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Haida Gwaii Recreation is excited to bring back our Summer Day Camps for their 40th year! These camps offer a full week of fun activities for your child/ren and this year we’re getting outside, physically distancing as much as we can, building relationships among our youth, creating opportunities for mentorship, practicing good hand hygiene, and enjoying healthy snacks with the help of the Local Foods to School program!

This year’s capacity for camps is limited to 10 attendees/week due to COVID-19. Please only sign your child/ren up for ONE week of camp. To be placed on a waitlist for the 2nd week of camp, please e-mail


We’re doing things differently due to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all registrants while ensuring a fun and engaging program for all! This includes physical distancing, getting outside as much as possible, frequent hand-washing, and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces. Please be aware that enforcing physical distancing among children is tough; to mitigate risk and encourage play, we will reduce the number of children in each program and emphasize hand hygiene. We have adapted activities to emphasize physical distancing and allow for most of these activities to take place outdoors. However, it is vital that children be permitted to play and there may be some shared use of equipment (e.g. playgrounds) and some games may involve some level of interaction (e.g. capture the flag). We are separating the group of 10 into 2 pods of 5, with one staff member leading the pod. This method is used in day camps in other areas in the Province like the City of Vancouver.

We will post details of our COVID-19 Program Safety Plan for each camp on this page and once finalized. In accordance with public health recommendations,  we recommend that anyone who is at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 does not attend programming at this time. We will do our best to implement our COVID-19 Safety Plan, but the risk remains that a COVID-19 outbreak could occur despite our best efforts!


8:30 – 9:00AM – Set-up, the arrival of kids

9:00AM – 9:30AM  – Group welcome & check-ins, 15 minutes of yoga/stretch & small snacks available

9:30AM – 10:30AM – Activity #1: Emphasis on movement and team-building (e.g. scavenger hunt)

10:30AM – 11:00AM – Transition: Snack & free art time/outdoor play, hand-hygiene

10:45AM – 12:00PM – Activity #2: Arts project and/or Camp Specialist (e.g. Clay Dish-Making with Amber Faktor)

12:00PM – 12:40PM – Lunch Time, hand hygiene

12:40PM – 2:15PM – Activity #3: Adventure (get outside!) and/or Camp Specialist (e.g. interpretive nature walk)

 2:15PM – 2:45PM – Transition: Snack & free art time/outdoor play, hand-hygiene

2:45 – 3:30PM – Activity #4: Themed activity (e.g. Science – colour changing volcano)

3:30PM – 4:00PM – Clean-up, parents/guardians pick-up

Our staff will do our best to accommodate all ages and abilities in our programs. Once we’re aware of ages and skill levels of registrants, we will adjust programming to meet the needs.

LOCATION: Howard Philips Community Hall


  • Week One: August 17 – 21, 2020
  • Week Two: August 24 – 28, 2020


  • $110/child – 5-day week


  • 8:3o – 9:00AM Drop-off/Camp Start
  • 3:30 – 4:ooPM Pick-up/Camp End

Lunch is NOT provided. Two snacks per day are sourced locally and provided by the Local Food 2 School program. If your child/ren have any allergies or preferences, please indicate during registration.


  • Indoor/outdoor shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Nut-free packed lunch
  • Personal water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Any medications (e.g. epi-pen)
  • Optional: spare change of clothes
  • Optional: additional snacks (nut-free please)

WAITLIST: To be placed on a waitlist, please e-mail registration details (name of child/ren, age(s), community) to


  • Reduce numbers of camp attendees to 10/week
  • Establish camp pods (5 attendees + 1 leader)
  • Go outside as much as possible & ensure good ventilation of indoor spaces
  • Focus on activities that enhance distancing while not restrictive
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces (twice daily minimum)
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of facility (once daily minimum)
  • Physical distancing and minimizing physical contact as deemed reasonable
  • Updated communications (waiver, Assumption of Risk, registration)
  • Stay home when sick policies for staff and camp attendees
  • Emphasis on good hand hygiene and gentle reminders to attendees
  • Enhanced training and certification of staff (Show, Tell, Do)
  • Screening and record-keeping, with daily reporting to Supervisor

CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refund with 7 days advance notice or if absence due to illness. Please keep your child/ren home if they or anyone else in the household exhibits any flu-like symptoms. If youth and/or someone in the household has travelled beyond the Northern Health region for any reason and has returned to Haida Gwaii, having completed fewer than 14 days of self-isolation prior to the start of camp, they are not permitted to attend camps. These conditions may change at any time to reflect evolving public health orders. Sorry, no drop-ins permitted. 


In addition to completing registration & payment online, parents/guardians must read & sign individual waiver forms and COVID-19 Assumption of Risk & Permission Forms for each child. These forms MUST be sent to the Recreation Coordinator prior to the start of camps. Failure to provide this documentation to the Recreation Coordinator will mean your child/ren will not be able to attend our camps! Please contact us if you have any issue completing these forms:

  1. Waiver Form
  3. HGR Summer Camp – Registration

Send these forms directly to as soon as possible following registration. If you have trouble registering online or wish to pay by cheque or e-transfer, you can use our paper form and submit all supporting documentation as soon as possible.


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