Offer young people and families a summer that meets their expectations
MONTREAL, May 5, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – The Association des camps du Québec (ACQ) asks the government to provide $ 10 million day camps and summer camps so that as many children and families as possible can enjoy a safe summer.
Last year, $ 13.7 million in the event of an emergency, assistance was provided to camps certified in Quebec. Of $ 10 million asked this year, $ 4 million would go to the day camps. Thanks to the subsidy, the camps could not only operate with the same sanitary measures as last year, but also accommodate more young people and compensate for a 37% drop in attendance for 2020.
“In this special year, we firmly believe that camps are part of the solution to the mental health issues our youth face and the stress so many families experience. But to be successful, we need government support, ”says Éric Beauchemin, Director General of the ACQ.
Uncertainty around the opening of summer camps
At present, the General Directorate of Public Health (DGSP) and the Quebec the government has all the information it needs to make an informed decision about reopening the summer camps. ACQ and health authorities have worked closely together to develop a strict and feasible master plan that must be approved as soon as possible.
Thus, the ACQ asks the government to quickly put an end to the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of the summer camps by clearly indicating its intention to lift the decree which currently prevents them from functioning.
One third of camps closed
Unfortunately, not all summer camps will be able to open their doors for the summer season. Indeed, a survey of ACQ members reveals that, given the sanitary and sanitary protocols, a third of the camps declare that they cannot comply with the new directives within the set deadlines or that it is too late to restart their work. site. after more than a year of inactivity.
A third are undecided, due to the uncertainty, complexity and costs of implementing health measures, and the remaining third say they can certainly work if the government allows and supports them.
the $ 6 million requested for the summer camps would be used to finance the implementation of sanitary and sanitary protocols and to support possible temporary closures during the summer. For camps that could not reopen despite the lifting of the decree, the funding would be used to cover their fixed costs to survive the crisis, as was the case in 2020.
About the Association des camps du Québec
Founded in 1961 on the initiative of summer camp directors, the ACQ has 385 NPOs, municipal and private organizations operating 691 sites and welcoming more than 300,000 campers each year, offering summer and day camp programs, family, nature and group lessons. All meet more than 70 strict standards in terms of safety and quality of activities and facilities.
SOURCE Association of Quebec Camps
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