When we say that camper health and safety is our top priority at Hockey Opportunity Camp, we really mean it.
We are updating our plans and policies to best ensure the health and safety of our camp community, as we continue to manage the ongoing safety concerns and restrictions as they pertain to COVID-19.
If session numbers are to be reduced to any extent (due to COVID-19 limitations imposed by the government and/or local Health Unit), HOC will honour a first-come-first-served policy.
Session dates, policies, programs, and procedures may change at any time prior to or during the summer based on government and/or local Health Unit's most current COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.
In order to ensure the highest level of health and safety for our camp community, Hockey Opportunity Camp is requiring that everyone in the camp community, who is eligible to be vaccinated, be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine. This includes all campers, LITs, CITs, and all hired employees. This policy is in line with current vaccine requirements from the OMHA (Ontario Minor Hockey Association) and OWHA (Ontario Women’s Hockey Association) and local Municipal Arena. Full vaccination must be obtained at least two weeks prior to arrival at camp. Proof of vaccination record will be required.
Any persons who cannot be fully vaccinated due to medical exemption must contact Hockey Opportunity Camp in advance of their arrival at camp, as well as provide appropriate documentation to support their claim. Additional measures may be required at the discretion and advice of HOC Medical Staff.
Facilities and equipment are checked, cleaned and certified (where required) yearly.
Staff are encouraged (through wage increases) to attain their highest level of water and emergency certifications prior to working at camp, therefore ensuring most staff are available to assist in the event of an emergency.
Parents can also be assured that detailed emergency procedures (land and water) are in place and reviewed/practiced with staff during our extensive pre-camp training session and throughout the summer.
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.
Part of the registration requirement is a Health History Form for each camper.
Prior to check-in, our Health Care staff review all of the Health History forms for the upcoming week to list any concerns that need to be discussed with parents.
On check-in day, all parents will get a chance to meet with the Nurse/Nurse Practitioner/Doctor for the week. At this point, you can go over any allergies or health concerns you may have.
Campers who are Anaphylactic receive a special brightly coloured bracelet to wear throughout the week, which reminds our staff to make sure the camper is carrying his/her epi-pen.
After check-in, campers are screened for medical conditions, such as head lice, gastrointestinal illness, influenza and COVID-19.
In the event that your child shows symptoms of any of these conditions prior to camp (ie. up to 72 hours), please ensure they are assessed and treated ahead of time.
If treatment is not completed prior to camp, please contact the Camp Director to discuss next steps.
HEAD LICE: Please check your childʼs head. For more information on identification and treatment, click here.
GASTROINTESTINAL ILLNESS: Symptoms include but not limited to vomiting, chills, abdominal cramps and diarrhea
INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESS: Symptoms include but not limited to fever with a cough and one of the following; sore throat, muscle aches, joint pain or weakness.
COVID-19: Symptoms include but not limited to dry cough, fever, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath, loss of taste/smell and diarrhea
HOC is proud to be a recognized as a Sun Safe Certified Camp with the Melanoma Network of Canada. Understanding the damaging effects of the Sun is very important in our preventative health measures and HOC encourages all campers to follow these simple sun safe guidelines:
HOC Staff will be reminding your camper to follow these guidelines while they are at camp. You can help us by ensuring your camper packs these items in their luggage.
We also hire a Parent Communication Representative. This person works closely with our Health Care team as well as with our counselling team and will be able to update parents quickly on any concerns your child might have while at camp.