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Covid-19 and Summer Camp 2022

June 9, 2022

Presently, there are no Government regulations in place regarding summer camps. We also have not received any regulations from the Ontario Camps Association. Camps have been given some general recommendations and best practices and have otherwise been left to discern the best course of action for their individual situation. After much consideration of Cave Springs programming as well as conversations with other camps, we have decided on the following plan for Covid 19 safety this summer. 

Our priority is to run the safest, most fun, and enriching programming possible this summer. We have struck a balance between caution and providing our campers with the most normal unrestricted programming we can safely provide. Our focus will be on preventing Covid 19 from coming on site and taking steps to prevent the spread of Covid 19 if anyone carrying it does come to the camp.

Our first line of defense is in vaccination. All Cave Springs staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated against Covid 19. We have not required Cave Springs campers to be vaccinated but I am happy to say that most of the campers registered for this summer are. We encourage all campers who can receive a full Covid 19 vaccination to do so. 

Our second line of defense will be testing. All campers, staff, and volunteers will be rapid tested at the beginning of each week of camp. Tests will be provided by Cave Springs. Upon arriving for registration parents and guardians will be required to sign off to give Cave Springs permission to administer rapid tests on their children.  We are giving the option for parents, or campers who are old enough, to perform the test themselves. This can be at home or at camp. We are also not requiring a nasopharyngeal swab (the one that goes way up the nose). Our tests are fine with a mouth or nasal swab no more than 2-3 cm in. If you would prefer to administer the test yourself that is totally fine. 

Vaccination status will be checked at registration and any campers who are not vaccinated will be tested a second time on Wednesdays. We will administer the second test in a private way that won’t single out these campers. Vaccination status will not be shared among non-essential staff or campers. While rapid testing will be a huge help in preventing Covid 19 from coming on site, rapid tests are not the perfect solution so other precautions will be required.

Our third line of defense will be the steps we’ve taken to adapt our programming to limit the spread of Covid 19 if it does make it onto site. The majority of our programming is outdoors but when multiple camper groups are indoors together, we will be requiring masks to be worn. This is a fairly rare occurrence and may only be when we have inclement weather. Campers should be sent to camp with masks packed and Cave Springs will also have a supply of disposable masks. Masks will not be required for indoor eating times, but camper groups will eat as a group and not share tables with other groups.

The Cave Springs staff will be doing a full clean of all the common touch surfaces on site twice a day. Hand sanitizer will be distributed before activities that require common touch items. Common touch items will also be sanitized after use. An example of this would be the bows and arrows at archery. 

While camper groups will have sometimes where they are separate, we will not be requiring full social distancing between cohorts like previous camp summers. Our goal is to limit the risk of exposure during our highest risk activities like times eating or indoors. For lower risk activities like swimming, outdoor games, or campfire, camper groups will be allowed to interact freely with considerations made for allowing voluntary distancing.  Off-site trips like hikes and canoeing will be allowed this year with precautions taken to minimize outside exposures while off site. 

If a camper were to arrive on site and test positive for Covid 19 at registration, they would not be allowed to attend Camp that week. If a camper presents Covid 19 symptoms during a week of camp, they will be rapid tested again. If the test is negative, they will be treated like any other sick camper at camp. If they test positive while at camp, they will be removed from programming and get to enjoy some small-scale personal camp activities in an isolation space until a parent or guardians is able to come to site to pick them up.

If a camper tests positive at camp, the primary contact for the campers in their group will be notified of the potential exposure. Staff who have had an exposure but are not presenting symptoms will monitor for symptoms, always wear a mask, and increase hand sanitizing for 5 days. 

If a Day Camper tests positive during the week and they have a sibling who is also at camp the sibling will be allowed to stay at camp if the parents or guardians can provide proof that the sibling will be isolated from the camper with Covid 19. This can be achieved by isolating the camper when at home or by having the remaining sibling stay at another house for the remainder of camp. The same is true if someone at home tests positive for Covid 19. If a camper has been exposed but is not showing symptoms, they will follow the same procedure as staff which is mentioned above. 

