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2020 campVIU/Mariners in Training Summer Camps FAQs

How do I register?

Our registration process has remained the same but now includes additional items to confirm your emergency contact information and outline your child's “social bubble”.

Why in-person camps and not virtual programming?

The decision to operate in-person camps is based upon two main factors. First, we feel that by implementing protocols that follow the guidelines from the BC Ministry of Health, we can run camps safely with the same quality as previous years. Second, by offering safe and controlled in-person camps, we address a need in the community for childcare, out-of-house adventures and physical activity during these unprecedented times.

Why are camps operating in-person but not classes and other VIU activities?

As noted, VIU’s decision to run campVIU and Mariners in Training programs was made in consideration with BC’s Restart Plan. The BC Restart plan identifies Recreation and Sport in Phase 2, allowing us to resume activity under enhanced protocols. In addition, we followed guidelines as set out by our sector (BC Recreation and Parks Association {BCRPA},ViaSport) pertaining to safe facility opening,  program delivery and safe return to sport. Sport and physical activity play an important role in the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of communities across the globe. Resuming a modified camp program was identified as a need within our community and we are confident that we can safely deliver programming to satisfy that need

What are the major changes to campVIU programs?

The primary change involves a reduction in the maximum number of children in each VIU camp (e.g. 30 children for campVIU or 50 children for Mariners in Training) and the use of sub-groups of 10 people in an effort to reduce physical contact. For parents, additional waivers will be required to confirm your emergency contact information and request that you outline your child's “social bubble”.  We are also asking you to monitor yourself and your child for symptoms 14 days before camp, during camp and for 14 days after camp. Staff will also be monitored in the same way in order to ensure their health and well-being. Finally, we will be spending increased time outdoors in an effort to minimize risk.  

What is a “social bubble”? Why are you asking?

A “social bubble” consists of the people with whom you and your family are currently interacting. For example, if your children and the neighbour’s child have been playing together, the neighbour’s child is within your “social bubble”. Those who live in your house also count as people in your social bubble and, therefore, if you are registering siblings, please let us know.   

What precautions are you taking to prevent the potential spread of illness?

campVIU will be adhering to BC Ministry of Health Guidance for Child Care Settings (as outlined at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-guidance-childcare.pdf) which includes (but is not limited to):

  • Division of camp participants into sub-groups of ten children and two staff members

  • Separation of sub-groups at all times

  • Implementation of sterilizing protocols for all indoor spaces and equipment

  • Provision of dedicated indoor spaces and equipment for each sub-group 

  • Utilization of increased outdoor activities 

  • Administration of symptom screening questions at drop-off

  • Application of ongoing symptom monitoring for camp staff and participants 

What is your refund policy?

Our new refund policy is a flexible, full refund for anyone who wishes to cancel camp due to health and safety concerns prior to the start of the camp. Any withdrawal from a camp after the camp has started will result in a refund that is pro-rated. A 6.25% registration system fee will be deducted from all refunds. Please email camp@viu.ca to process your refund.

If my child gets sick before the first day of camp, can we get a full refund?

Absolutely! If a child is sick before the first day of camp, please stay home. A full refund less a 6.25% registration system fee will be provided. No doctor’s note is required.

If my child gets sick in the middle of camp week, can we get a pro-rated refund?

Yes - if your child does get sick, please keep the child at home and we will provide a pro-rated refund less a 6.25% registration system fee.

Are there going to be waitlists for camps? How will that work?

Yes - we will be offering a waitlist. When a camp session has reached its capacity, registrants have the option to join the session waitlist. Waitlist registrations will be processed on a first come, first served basis as spots become available. Participants will be notified via email of any opening and will have 48 hours to register before their waitlist spot is removed.

Will there be any swimming at camp this year?

No - currently swimming will not be part of any of our camps for 2020.

Can I still order the lunch option for my child during camp?

No - campVIU will no longer be offering the lunch option and will be fully refunding anyone who has already registered for the lunch program.

 

Our summer camps will be incorporating and adhering to guidelines from the following organizations and, as a result, we have restructured camps to incorporate physical distancing protocols which, unfortunately, has reduced the maximum number of participants per camp. Please see the following resources for more information:

CDC Field Guide for Camps

https://acacamps.app.box.com/s/7gkh9buu3ntssx2v38gajg4z94631lag

CDC Decision Tree

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/Camps-Decision-Tree.pdf

British Columbia Ministry of Health Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-guidance-childcare.pdf

VIA Sport Return to Play

https://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/ReturntoSportGuidelines.pdf

Volleyball BC Return to Play 

http://www.volleyballbc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Volleyball-BC-Return-to-Play-Webinar-SLIDESHOW-May-27-2020.pdf

Basketball BC Return to Play 

https://www.basketball.bc.ca/files/2020/Key%20Points%20of%20RTS%20Plan.pdf