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HOC Update Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - March 26, 2020

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March 26, 2020

As we all play witness to extraordinary and unprecedented times, we want to make sure our HOC camp community stays informed and up to date on the latest developments as they pertain to Coronavirus (Covid-19) and our upcoming summer camp season.

It is our hope that all of our HOC community members including our families, campers and staff are doing and coping well. Our thoughts are especially with all of our community members who are working to continue to offer essential services as well as dealing directly with the situation including our doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses.

Although we are not privy to what the future holds, given that our summer programming doesn’t begin for another three months, we have the opportunity to see how the situation unfolds. We will look to the directives and guidance of the province of Ontario and prepare accordingly. In addition, as an accredited member of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), we are updated on the perspective, practices and plans of others in the camp industry, further strengthening our readiness.

We want to ensure all of our families that any decisions we make will take into account both the needs of our camp families and prioritize the safety of our camp community. As the situation evolves, we will look to make adjustments as required.

Whether you have a camper registered for our 2020 season or you are interested in joining us this summer, we have put together some Q&As below that may answer some of your questions.

Trust that we will continue to update our camp community once we learn more and as the situation develops. Until then, stay home, stay healthy and believe that better days are ahead in hopes that we meet again soon at summer camp.

All our best,

Kevin McLaughlin

Can I Still Register for Camp?

Camp registration is still open for the 2020 summer season. You can view Availability and Register Online. If you have any questions regarding cancellation policy, check out the Q/A below.

Need to reach one of our office staff members? Here's how.

With our non-essential business office currently closed and with limited access to our phone service/voicemail, we ask if you have any questions or concerns, to reach out via email to the appropriate team member and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Kevin McLaughlin, Camp Director/Owner -
Sophie McLaughlin, Camp Director/Owner -
Corrie Huxtable, Administrative Director - or
Jeff Johnstone, Assistant Camp Director -

If I register, what is the cancellation policy and final payment deadline?

Upon registration, a $300 deposit is required to confirm your enrollment. Once registered, any cancellation made (prior to the final payment deadline) will be subject to a $150 cancellation fee.  At this time, the final payment deadline is May 1st, 2020. As the Covid-19 situation unfolds and we are closer to the payment deadline, we will relook at this policy and if required, be flexible to make deadline/cancellation policy adjustments and update families accordingly.

Never been to camp before? Here’s a glimpse into some of our current Health Care Protocols.

During camp, our fully equipped Health Centre with a full time Nurse and/or Nurse Practitioner/Doctor on-site makes certain that campers receive immediate care for all their medical needs. Pertinent medical equipment is also readily available on camp and at the arena, including defibrillators, epi-pens and first aid kits.

Upon check-in, campers are screened with a temperature check and head/hair check for medical conditions, such as head lice, gastrointestinal illness and influenza.

All bathrooms are equipped with hot/cold running water, foam soap, hand sanitizers and disposable paper towels. In addition, prior to all meals, campers are required to wash their hands at the hand wash station, sanitize their hands on the way into meals as well as on the way out.

We work with and follow the directives of our local health department, the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, to update all policies, procedures and products used in order to best ensure the safety of our camp community.