All in all, our plan is to be more flexible than camps have been able to be in the previous two summers. We are aware that the risk of Covid 19 is still present and aware that there is a growing desire to return to normal life. We will rely on you to continue to be cautious at home in keeping your children from unnecessary risk leading up to camp. 
We would like as many campers as possible to have an amazing and safe time at Cave Springs this summer. We are excited to be able to create a space where children can feel safe to explore, have fun, and grow. Your children’s safety is our highest priority while at camp. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to admin@cavespringscamp.on.ca and we would be happy to speak further about this.

Covid-19 and Summer Camp 2021

June 3, 2021

Day Camps are included in Step 1 of the Ontario Opening plan, and after receiving and reviewing the official guidelines for Day Camps from the Ontario Camps Association, we are incredibly confident that our Day Camp program will have no issue running this summer. 

We are on track to welcome our first week of campers on July 12th- and we absolutely CAN’T WAIT! Obviously, camp will look a little different this summer and our team is working hard to ensure that we are able to run a safe program that will still provide the most fun experience for our campers. We are excited to welcome campers back to camp after what has felt like the longest year ever. Kids need camp! We are thrilled to provide a safe, outdoor space for kids to socialize and make meaningful, lasting memories with friends at camp- new and old. 

We appreciate the support of our community as we have set out to navigate what camp could possibly look like for us given the realities of 2021… and we are grateful to announce that almost every week of camp is now FULL. Waitlists are open for all full weeks, and limited spaces remain for Dragonflies (ages 5-6). Click here to join the waitlist, or to register for Dragonflies.

February 23, 2021

Upon careful consideration about how to safely operate during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have opened registration for our Day Camp program for Summer 2021 as of Saturday, February 20th.

Special considerations have been made in order for us to plan for the safest summer possible for our campers and staff. This will include increased sanitation of program areas and equipment, activities that allow for physical distancing and smaller group sizes. We will continue to follow the guidelines set in place by the Ontario government and the Ontario Camps Association to ensure safety for all. More information about our safety plan will be released. Please contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.

For more information and to register, head to our Day Camps 2021 page.

Winter 2021 Update

Based on the recommendations of government officials we have decided to close our venues for in-person visits for the time being.

However, we are happy to respond to inquiries via email and phone Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please feel free to be in touch with Krystyn (venues@cavespringscentre.ca) with inquiries regarding renting a Cave Springs venue, or with Sharon (director@cavespringscamp.on.ca) for inquiries about Cave Springs Programming including School Trips and Summer Camp.

This can change as the situation evolves. We have taken this measure to protect our staff, clients and the public at large from the spread of COVID-19.  We will continue to follow all recommendations and guidelines laid out for us by the provincial, federal and municipal governments.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide you with any updates.

Fall 2020 Update

As of Fall 2020, we are now accepting rental bookings which can accommodate the current government regulations regarding gathering sizes. These include school trips, meetings, and other event rentals using our indoor or outdoor facilities.

Safety for all is of utmost importance to us. With this in mind, there are several considerations to be made when deciding to book with us. Our staff will work with you to ensure that all safety measures and requirements can be applied in order for your booking to be safe for all persons involved. Similarly, physical distancing and sanitizing measures will be applied to all rental bookings. Furthermore, we will continue to adhere to all announcements and requirements from the Ontario government.

Please be in touch for more information.

COVID-19 and Summer Camp 2020

June 5, 2020

To Our Cave Springs Camp Community,

Thank you for your patience in waiting to hear from us regarding our onsite Day Camp program for the summer of 2020. We have spent a great deal of time throughout the last several months in consultation with our program advisory committee board of directors, Ontario Camping association and United Church of Canada region and Niagara regional health. Our number one consideration has always been and will continue to be the health and safety of your campers.

With concern for the safety of the children and our staff, we have also made
the exceedingly difficult decision to cancel our day camp program.

