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August 31, 2021 UPDATE
We had a great Week 8 (August 22-28) and are enjoying an incredible start to our teen-only week of camp (August 29-September 3). We trust that their experience will leave them with lasting memories of fun, friendships and personal growth.
In an effort to be transparent and informative, we want to provide a Public Health update. On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 30, we were made aware that a camper who was with us for the week of August 22-28 tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home. There are currently additional cases under investigation in the same cabin. Due to our rigorous cohorting, physical distancing, testing and other protocols, there is no spread to other cabin cohorts at this time and no positive cases amongst our staff.
When there is a confirmed case at Muskoka Woods, our team works closely with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) to respond according to our comprehensive Muskoka Woods COVID-19 Safety Plan.
There are no confirmed cases presently at Muskoka Woods and we continue to remain open.
The health and safety of our guests and staff continues to inform everything we do at Muskoka Woods. SMDHU has assured us that we are doing a great job with our protocols and has encouraged us to continue to follow our safety plan in monitoring the health of guests and staff. We are working closely with our medical team and local Public Health to run summer camp safely until our final day of camp on Friday, September 3rd.
Muskoka Woods is always committed to providing a safe and healthy summer camp experience and we look forward to seeing your kids come through the front gates again in 2022.
August 15, 2021: SMDHU Re-Opens Muskoka Woods with Glowing Review of Safety Protocols
It’s official. Muskoka Woods is opening up again for your children. On Saturday evening, we received approval from Public Health to re-open our gates. Summer camp is “Back Better Than Ever”.
We are excited to confirm that the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has given glowing reviews of Muskoka Woods safety protocols and has declared the outbreak over. With no new cases developing in our staff or guests over the last few days, the case count was limited to 12, with most being in one cohort of guests and staff. According to Public Health, the way we’ve managed the outbreak has been exemplary. With this news in mind, we are welcoming all our staff back in the coming days and will be ready to welcome campers for Week 8 (Aug 22 – 28) and/or Classic – Week 9 (Aug 29 – Sept 3)!
The health and safety of our guests and staff continues to inform everything we do at Muskoka Woods. As summer camp resumes, we will continue to follow our comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan and work closely with our medical team and local Public Health to run summer camp safely this season.
Kids need camp!
After all we’ve been through, why are we so excited to re-open? We couldn’t say it any better then these experts and parents:
“Having children safely re-engage in learning, play and social activities with other children is of great benefit to their mental, emotional and behavioural development,” … “Children thrive when they are able to interact with other children. The reopening of child care centres is an important step forward for allowing children to be with their peers and enjoy activities outside of their home environment.”
– Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
“My little guy was in WILD last week… for his first overnight camp experience. He had the most amazing time ever!! Loved everything about it! He really struggled being at home with online learning as he is an active little 6 year old. It really affected him mentally and emotionally. Since being home from camp he’s a changed kid! He’s so much happier and seems more calm and at peace since having this amazing experience. He talks very highly of his wonderful counsellors and enjoyed meeting some new friends and trying out new activities. I can’t say enough good things about the camp. I know you all worked so hard and had very very good protocols in place. I know the people at the health unit are very impressed with everything you have in place for safety protocols.”
– Mother of a 6-year-old camper
“Our daughter suffered from separation anxiety at a different camp 3 years ago. We worked with a counsellor to prepare her for the 2020 summer (at another camp) which was cancelled due to COVID. Long story short, we were all nervous about whether she would be successful and Muskoka Woods absolutely exceeded our expectations. The support beforehand, the care from her counsellor, the focus on values and all the fun activities … resulted in our daughter facing her fear and loving camp. She is already petitioning for 2-3 weeks next summer.”
– Mother of a teen camper
“This was the first time my children attended Muskoka Woods. My son is very shy and anxious around new children and was very nervous about attending camp. His counselor… was absolutely amazing and made this experience a memorable one for my son. After a year of isolation given the pandemic, this was a healing experience for my child and I am grateful he was surrounded by caring people who made him feel accepted and comfortable.”
– Mother of a teen camper
We’re grateful for all our families’ trust and confidence in our ability to provide a safe and fun summer camp experience for their children. We look forward to welcoming kids back to camp, “WHERE YOU BELONG”.
August 5, 2021 Update
We are committed to the safety and well-being of your children, your families and our staff.
It was heartbreaking to share the news on August 1, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Muskoka Woods. Since that time, we have been following all protocols required by Public Health, including the screening and testing of all our staff.
On August 3, SMDHU gave us an official Notice of Closure, requiring all our seasonal and non-essential staff to return home to self-isolate. Based on the period of isolation and requirements to have staff back on property to open again, we will not be able to run camp for Week 6 (August 8-14) and Week 7 (August 15-21).
With a continued commitment to transparency we share as of today, we have become aware of additional positive cases, bringing the total to 11 positive cases reported since July 31, 2021.
At this time, we still plan to be open for Week 8 (August 22-28) & Week 9 Classic (Aug ust 29-September 3).
We are working closely with Public Health on all the protocols required to reopen camp. Dr Colin Lee, the Associate Medical Director with SMDHU stated, “We are confident that we can work with the camp to limit its spread and potentially reopen as soon as feasible.” We are committed to keeping you informed on any new developments which may impact your week at camp.
