Summer 2021 FAQ

The information surrounding COVID-19 is constantly changing and evolving, and we will update our plans to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 and minimize the spread of COVID-19 weekly between now and the start of Summer 2021. Hundreds of campers and staff are relying on each one of us to be prepared and committed in order to ensure camp’s success. Ensuring the healthiest start to Summer 2021 will require a partnership between CBB of Ottawa and our families, campers, and staff. 

This is an ever-changing “living document” that explores the WHAT – what our decisions are as they relate to providing a summer experience amidst the backdrop of COVID-19. These are written by design in FAQ format with answers that are short, factual, and to the point.

Welcome to the one-stop shop for all special COVID-19 related actions taken by CBB of Ottawa for Summer 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

All FAQs were updated on May 21st, 2021. All questions in red have been updated on June 14th, 2021.

How does CBB of Ottawa make medical and safety decisions?

We are lucky to meet regularly with an incredible medical committee that has helped us create protocols for Summer 2021:

  • Dr. Ben Sohmer
  • Dr. Ilana Greenstone-Sheppard 
  • Dr. Joanne Tannenbaum
  • Dr. Rob Weinberg
  • Dr. Andrew Kujavsky
  • Dr. Glenn Posner
  • Dr. Jackie Cohen

We are fortunate, as well, to have formed partnerships with experts in the medical field:

  • Ontario Camps Association (OCA)
  • Quebec Camps Association (QCA)
  • Association of Independent Jewish Camps (AIJC)
  • Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC)

ISOLATING BEFORE CAMP

Planning for summer begins in everyone’s homes.

Will campers/staff be required to isolate before coming to CBB of Ottawa?

Yes. You will be asked to limit all non-essential movement outside of your home for the 5 days prior to your arrival at camp and we recommend only engaging in low risk behaviours. During this time, campers can continue to attend school but must follow all Public Health guidelines at all times while outside their household. Campers cannot go to friends and other family members’ homes for social gatherings or to grocery stores, restaurants, sporting events, gas stations, etc. While we understand other members of the camper’s household may not be able to avoid work or grocery shopping for 5 days prior to their camper attending camp, we do ask that they pay extra attention to masking, washing, and hand sanitization during this time.

AND the entire household should consider very strongly to live in a pseudo-lockdown for the 72 hours before their camper’s first day. Do the grocery shopping before… consider working from home… etc.

Will campers/staff from other countries have different requirements?

International and out of province (anyone outside of ON or QC) CBBers will need to follow all government guidelines found here https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid. The isolation period will be required of all international CBBers as well. More information will be provided to all of our international campers and staff.

TESTING

All of our interventions are important – testing, the most dynamic, complicated, costly, but important of them all.

What testing will be required before the summer?

All campers will be tested using the “Gold Standard” COVID-19 PCR test 3 days prior to their arrival to camp at CBB-run pop-up facilities in all three cities (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa). These pop-up facilities will coincide with luggage drop-off. More information will be provided at a later date. Camp will not be accepting any outside testing results. All campers are required to be tested at one of our CBB-run pop-up facilities. This is to ensure accurate and timely responses. Our staff will be tested 3 days prior to their entry to camp as well.

What testing will be required during the summer?

We anticipate using a hybrid of PCR and Rapid Antigen technologies to provide: confidence on arrival, surveillance testing through the summer, and as a reaction to CBBers with COVID-19 like symptoms. As a base standard, we will test all campers 3 times. One 3 days prior to their arrival using a PCR test, one on the day of their arrival using a Rapid test and one 5 days into the summer using a PCR test. We will have a rapid machine on site all summer to to rapidly rule out (or confirm) any potential suspect case. Should COVID-19 get through the cracks into camp, we will have the ability to detect rapidly and avoid an outbreak in camp.

Our staff will be tested for the second time on the Saturday before the campers arrive to ensure a COVID-19 free camp/bubble. Upon campers’ arrival, all campers will be screened and tested. All campers and staff will be tested again using the COVID-19 PCR test 5 days after the campers’ arrival. Please note – our testing policy is based on the information we have today, and is subject to change.

Helping children through a nose swab COVID-19 test
CBBO COVID-19 TEST – WHAT’S IT LIKE?

SCREENING

“How are you feeling?” is a regular CBB of Ottawa question to ask. Answering carefully and honestly is more important than ever.

