Program Information

Last updated on December 17, 2020 3:34 pm

Due to precautionary measures against COVID-19, the UBC Camps office is operating with reduced hours and staffing.

For all inquiries, please contact us at ubc.camps@ubc.ca.

As UBC Camps continues to plan and adapt its operations in response to COVID-19, we have several important updates to share:

  • Public registration for fall programs and Winter Break camp is now open.
  • Parent/guardians are advised to review the changes & safety measures being implemented for camps.
  • As of May, a new registration system is in use. Please set up a new login to prepare for summer camp registration.

 

Things to know

Registration

Safety Practices

What to Expect

FAQs

 

Things to Know

  1. Campers will only be permitted to attend one camp per week to reduce transmission risk.
    • Half day camps cannot be combined; additional full day camps are available.
    • No Before Care, After Care, or Lunch Supervision services are available.
    • After arriving, campers will not be permitted to change camp group for any reason including skill level, social, or interest-based reasons.
  2. Registration
    • Campers from the same household are encouraged to register in the same camp group when possible.
  3. COVID safety practices
    • Campers ages 12+ are required to wear a face mask outside of physical activity, snack and lunch times. Campers ages 5-11 are encouraged, but not required to wear a mask.
    • Camp capacities have been reduced to allow for distancing and to minimize contact.
    • Each day camp will operate as a self-contained unit, independent of one another.
  1. Daily drop-off/pick-up & sign-in/sign-out
    • For drop-off/pick-up, we ask that it is limited to ‘one caregiver per child’ to avoid crowding during busy periods.
    • All camps will have extended 30-minute drop-off/pick-up windows to support physical distancing.
    • Parents/guardians and campers ages 12+ are required to wear a face mask during drop-off and pick-up times. Campers ages 5-11 are encouraged, but not required to wear a mask.
    • Sign-in/sign-out locations will differ among camps as additional locations have been added to support distancing. Additional details will be shared in your pre-camp email.
    • Parents/guardians are advised that campers will not be permitted to attend camp if:
      • The camper, or a member of their household, has experienced any flu-like or cold symptoms within the 14 days prior to the first day of camp.
      • The camper, or a member of their household, has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is awaiting COVID-19 test results, within the 14 days prior to the first day of camp.
      • The camper, or a member of their household, has travelled internationally (including to the United States of America) within the 14 days prior to the first day of camp.

Registration

UBC Recreation is using a new registration system beginning May 2020; an online login will be required for all activities. If you have not recently set up a new login, please follow the link below to set up a new online login.

UBC Students – please ensure that you have activated your login using your CWL in order to qualify for student rates and free access to the UBC Aquatic Centre and SRC drop-in activities.

  • Online registration is strongly encouraged. Please visit the fall programs web page prior to registration to see available programs.

Fall Camps 2020 Information

  • The UBC Camps office will be open for reduced hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm from Monday – Friday
    • Phone registration is available at (604) 822-1540 during business hours
    • In-person registration will be limited to appointment only. Please call or email to arrange.
  • Only credit (Visa or Mastercard) or debit payment is accepted at this time.
  • Credit or refund will be issued upon request for campers unable to attend camp for a COVID-19 related reason.

Safety Practices

Stay at home if you are sick

Stay home if you have travelled internationally in the last 14 days

Advanced reservations and bookings required for all programs/activities.

Non-medical face masks required when indoors except when exercising

Signs and pathways for designated entrances, exits, line-ups, and traffic throughout buildings

Change rooms & lockers closed. Come dressed for your activity.

Water fountains are limited to refilling of water bottles.

Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow

Avoid touching your face

Wash hands thoroughly & frequently

Use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands

Maintain a physical distance of 2m from others

What to Expect

Drop-off/Pick-up and Sign-in/Sign-Out

  • For drop-off/pick-up, we ask that it is limited to ‘one caregiver per child’ to avoid additional people during busy periods.
    • All camps will have extended 30-minute drop-off/pick-up windows to support physical distancing.
  • Parents/guardians and campers ages 12+ are required to wear a face mask during drop-off and pick-up times. Campers ages 5-11 are encouraged, but not required to wear a mask.
  • Parents/guardians are asked to avoid entering indoor day camp spaces during pick-up/drop-off.
  • Please maintain physical distance from the camp group, staff and each other, and follow the floor markers when lining up for sign-in/out.
  • Campers are required to stay with their parent/guardian in line until sign-in is complete, and stay with the camp group until sign-out procedures are completed by their caregiver.
  • Sign-in/sign-out will be touchless. Only camp staff will touch the attendance clipboard, and a plexi-glass barrier will be used between staff and caregivers when checking photo ID at the time of pick-up.
  • Spectators – including parents/guardians – are not permitted.
  • Depending on the camp you have registered for, campers will either be escorted by a day camp staff to their camp group from the designated sign-in area, or asked to go over to the group on their own.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to all parents/guardians and campers upon arrival and departure from a camp.