So, for the first time in 69 years there will not be summer camp in 2020.

And yet we have hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Please pray for the ministry of Cave Springs Camp. Camp is a place that eases anxiety and brings joy to children and youth. We believe our community will need restorative spaces like this more than ever in months to come and we look forward to the day when children, youth and adults are once again hiking the trails, climbing the high ropes, swimming in the pool and gathering for dinner in the halls.

What Happens Next?


We know that this is the right choice to promote the safety and well being of our campers and staff members. We recognize also that the last several months have been a difficult time for many of our camp families and we want to assure you that Cave Springs Camp will still have options for summer fun and community engagement in the upcoming months.

As of today we are launching our pilot program for “Camp in a Box” Cave Springs style. We will be putting together custom packages that will include camp swag, at home activity materials, easy to follow instructions, and opportunities for connection to the wider camp community. Our boxes will come with everything your campers need to enjoy some summer camp fun from home. With purchase of a box you will also have access to optional online components that you will be able to access to connect with familiar camp staff each week. Our boxes are intended to be accessible and inclusive. For a detailed breakdown of box options, cost, and pick up/delivery information please follow this link:
http://cavespringscamp.on.ca/summer-camps/camp-in-a-box/

Thank You

From the entire Cave Springs team, thank you for your understanding and for all the ways in which you make Cave Springs Camp a remarkable community. When the summer turns to fall, we will be working hard on Summer 2021.  As we look to the future, we hope for the opportunity to have each of you join us. We can’t wait to gather together again!


May 21, 2020

To our Cave Springs Camp Community,

Today we have been met with news from the provincial government that overnight summer camp programs will not be permitted to run in the summer of 2020. 

We know that this is the right choice to promote the safety and well being of our overnight campers and staff members. We recognize also that the last several months have been a difficult time for many of our camp families and we want to assure you that Cave Springs Camp will still have options for summer fun and community engagement in the upcoming months. 

Our Board of Directors will be meeting to finalize a decision about our onsite day camp programs for this summer.

In the meantime, there will be 3 options made available for our camp families as a result of mandated camp cancellation. 

Refund Options

We are offering three options for refunds, as we understand everyone’s situation has been impacted differently. This will help our ministry as we prepare for many more years of life-changing summers.

Option 1: Full payment for 2021

We will register your camper for the same week and program in 2021 and carry the full registration fee from 2020 to 2021. If you need to switch to a different week or cancel later, no problem, just give us a call. By signing up for next year now, you will secure your spot for next year at this year’s price.

Option 2: Partial Refund with Donation 

If you would like to leave all or a portion of your registration fee as a donation we would greatly appreciate it. In this case, a tax receipt will be issued.  Due to the number of requests that we need to process, please allow us up to 90 days. We will provide your refund in the same method that you paid (either credit card or check). You will receive a confirmation email with a receipt after we have processed your refund.

Option 3: Full Refund minus $5 Administrative Processing Fee 

We will refund your full registration fee and waive our cancelation fee. There will be a $5 fee per registered camper/week to cover the processing costs of our online registration program. Due to the quantity of requests that we need to process, please allow up to 90 days for the refund options you choose to be processed. We will provide your refund in the same method that you paid (either credit card or check). You will receive a confirmation email with a receipt after we have processed your refund.

What’s Next

Please respond with your choice of Refund Option 1, 2, or 3 to registration@cavespringscamp.on.ca. All refunds will be process in order of week of registration for the summer. Please allow up to 90 days for all refunds to be processed.

If there are any special circumstances that you would like us to be aware of, don’t hesitate to email Sharon at director@cavespringscamp.on.ca

Other than that, we will continue to prepare for offering the best summer camp experience possible for 2021. Thank you for your continued support.


For any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch with;
Sharon Millar – Camp Director at registration@cavespringscamp.on.ca

905-563-8487
director@cavespringscamp.on.ca
4410 Cave Spring Rd, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B0