Is there anyone who is not advised to attend camp this summer?

COVID-19 might enter CBB of Ottawa. So, each CBB of Ottawa family needs to assess their and their household’s own risk using, among other things, the Canadian Government website to identify any risk factors. Based on our knowledge of every registered camper and staff, we do not know of any situations that are obviously a “no-go”, but certainly families who cannot meet the pre-camp isolation guidelines, who are unable to pick up their camper within 7 hours of receiving a call from camp, or who, for whatever reason cannot or will not fulfill camp’s testing protocols and policies cannot attend. We understand that this summer may not be for you, but we look forward to welcoming you back into camp in 2022.

What screening procedures are required upon arrival at CBB of Ottawa?

A staff member will be at the CBB of Ottawa gates to welcome your child(ren) to camp. With the camper remaining inside the vehicle, the staff member will take your child(ren)’s temperature to ensure a temperature 38°C or below. Campers who have a temperature over 38°C, show COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the previous 14 days will not be permitted to enter camp. We kindly ask that parents refrain from giving their children Tylenol or Advil on arrival day.

Campers will be asked a series of COVID-19 screening questions prior to being allowed to exit their vehicle. Each camper will be escorted to the infirmary to take a COVID-19 rapid test. They will then return to their car and wait for their results, which should take 15-30 minutes. Once a negative result is shown, the camper will say good-bye to their parents/guardians and be directed to meet with their cohort. If a positive result is shown, the child will remain in the car, and their bags will be brought to their car and they will have to depart back home.

In order to maintain a safe, closed environment, we ask that all cars stay outside of the camp gates and do not enter the camp premises. Additionally, we request that all parents/guardians stay in their vehicles while saying their goodbyes. We recognize this is a tough way to say goodbye to your children, however, we need to do the best we can to help speed up the process, all while keeping everyone safe.

Will there be a washroom at the front gate for parents/guardians to use at drop-off?

For your convenience, we will have public toilets located just outside our gates for parents/guardians to use AFTER their child has entered camp. We will have sanitary wipes and a washing station available.

Will there be in-camp regular screening procedures?

All campers and staff will be screened daily by our administration team for mental health and wellness checks, as well as symptoms of COVID-19. There will be enough COVID-19 tests in camp should any camper or staff develop any symptoms. Please note that our testing policy is based on the information we have today, and our testing protocol is subject to change.

COHORTING

What is a CBB of Ottawa Cohort (formerly referred to as a POD)?

A cohort is similar to immediate family; members of a cohort do not need to wear a mask around one another. To limit exposure, one or two cabins will be a cohort. Cohorts will generally have 24-30 campers and 4-8 staff. Within each cabin, campers will be required to sleep in opposite directions – head-to-toe and toe-to-head. Creation of cohorts serves to ensure that infection, should it arise, is contained to a small and known group of people. Members of one cohort will not be permitted to interact closely with members of another cohort. But closeness within a cohort will be allowed and even encouraged.

    • Cohorts may behave as a household does in the city: hugs and closeness will be encouraged.
    • Cohorts eat together!
    • Cohorts will participate in activities together. 
    • Cohorts will be in the same waterfront and swim groups.
What is a "close interaction"? What will interactions between campers/staff from different cohorts look like?
  • It is our goal that WITHIN a cohort, CBBers can be unmasked, indoors, and in close proximity.
  • BETWEEN different cohorts, CBBers must be masked, outside, and distanced by six feet. Certain specialties (like arts & crafts) and certain situations (like siblings who need a hug) will be permitted to utilize the “2 out of 3 rule” and fulfill 2 of mask, outside, distance.
  • We are planning programming to ensure that campers remain safe and healthy AND experience camp in the most “CBB way” possible.
Will siblings be permitted to interact with each other, outside of their cohorts, in the first 2 weeks?

We understand that this is a question on many parents’ minds, especially those with younger and/or new campers. For the first 7-10 days, as siblings will be in separate cohorts, our 2 out of 3 rule will apply for interactions: masks, outside, distance. We will be working with our staff to ensure and encourage safe sibling connections from day 1.

What are the implications for CITs?

