Is Summer Camp 2021 going ahead?


We are eagerly looking forward to summer camp in 2021. Although there may still be uncertainty about what the upcoming months may hold, we are preparing and planning for an exciting summer of outdoor activities, fun themes and great friendship connections for campers.


Children have been indoors and isolated and socially distant from friends. Camp can play a key role in the months and years ahead in helping children. More than ever, this generation of children will need to have camp as a place to be outdoors, strengthen social skills and for their personal and spiritual well-being.


If the government extends social distancing or changes the school year, we will have to re-evaluate the summer camp season. We will communicate with you any updates as needed.


Visit our Dates and Rates page for more information about Summer Camp 2021.


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What are you doing to ensure camper safety and What COVID protocols are going to be in place during the summer?


We know that you put your trust in us when you send your child to camp. Safety and staff training has always been a priority for us, but in 2021, they take on a new dimension. We will be following all precautions and guidelines that government and health authorities set for us. Over the past year, we have also reviewed our site and programs and will be implementing appropriate protocols that meet or exceed public health requirements.


Prior to your Arrival at Camp:

  • Within reason, please limit your exposure to people outside of household for 14 days before arrival at camp, and self monitor for any COVID symptoms during this time
  • All campers and guests must obtain an Asymptomatic COVID-19 PCR test 3 days before your arrival at camp (do not get an antigen test, it MUST be a PCR test).  Please bring a paper copy of your negative COVID test with you to camp.
  • The Ontario Government has made PCR testing available at participating pharmacies for campers, guests and staff – you can find a local pharmacy here. You will need to book an appointment ahead of time, as most pharmacies are not taking walk ins for this testing.


Arrival Screening Questions



  • Masks will be mandatory for campers, guests and staff in all indoor public spaces and in outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible.  Please send your camper with enough masks for each day they are at camp.  Masks must be either cloth/fabric or medical grade, and must cover the chin, mouth and nose.  Plastic shields or plastic masks are not acceptable options.


Cohorting & Physical Distancing

  • Campers will be grouped in cohorts for all aspects of camp.  This includes activities, meals and programming.
  • All gathering sizes will meet current public health guidelines, and outdoor spaces will be prioritized whenever possible



  • NEW THIS SUMMER!  All camper medications (prescription and vitamins) must arrive blister packed for safe and easy dispensing for our medical team.  Please speak with your pharmacist to request this service.

This policy may change with limited notice. Pioneer Camp Ontario will do its best to keep you informed if Public Health guidelines changes.


If you have any questions about registering your child for camp this summer, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 705-385-2370. We want to ensure that you are as comfortable sending your child to camp as we are in welcoming them.


What is the COVID Cancellation Policy for summer camp?


The current COVID Cancellation Policy includes the following, please be aware that these conditions may change as the COVID-19 situation changes over the upcoming months.

  • If camp capacity numbers are reduced due to Government COVID restrictions, the camp may have to reduce enrolment in registration. Priority registrations will be given by the date of registration; those who have registered first will retain their session of preference. Once we have reached our weekly capacity, a waitlist will be set up and the applicant will be placed on it. If there are weeks that are not full, your registration can be moved to one of those weeks.
  • If sessions are full, they will be limited to a maximum of two sessions per child. To allow as many children to attend camp as possible, any registrations that are over two weeks will be reduced, with full refunds given for the removed sessions.
  • In the event camp is cancelled due to a COVID outbreak or there are government mandates to shut down camp for the season, camp fees will be refunded in full.
  • If the parent/guardian/participant chooses to withdraw their camp registration over COVID restrictions, regular cancellation policies will be in effect.
  • If a child/participant is unwell while at camp and it is determined that isolation and transportation home is required, camp will rebook them in an alternate session, when symptoms are gone and a COVID test is negative.
  • Wellness screening (COVID) will be conducted upon arrival at camp. If there is any indication of being unwell, Pioneer Camp Ontario has the right and responsibility to deny acceptance into camp. It is expected that the health information provided upon arrival is current, accurate and complete.
  • The camper/participant is to abide by the current regulations and restrictions as outlined by the Government of Ontario and/or Ontario Public Health as well as the COVID-19 safety protocols of InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for informing camp if their child(ren) has come into contact with a positive COVID-19 case within three weeks of the start of their camp session.
  • It is recommended that campers do not travel 3 weeks prior to the start of their camping session.
  • If any illness occurs while at camp, and the camper requires isolation, the participant at camp will be isolated until travel arrangements can be made. The parents/guardian/participant are responsible for providing transportation home from camp as immediately as possible.
  • Pioneer Camp does not provide quarantine accommodations following any international travel or for assumed or confirmed COVID cases.
  • It is important for parents/guardian/participants be fully aware of the risks and hazards with respect to COVID-19 inherent in attendance at Pioneer Camp Ontario and participation in the activities at camp.

I want to work at camp this summer, should I apply?


Yes! Applications are available. Visit our Summer Staff & Volunteers page for more information.


I want to volunteer at camp this summer, should I apply?


Yes! Applications are available. Visit our Summer Staff & Volunteers page for more information.


This document was posted: June 21, 2021 and subject to change.

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