ways, to keep cabin groups together as distinct bubbles, while physically distancing and masking around other bubbles in camp. Each bubble will be identified with coloured “pinnies” to ensure we maintain distancing between bubbles.
3. Are we allowed to hug, sit on laps or give piggy backs?
We wish we could do more of those things and can’t wait for them to be back in the summer of 2022. For this year, outside of our cabin groups, "physical distancing" will be extremely important, and we will have a few new ways to be great friends at camp.
4. How else will camp be different?
We have developed a comprehensive series of new procedures for cleaning, health screening, mealtimes, distancing and scheduling our activities. Camp will be as fun and exciting as ever, but many of our usual routines will look a bit different. We are happy to discuss these with you individually in detail if you’d like to hear more.
5. How are you working with public health authorities?
Our overall overnight guidance policies were developed by the Ontario Camps Association together with the office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Throughout the summer, we will maintain close contact with our local public health unit to ensure we have every precaution and procedure in place, while ensuring our campers experience all the fun of camp while we do so.
6. What about deposits if we cancel?
We will refund your deposit if you need to cancel for any reason.
1. Can we still go to all activities?
We plan to run all our activities. Our schedule will change a bit, as you’ll be spending lots of time with your own cabin group – but everything else about camp will be just the same, and just as fun!
2. Can we hang out with other people outside our cabin group?
On our island we are a family, and its top priority for us to create "Friendships that follow you home". You will be able to have lots of fun with campers outside of your cabin group when we are outdoors and out of the buildings at camp….and when we do so, we will be masked and following all the guidelines to keep us safe.
3. Are we allowed to hug, sit on laps, give piggy backs?
We wish we could do more of those things and can’t wait for them to be back in the summer of 2022. For this year, "physical distancing" is extremely important, and we will have a few new ways to be great friends at camp.
1) Can you attend more than one year in a row?
Yes - It is our philosophy that returning campers continue to grow on their journey to young adulthood. The campers themselves are an incredible peer support system and will continue to be for new campers year after year. We view camp as a life experience
2) Can you attend more than one session per summer?
Though we would love you to - we need to make sure as many campers can benefit from our camps as possible. Therefore, we can only accept a child for one session per summer. But don't worry - we pack a whole summer experience into our 5 nights, 6 days!
3) What are the ages of your campers?
We accept children turning 7 by December 31st or very mature, independent 6-year olds. Camper may attend all the way to Junior staff age. (See our Leadership Programs page)
4) Can my child with special needs come to Camp?
Every effort will be made to accommodate all children. If your child may need more than our 3:1 (Camper/Staff) ratio
or require special accommodations please give us a call and we can discuss our camp program and the ability of our staff who work with your child..
5) Is there a registration deadline?
We have a registration deadline of June 1st (But don't wait too long as almost all of our sessions had a waitlist last summer.) After the deadline there may still be limited spots available but transportation requests may not be accommodated
6) Do you offer transportation?
We offer safe, supervised, super fun transportation from various central locations. (For the military sessions and Kid's of Heroes that would be from most large military bases in Ontario.) We try to accommodate and support as many families as possible.
7) How will my child take their medications?
We have a nurse on site that gives out and
supervises all children's medications. Medications are given to the nurse when the camper arrives at camp.
8) Can I request a cabinmate for my child?
You can request but the "line in the sand" is determined by age/school year and often a cabin may have more than one age due to the randomness of the demographics of the applicants every year. Besides, everyone is best friends with all of their new cabin mates on night #1!
9) Can you accommodate food allergies?
Yes! (And we strictly do not allow any nuts on our island)
10) Is Camp Maple Leaf a charity?
Yes, Camp Maple Leaf is a registered charity # 870125150RR0001
For Military Families: (Support Our Troops Summer Camp Grant):
a) Do I have to wait to apply to camp until I get my funding in place?
No. Please apply first to Camp Maple Leaf and then we will work you through the funding process. The deposit of $155.00 will hold your spot and in the end we will do our best to find funding for every camper.
b) Do you have funding for children not covered by the Support Our Troops Summer Camp Grant?
Our camp is not only
for the deployed, ill, or injured. We have funding for all military children - whether parents are currently serving or have served. (We were started by Military Veterans in 1955) Our camp is also open to children of Canadian Forces Veterans.
c) Do I need to be deployed to qualify for the Support Our Troops Summer Camp Grant?
No, "deployment" can mean an overseas deployment, a course, an exercise or a tasking that has taken place up to a year prior to your child attending camp. It can also be any of the above that will take place while your child is attending summer camp - even if you haven't deployed yet. It could also be an upcoming posting that will involve a major life change for your child.
d) Can my child without special needs qualify?
If you have a child with special needs that is funded through Support our Troops; your family is automatically eligible for funding for the maximum of one other sibling.
e) Do families need to pay up front and then get reimbursed for the camp fee?
Aside from the deposit, (155.00 per child) - no. Please speak with our Camp Registrar to discuss details.