COVID-19 Update #15: Scugog suspends traditional summer camps and programs

Posted On Wednesday May 27, 2020

 

To protect the health and safety of our children and staff, and to respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Township of Scugog has made the difficult decision to suspend traditional summer camps and programs. Staff will work on creating modified camp options to serve the community this summer in the event the province permits some form of modified camps to proceed.

At this time, current summer camp program registration has been suspended, the system will not be accepting any additional registration requests and refunds will be processed. Scugog is also suspending all indoor facility rental permits until further notice.

With the suspension of summer camps and programs, staff will be working diligently to process and complete refunds for all affected registrations and rental permits. Residents will receive a full refund for all summer camps, programs and permit payments without any administrative fees added. We anticipate that refund processing will take 7-10 business days. Registrants who paid by credit card will be refunded to the same credit card, when possible. All other payment methods over $50 will receive a cheque in the mail (please allow 2-3 weeks). Any payment, less than $50 will remain as an account credit on the residents account for 12 months. If you have had any changes to your personal information or mailing address, please contact recreation@scugog.ca to have your account updated.

“The decision to suspend our summer camp program was another difficult decision in a long line of decisions our Emergency Control Group has had to make,” said Scugog CAO Paul Allore. “The safety of our kids and recreation staff is the driving force behind this suspension. Staff will work on creating modified camp options to serve the community this summer in the event the province permits some form of modified camps to proceed.”

The Township of Scugog will continue to follow Ontario’s lead and wait for Public Health guidance to proceed further. Scugog staff are working on a variety of scenarios to create modified programs, to include physical distancing and abide by strict health and safety protocols, to keep our children healthy and safe. Any modified programs created will inevitably reduce the number of spots available in the programs, as we ensure physical distancing and limit the ratio of campers to staff members.

The Township of Scugog continues to monitor this evolving situation. In the event the Township is given clearance to run modified camp programs, this information, including the registration process will be communicated with the residents via public notice through scugog.ca/covid19, on Twitter @TwpofScugog and on facebook.com/TownshipOfScugog 


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Media Contact
Lori Bowers
Manager Communications and Strategic Initiatives
lbowers@scugog.ca