2021 Registration FAQ

Registration for 2021 is opening
Monday October 5, 2020!

It is hard to believe that Summer 2020 has come and gone. We are so grateful to everyone in our community that has supported the Taylor Statten Camps during our Covid imposed closure in what would have been our 100th Summer on Canoe Lake. We hope you have enjoyed the virtual TSC experiences that we have shared with you on social media throughout the Summer, and we thank all of you for the kind words and letters of support and encouragement you sent to us since I last wrote to you in May. We have been blown away by the love we felt from our community during this very difficult time. Thank you.

Today, we turn the page on Summer 2020 and focus our attention towards the “next normal,”– reopening our camps for the 2021 season and ensuring that we have the protocols and resources to make this happen. The Taylor Statten Camps is planning to operate both Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo next Summer, and all of our Long Canoe Trips. Registration for 2021 will open on October 5, 2020. Our 2021 Rates & Dates have been posted on our website.

None of us know what our world will look like during the Summer of 2021. We have convened a planning group of experts in health, education, and risk assessment to examine trends and data and to advise our board and staff on the safest way to reopen camp and canoe trip next summer. This group will base its recommendations on the latest science, government regulations and best practices implemented across the Ontario summer camp community, and schools that are reopening for in-person activities.

The health and safety of our TSC community is always our #1 concern. We will not make any decisions that would imperil the health of our campers, staff, or families. As we plan for our Summer operations over the coming months, we make the following promises to you and your family:

FULL TRANSPARENCY AND REGULAR COMMUNICATIONS

While we plan for a full reopening next summer, we are also realistic and know that this pandemic is rapidly evolving. We know we will have to adapt aspects of our program based on new information. We will keep you informed of any decisions that will materially affect the camp experience.

WHY SHOULD I REGISTER MY CAMPER NOW?

With many unknowns facing all of us in the months ahead, TSC has ensured risk-free registration by providing a Covid-19 guarantee (see below). Registering your camper now for their 2021 Summer session or canoe trip at TSC has two very important benefits:

  • In the event TSC is required to limit camper numbers at Canoe Lake or on canoe trip next Summer due to Covid-19 related regulations, priority consideration for places will be given to campers and families that registered early on a first-in basis.
  • Despite the uncertainty, placing your trust in TSC, now, will allow our directors to best plan our operations and space allocations (especially for our Long Canoe Trips) for this coming summer and hire the correct amount of staff. Our Covid-19 Guarantee is designed to give you confidence in our organization, and registering now will help us plan accordingly for all outcomes.

TSC COVID-19 GUARANTEE

If the Taylor Statten Camps cancels your camper session or Long Canoe Trip prior to the scheduled start of your camper session or Long Canoe Trip due to government imposed regulations that would otherwise prevent the Taylor Statten Camps from operating (and is otherwise unable to accommodate you on another session or Long Canoe Trip that is acceptable to you), you will be provided with a refund of fees paid to date. This is our guarantee to you, and please refer to our Terms & Conditions for the full details of this policy.

If your camper is prevented from travelling to Canada within 7 days or less from the start of the camper session or Long Canoe Trip that you registered for due to a government imposed restriction that would prevent your camper from travelling to Canada (including government mandated quarantine of more than 5 days), you will be provided with a refund of fees paid to date. Again, this is our guarantee to you, and please refer to our Terms & Conditions for the full details of this policy.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

We know that many of our families are struggling financially due to the economic instability of the past six months. We remind our families of our partnership with the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund (TSCBF). Please note that while our names are similar, the camp and the Bursary Fund are separate organizations. Any decisions or processes are outside of the camp’s control. That being said, we encourage families in need of financial assistance to check out the TSCBF website to see if you qualify for assistance.  As a company, we are committed to raising additional Bursary Fund places in 2021 to ensure that we can help support any child who would like to come to Camp Ahmek or Camp Wapomeo, and we will work closely with the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund (a registered charity that is independent from the Taylor Statten Camp Company) to bring as many bursary campers as possible to the Taylor Statten Camps in the Summer of 2021.

