May 15, 2020
It is with great sadness that we are announcing that the 2020 on-site summer programs at Camp Kintail have been cancelled. This decision was not made lightly, but with prayer, research, and consultation by the Kintail staff and Camp Board. The health, safety, and well-being of every camper, staff, volunteer, and guest is our highest priority. Without widespread testing or a vaccine for COVID-19, it is simply not safe to offer on-site programs to children and youth this summer.
One of the greatest joys of camp is to meet new friends. Campers come from across southwestern Ontario and they become cabin-mates and friends within hours. They play in the water, climb the rock tower, sing around the campfire, and join in late night conversations in their bunks. When campers go home, they have memories, dirty laundry, and stories to share. We do not want campers to go home with an illness, detected or not, that could jeopardize their own health or the health of the vulnerable people around them.
We do not intend this to be a summer without Camp Kintail though! In early June we will announce our plans to share the Kintail spirit while home and away from camp. It will not be the same as being at camp, but we hope that there will still be camp moments with your children this summer. We are working on creating opportunities for connection and community throughout the summer. In the meantime, please see this resource on how to talk to your children about camp not happening this summer.
As previously communicated, the Camp Kintail Board has adapted the regular cancellation policy in light of this extraordinary situation. We are providing three options for families.
- Full Refund – We know that many families are struggling financially during this crisis. If you require a refund, this will be provided via your original method of payment.
- Credit – We are glad to give a credit to families for the amount that has already been paid to Kintail. This credit would extend over two years and could be used by any member of a family for any Kintail camp session or retreat or for any Camp Kintail clothing. This is helpful to the camp as it allows us to have cashflow at the present time and reduces banking costs.
- Donation – For those who are able, we hope you will consider donating some, or all, of the amount already paid to Kintail. The coming year will be a difficult one for Camp Kintail, and any donation you could make would help to keep Camp strong for the years to come. Your donation will help with the costs that will happen this year, even with reduced income, such as taxes, electricity, staffing, and maintenance. A tax receipt will be given for every donation made.
Please take some time to consider these options. We would ask you to fill out this form by June 1st to let us know of your family’s choice. To review your payments and account you can log in to your parent portal. This form only needs to be filled out if you submitted a payment.
Take care of each other in these challenging days.
Theresa McDonald-Lee & Johnathon Lee
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Camp Kintail Covid-19 April Updates
Camp Kintail Covid-19 March Updates
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