posted on 12:20 PM, July 20, 2009
Your child's safety at camp is the number one concern for Sasamat Outdoor Centre staff. This year, H1N1 influenza has been added to the list of safety concerns that staff need to be aware of.
H1N1 influenza continues to be transmitted throughout British Columbia (and much of the world) and summer camps are a current focus for health professionals and consequently, the media, so most people are aware of the outbreak of H1N1 in several Ontario camps.
Any situation with a large concentration of individuals in close contact is a concern for health officials when dealing with a communicable disease. There is cause for increased concern when those individuals are children and less likely to be aware of, or practice, good hygiene.
While school is out, summer camp settings provide for some of the largest concentrations of children. Camps across the country are taking measures to prevent the spread of H1N1.
Sasamat Outdoor Centre and other camps accredited by the British Columbia Camping Association (BCCA) receive regular updates from BCCA regarding H1N1 infection prevention and control practices.
At Sasamat, staff have been instructed to speak with campers about H1N1 as part of their introduction to camp safety and to follow current guidelines for prevention and control of H1N1. Alcohol-based hand rub dispensers have been located in areas of greatest camper concentration and staff have been encouraged to model the extra precautions required to prevent the spread of H1N1.
For the latest bulletin from the BC Centre for Disease Control about H1N1 and camps go to:
BC Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pandemic H1N1(2009) Influenza Virus in Summer Camps
For general information about H1N1 go to the BC Centre for Disease Control website at:
If you have specific concerns or questions, please feel free to contact camp staff at 604-939-2268.