Camps and Day Programs Guidance

This guidance applies to camps for children and youth, and day programs for youth and adults with disabilities.  Operators of camps, including day camps and overnight camps, and day programs can reference this and other guidance documents when determining how to appropriately carry out operations and keep staff, volunteers, and campers safe from exposure to COVID-19.

Core Measures Required by all Businesses, Services, and Organizations

  • Develop an operational plan detailing methods to mitigate transmission of disease.
  • Take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing (including employees and/or clients) of two metres (six feet) between each other.
  • Develop and follow an exclusion policy to prevent employees who are required to self-isolate from entering the workplace.
  • Develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic employees are immediately excluded from work activities.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
  • Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees.

Public Health Measures for Camps and Day Programs

  • Follow the Public Health Measures Guidance
  • Take every reasonable step to ensure physical distancing between staff, volunteers, and campers from different households, understanding that in a camp and day program context there will be activities and times when physical distancing is not possible or feasible.
  • Take every reasonable step to prevent staff, volunteers, and campers who are required to self-isolate from entering the camp or day program.
  • Take every reasonable step to ensure staff, volunteers, and campers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are excluded from camp or day program activities.
  • Camps and day program operators should develop a COVID-19 Response Plan outlining the steps that will be taken if staff, volunteers, and/or campers develop symptoms while attending the camp or day program.  See the COVID-19 and COVID-like Illness in Schools guidance for an example of a COVID-19 Response Plan.
  • A camp or day program’s COVID-19 Response Plan must include provisions for the management of a symptomatic or positive case who is not a PEI resident.
  • Campers from the same household should be kept within the same cohort when possible.
  • Operators must keep daily records of all staff, volunteers, and campers in the camp or day program. Records including the names and phone number should be kept for one month to facilitate contact tracing in the event of an outbreak. Operators should have an internal process in place to quickly retrieve these records, should the records be needed, even on weekends. These records should be stored in a safe, secure location for one month after creation of the records and then disposed of using a secure destruction method to maintain the confidentiality of participants.  For paper records, secure destruction means, at minimum, cross-cut shredding.
  • Operators should print and post signage outlining policies and procedures at the camp or day program, such as:
    • Physical distancing expectations,
    • Hand hygiene,
    • Respiratory etiquette (coughing and sneezing),
    • Cleaning and disinfection practices and expectations, and
    • Mask wearing requirements.
  • Operators should print and post signage notifying individuals that they should not attend if they have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, weakness, and/or acute loss of sense of taste and smell.
  • It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that appropriate health and safety protocols are followed, as per the CPHO COVID-19 Prevention and Self-Isolation Order.

Recreational Activities

  • Recreational activities must follow the Public Health Measures Guidance.
  • Camp and day program operators may determine how to reasonably modify activities that include physical contact, recognizing that activities with close and/or sustained contact, loud talking, shouting, singing, cheering, and/or larger numbers of participants are higher risk for transmission of COVID-19.  Consideration of the level of vulnerability of the participants to more severe COVID-19 illness should also be considered.
  • Choose activities that promote physical distancing when possible.
  • Choose activities that take place outdoors when possible.
  • When indoors, open windows and doors to increase airflow when it is safe to do so.
  • Campers can share recreational equipment when participating in activities when necessary.  Shared equipment should be cleaned and disinfected often, and campers sharing equipment should practice hand hygiene often.
  • Re-use of items that cannot be easily cleaned and sanitized should be avoided.

Sleeping and Accommodation

  • Individuals from separate households may share a room/accommodation.
  • Plan sleeping arrangements to keep the number of individuals per room as low as possible and maintain physical distancing as best as possible.  Head to toe sleeping arrangements may be helpful to achieve additional distance between campers sleeping in bunks.
  • Open windows and doors of sleeping accommodations (when it is safe to do so) to increase air flow within sleeping buildings.

Mask Wearing

  • Masks are recommended in indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
  • Masks are optional for children age 2 to 12.
  • Children under 2, and other individuals not able to remove masks on their own, should not wear masks.
  • Masks must be properly stored when not in use.
  • Staff, volunteers, and campers must replace masks when they become dirty, and ensure that they have enough masks for the length of their stay.
  • More information on wearing masks can be found at Wearing Non-Medical Masks in the Community.


  • Staff, volunteers, and campers should stay home if sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Families are encouraged to screen their campers at home before dropping them off to camp, and should keep campers with any symptoms of COVID-19 home.
  • Upon arrival at a camp or day program, all staff, volunteers, and campers must be actively screened.  A sample screening questionnaire is included here:

    COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire
1. Do you, or does anyone in your household, have any of the following symptoms?
-    New or worsening cough
-    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-    Fever
-    Chills
-    Sore throat
-    Runny nose, sneezing, congestion
-    Headaches
-    Muscle aches
-    Unusual fatigue
-    Acute loss of sense of smell or taste
Yes No
2. Is there anyone in your home that is required to self-isolate? Yes No
3. Have you, or anyone in your household, been in contact in the last 14 days with a person under investigation or confirmed to be a case of COVID-19? Yes No
If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, DO NOT enter at this time.
Name of screened individual:
Name of parent/guardian (if applicable):
Signature: Date:
Name of staff member:
Signature: Date:

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Cleaning refers to the removal of visible dirt, grime, and impurities. Cleaning does not kill germs but helps remove them from the surface. Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This is most effective after surfaces are cleaned. Both steps are important to reduce the spread of infection. For a list of approved disinfectants refer to: Hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers (COVID-19): List of disinfectants with evidence for use against COVID-19.
  • General cleaning and disinfecting should occur daily. High touch surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, railings, tables, light switches, shared items, and toys, etc.) must be cleaned and disinfected frequently (at least twice daily).
  • Shared items must also be cleaned and disinfected if mouthed or visibly soiled. Limit shared items to one cohort where possible.
  • Outdoor toys and play equipment are to be cleaned and disinfected using your regular cleaning schedule.
  • Sensory experiences such as sand, water, slime, playdoh, if offered, must be provided in individual containers, which can then be cleaned and restocked after individual use.
  • Re-use of items that cannot be easily cleaned and sanitized should be avoided.
  • Waste must be disposed of regularly and hands must be washed after waste removal.

Food & Drink

  • Individuals must remain with their cohort for snacks and meals.
  • Snacks and meals are to be served individually to campers by staff and food must be prepared by approved adults (such as staff or food service staff).
  • Campers are not to engage in preparing food or family style eating where they serve themselves.
  • Eating outdoors is to be encouraged.
  • If eating occurs indoors, open doors and windows when it is safe to do so.
  • Hand hygiene before and after eating is required for staff, volunteers, and campers.

Out-of-Province Travellers

  • Camp and day program attendees from outside of PEI must follow all travel restrictions, testing requirements, and self-isolation requirements in PEI.  These requirements are subject to change over time.
  • Camp and day program operators must ensure that all out of province attendees receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to joining the camp.  In some cases a youth age 16 and older may be tested upon entering the province.
  • Camp operators should check with out of province attendees to ensure they have a negative COVID-19 test in PEI, prior to attending the camp.  More information on testing, including testing clinic locations and hours, can be found at COVID-19 Testing in PEI.
  • More information can be found on summer and fall 2021 travel restrictions in PEI’s Moving Forward plan.
Published date: 
July 9, 2021
Health and Wellness

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Phone: 902-368-6414
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