Draft overnight camps and outdoor education centres

As you are aware, overnight camps have not been permitted to open since the start of the pandemic, and continue to be closed. However, the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Health does recognize the importance of camps in general to the development, physical, and mental well-being as well as long-term resiliency of Ontario’s children and youth. The Ministry of Health has developed this draft guidance document for overnight camps and has asked for Public Health Sudbury & Districts support to forward this draft document to local camp operators for their awareness.

The purpose of sharing this document in draft format is to support planning in preparation for the potential reopening of overnight camps and we are pleased to provide this document to you in hopes that it will assist you in making those plans. Moreover, to further support the potential reopening of overnight camps, Public Health Ontario is developing training tools specific for overnight camps, including a checklist and training modules. Public Health Sudbury & Districts will share these tools with local operators once released.

Please note that in addition to the COVID-19 safety requirements that must be followed in the attached Guidance Document, Ontario Regulation 503/17: Recreational Camps under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, RS.O. 1990, c. H.7, sets out the specific requirements Recreational Camps must follow in order to operate safely. Public Health Sudbury & Districts is mandated to inspect recreational camps and anyone who intends to commence operation in the Public Health Sudbury & Districts service area must notify us at least 14 days before commencing operation. Please complete the form noted below that applies to your operation and submit it to Public Health Sudbury & Districts at least 14 days before the camp is to commence operations.

Further information for operators of Recreational Camps and the role that Public Health plays to prevent transmission of disease and/or injury can be found by clicking on this link.

In closing, as this is a draft document, please note that it is subject to change pending final decisions on the reopening of overnight camps and advice related to public health and safety measures.

If you have any questions please contact Public Health Sudbury & District online or call 705.522.9200, ext. 464 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

This item was last modified on May 20, 2021