It is always exciting to start a new summer at Camp, knowing that before us lies the opportunity to have a positive effect on the lives' of young people. There is no place like Camp for campers and staff alike to live life to the fullest, to experience the beauty and wonder of Creation, and to build meaningful relationships. The Camp McDougall Experience has been a turning point in many people's lives. Camp staff recognizes the importance of their role in this experience and provide guidance, entertainment, leadership, example, and friendship. Making the most of this opportunity will create the ultimate Camp McDougall Experience for everyone.
As a United Church Camp, Camp McDougall is an entity both rich in tradition and dedicated to the encouragement of new ideas. Throughout the years, many people have contributed a great deal of time and effort to make Camp McDougall what it is today. Board members, staff members, counsellors and even campers have the potential to contribute to the ongoing development and success of this organization.
We are blessed with the raw materials for a great summer: a fantastic location on the shore of Lake Huron, an enthusiastic and capable staff, and most importantly: lots of excited campers, ready to experience the magic of Camp McDougall. If you are ready for the Camp McDougall experience, please find out how you can get involved as a camper or a volunteer.
It is with a great deal of reluctance that the Board of Directors for Camp McDougall announces that the Camp will be closed for the 2020 camping season. After weeks of discussion, it was decided that the combination of the uncertainty of when restrictions will be lifted, the heightened hygiene protocols which would be in place should Camp resume and the financial hardships imposed on some families as a result of the covid19 pandemic, forced the Board to cancel its 2020 programs. Having said that though, members of the Board of Directors are exploring alternative camping options such as camp-in-a-box or virtual camp. Stay tuned for further developments.
While COVID-19 means Camp McDougall's 60th Anniversary in-person celebration won't be happening this year, you can still celebrate by ensuring Camp is up and running for next summer's season!
Purchase anniversary merchandise and wear it proudly knowing that the proceeds from the sale go directly to benefit ongoing programs. Classic Camper Ts, Cozy Camper ¼ zips, Casual Camper Hoodies, and Camp McDougall Polos are available at https://store.skgroupinc.com/camp_mcdougall/shop/home until July 27!
At check-out, you can choose from several delivery/pick-up options. If you are interested in a simple Tote Bag ($10) or a handy Cinch Sac ($12), we are doing direct sales for these items only and offer curb-side pick-up. Just send an email to Nancy Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Supplies are limited!
TORONTO, May 20, 2020 /CNW/ - Today, the Government of Ontario has announced that
overnight camps in Ontario will continue to be ordered closed throughout the summer.
While this decision is very difficult for everyone who loves Ontario's camps – especially
children and their families, the OCA understands and supports this decision. The
Government of Ontario made this decision in the best interests of Ontario's children and their families.
The Ontario Camps Association (OCA) supports, advances, promotes and accredits more than 450 day and overnight member camps throughout Ontario to ensure that they meet the highest safety standards for more than 400,000 children and 35,000 camp staff each summer. The priority of every OCA camp is that each camper and camp staff member has a safe experience at camp.
In recent weeks, the OCA has worked closely with multiple Government of Ontario ministries, including the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, to share our concerns and hopes and to offer our support. The OCA has greatly appreciated this partnership and the government's outreach to us. With today's announcement, that day camps may be able to operate this summer, the OCA is committed to continue working in partnership with the Government of Ontario and provincial and local public health officials, leading up to and throughout the summer to ensure a safe experience for campers and camp staff alike. The OCA will also work closely with accredited day camps that choose to open, supporting, advancing and accrediting those camps.
The OCA looks forward to working with the Government of Ontario on the measures that are needed to foster a thriving and successful day and overnight camp sector in the summers ahead.