Some day camps have made a decision to open while others have deemed it better to wait until next summer. There are a number that have decided to offer a virtual camp instead of an in-person setting and others are still figuring out if running their camp is financially viable. Camps have to hire more counsellors this year to be able to follow new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The Quebec Camping Association will receive $11 million of funding to help pay for increased costs related to staffing.
Also, on June 3, the provincial government reversed a decision about reducing the camper-to-counsellor ratios, which would have forced camps to hire more staff. According to the government, this reversal was made “given the evolution of knowledge about the transmission of the virus and the situation of the pandemic.”
At Montreal Families we’ve put together a list of camps that are having an in-person camp and ones that are not opening this summer. We will be updating this article regularly as camps make their decisions.
Day camps – opening
Bellevue Adventure Camp
Paddleboard, balance and coordination training on the slackline, Robin Hood challenge, water balloon playtime, treasure hunt and many more games.
Lego-building activities (robotics, coding, STEAM) combined with outdoor play.
New this year: “Our camper-to-counsellor ratio is small (4-5 children per counsellor); more individual and independent play.”
A variety of activities such as sports, crafts, breakdance and science.
New this year: “Same fun just set up differently. Games that encourage social distance, increased hygiene measures, water activities instead of swimming in pools, special guest entertainers instead of field trips.”
Camp Next Step
Next Steps is a day camp focused on social skills development and summer fun for children – designed for children with ASD but open to all.
New this year: Reduced numbers of total campers and reduced group sizes (1:4 ratio), increased safety and hygiene protocols including frequent sanitization and physical distancing, staff will wear (clear) masks and gloves when in close contact with campers, focus on educational programming for campers to learn hygiene protocols including proper hand washing, how to wear their masks if they ever needed to, etc.
Day camp offering art, little, chefs, indoor outdoor play areas, outdoor, water sprinkler fun, science experiments, and more! Healthy meal plan options offered. Facility and operations following Covid-19 government and public health guidelines.
New for this year: Camp day option now available.
Coco’s Camp is for building independence and friendships: with a focus on developing social skills and confidence as well as social, emotional, communication, and gross motor and fine motor skills.
New for this year: “Increased safety and hygiene protocols including frequent sanitization and physical distancing. Staff will wear (clear) masks and gloves when in close contact with campers, focus on educational programming for campers to learn hygiene protocols including proper hand washing and understanding physical distancing.”
Dans’Atout Summer Day Camp
Various dance styles
New this year: “Camp activities will be held outdoors (unless it rains or in event of extreme temperatures). Citron Hygiene has outfitted our indoor space with all the necessary safety and hygiene elements required. The staff has been trained on proper social-distancing techniques. Please note that our prices have changed since our last ad campaign to offset the extra cost of supplies and additional staff.
Ages: 5 to 17
New this year: “Explorations is excited to welcome our learners at Kells Academy this summer. We are restructuring our camp format to ensure camper safety and follow the government guidelines. For our intermediate and senior campers, our campers will remain in one set educational stream. This structuring is to enforce physical distancing rules, by minimizing travel times and avoiding physical contact, thereby making sure to reduce the risk level.”
Academic (math, French, logic) with sports, arts etc.
New this year: “Physical camp and virtual camp options available.”
KidCoders Computer Camp
New this year: “We have implemented social distancing rules and have reconfigured the centre to keep our kids safe during camp. Custom masks for the kids outdoor activities have been modified to respect all regulations. Also, virtual classes are coming soon.”
Laurus Summer Camp
A lifestyle summer day camp that empowers children to learn and grow over the summer.
New this year: “Laurus 2020 will feature new protocols designed to ensure the safety and health of our campers, staff, and their families.”
MCT Creation Camp
Ages: 4-6 and 7-12
Create your own theatre – drama, physical theatre, games etc. Performance on Fridays.
New this year: “This year we are practicing social distancing. Our in-person camp will have small groups and more counsellors. We cannot be all together during activities, so we have created different rooms for each area of camp. We have come up with new ways to have fun and be creative.”
Montessori Pointe-Claire Summer Day Camp
Ages 18 months – 8 years
Traditional day camp activities
New this year: “We are ready and happy to have camp operating. We have no problem with the new regulations; camp will still be loads of fun. We are fortunate to have so much space to work with. We have room for a few more campers.”
Montreal Fluency Centre
Reading Comprehension and Writing Summer Program for students in grades 4-8. Weekly camp dedicated to reading or writing comprehension, including outdoor, fun activities. July 6-31. 9 a.m. to noon (extended day noon to 5 p.m.)
Bilingual Literacy Zone – Summer Blitz for French immersion and bilingual students in grades 1-4. Low ratios and individualized support, evidence-based techniques, games, workshops and field trips! August 3-21. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bike camp offering cycling lessons from learn-to-ride to advanced.
New this year: “Pedalheads is fully committed to the running of camps this summer in the greater Montreal area. We have included new safety measures including social distancing, health checks, cleaning, PPE, & more. Do note that we are still awaiting final approval from certain school districts to run camps this summer.”
Rocket Power Skating – Off-Ice Training Camp
New this year: “There will be three, one-hour training sessions in the evening. During these sessions, which will take place at Newman Park/Ignace Bourget, kids will focus on improving speed, power, endurance, and agility. Kids will also learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
Sharkx summer day camp
Fitness and sports activities
New this year: “Staff will have to wear masks and we recommend that the kids also wear a mask at camp. The kids will not be playing any team sports; we will be creative and offer fitness, yoga, water sports and much more. We will stay in N.D.G.”
Sheila Parkins Academy of Dance and Music Summer Camp
Dance and musical theatre camps.
New this year: “Camp activities will be held in small groups; 50 per cent outdoors and 50 per cent indoors with two exterior doors in each studio open at all times for fresh air. We have implemented all physical distancing and hygiene rules, and are ready to welcome campers to come and have fun learning various dance styles.”
Multisports, skill development in various sports
New this year: “We ran an online video info session on May 19, which parents can check out for a detailed overview of our protocols: http://sport-life.ca/covid-19-protocols.”
Teen Photo Camp
Learn the art of photography
New this year: “Our photo camp will be on the move again this summer while respecting safety regulations. We have masks and sanitizers available for the teens. We will accommodate 10 kids, use public transport during quiet times in the day and will promote more walking. Our work stations will be two metres apart and our studio will be sanitized several times a day.”
Viva Vida Art Camp
Arts camp with creative mornings and active afternoons
New this year: *We will be setting up hand washing stations, creating individual smock/art material sets. Outdoor activities will be geared towards individuals.*
Wimgym Summer Camp
Ages: 4-15 (half or full day options available)
Gymnastics, art, games, dance, videos, etc.
New this year: *A variety of social distancing measures, strict drop-off/pick-up procedures, temperature checks and health questionairre, cleaning/disinfecting stations for hands, feet, mats and equipment*
Day camps – closed for summer 2020
Blue Light Summer Camp
Camp Carousel (Grief Camp)
Champions Day Camp
CTD (Dawson) Summer Camps
Montreal Science Centre Camp
Zoo Ecomuseum Camp
Borough Camps Cancelled
Ste. Anne de Bellevue