CITs will each belong to their CIT cabin cohort. Having said that, like our specialists, we need CITs to develop their skills and interact with the rest of camp in leadership positions. During placement, CITs will need to perform their responsibilities masked, outdoors, and at a distance. We will, of course, support them in achieving this. Mask requirements may change closer to the summer and the need to use them after the in camp PCR test is complete will likely be absent.

Are camp-wide programs like Sign ‘n Song, Shabbat Services, Olympics, and Colour War possible with cohorting?

Yes, we are going to make them all possible. Everything about their spirit will be the same, although their location and exact execution might be different.

Will the daily schedule change?

In order to social distance as much as possible, we will be adjusting the daily schedule for each cabin. There will also be additional “transition” periods to allow more time to sanitize activity equipment, wash hands as necessary, and travel between each activity. All cabin period times will be posted in the cabin and shared with counsellors as per usual.

How will instructional swim work?

Swim classes will be organized by cabin groups. Swim staff, with the help of the counsellors, will focus on providing a fun recreational swim while teaching multiple levels at the same time.

How will life inside the cabin be different?

Life inside the cabin will remain largely the same as always with a few exceptions:

  • Campers will sleep head to toe.
  • More attention will be paid to keeping windows open and cabins well ventilated.
  • We are planning on installing ventilation fans in each cabin.

OPTIMIZING OUTDOOR TIME

CBB of Ottawa is already a very outdoor experience and will be, even more so, in 2021.

How are meals changing?

This question represents one of the most extraordinary changes at CBB of Ottawa. The Mess Hall is central to CBB of Ottawa, and so, eating together is very important to us.

This summer, there will be a handful of changes to CBB of Ottawa’s meal procedures: 

  • Our Mess Hall will be outside this summer. We have rented two large tents that can accommodate our entire camp population safely and comfortably.
  • Campers and staff will be required to wash their hands at our new portable washing stations with soap and water prior to each meal.
  • Cabins will sit together at all meals.
  • There will be no self-serve areas. 
  • Food will be brought to each table by one of the cabin counsellors who will receive the food from inside the Mess Hall.
  • All dietary restrictions will still be accommodated. 
How are indoor specialties changing?

Most of our specialties are outdoors. Those few that are indoors will have full schedules welcoming campers into their building one cohort per period.

MASKS

We don’t like to wear a mask, but sometimes we will need to wear a mask. Here’s how we will find the balance.

When will campers/staff have to wear a mask at camp?

Masks will be a part of daily life throughout portions of the day and the following four principles will guide us:

    • Everyone at CBB of Ottawa will be required to follow the “2 out of 3 but preferably 3 out of 3 rule” when it comes to interacting with campers or staff who are not in your cohort; masking, outdoors, and physical distance.
    • Masks are one of the most effective tools to contain an undetected case of COVID-19.
    • Masks will not be worn at waterfront activities by our campers, however, our lifeguards and instructors will be required to wear a mask when supervising waterfront participants. This may change by July.
    • Wearing masks for too long has negative consequences also. We are as interested in everyone wearing their masks appropriately as we are about removing our masks appropriately.
    • We plan to reduce the usage of masks after the 10-14 day mark.
Will masks be provided by camp?

We will be providing medical-grade masks for all campers and staff. We kindly ask that you do not provide your own and let your campers know that they will be required to wear the masks we provide. This is to ensure proper hygienic protocols and the utilization of the most effective masks on the market.

THE IMPERFECT BUBBLE

CBB of Ottawa is always an “oasis” separate from the rest of the world – now this works to our advantage in ways we never imagined.

What is the "CBB of Ottawa Imperfect Bubble"?

Best practices to operate safely during this pandemic include creating as closed of an environment as possible, which means limiting who comes in and out of camp to the best of our ability. To accomplish this, CBB of Ottawa will operate as a closed camp (or bubble) for the summer. Once our campers and staff arrive, they will not be allowed to leave. Visitors will not be permitted nor will we be running camp tours for any prospective families.

The CBB of Ottawa Imperfect Bubble is the title given to our efforts to vastly diminish the number of people coming in and out of our setting during the summer. With staff taking in-camp days off, and the cancellation of out-of-camp trips, these efforts alone result in a 99% reduction. Like all of our other interventions, this technique is imperfect but effective nonetheless at minimizing risk.

Will staff have days off?

