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Summer 2020 COVID-19 Update

It is with tremendous sadness that we share that we are unable to operate any of our regular summer camp programs this summer due to COVID-19. Sasamat will be launching two new modified Day Camp programs that will accommodate all the necessary health and sanitation measures to ensure participant and staff safety. For further details on this decision visit our Summer 2020 - COVID-19 page. 

Weekend Trailblazers

Ages: 6-12 
Drop Off Time: 9:20-10:00 AM
Pick Up Time: 3:00-3:40 PM 
2020 Price
Non-Refundable Deposit Amount: $100.00
212.jpgThe Trailblazers will be Sasamat's new weekend day camp for the summer of 2020. Modelled closely to our regular Sasamat Day Camp program, Trailblazers will introduce children to an exciting range of age-friendly, outdoor activities designed to foster social growth, group awareness and leadership, while building a love for nature and the outdoors. 
Programs take place at Sasamat's unique lakeside setting in Belcarra Regional Park, and programming will be 100% outdoors. Rovers will be a wonderful way to introduce a camper to the summer camp experience, and serve as a great stepping stone for overnight camp in the future. 
This summer Trailblazers will be a unique and special experience for campers. Programs will look different this summer as Sasamat Outdoor Centre ensures we are meeting all the necessary COVID-19 health and safety measures. While different, this new smaller program will still serve to offer positive and meaningful experiences for campers. 
Summer 2020 Camp Dates 
 Trailblazers #1: July 4-5 & July 11-12 
 Trailblazers #2: July 18-19 & July 25-26
 Trailblazers #3: Aug 1-2 & Aug 8-9
 Trailblazers #4: Aug 15-16 & Aug 22-23 
**NEW Fall Trailblazer 2020 Camp Dates 
Fall Trailblazers #1: September 5-6 & September 12-13 
Fall Trailblazers#2: September 19-20 & September 26-27
Fall Trailblazers #3: October 3-4 & October 10-11
Fall Trailblazers #4: October 17-18 & October 24-25
Program Components
Activities include:
  • canoeing
  • nature activities
  • swimming and beach activities
  • kayaking
  • shelter building
  • voyageuring 
  • drama songs and skits
  • archery
  • environmental education
  • camp crafts & skills
  • campfires
  • special events 
Sasamat Outdoor Centre programs provide campers with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities in a safe and well supervised environment. Programs and activities are geared to the age, abilities and interests of the individual, as well as the group. 
Programs for summer 2020 have been reimagined to lend themselves naturally to physical distancing. Some activities, such as our climbing wall, will not be offered due to the challenge of appropriately disinfecting this equipment between use. Similarly, the overall camp schedule has been remodelled to feature what we are calling "family-cohort" camping. This means each camper will be in a group of seven campers or less, with one counsellor, and that will be their "camp bubble" for their time at camp. Groups will not engage in activities with other groups, rather the program will focus on having a great experience within the small group. 
Drop Off & Pick Up Procedure 
Transportation unfortunately will not be offered this summer as Sasamat Outdoor Centre does not feel physical distancing can be accomplished in our school bus setting. Campers in the Trailblazers program will need to be dropped off and picked up daily by a parent or guardian. 

Daily drop-off and pick-up will be a busy time for the Rovers program. Drop-off and pick-up will occur in the parking lot, one parent (ideally the same parent each day) can drop off their camper. There will be two sign in tables to set up by age, multiple campers from the same family will be assigned to the same sign in table.  


