It can sometimes be a difficult task to fill time for pandemic parents. Adam Mullin, the father of Arthur, a typically rambunctious 9-year-old boy with floppy hair and a love of video games, stated that they could do a bike ride to fill an hour-and-a-half, though there are a lot of hour-and-a-halves in a day. He added that he needed structure and activities to get him outside camps.
The Montreal summer camp registration is ongoing, and spaces are limited this year because of the pandemic. According to Evan Horner, the owner and director of SportLife, a summer camp that provides a different sport for kids each week, his camp was only operating at a 50 percent capacity as a pandemic precaution, and they are already 75 percent full. He added that getting outside and being physically active with friends is more important than ever this year.
Horner indicated that SportLife was opened last summer together with a one-to-five coach-to-kid ratio and had no COVID-19 cases among any staff or campers. Horner said, “it felt like a normal summer.” with added safety protocols such as daily temperature checks for all and increasing the number of hand-washing stations, together with the more “hygiene supervisor.” Several summer camps have opted not to open at all.
Because of COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the Champions Day Camp on Queen Mary has canceled their programs for 2021, even as the YMCA has a message on its website saying:
“We’re not exactly sure yet which direction the pandemic world will take us for the summer of 2021.”
However, Mullin has already decided to register Arthur once again for camp.
He understands it is to get him socializing with other kids, in addition to getting Arthur outside. He indicated that the pandemic was stopping Arthur from meeting new friends because he was taught not to intermingle with people who were not in his bubble, and Mullin can’t be with his son all the time, daily.