Kids at camp overlooking the ball's falls waterfalls
Kids at camp overlooking the ball's falls waterfalls

03.13.2020

BALL’S FALLS MARCH BREAK ADVENTURE DAY CAMP REMAINS OPEN

Over the last 24 hours a flurry of information and decisions have been made which impact your family. We understand that this is a busy and chaotic time for parents and families as we look ahead over the next few weeks.

This morning NPCA management met and consulted with Niagara Region Public Health regarding conservation area services and programming in relation to COVID-19. Public Health indicates the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low for Niagara residents at this time. 

At this time, Ball’s Falls March Break Adventure Day Camp will remain OPEN unless otherwise advised by Niagara Region Public Health and will operate under and uphold rigorous sanitation policies. NPCA staff will contact all registered families via email immediately upon notification of any changes to our program. Parents and guardians will be required to complete a short waiver indicating travel made over the past two weeks, on the first day of camp.

We take the health and safety of your campers, and our volunteers and staff very seriously. As noted in our previous correspondence this week, NPCA staff will be working diligently throughout each day to ensure the health and safety of campers, staff and volunteers, as well as ensure additional cleaning, disinfecting and sanitization of public areas, high-touch points and play materials. Please see the statement below and Camp Public Health Policy poster.

Our Camp activities involve outdoor activities such as hiking and free-play in our brand new Forest Playscape. Activities and camp rules have been modified to limit hand touching (no high-fiving, clapping games) to prevent the spread of droplets.

If you choose to cancel registration for March Break Camp, you must notify NPCA staff at programming@npca.ca by 12:00 pm (noon) on Saturday, March 14th. Two options are available to parents who have their campers registered in 2020 March Break Camp:

  • Roll over March Break Registration to 2020 Summer Adventure Day Camp (and receive a discount!)
  • Summer camp details can be found here: https://www.cognitoforms.com/NiagaraPeninsulaConservationAuthority/_2020SummerAdventureCampRollOverForMarchBreakParticipants
  • You will be receiving a discount on Summer Camp registration (savings of $5 /day or $10 /week)
  • After you have notified NPCA staff of cancellation, parents will have until Friday, March 20th at 12:00 pm (noon) to select the day(s) or week(s) for Summer Camp registration and notify programming@npca.ca the days or weeks they would like to register for NPCA programming, staff will roll your registration over and provide Registration Confirmation
  • Full refund issued to your credit card on file

If you have any questions or concerns at this time, please contact Alicia Powell, Manager of Conservation Area Services at apowell@npca.ca or 905-562-5235 ext. 26. We sincerely thank you for your patience at this time, and are looking forward to enjoying March Break week outdoors in nature!

 

Public Health at March Break Camp

In order to keep campers, volunteers and staff healthy at camp, the NPCA and Ball’s Falls Day Camps will continue to reinforce a safe, clean and comfortable environment for guests and day campers.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has provided a set of recommendations and guidelines for schools and childcare programs in light of COVID-19, the link to this information is provided below. We recommend that you take a look and review within your household. At the time of this writing, there is no widespread transmission of COVID-19 in Canada, and PHAC recommends that schools and childcare programs take standard respiratory illness precautions that are recommended every year during cold and flu season.

To prepare for campers coming in to Ball’s Falls next week we will have additional and very accessible hand sanitizers and tissues to prevent the spread of germs. NPCA staff will also be regularly disinfecting and cleaning high-touch surfaces, areas and items, such as washroom doors and locks, flush buttons, water fountain, markers and crayons, scissors, toys and sport equipment.

To help support our camp program, and keep your campers and others healthy, we ask that you review the following policies and share them with your campers in advance of attending Ball’s Falls March Break Day Camp.

If your camper is feeling ill, or showing any signs of respiratory illness, they must stay home from camp.

More information and guidance can be found at:

Niagara Region Public Health: https://www.niagararegion.ca/health/covid-19/default.aspx

Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/guidance-schools-childcare-programs.html