Staff will receive their usual days off, but rather than travel to nearby cities, they will stay in camp. We will provide food from the kitchen and occasional meals from the city, and we will dedicate a space for them away from campers, so they can properly rest and recharge.

What will medical, maintenance and kitchen staff do?

Our medical, maintenance, and kitchen staff, each time they enter camp, will be subject to a temperature check, health screening, and occasional testing. We are also requiring that they will be vaccinated prior to camp. Maintenance and kitchen staff will have no interaction with campers and staff. When our medical staff interacts with campers or staff, they will be required to wear appropriate PPE and keep 6 feet apart when necessary.

What about essential service deliveries (ie. food, mail, etc.)?

Most deliveries will be collected at our gate and distributed by camp staff. Some of our most delicate and regular deliveries (like refrigerated food trucks) will be permitted to enter and they will remain masked and distanced at all times.

What about laundry?

We have, on staff, a part-time driver to execute highly controlled daily city runs, which include our regular laundry trips. They will not be interacting with any of our campers or staff.

What if a camper/staff needs to leave for an appointment (like a vaccination or otherwise)?

We kindly ask that all non-urgent medical appointments (ex. orthodontics) be scheduled prior to or right after camp. Should your child need to leave camp for an appointment please be in touch prior to camp to discuss. All medical appointments will be assessed and the decision to allow campers/staff to leave and return to camp will be at the discretion of our Medical and Administration Teams. Should we deem the appointment necessary, we will follow all public health protocols to ensure the safety of our bubble (scheduled 2nd dose vaccinations will be our top priority). 

Will there be an out-of-camp tripping program?

Normally, these are out-of-camp experiences, however, this summer, due to our bubble, we are offering an awesome in-camp tripping experience! Campers of most units will be given the opportunity to go on overnights and/or canoe trips. They will learn how to build shelters for the outdoors, participate in camping, and learn essential survival skills.

What COVID-19 protocols will change after 2 weeks?

Our goal is to relax our cohorting, and get back to our regular scheduled all-camp programming where campers and staff get to interact outside of their cohort. We also plan to reduce the use of masks around the 10-14 day mark. Our overall camp bubble will remain intact the entire summer with no new arrivals into camp.

DETECTING COVID

Using a fire extinguisher on a small fire ends better than having to call the whole fire department for a large blaze. Same is true with COVID-19.

How will CBB of Ottawa's Health Centre be different?

There will be two health care locations this year. 

The first health care location will look after all non-COVID-19 related complaints (sprains, strains, foot soaks, cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc.). This location will also be responsible for campers’ daily medication administration.

The second health care (satellite health triage centre) location will be the first stop for all possible COVID-19 symptoms (sore throat, cough, fever, runny nose etc.).

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

 Some of the more commonly reported symptoms include:

    • New or worsening cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Temperature equal to or over 38°C
    • Feeling feverish
    • Chills
    • Fatigue or weakness
    • Muscle or body aches
    • New loss of smell or taste
    • Headache
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
    • Feeling very unwell
    • Children tend to have abdominal symptoms and skin changes or rashes.
What if a camper/staff tests positive for COVID-19 at camp?

While CBB of Ottawa does have the facility to quarantine positive cases of COVID-19 on-site, we don’t believe that spending 14 days in quarantine at camp is a positive experience. Therefore, the camper will remain isolated on-site until the camper’s parents or caregivers are able to pick them up (within 7 hours). The same goes for staff members that are able to be collected from camp by a parent or caregiver. If the camper or staff are ill and require nursing supervision, then a registered nurse will supervise until a parent arrives.

What if a member of a camper/staff cohort has tested positive for COVID-19?

The CBBer’s cohort will also be isolated and tested. If the cohort remains symptom-free and testing is negative, the cohort will be able to return back into the general population. The cohort will need to pay particular attention to physical distancing, masking, and hand hygiene in the 5 days following their potential exposure and will be monitored closely by CBB of Ottawa’s Medical staff. But don’t you worry, we will be running specific programming just for the isolated cohort. We will be adding additional rapid testing to ensure spread does not occur and to ensure a more efficient return to the general population by the isolated cohort.

What if there is an outbreak?

