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Covid-19: Pine Project Updates

May 21, 2020

With the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new reality is upon us, one that continues to change each and every day. At the Pine Project, we’re reimagining our responsibility as an organization and as individuals – how we can help to limit the virus’ spread, continue to connect to nature, and support others through this time of physical distancing and caution. 

We want to thank Pine participants, families, staff and community for your support and understanding as we all navigate this uncertain and difficult time together.  

You can check back here for the latest updates on our programs and policies. If your question hasn’t been answered here, please reach out to our team at info@pineproject.org. 

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

Yes, in a modified version. While we have cancelled our originally planned Summer Day Camps, we’re happy to support children and families by offering a modified camp beginning July 20th. 

Modified camp will be an opportunity for kids to get outside, connect with nature and have fun, within an environment designed to enhance health and safety. Campers will explore city parks, play nature games, learn new wilderness and naturalist skills, and connect with their peers.

Our modified camp will meet Ontario and Toronto health guidelines for day camps, which include smaller group sizes, physical distancing, daily health screening and enhanced cleaning. Click here to learn more about modified day camp this summer. 

-Updated on June 24, 2020

We’re committed to supporting families through this difficult time wherever possible. All families previously registered in Summer Day Camps in 2020 have been issued a refund. If you have not yet received your refund, please reach out to our team at info@pineproject.org.

– Updated on June 24, 2020

Yes! All families registered in Summer 2020 will receive pre-registration for next summer, regardless of whether they register for modified camp. As always, siblings will also be eligible for pre-registration. 

– Updated on June 24, 2020

We’re doing everything we can to keep Pine strong so that we’re ready and able to make next summer our best one yet. We want to make sure each camper knows they’ll have a spot at camp next year and can look forward to a similar experience then. Campers will be able to choose to return to the same age group/program they would have been in this year if they prefer, regardless of their participation in modified camp. 

– Updated on June 24, 2020

ALL campers will be welcomed back next year, even if they will have otherwise aged out of camp. 

– Updated on June 24, 2020

To better support families previously registered in Summer Day Camps, we’ll be sending weekly emails with games, songs, stories, crafts and other activities. We hope these resources help to keep the spirit of Pine camp alive and inspire kids to get outside this summer! To help kick things off, we’d love to share this song from camp and a bit of inspiration together –

Summer Inspiration Video

– Updated on June 24, 2020

No. We are an Ontario Camps Association (OCA) member. Please see the below statement from the OCA regarding backyard camps and other camp alternatives.

 

Statement:

The OCA is founded on the understanding that running a camp is a complex and risk-filled operation. The OCA exists to support and accredit camps to meet high standards of addressing the multitude of risks that camps can face. OCA Member camps know that a scandal or tragedy in any camp hurts the entire industry, and therefore we all have a stake in how camps in Ontario are run.

With the constraints placed on both overnight and day camps this summer, the OCA is concerned about a proliferation in less formal “camp” arrangements arising as substitutes. These are expected to take the form of backyard or driveway camps, or rent-a-counsellor programs. While the OCA recognizes the efforts of those trying to meet the need created with the restrictions on camps, the OCA believes that many of these programs may fall short in their levels of management and organizational infrastructure and/or risk management expertise to run safe and effective programs given the numerous risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Without the kind of thoughtful rigor that the OCA accreditation process provides, these non-accredited programs raise risks for campers, families, staff, volunteers and potentially for the industry as a whole.

Further, the OCA urges its member camps to be cautious about providing these camp experiences themselves and in particular, developing any relationship with these newly-formed programs, including referring campers and families, or lending support for rent-a-counsellor programs that are not directly under member camps’ supervision. For any member camp who does choose to have a relationship, the OCA strongly recommends being very clear on the restrictions in place, seeking legal advice and advising insurers. For any of these programs that intend to run child care programs instead of camps, the OCA additionally recommends that they review the restrictions on childcare in place and the differentiation between childcare and recreational programs as outlined in the Child Care and Early Years Act.

RED WOLF OVERNIGHT CAMP

Sadly, no. Following the Ontario government’s announcement that overnight camps will not be permitted to operate in Summer 2020, Red Wolf Overnight Camp has been cancelled. 

Please take a moment to hear from Andrew, our Executive Director: Red Wolf 2020 Video

– Updated on May 21, 2020

We’re committed to supporting families through this difficult time wherever possible. We’re offering the following options to summer camp families: 

  1. Receive a full refund.
  2. Make a donation. 

All registered camp families have been sent an email with more information and instructions on how to choose their preferred option. If you did not receive this email or have further questions, please reach out to our team at info@pineproject.org.

– Updated on May 21, 2020

Yes! All families registered in Summer 2020 will receive pre-registration for next summer. As always, siblings will also be eligible for pre-registration. 

– Updated on May 21, 2020

We want to make sure each camper knows they’ll have a spot at Red Wolf next year and can look forward to a similar experience then. Campers will be able to choose to return to this year’s age group/program if they prefer.

– Updated on May 21, 2020

ALL campers will be welcomed back next year, even if they will have otherwise aged out of camp. 

– Updated on May 21, 2020

We’re working hard to find ways of connecting with campers this summer and helping them take a little bit of Red Wolf home. As we all head into a summer unlike any before, we also want to encourage campers to as themselves – “how can I make the best of this summer?” Maybe it’s camping in the backyard, exploring the woods near you, or introducing your family to some of the things you love most about Red Wolf. We hope all campers are able to keep the spirit of Red Wolf alive and get outside!

To help kick things off, we’d love to share these songs from Red Wolf together: 

“We give thanks”

“Lead with Love”

 

– Updated on May 21, 2020

SUPPORTING PINE THROUGH TOUGH TIMES

Pine has helped thousands of families connect to nature. We’ve seen people transform through their connection with the natural world around us – and we want it to continue. For that to happen, we need your help.

As a small charitable organization, program closures pose a significant challenge to the Pine Project. If you’re able and willing to support us through this difficult time, please consider donating to our Covid-19 Emergency Fund at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/48325.