Summer 2021 Guidelines

Updated: June 13, 2021.

The Ministry of Health has recently released the The Day Camp Guidelines for Summer 2021 and we’ve highlighted some key points along with how Riverwood will be running this summer accordingly.  We are dedicated to keeping our campers, staff and families safe and will go above and beyond to implement the necessary protocols, while providing an unbelievable camp experience!!

Cohorts (cabin groups of campers and their assigned staff):

  • Campers will be placed in cohorts of approximately 12-14 campers with 2-3 counsellors, which is considerably smaller than the Ministry Guidelines.
  • Our goal is to keep cohorts consistent for as long as possible, with a minimum time of one week.  Mid-week switches cannot be accommodated.
  • Cohorts cannot mix with other cohorts and will maintain a distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet)


  • Campers currently completing SK and older will be required to wear a well-fitted, non-medical mask while on the bus, indoors, under the shelters, on rainy days, during AM + PM Extended Care and when physical distancing outdoors (2 metres apart) is not possible.
  • While it is not required for campers completing Nursery and JK to wear a mask, we encourage them to do so, particularly on the bus.
  • Staff will be required to wear surgical/procedure masks when on the bus, indoors, under the shelters, during AM + PM Extended Care and when physical distancing outdoors (2 metres apart) is not possible.
  • Use of masks is not required for outdoor camp activities if physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) can be maintained between campers. Please note, that almost all of our activities will be taking place outdoors
  • If you are carpooling with other families outside your household, we strongly encourage everyone in the car to wear a mask and keep the windows open.


  • All specialties and supplies will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
  • Each cohort will have their own assigned lunch area to eat and meet at each day, which will be socially distanced from other cohorts.
  • Washrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly (at least twice a day) throughout the day.
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water and/or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be strongly encouraged and enforced – particularly before and after activities and eating.


  • Parents/guardians must show proof of online COVID screening prior to boarding the bus.
  • All campers, parents/guardians and staff must maintain a 2 metre physical distance while waiting for the bus – masks should be worn if physical distancing is not possible.
  • Campers and staff must sanitize their hands before boarding the bus and once they arrive at camp.
  • Masks are required on the bus for staff and campers currently completing SK and older, and is encouraged for younger campers as well.
  • Campers and staff will be assigned a seat on the bus which CANNOT be changed.  One camper per seat.  Siblings will be seated together.
  • Eating and drinking will not be permitted on the bus.


  • Campers and staff must complete a DAILY online screening form prior to boarding the bus and/or arrival at camp. Campers and staff will NOT be allowed to board the bus or onsite if the online screening questionnaire is not completed.
  • If campers and/or staff are not feeling well, they should not attend camp.
  • If campers and/or staff begin to show symptoms of COVID-19, campers/staff will be immediately isolated and parents will be required to immediately pick up their child(ren)

Rainy Days:

  • Each cohort will have a designated indoor space or space under a shelter that will be socially distanced from any other cohort.
  • Campers currently in SK and older and staff must wear masks, and is encouraged for younger campers as well.
  • Mask breaks will safely be provided.


  • We strongly encourage eligible campers, staff and parents to get their first and second vaccine at their earliest possible opportunity.  This will be key to keeping our younger campers safe fromCOVID-19 exposure.


  • As a reminder, our COVID-19 refund policy can be found here.
  • You are always welcome to move around your sessions throughout the summer, subject to availability at no extra cost. Any reduction in weeks will be subject to a credit for Summer 2022.
  • Programmatic changes to Summer 2021, and other important COVID-19 FAQs, can be found here.

Please remember that these are the current Ministry guidelines, and they can change at any time.  Any changes will be communicated to our parent and staff community in a timely manner. To read the full document of Day Camp Ministry Guidelines, please Click Here.

More information will be provided in our Parent Handbook, which will be released in the next few weeks.

We can’t wait for the summer to begin and to get your children outside and having fun at Camp again!

Stay safe and see you all soon!