An outbreak of COVID-19 will be defined by the local Medical Officer of Health and our Medical Team. The Local Public Health will direct testing and associated public health management of all those impacted. Public Health will provide direction to help manage the outbreak and any additional control measures that will need to be implemented, including defining the outbreak area (i.e. the affected cohorts or the entire camp community), undertaking enhanced cleaning and sanitization practices, and excluding symptomatic staff and participants from all camp settings. Our plan, as always, is to keep you informed and up to date as soon as we can.

Do parents need to be more "on call" this summer?

Yes. Parents need to be ready to receive or pick up their camper(s) within the 7 hour timeframe. We kindly ask that all of our families are “at the ready” this summer.

In what circumstances would a camper be sent home and need to be picked up within 7 hours?
    • Any camper or staff who is confirmed COVID positive via testing will need to be picked up within a 7 hour window.
    • Additionally, any camper or staff with a medical situation that our team determines cannot be best cared for at camp, will need to be picked up within a 7 hour window.
If my child tests positive for COVID-19 before camp begins or during camp, will they be permitted to go/return to camp?
Our medical team is evaluating this complex issue, which is evolving daily. They plan to assess each case based on the well-being of the individual camper affected, as well as the safety of the entire camp population. We hope to provide more definitive answers in the coming weeks.
What steps are taken if a camper presents symptoms of COVID-19 in camp?
A camper or staff with any COVID symptoms will be isolated (but not alone), and will present immediately to our satellite health triage location for assessment by a camp medical professional. Here, the CBBer will be screened and tested by our medical team. Should a positive test result occur, the camper’s family will be contacted immediately and will be asked to pick up their child within 7 hours.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR COVID-19

So many things will be different (and everything important will be the same). But here are some things that will be particularly different:

Will there be buses bringing campers to and from camp this year?

TO CAMP: Campers must be driven in cars populated with household members only.

FROM CAMP: We will be determining if we are able to offer bussing. We will communicate our decision by August 1st, but please note should we decide to move forward with bussing it will only be available on the last day of camp (August 15th) to all three major cities (Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa).

What will day 1 arrival look like?

We will be scheduling everyone’s arrival throughout the day to limit congestion. More information will be provided at a later date.

Is there going to be more cleaning and hand washing?

Yes, our goal is to double our cleaning and sanitation efforts, as well as our hand washing practices.

Is singing and cheering allowed?

ABSOLUTELY! Ruach is highly encouraged.

What’s happening with the communal toilets around camp?

All communal bathrooms will be closed for the first 10-14 days. We are providing more transition time in between periods, to ensure that all campers and staff have enough time to go to their cabins to use the bathroom.

What is happening with Visiting Day?

We are exploring virtual visiting day opportunities where family members can “visit” with their child(ren). More information about a virtual Visiting Day will come at a later date.

Why was summer 2021 restructured to a 6 week model?

Based on a number of factors, we felt it was in the best interest of our campers, staff and families to shorten the summer to 6 weeks. All families currently registered for 7 weeks will be refunded, depending on the original payment plan that was selected.

Will letters and packages be permitted?

Yes and yes! Regular snail mail will be delivered to camp as per usual (except that the mail carrier will not be entering camp – instead, mail will be received by one of our admin team at the gate.) Parents will also still have the option to send emails to campers through CampInTouch.

In terms of packages, our 2019 policy still applies:

    • We will only be accepting packages from Canada Post. Any delivery from third-party delivery companies (including Fed-Ex, UPS & Purolator) will not be accepted.
    • While books, magazines, comics, stickers, coloring books, etc. are welcome, do not send food or candy. All packages will be opened to verify their content prior to delivery, and food items will be confiscated.
    • We strongly encourage you to keep your packages to envelopes no larger than 9 x 12 inches and 1 inch thick.
    • If you need to send clothing or other emergency items to your child, please contact the camp office first at frontdesk@cbbottawa.com. We have a well-stocked supply of essentials (i.e. goggles, water bottles, shampoo and more) that can be provided. Should you need a unique item please contact the camp offices so that we can assist and help make arrangements.
    • We are unable to accept any packages that are sent COD or that require any payment from camp. Packages sent COD or with any money due will not be accepted and will be returned.
    • We would ideally like to limit the amount of items that are entering camp, as well as minimize interactions with mail carriers if possible – so we’re asking parents to try and keep packages to a minimum this summer and to send them only if essential.
Will the campers have General Swim and how will it work?
For the first week or so, programming will not include our typical general swim (as it would be impossible to apply our 2 out of 3 rule – masking, outdoor, distance – to the entire camp in and around our pool area.) However, all campers will absolutely be in the water with their cohorts every day! Once we safely pass the 7-10 day mark, then general swim will be back…scream it loud: ALL DAY GENERAL!!!
If the Quebec/Ontario borders are still closed, how will we get to camp?
Although the Quebec/Ontario borders are currently closed, we have been informed that this will likely be lifted by July 4. Even with the current closure, our Ontario admin and Board members who have gone to camp over the past few weeks have had no issues crossing into Quebec. If in fact the borders are still closed on July 4, our legal team will be providing all families with an exemption letter to present in the case they are stopped on their way up to camp.
What is our 2021 Medical Policy?