Daily Health Screening

All persons visiting UBC facilities or taking part in a program must be able to answer “no” to all of the following questions:

Have you, or members of your household, experienced any flu-like or cold symptoms within the last 14 days?

Have you, or members of your household, had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is awaiting COVID-19 test results within the last 14 days?

Have you, or members of your household, travelled internationally within the last 14 days, including to the USA?

  • If the answer is “yes” to any question on arrival, they will not be allowed to attend any programs for health and safety reasons. A supervisor will follow-up with them through phone or email to issue a credit for programs that are missed.
  • Translated written copies of pre-screening questions will be available to ensure language is not a barrier to understanding and adherence to health and safety measures.

Snack and Lunch Times

  • Campers are expected to physically distance during breaks.
  • There will be a strict no sharing of food or drink policy for day camp groups.
  • Campers should not touch anyone else’s food. If food falls onto the ground, a table or floor, it will be cleaned up and discarded in the garbage.
  • Campers are also asked to bring their own labelled water bottle as water fountains will not be available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Camps will have reduced capacities with a minimum of 2 staff per camp. Camp capacities are limited in accordance with BC Public Health directives, as well as with consideration of facility capacities and staffing requirements.

Increased health and safety measures at our summer camps include:

Parents/guardians and campers ages 12+ are reqired to wear a face mask outside of physical activity, snack and lunch times. Campers ages 5-11 are encouraged, but not required to wear a mask.

Good hand hygiene practices will be encouraged, including regular hand washing (1-1.5 hour intervals) with soap and water or hand sanitizer when there is no immediate access to soap and water.

  • If a staff member or camper displays any cold or flu-like symptoms while at camps, they will be removed from all camp activities and be taken to a safe designated area to isolate.
  • Staff will contact the camper’s emergency contact to pick them up as soon as possible.
  • The staff member who removed the unwell camper will supervise them, while maintaining physical distancing (if possible) until the emergency contact of the camper or staff member arrives. If not possible to maintain distancing, staff may wear appropriate PPE.
  • We will provide the camper with tissues to cover their coughs and sneezes and discard of them as soon as the unwell camper leaves and perform proper hand hygiene.
  • A thorough cleaning and sanitizing procedure of the designated space and any supplies used will be carried out once the unwell person is picked up.

If an unwell camper has a sibling from the same household in either the same camp group or a different camp group, they will also need to be picked up and required to isolate. Caregivers of the unwell camper will also be requested to keep UBC Camps informed of the camper’s health, as well as any COVID-19 test results (if testing is pursued). This information may be used for contact tracing purposes. Unwell staff or campers will be required to isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the first day of symptoms. They will only be allowed to return to camp when symptoms have completely cleared.

If your child becomes sick in the lead up to their registered camp or while at camp, we ask that you keep your child at home. A credit or refund will be available upon request.

If a confirmed case, or multiple suspected cases occur at camp, an immediate shutdown of camp activity will be required. UBC Camps will reach out to public health authorities for further guidance. A thorough cleaning and sanitizing procedure of any facilities and equipment used by a camp group with a confirmed case or multiple suspected cases will be conducted. Through contact tracing protocol, all staff and parents/guardians will be promptly informed when there has been potential exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 at camp.

  • Anyone possibly exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be advised to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days.
  • Anyone who had close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 will be advised to isolate for 14 days.

In both instances, any symptoms – including mild ones – will result in that camper or staff member to continue isolating at home for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms. They will only be permitted to return to camps until all symptoms have completely cleared.

Camp activities have been redesigned to include more individual activities that will limit contact between campers. While UBC Camps staff will encourage and enforce distancing measures, it can be challenging for children and youth in a camp environment and distancing may not always be possible.

  • UBC Camps will be operating Monday – Friday
  • Programming will take place between 9:00am – 4:00pm, with 30-minute staggered drop-off and pick-up windows. This is to ensure physical distancing protocols are met.

Due to the self-contained camp approach we are implementing for this year’s day camps, campers will only be permitted to attend one full-day or half-day camp per week.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to customize your child’s camp week as campers are limited to either one full-day or half-day camp per week.

  • Given that outdoor spaces are preferred over indoor spaces to reduce the risk of transmission, there will be extended outdoor time designed in the camp programming.
  • Campers will be allowed outdoors during breaks.
  • If a public playground is closed, we will organize structured outdoor activities.
  • When outdoors, camp groups that may be using the same space will remain at least 10 metres away from each other.

To minimize risks there will be no field trips to museums, cultural attractions or other public facilities this summer.

UBC Camps is currently accepting fall and winter camp registration.