We are looking forward to welcoming your kids to summer camp later in August.
John McAuley, President/CEO
Chris Tompkins, Executive Director/COO
At Muskoka Woods we recognise that no one intervention is 100% effective. This “Swiss cheese model” demonstrates that the more interventions we layer between individuals and the virus, the more effective we will be at mitigating the spread.
CLICK ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING FOR MORE ON WHAT WE’RE DOING IN THIS AREA.
Guests will be in cohorts
Muskoka Woods guests will enjoy a variety of preselected activities at camp. To meet the safety guidelines recommended by health officials, guests will participate in four different activities each day with their cabin. They’ll enjoy some of our most popular activities from all packages.
This is the perfect summer to
discover something new they love!
How will cohorts work?
- Guests will cohort with their cabin for all aspects of summer camp, including: activities, meals, evening programs and free time.
- Each activity will be 1.5 hours along allowing for advanced cleaning and travel time in between activities.
- For evening program, groups of cabins – called pods – will gather together in groups of 40 to 50 guests limiting the total number of people gathered together at any one time.
We’ve suspended packages this summer and different pricing levels. See our Rates and Dates page for information on pricing.
Meal service will happen in cohorts, outside and under tents. This year, instead of our usual buffet, we will be serving food in a cafeteria format, where guests will pick up their food in the dining hall and proceed to their outdoor eating area.
Upgrades We’ve Made
Outdoor Eating Areas
Health Care Centre Renovations
WARR (Wash Arm Rest Report)
Starting this summer, Summer Camp will begin on Sunday and run through the week, concluding on Saturday.
Sunday Arrival provides the space needed to clean and ready camp for a new week of guests. It will provide additional rest for Muskoka Woods staff to provide your child the BEST week at camp!
Staff have been trained on where and when to apply hand sanitizer. In addition, medical grade hand sanitizer stations have been installed in abundance around camp. Hand washing stations are installed in key locations.
All persons on resort property will be encouraged frequently to practice hand hygiene. Posters will indicate proper hand washing technique and remind guests and staff to avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Ventilation & Air Filtration
HEPA (High-grade air filtration systems) have been installed to improve ventilation, indoor air quality and reduce the risk of airborne transmission of viruses.
Windows will be open when possible and exhaust fans left on at all times to keep air moving. Air-conditioning to be used during the evenings and overnight at all times.
Training for both full and part-time staff has been increased and special attention has been given during our onboarding process, including:
- Proper hand washing frequency and techniques
- Familiarity with current government and public health guidance, especially as it applies to resort-specific operations (such as housekeeping, food service, and maintenance)
- Proper techniques for general cleaning and disinfecting
- Proper use and disposal of personal protective equipment, such as gloves and masks. Instructions for donning and doffing of PPE, physical distancing, and group gathering limits.
Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cabins are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected daily including prior to group and guest arrival, and subsequent to departure. We take special care to clean and disinfect doorhandles, countertops and other high touch points.
In addition, Muskoka Woods common areas common areas where physical distancing is not possible – such as our dining rooms and bathrooms – are being cleaned and disinfected at increased frequency including high tough points such as door handles, countertops and others.
Shared equipment is disinfected between uses.
Staff and guests are given guidance on where and when to apply hand sanitizer and scheduled handwashing happens throughout the day.
Screening and Testing
- Screening and PCR testing is required for all guests arriving at camp. Click here to read important information about screening and testing that you need to know before bringing your child to camp.
- Visitors, staff and guests on property are screened and we make use of detailed logs for contact tracing.
- Together with our local public health authority, we have developed comprehensive protocols to assess and isolate any symptomatic guest or staff member. Where physical distancing poses a challenge, we have installed physical barriers
Public Health Guidance on face coverings may change to reflect the Province’s response to COVID-19. Guidelines around the use of face coverings at Muskoka Woods will always align with the most up-to-date requirements of Public Health and the Ontario Camping Association (OCA).
Guest cohorts will be kept at least 2m or 6ft apart to reduce the risk of spread.
All gathering sizes will conform to the current applicable guidelines, even if this results in minor schedule changes to accommodate smaller gatherings.
Outdoor space will be prioritised whenever possible and barriers will be introduced to protect staff and guests where necessary.
Quarantine & Self Isolation
If a Guest/Staff are required to isolate they will be moved to designated quarantine accommodations for isolation and will not be able to return to their cabin. While isolating, Muskoka Woods will ensure that adequate care is provided including supervision, medical care, food delivery, and other needs.
If the isolated guest has received a negative test result, their cohort will go back to regular COVID-19 procedures such as daily, self monitoring, distancing and following face covering protocols.
Contact tracing is the collection of names and contact information of people for public access areas. This information includes a time stamp. By collecting contact tracing information, Muskoka Woods is able to work with Public Health and identify individuals who are considered a high risk contact of a COVID-19 case. Children registered in consecutive weeks at camp will be required to stay on property on Saturday to participate in our stayover programs so we can effectively contract trace and keep your family safe.