  • queues with designated spaced out waiting areas will be set up, please only have one parent drop off and pick up campers, others may accompany but should remain in the car. 
  • staff will ask parents daily to confirm their camper passes the health check.
  • camper and parent need to be free of the following:
    • fever
    • cough 
    • shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • sore throat
    • runny nose/nasal congestion
    • feeling unwell/fatigued
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
    • muscle aches
    • headache
    • conjunctivitis
    • must have not taken any medication in past 24 hrs to treat any of the above
    • must have not travelled outside of Canada in last 14 days
    • must have not had close contact to someone who is ill (within 2 meters)
    • must have not been in contact with someone is suspected, tested or confirmed positive for COVID-19
  • campers that have any of these symptoms, have travelled, or been in contact with some ill are not permitted to attend camp.
  • staff will sign in/sign out campers and record the name of the parent dropping off the camper for contract tracing record keeping purposes. 
  • no visitors will be permitted this summer, meaning a parent cannot use our bathroom facilities during drop off times, or enter the site. 
COVID-19 Health and Safety 
Sasamat Outdoor Centre gave extensive thought and research to the question of "what can we run safely this summer". The outcome was Weekday Rover and Weekend Trailblazers. As you can see, these programs are different than our regular Sasamat Day Camp programs out of necessity to ensure we are doing things safely. We encourage every family to thoroughly read the COVID-19 Health and Safety Management Plan to ensure this program is a good fit for you and your family. If a camper, or a close family member within your bubble, has a pre-existing health condition which will make them more susceptible to COVID-19, we do not recommend attending this year. 
COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures Overview
  • Public Health Measures:
    • camp will operate in "Family Cohort" style, campers will only interact with the 6 other children (or less) in their group and their one leader to the best of our ability.
    • Sasamat Outdoor Centre will have maximum 62 people onsite at any given time, including management staff who are separate from program operations. All people will be effectively spread out in the outdoor space across the multi-acre site. 
    • Sasamat Outdoor Centre will keep detailed records of all people onsite, and the whereabouts of people onsite for contract tracing purposes. 
    • Sasamat Outdoor Centre will require quarantine or self-isolation for anyone meeting the criteria set out by public health, to see how this will be managed at camp pleas review the Health & Safety Management Plan. 
    • SOC will suspend or close if a suspected case of COVID-19 is linked to the centre, families will be informed and refunded in this instance. 
  • Environmental Measures: 
    • significantly enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures will take place this summer, all program areas and equipment will be disinfected between use. 
    • programs will be entirely relocated outdoors and run rain or shine, the only activity which will occur indoors is the use of bathrooms which will be controlled to manage people flow. In the scenario of extreme inclement weather, overnight cabins will be use to spread campers out in sheltered spaces. 
    • physical markers and barriers will be used in appropriate areas, such as sign-in and sign out times or bathrooms. 
    • signage will be posted to remind and educate around physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • Administrative Measures:
    • group size will be reduced to maximum seven campers with one leader
    • camp size will be reduced to a maximum of 49 campers and staff, total maximum 62 people onsite, will be less most times.
    • camp will operate in "Family Cohort" style, groups will not interact with another another, campers "camp bubble" will be 7 other people. 
    • food service (bagged lunches) will not be offered. 
    • transportation will not be offered. 
    • special care and attention to first aid procedures, camper behavioural management situations and other times of close interaction have been considered, please review full plan for complete details. 
    • a new COVID-19 waiver is integrated into the registration process to ensure families carefully consider the associated risks this summer. 
Public registration for this camp is now open! To register, head to our registration portal. 
Cancellations more than 30 days before the start of the camp session - Refunds are provided, minus the $100.00 non-refundable deposit. 

Cancellations within 30 days of a camp session -  Refunds are not provided unless your spot can be filled with a camper of the same age and gender. If your spot can be filled, a refund will be provided, minus the $100.00 non-refundable deposit. 

Substitution of Campers - Due to long waiting lists camper substitutions are not allowed. If you cancel a camper's registration, another camper cannot be put in their place. 

COVID-19 Cancellation - If a camper is ill and cannot attend camp families will be fully refunded included the $100 deposit, doctors notes will not be required. We recognize this policy is subject to be abused. We ask families to operate on the honour system recognizing Sasamat Outdoor Centre has suffered extensive significant financial losses this year, and be truthful in cancellations. Full refund is only for children who are ill, not a change of mind or family plans. 



Camperships are available for families in need. Use the Campership Applications  to access information and the application form.