Quebec summer camps ask the government to give them the green light
MONTREAL – Quebec’s summer camps are still waiting to see if they can reopen this summer – and families are waiting too.
The Association des camps du Québec (ACQ) calls on the provincial government to “quickly put an end to the uncertainty surrounding the reopening of the summer camps” and to give them its agreement.
With the need to hire summer staff before looking for other work, many camps say it is already too late.
“This deadline is far behind us at this stage, so we really need to hear in the next few days that we have the green light to move forward,” said the vice-president of ACQ. Shauna Joyce. “Otherwise, staff will continue to look for other opportunities for the coming season and this will limit the number of campers we can accommodate at our sites this summer, even though we are licensed to operate.”
The ACQ said that a third of the camps have already determined that they will not be able to comply with the new health guidelines in time to open, while another third are undecided due to the uncertainty.
The group says summer camps are a key element in the well-being of many Quebec families.
“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, ”said ACQ director, director Éric Beauchemin.
The association is asking the government to give them the green light and is also asking for $ 10 million to support summer camps in the province.
He said $ 4 million of this requested funding would go to day camps, which have already been approved to open this summer.
In an email to CTV News, a spokesperson for the Department of Health said a decision was coming soon.
– With files from Angela Mackenzie of CTV News Montreal