TSC SAFETY PLAN

A bit closer to the start of the Summer, we will release a detailed TSC COVID Safety Manual on which every staff member will be trained before camp. Our TSC Safety Plan has three primary components:

  • Creating a Safe Environment: We will keep COVID out to the extent possible through appropriate screening and testing prior to the summer, with the ultimate goal of creating a safe environment in the TSC camp community.
  • Limiting the Spread of Germs: To limit the spread of germs within camp, we will regularly clean and sanitize the facility, require frequent handwashing, maintain camp sections so each camper cabin is its own self-contained unit within the larger camp community, and require masks during unstructured transition times and other periods where germs may spread.
  • Reacting Appropriately: If a camper or staff member has symptoms associated with COVID, then they will be isolated at camp until the symptoms resolve and they have a negative test.

Visitors at Camp

Every person who enters our facilities at Canoe Lake, such as our food delivery drivers, will also answer screening questions and receive a temperature check prior to being allowed in. We anticipate not allowing Visitors Days during our in-camp sessions.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will have enhanced cleaning and sanitizing around the camp facility throughout the summer. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently throughout the day, and all parts of the facility will be disinfected regularly using disinfectants. We will have a dedicated, specially-trained cleaning and disinfection team all summer. We will also eliminate high-touch surfaces when possible. Camp equipment will be fully disinfected between each use.

Safety at Meals

If required, campers will eat in shifts, which will enable us to separate tables in the dining halls and ensure adequate social distancing. We will also have our dining hall windows and doors open at all times.

If required, meals will be served from behind fiberglass partitions. Campers will be called by cabin to be served, and they will wear a mask whenever they walk across the dining hall to get their food. We will not have drink or condiment dispensers available to minimize common touchpoints. Also, no sundries or decorative objects will be placed on tables to facilitate thorough cleaning and disinfection between each meal.

Personal Hygiene

All campers and staff will follow a number of key hygiene rules, on which everybody will be trained before and during the summer. These will include the following:

Campers and staff will frequently wash their hands with soap and water and will frequently use hand sanitizer between handwashings. Sanitizer stations will be available around camp. Campers and staff will maintain appropriate distance from others who are not in their section or cabin. Campers and staff will immediately let their counselor or supervisor know if they feel sick.

Program Modifications

TSC may modify certain program options that do not facilitate appropriate sanitation and cleaning. Likewise, we will not have any large group programs indoors, and inter-camps will not be held, unless regulations permit.

Following All Relevant Guidelines and Best Practices

As we finalize our written TSC Safety Plan, we are committed to following all relevant guidelines, regulations, and best practices from Health Canada, the Ontario Camping Association, and local, Ontario, and Federal Government Regulations.

Ultimately, our goal is to create the safest possible experience in 2021 for our campers and our staff. Based on everything we knew in May of 2020, we were not in a position to open camp safely. However, based on everything we know now, we are moving full-speed ahead with planning for a safe, memorable, and amazing Summer for 2021.

2021 FAQ

  • You couldn’t open camp in 2020, so how can you open in 2021?

    In addition to testing, we also have much more information about COVID safety now than we had before the summer of 2020: this includes field-tested best practices from childcare centers, schools, and businesses that have reopened and used various strategies to create a safe and healthy community. Taking into account what we’ve learned about reopening to date, we are carefully planning to operate our camps in 2021.

  • Will you be able to operate your Long Canoe Trip Program in 2021?

    Yes, even if TSC is limited in its Canoe Lake operations in 2021, TSC anticipates that it will operate as an outfitter in 2021 and run a modified (but full) canoe out-trip program in 2021. In this event, refunds will be provided for camper days not spent at Canoe Lake, and alternative arrangements will be made. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for full details.

  • Will camper places be limited in 2021?

    Possibly. Although TSC is planning for full operations in 2021, it is possible that Covid-19 regulations may limit camper numbers at Canoe Lake and/or on Canoe Trip. With this in mind, we encourage all families to register early, as we may curtail enrollment if required at a later date due to (yet unknown) regulations.

  • Will I get a refund if camp is cancelled due to Covid 19?

    Yes. If the Taylor Statten Camps cancels your camper session or Long Trip in full prior to the scheduled start of your camper session or Long Canoe Trip due to government imposed regulations that would otherwise prevent the Taylor Statten Camps from operating (and is otherwise unable to accommodate you on another session or Long Canoe Trip that is acceptable to you), you will be provided with a refund of fees paid to date. This is our guarantee to you, and please refer to our Terms & Conditions for the full details of this policy

  • Will I get a refund if my camper is unable to travel to Canada due to Covid-19?

