May 28, 2021
It is with deep sadness that we are announcing that Camp Kintail will not be offering overnight summer camp in 2021. This decision was not made lightly. It comes after months of research, planning, and prayer.
This decision may come as a surprise, after the premier announced that summer camps would be able to open this summer. After his announcement, draft guidelines for the safe operation of summer camp and then the Ontario Re-opening Roadmap were released. We undertook a careful review of the guidelines and were left with too many questions about the ability of a weekly camp to operate safely for our campers and staff. There is no word on when the final document will be complete. With the uncertain timeline of the Re-opening Roadmap, it is challenging to plan. While the COVID numbers are decreasing and vaccinations are increasing, many of our younger campers will not have access to a vaccine and our staff and older campers will only have one dose. The variants of concern continue to be a threat.
This announcement comes with disappointment from all of us here at Kintail – directors, staff, and board members. We know how much children need camp, a place of laughter and friendship, at this moment in time. But as always, the health and well-being of all our campers, staff, and guests must come first. Safety for our campers is paramount and we continue to be grateful for your trust in looking after your children.
This announcement is only about overnight summer camp. The Week or Weekend Away retreats, day camps, and the Leader in Training program are still scheduled to proceed. We will be adding five Week Away retreats to the schedule, and limited registration will open on Monday for these additional retreats. As we continue to monitor developments on regulation and re-opening, we may be able to add additional day camp options.
There is reason for hope. We are excited for campers to share Kintail with their parents this summer. We are looking forward to afternoons on the beach. We even hope that as the summer progresses, we will be able to worship in the chapel together. We anticipate an incredible summer camp season in 2022. While this summer will look different, we are grateful that we will be able to welcome guests for a time of retreat and renewal.
Rev. Theresa McDonald-Lee & Johnathon Lee
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are Camp Kintail’s plans for summer residential and day camps?
Camp Kintail has cancelled all summer residential overnight camp programs, except for the Leader in Training program. Scheduled day camps will proceed, with the possibility that more may be added.
Will I be able to receive a refund for the camp fee I rolled over to 2021 from 2020 ?
Of course. Families can choose to use their credit to register for a Week/Weekend Away, receive a full refund, or donate the full or partial fee to Camp Kintail.
What is happening to the Kintail On the Road program?
The Kintail on the Road program will not be happening in 2021.
Will we be able to come to Kintail at all this summer?
Yes! As soon as it is permitted, we will offer Week/Weekend Away retreats. Individuals, couples, and families are invited to register for a time away at Kintail to enjoy great food (made by someone else), swim in Lake Huron, watch a sunset, have a campfire, and re-charge after a difficult year.
What is camp doing to make sure it is safe when it can be open?
Over the past year, when it was possible, Camp Kintail offered retreats. Every guest on site is screened. We have safe food handling and serving processes, meal-time procedures, and outdoor dining facilities. Our cleaning and hygiene procedures have been updated. Our safety plans and policies have been created with and approved by Huron Perth Public Health. We also have over a year’s worth of experience navigating this pandemic and keeping our guests safe. We want everyone, campers, guests, and staff, to have a safe and healthy experience at Kintail.
How can I support the camp?
We are so grateful for the many campers, parents, alumni, and churches who have reached out to let us know that they are praying for the camp. We would appreciate your continued prayers for the directors (Theresa & Johnathon), the year-round staff, the camp board, the summer staff, and all the campers who will not be able to come to camp this summer.
If your family is able to consider supporting the camp financially, it would make a big difference. Camp Kintail has now been closed or at limited capacity for programs for fifteen months. This has drastically impacted our financial situation. So many of you helped out last summer, and your donations kept the camp’s budget in the black! Your donation will help us to keep Camp Kintail going so we are able to offer our full program in the years ahead. A donation can be sent to Camp Kintail: Box 153, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 3Z2 or can be made online.
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