Camp Wanapitei’s response to COVID-19

May 19th, 2020 – Suspension of all programs

Today, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that overnight summer camps will not be permitted to open in 2020.  While we are incredibly disappointed that we will not be able to gather this summer, we respect that this decision is in the best interest of our community.  Like many of you, we were hoping that our August programs would continue.  This was a difficult announcement to hear and we are grieving the loss of our Wanapitei summer right along with you.

Community remains the most important value of Wanapitei.  Even apart, we can support each other through this.  We will be inviting our campers, families, staff, and alumni to gather online within the next week to be together during this difficult time and say goodbye to the summer we had been hoping for.

We know you may be wondering what comes next.  We will be in touch in the coming days to explain the next steps for managing payments.

Please reach out to us with questions – we are here for you in whatever way we can be.

Sending love and support,

Gill and Erin

May 14th, 2020 – Cancellation of July Programs

It is with great sadness that we must inform you that on May 14th, Camp Wanapitei made the decision to cancel our July programs for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are heartbroken to be sharing this news, but we know that this decision is best for the safety and health of our campers, staff, families and the communities we travel through.

The decision to close for July was made with the full support of our Board of Directors, after weeks of working together with information and guidance gathered from the Ontario Camps Association, health officials, provincial and federal guidelines.

You chose Wanapitei because you trust us with your children.  We have explored every option we could to allow for our programs to run on schedule, while asking ourselves: “Is there a way to do this while adhering to guidelines and, most importantly, keeping our campers, staff and the communities we travel through safe from COVID-19?” The answer, at least for now, is no.

Many of you may be wondering what this means for our August programs.  We have some hope for our August sessions, and will continue to monitor the situation the same way we did for July and make our decision in the coming weeks.

This is a huge loss for all of us.  We live for our summers and know our campers and families do too.  We are sending love and support to you in this difficult time.

We welcome any questions you may have as we navigate this unprecedented time.  We have also started an FAQ page that we will continue to update as needed.  As we are not able to work in our office, we ask that you email us and we can set up a phone call.

We will go home again.

Erin Sunstrum ([email protected]) and Gill Thompson ([email protected]t), Directors