EPIPENS:

Please bring these to bag drop and they will be collected by the medical team. These are kept in all appropriate cabins and common areas/buildings throughout camp. Surplus EPIPENS are kept in the infirmary and returned when the campers leave camp. If you plan for your child to have an additional EPIPEN on them when they arrive at camp, please indicate this at bag drop. Upon arrival at camp, it will be logged and kept by the medical team in the infirmary.

MEDICATIONS:

JUNIOR CAMP (Juniors, As, Bs/children completing Grades 1-6)

Prescription medication

    • Oral Medication: must be blister-packed by a pharmacist for daily dispensing from the infirmary as in previous years.
    • Inhalers (eg. Ventolin, Flovent):
      • Kept in infirmary
    • Nasal sprays:
      • Open to keep in cabin or infirmary. (An extra inhaler should be sent to be kept in infirmary if campers are planning to keep these in their cabins.)

Non-prescription medication

    • To be kept in the infirmary. (Note: There is no need to send medications like Advil or Tylenol to camp. These are readily available in the infirmary in liquid, chewable and pill format and, if they are needed, a member of the medical team can assess the camper and oversee the safe and appropriate provision of these medications).

SENIOR CAMP (Seniors, Pathfinders, CITs/children completing Grades 7-10)

Prescription medication:

    • Oral Medication: must be blister-packed by pharmacist for daily dispensing from the infirmary as in previous years. CITS may have the option to keep certain medications in their cabins. To be discussed individually at bag drop.
    • Inhalers (eg. Ventolin, Flovent):
      • Option to keep in cabin. To be discussed individually at bag drop. (An extra inhaler should be sent to be kept in infirmary if campers are planning to keep these in their cabins.)
    • Nasal sprays:
      • Open to keep in cabin or infirmary. (An extra nasal spray should be sent to be kept in infirmary if campers are planning to keep these in their cabins.)

Non-prescription medication

    • Option to keep in cabins or infirmary.

*** Note: Any campers, CITs or staff members keeping medication in their cabins will be responsible for safe storage and administration of these. The medical team will be happy to keep any/all of these in the infirmary if that is preferable.

Any specific questions regarding medication can be asked ahead of time by email to office@cbbottawa.com or can be asked to one of our camp doctors doing medication intake at bag drop.

FINANCIAL

Total transparency, time to consider options, a sharing of risk and responsibility…

What if a parent cancels before Sunday, May 23 at midnight?

Camp registrations may be cancelled without penalty up to Sunday, May 23 at midnight. To cancel your registration, please email cindy@cbbottawa.com (only emailed requests will be accepted, no phone calls please).

What if a parent cancels between May 24 and June 23?

Camp cancellations made between May 24 and June 23 will incur a refund minus 50% of the total camp fees.

What if a parent cancels between June 24 and July 3?

Camp cancellations made between June 24 – July 3 will incur a refund minus 75% of the total camp fees.

What if the Quebec government reverses its decision and mandates camp to close after May 23?

In the event that the Quebec government reverses its decision and mandates camp to close after May 23rd, fees will be refunded minus $500 to cover expenses already incurred by the camp making it ready to receive campers.

What if the government travel restrictions change such that a U.S. camper cannot enter Canada?

A full refund will apply.

Will there be any additional costs to parents?

Yes. In order to help offset some of the COVID-19 testing, we will be asking for $200 per camper. Each family will be charged per camper through the Campminder website using the credit card on file. *This cost will not apply to families receiving financial assistance from CBB of Ottawa.

What if a camper tests positive right before camp?

