Summer Camps

Summer Camps 2021 – Adaptations due to COVID-19 Pandemic  

Esquimalt Parks and Recreation staff are working hard to ensure your child has a great summer!  Here is how we are adapting our programs to ensure they are safe for everyone, in compliance with physical distancing and hygiene protocols, and responding to changes surrounding facility and amenity availability:

  • Camps will predominantly operate outdoors;
  • In the event of inclement weather ample indoor space has been secured to prioritize summer camps;
  • Modified sign in & out procedures – to ensure adults maintain physical distance, parents/caregivers will drop off children at the sign in tables, staff will bring children to camp leaders;
  • Communication with parents/caregivers and camp staff encouraged through email or phone;
  • Updated sick policy to coincide with Island Health guidelines

Please carefully read the following:

Sick Policy


Conduct Daily Self-Assessments

Parents/guardians must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to camp. If a child is presents with any new syptoms of illness or existing symptoms worsen significantly, please consult the Esquimalt Camps – Health Check below.

Esquimalt Camps Health Check

1. Key Symptoms of


Do you have any of the following new key symptoms?









Cough or worsening of chronic cough



Breathing Difficulties



Loss of sense of smell or taste






Nausea and Vomiting



2. International Travel

Have you returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days?



3. Confirmed Contact

Are you a confirmed contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19?



If you answered “YES” to only one of the questions included under ‘Key Symptoms of Illness’ (excluding fever and difficulty breathing), your child should stay home for 24 hours from when the symptom started. If the symptoms improve, your child may return to camp when they feel well enough. If the symptoms persist or worsens, seek a health assessment. A health assessment includes calling 8-1-1, or a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner

If you answered “YES” to two or more of the questions included under ‘Key Symptoms of Illness’, or you have a fever or difficulty breathing, seek a health assessment. A health assessment includes calling 8-1-1, or a primary care provider like a physician or nurse practitioner. If a health assessment is required, your child should not return to camp until COVID-19 has been excluded and your child’s symptoms have improved.

If you answered “YES” to questions 2 or 3, use the COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to determine if you should seek testing your child for COVID-19

If a COVID-19 test is recommended as a result of the health assessment, self-isolate while waiting for results (see information on how results are provided here).

     If the COVID-19 test is positive, self-isolate and follow the direction of public health.

     If the COVID-19 test is negative, return to camp once well enough to participate.     

If a COVID-19 test is recommended but not done, self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and return when the child is well enough to participate.

If there is a member of a child’s household that is recommended to take a COVID-19 test, then the child must stay home as well until the test results come back. If the test is negative the child may return. If positive follow “If the COVID-19 test is positive” above.

  • If there is a member of a child’s household that is recommended to take a COVID-19 test, but doesn’t, then that child must also self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

If a COVID-19 test is not recommended, children may return when well enough to participate (see “Returning to camp” below).


If Your Child Becomes Ill While at Camp

Staff will go through the Esquimalt Spring Break Camps – Health Check with the sick child. If it is found that the child has any of the symptoms on this table, then staff will have the child don a mask and then contact the child’s parents. Parents will be asked if the symptoms present have already been addressed by the parents or a primary care provider. If these are new symptoms or symptoms that have worsened, then parents will be asked to pick their child up. If these are symptoms that are improving or have been cleared by a primary care provider, the child will be allowed to stay at camps.

Returning to Camp

Children may return to camp once they are will enough to participate. Children are permitted to return to camp with mild symptoms of illness remaining (ie Runny nose, nagging cough, sore throat, etc), in line with the guidance in this document. This is to ensure children are not kept out of camp for longer than necessary. A doctor’s note to confirm the health status of any individual is not required unless needed to support medical accommodation as per usual practices.

Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

Please see list below of camps drop-off/pick-up locations. These areas are disbursed on the Esquimalt Recreation Centre/Archie Browning Sports Centre/Bullen Park property to ensure best efforts are made for adults to maintain physical distancing and avoid crowding during these peak times.   

Camp drop off/pick up locations:

  • Playgrounds Before & After Care: Archie Browning Sports Centre Lounge – Enter through the marked doors by the Sports Centre parking lot.

  • Funseekers: Bullen Field – marked station by the Archie Browning Sports Centre rear parking lot

  • Adventure Kids: Bullen Field – marked station by the Recreation Centre parking lot

  • Licensed Camps: Esquimalt Recreation Centre – rear entrance by Bullen Park/Rec Centre parking lot

Please line up, keeping 2 metres apart at the drop off /sign in site. Parents/caregivers will part from their children at the sign in/out tables; children will be directed to their camp, where the leaders will be waiting for their arrival. If Parents/caregivers ever enter a building they must be wearing a mask All forms, e.g. medical or permission to administer medication form, must be completed before the start of camps. If you have a form missing, you will be requested to fill it out in your car. Children will not be permitted to enter camps without forms completed. See here to complete the Medical Detail Form (form will open in new window). Pick up will be a similar process, with parents/caregivers showing ID at the sign out table; children will then be released from their groups to join their family. 


  • Children will wash their hands upon arrival (hand sanitizer)
  • Children will have access to handwashing frequently through out the day
  • Handwashing will be expected (soap & water or hand sanitzer) prior to eating, after eating, after coughing or sneezing, or when visibly dirty.

Physical Contact & Physical Distancing

  • Camps will be outside rain or shine, whenever possible. Please have children dress appropriately.
  • Children will be encouraged to maintain physical distancing, with more emphasis on no physical contact (as recommended by VIHA Child Licensing standards and the provincial Health Officer)

Cleaning Protocols

  • High touch areas will be cleaned at least 3 times per day
  • All equipment will be disinfected after use
  • Before commencing a game with a shared piece of equipment, children will wash their hands before and after use, and all equipment will be disinfected

Personal Hygiene

  • Staff & children will follow strict health protocols and illness policy

  • Handwashing will be a top priority within our camps, with soap and water whenever there is access; ample hand sanitizers has also been secured and will be available where access to soap and water is not available.

  • Hand washing will be required when children and staff arrive to camp, before & after meals/snacks, after toileting, before touching equipment, after coughing or sneezing, after touch face, nose or eyes and whenever visibly dirty.

Supplies & Equipment

Township of Esquimalt Supplies & Equipment

  • All “soft” items including rugs, dress up clothing, stuffies, etc. have been removed from program areas.
  • Hard books that are easily cleaned will be permitted
  • Clean and dirty bins for equipment will be available to ensure toys are frequently sanitized
  • All shared equipment will be sanitized after use and all children will be required to sanitize hands before and after using equipment

Items from Home

  • Please bring the following each day (and check-in with your child to ensure they have all items at the end of the day):
  • Lunch – big & healthy
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen*
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Swim suit and towel (for splash pad, once reopened)

* Please be advised Leaders will not be able to assist with sunscreen as in previous years.  Please come to camp with sunscreen already on or bring a sun blocking alternative.

Additional Resources

If you would like more information regarding the risks associated with COVID-19 for children, please review the following BC CDC publications: