TO Families, Supporters and Friends:
Seven months have passed since the ominous initial news arrived that COVID-19 was going to change our lives. At the time, I was in sunny Cancun, Mexico feeling optimistic while promoting Camp Canada 2020 to excited families, and incoming campers. When the news emerged that international travel for youth would not be prudent, and eventually impossible for 2020, a quick decision was made and we were able to provide full refunds to all our enrolled families for tuitions and air travel.
As we all know, the situation remains unpredictable and volatile globally. In the short-term, the prospects for educational travel are replete with political barriers and health risks. Knowing this and after a discussion with key stake-holders, we have decided not to host Camp Canada 2021. However, over time we are optimistic that there will be a demand for great programming and we will be back.
Our decision is based on the following key points:
The obvious uncertainties of viral spread and its consequences during the upcoming promotional months.
Even the best case scenario, our successful Atlantic Canadian Bubble could demand a two-week week quarantine for out of province participants prior to our camp, which is inappropriate for children.
Camp Canada’s culture, programming and excellence depends on activities that are not possible with protocols and restrictions. We cannot guarantee the protection of the campers, or the quality of programing for which we are known.
We need to ensure that the King’s-Edgehill campus is not compromised just months before a crucial 2021-2022 scholastic year.
Airlines would not be able to guarantee refunds for international families if Camp Canada is not permitted due to restrictions. Moreover, the industry is not offering as many options for some of our key routes.
Nova Scotia is doing very well with very few cases of COVID-19 at the moment; therefore, we are very optimistic that auxiliary programming will be back in the not too distant future at King’s-Edgehill School. We are optimistic that summer programming will return to our beautiful campus in the future, and we are hopeful that Camp Canada can continue to provide more memories as we have for over 650 campers since 2013.
At Camp Canada we look forward to picking up where we left off, as one thing has always been clear: We are: #BetterTogether!
Mr. Kevin Lakes
Co-Director, Camp Canada
Camp Canada is an exciting cross-cultural learning opportunity for students aged 8–14 years, hosted at King’s-Edgehill School in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada..
Students from around the world will gather on the historic campus to develop language skills, and explore the natural beauty of Nova Scotia, in an atmosphere that encourages friendships. With a high percentage of Canadian Campers, international students are exposed to activities in English, by design, and by virtue of natural interactions that transcend language and culture.
The professional teachers at Camp Canada believe in combining vibrant teaching with a broad range of extra-curricular activities that encourage physical activity while exploring Canada’s landscapes, culture and history.
Founded in 1788, King’s-Edgehill School has provided a safe and secure environment for young people to flourish for over 230 years. With its combination of instruction, athletics and excursions to the beautiful natural locations of Nova Scotia, this is an opportunity to learn English or Spanish and immerse oneself in Canadian culture.
We are so fortunate to call King's Edghill School and the Canadian wilderness our camp homes!
Camp Canada is located at King’s-Edgehill School in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Children have been living and learning on the 65-acre campus since 1788. The dormitory houses students from many countries during the school year; facilities are state-of-the-art. This includes the Dining Hall, Lounges, Athletic Training Centre, Gymnasiums, Theatre, Turf Field, Grass Fields, Dance Studio, Swimming Pool, Heritage Library, Chapel and Learning Centres.
Set in the town of Windsor, campers are provided with a safe rural environment to safely explore under the supervision of professional teaching staff. Day trips include adventures to the provincial capital of Halifax and a Water Park in the city of Moncton.
A distinguishing feature of Camp Canada is the camping trip to Mersey River Wilderness Chalets. The group spends three nights and four days on the excursion, which includes hiking, paddling, singing, swimming, campfires, fantastic food and wilderness games.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.