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Camp Bitobig cancels summer 2020 programs

Facilities fall ‘well short’ of public health requirements for social distancing
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Camp Bitobig campers are seen here in 2019. (File)

Conservation Sudbury has announced its Camp Bitobig day camp has been cancelled for summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early last week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said children's day camps could operate this summer if a camp could meet established public health requirements.

However, based on the guidance provided in discussions with Public Health Sudbury and Districts, it was determined that the facility used for Camp Bitobig (the Nature Chalet at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area) falls well short of being able to accommodate the requirements of social distancing.

“The health and well-being of our campers, the staff and volunteers have always been a top priority,” said a press release from Conservation Sudbury.

All parents, staff and volunteers have been informed of this decision. 

Spaces in the 2020 season were approximately 70 per cent pre-sold; parents can expect a full refund through Eventbrite early next month, said Conservation Sudbury.

Camp Bitobig normally welcomes more than 300 kids aged six to 12 every summer for week-long day camps that include canoeing, archery, and wilderness games. 

In most years, some sessions sell out within the first day of spots going on sale online. 

Parents will log on in the wee hours to try to get their kids signed up for the engaging programs that are delivered with an underlying message of the conservation of clean air, earth and water. The camp is staffed by a director, an educational assistant, seven camp counsellors, and several junior-counsellor volunteers.