If a camper tests positive right before camp, they will get a full refund, minus a $500 non-refundable operational deposit. We are waiting on the final guidelines from the Quebec Government on whether a camper can return back to camp after having COVID-19 and/or leaving our closed camp bubble. 

What is the refund policy if a CBBer tests positive OR we are mandated to close once the camp season has begun?

Should your camper leave camp due to their own positive COVID-19 test result or that of another camper or staff within their cohort, refunds will be determined on a pro-rata basis minus a $500 non-refundable operational deposit.

*Please note that the $500 non-refundable operational deposit is being deducted from all refunds to cover any and all fixed camper costs related to opening camp (ie. costs associated with each individual camper regardless of the number of days they have spent at camp).

We reserve the right to terminate a registration, at any time during camp, should the camper be dismissed for infractions of policies in which case, no refund will be issued. Infractions include but are not limited to adherence to COVID protocols and procedures, smoking, drugs (including those permitted by law and misuse of over-the-counter or prescription drugs), alcohol, physical abuse, sexual harassment or activity, vandalism, bullying, and any other infraction at the discretion of the camp director.   

EXTENSIONS

For summer 2021 ONLY, we are offering the option to extend week by week, to allow flexibility for campers and families for session lengths. See below the costs associated with your current registered session and what your pricing options are for extensions.

Can parents decide to extend their child(ren)’s session length prior to camp?

Yes. Families could choose to extend weekly in advance or while in camp. However, there is a slightly higher premium should you choose to extend once camp has begun. Should you feel this is an option for your child, we kindly ask that you begin the discussion in advance of camp. But please note, extensions are at the discretion of the camp administration, which takes into consideration the readiness of the individual camper. 

If your child(ren) are currently scheduled for 2 weeks or less, please refer to this chart:
2 Weeks or Less
Before Camp
Current Session Current Pricing Additional Price New Session Length Total
1 Week $1,500.00 $1,400.00 2 Weeks $2,900.00
2 Weeks $2,730.00 $1,400.00 3 Weeks $4,130.00
2 Weeks $2,730.00 $2,735.00 4 Weeks $5,465.00

During Camp

Current Session Current Pricing Additional Price New Session Length Total
1 Week $1,500.00 $1,500.00 2 Weeks $3,000.00
2 Weeks $2,730.00 $1,500.00 3 Weeks $4,230.00
2 Weeks $2,730.00 $2,900.00 4 Weeks $5,630.00
3 Weeks $4,230.00 $1,400.00 4 Weeks $5,630.00
If your child(ren) are currently scheduled for 4 weeks or more, please refer to this chart:
4 Weeks or More
Before Camp
Current Session Current Pricing Additional Price New Session Length Total
4 Weeks $5,465.00 $800.00 5 Weeks $6,265.00
4 Weeks $5,465.00 $1,415.00 6 Weeks $6,880.00

During Camp

Current Session Current Pricing Additional Price New Session Length Total
4 Weeks $5,465.00 $1,000.00 5 Weeks $6,465.00
4 Weeks $5,465.00 $1,665.00 6 Weeks $7,130.00
5 Weeks $6,265.00 $800.00 6 Weeks $7,065.00
What happens if your child(ren) extends for multiple weeks?

If a camper decides to extend by more than one week, resulting in a session length that falls within one of our current session pricing models (see above), you will be charged the total for that session (and not the cumulative additional prices).

How will extensions in camp be facilitated by the Camp Administration Team?

The Director, Assistant Director(s), and the staff responsible for your child will evaluate each child and will be in touch should there be interest in extending. Please note, parent communication with their child by phone is strongly discouraged as it most often has a negative impact. Although the child is having a great time, the sound of a parent’s voice can often elicit a momentary homesick response. In order to properly facilitate a weekly extension model, we will be in touch as soon as possible, and we thank you in advance for your patience and partnership, as some requests may be last minute. Please note that if a camper chooses to extend, they will remain in the same cabin with the same campers all summer, due to Quebec Guidelines.

We kindly ask that should extending be an option, that you discuss with your child the possibility of a stay-over prior to the start of the summer, so both you and your child are prepared for the conversation once at camp. However, we do ask that you don’t assume that the extension is in the best interest of your child, as the Director, Assistant Director(s), and the staff responsible for your child will evaluate each child and determine the child’s readiness to stay over.