    Yes. If your camper is prevented from travelling to Canada within 7 days or less from the start of the camper session or Long Trip that you registered for due to a government imposed restriction that would prevent your camper from travelling to Canada (including government mandated quarantine of more than 5 days), you will be provided with a refund of fees paid to date. Again, this is our guarantee to you, and please refer to our Terms & Conditions for the full details of this policy

  • How can I be sure you will refund me?

    In 2020 TSC refunded all families that remained registered with us up to the date of cancellation, and we have made the same promise for 2021.

    Our Terms & Conditions contain full details of this guarantee, including a small fee to assist TSC with the costs associated with refunding.

  • Are you accepting Bursary Fund Campers in 2021?

    Yes, we know that many of our families are struggling financially due to the economic instability of the past six months. We remind our families of our partnership with the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund (TSCBF). Please note that while our names are similar, the camp and the Bursary Fund are separate organizations. Any decisions or processes are outside of the camp’s control. That being said, we encourage families in need of financial assistance to check out the TSCBF website to see if you qualify for assistance.  As a company, we are committed raising additional Bursary Fund places in 2021 to ensure that we can help support any child who would like to come to Camp Ahmek or Camp Wapomeo, and we will work closely with the Taylor Statten Camping Bursary Fund (a registered charity that is independent from the Taylor Statten Camp Company) to bring as many bursary campers as possible to the Taylor Statten Camps in the Summer of 2021.

  • I’ve noticed that TSC has introduced a credit card surcharge of 2.5%. Why?

    When TSC refunded camper fees in 2020, the company was still on the hook for significant credit card merchant fees that it was forced to assume. To protect against this, TSC has introduced a small surcharge for customers that choose to pay by credit card in line with other institutions in Canada. We are still pleased to accept payment by Visa or Mastercard, but if you wish to avoid this surcharge please settle your account by cheque or bank transfer. Your consideration and understanding is very much appreciated.

  • My camper was devastated that they could not participate in their chosen long trip in 2020. Do they get priority for this trip in 2021?

    Yes, campers that have remained registered with us up until May 19 2020 will receive priority in the consideration of their long trip application for 2021 if they want to complete the same trip, or they may progress to the next trip tier without having completed the pre-requisite in 2020. Kindly note that TSC reserves the right limit automatic trip tier progression for safety reasons, if relevant, and is unable to accept campers that have reached (or will reach) the age of 18 years at camp.

  • My camper wants to progress to the next long trip tier in 2021, but didn’t completed the pre-requisite in 2020. Will that be possible?

    Yes, campers that have remained registered with us up until May 19 2020 will receive priority in the consideration of their long trip applications for 2021 if they want to complete the same trip, or they may progress to the next trip tier without having completed the pre-requisite in 2020.

    Kindly note that TSC reserves the right limit automatic trip tier progression for safety reasons, if relevant, and is unable to accept campers that have reached (or will reach) the age of 18 years at camp.

  • My camper was due to complete a long-trip in 2020, but will be of CIT (counsellor-in-training) age in 2021. What should they do?

    We’ll leave the decision up to you. Provided your child will reach the age of 17 years in 2021, they will be eligible to participate in our CIT program in 2021. If instead they wish to take the trip they missed in 2020 they may do so provided they have not reached (or will not reach) the age of 18 during camp. We are unable to accept 18 year old campers.

  • My child was going to be a CIT (counsellor-in-training) in 2020. Will they get to be a cabin counsellor/guide/instructor in 2021?

    We appreciate that missing your CIT year is a big deal, and we encourage your child to apply to TSC as a staff member in 2021. Once we open staff applications we will communicate various options to those that would have been CITs in 2020 what their options will be in 2021. We appreciate these are unprecedented times and we will find solutions that work for everybody.

  • When will the Online Tuck Shop re-open for the purchase of camp clothing and articles?

    We anticipate re-opening our online Tuck Shop in the coming months. Further details will be provided closer to the time.

  • Will September (Family) Camp operate in 2021?

    Yes, regulations permitting. Further registration details will be provided in early 2021.

  • How Can I help?

    2020 has been a rough year for the Summer camping industry. For those who know families that would benefit from sending their children to either Camp Ahmek or Camp Wapomeo, please tell them about our community and encourage them to be in touch. If you would like to host a virtual information session, we will help arrange logistics. Word of mouth is our best recruitment strategy. Thank you.