Policies and Guidelines

PRE-ARRIVAL

Please ensure that each camper completes the online COVID-19 Self Assessment PRIOR to arriving at Camp each day that they are attending. If the camper fails to pass the Self-Assessment they will not be permitted to attend and must follow the government guidelines for self-isolating and testing.
 

DAILY DROP OFF & REGISTRATION

Parents can arrive to register their children each day between 12:30pm-1:00pm. Upon arrival, parents will pull up to our registration booth, located at the entrance to our parking lot. Our volunteers will review the Self-Assessment with each camper and take their temperature to ensure that they can safely be in attendance on that day.  Once campers have passed that checkpoint, they are able to exit their vehicle and join in with the activities.
 
Parents/guardians must notify our volunteers of who will be picking up the camper at the end of the day. If any changes occur, our volunteers must be notified prior to Pick-Up Time by the parent/guardian who signed the Permission Form. This person can be changed throughout the day by the parent/guardian.
 

DAILY PICK UP

Camper pick-up takes place at Redeemer Bible Church (3017 Montrose Road, Niagara Falls) between 9:00pm-9:30pm and must be by the individual that has been approved to pick up the camper. That individual must check in at the registration tent. The camper will be notified and will then come to the vehicle. Parents/guardians are to remain in their vehicle while waiting for their child.  
 

ARRIVING AT CAMP MAKHASEH

After a camper has been checked in, they must immediately sanitize their hands, or wash them with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. They may then engage in the activities provided until the program begins.
 

OUTSIDE VISITATION & COMMUNICATION POLICY

Visitors are not allowed during Camp. Parents can come to drop off or pick up their child, but must remain in their vehicle at all times. In case of emergency, please contact the church office (905) 356-6888 or email directors@campmakhaseh.ca.
 

COHORTS AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING

During camp, both campers and leaders will be divided into cohorts (tribes) of no more than 10 people in total. Within their cohort, each person is encouraged to maintain 2-meter physical distancing whenever possible. Bandannas will be provided for each camper for their Tribe colors, and can also be used as a face mask when unable to physically distance themselves from others. Campers and Leaders are required to maintain 2-meter physical distancing with people outside of their cohort. 
 

ACTIVITY LOCATIONS

The majority of activities will take place outdoors (weather permitting). Indoor activities such as Chapel and rained-out activities will take place solely on the lower level of the building where physical distancing and the use of face masks will be enforced. 
 

 WASHROOM USE

The lower level washrooms are the dedicated facilities for the campers during the week of camp. Only one person is allowed in each bathroom at one time, and each person who uses it must follow the cleaning instructions before leaving for the next person.
 

FACE MASKS

We are committed to adhere to and enforce the by-laws set by our regional government regarding the wearing of face masks. It is strongly recommended that they be worn if physical distancing is not possible, especially while indoors. Face Masks must be washed after each day of use.
 

CLEANING AND SANITIZING

Common touch points will be sanitized a minimum of twice a day. Objects that are shared will be sanitized before and after use. 
 

FOOD

Campers are asked to bring their own bagged supper each day at camp. Snacks will be provided throughout the day in the form of individual packages. The snacks provided during the week of camp will be food that is allergy-sensitive. 
 

RATIOS

At a minimum, we maintain a 1:5 Staff to Camper ratio onsite for the duration of camp, which greatly exceeds the provincial standard of 1:15.
 

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION

We employ a 3 STRIKE SYSTEM for dealing with disruptive or disrespectful behaviour. In case of an incident, the following will be implemented:
  • Camper will receive 2 warnings, or 1 warning and 1 small punishment (i.e. sit out of event for 5mins, etc.)
  • On third strike, disciplinary actions will be taken (see next section for more information)
 

ZERO TOLERANCE OFFENCES

Bullying and abuse in any form will not be tolerated and will result in the immediate removal and suspension of a person from Camp.
 

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

  • Removal from conflict
  • Removal from event/activity (i.e game)
  • Revoking of certain privileges
  • Call home to parent/guardian
  • Removal from camp (sent home)
  • Being sent home is a last resort as we want all campers to enjoy their experience.
  • In the event that this does occur, the parent/guardian will be responsible to promptly retrieve their child as soon as possible. No refund will be provided.
 

FIRST AID & MEDICAL

We will have volunteers onsite during the week of Camp who have current First Aid Certification. In case of injury, the child will be assessed and treated by one of our First Aid Certified volunteers. Parents/guardians will be contacted at the collaborative discretion of the Camp Directors. If the injury is of a serious nature, the child will immediately be brought to the nearest hospital and the parents/guardians will be contacted as soon as possible to be informed of the incident and the details of the location of the hospital.
 

ILLNESSES

In case of illness, the child will be brought to our onsite First-Aid team to be assessed and treated. Parents/guardians will be contacted at the collaborative discretion of the Camp Director and First-Aid team, and a decision will be made regarding whether it is necessary or not for the child to return home. If a child needs to return home due to illness, the parent/guardian will be responsible to promptly retrieve their child as soon as possible.
All prescription medication are to be sent with the associated camper in their original prescription containers. All prescriptions will be in the possession of the First-Aid Team throughout the duration of camp. The First-Aid Team will provide the prescribed medication at the applicable times as directed by the physician.
 

VOLUNTEER SCREENING PROCESS

All volunteers wishing to serve at Camp Makhaseh are required to submit a Vulnerable Sector Check through the Niagara Regional Police every 5 years. For each year in between, volunteers are required to submit a declaration stating that they have not committed any crimes in the previous year.
 

REFUND POLICY

On written withdrawal, refunds will be provided minus a $30 administrative fee prior to the start date of the registered camp session. Fees are non-refundable once the camp session has started.
 

INFORMATION DISSEMINATION

Information collected from parents or guardians upon registration is disseminated within the organization on a need to know basis to equip staff to better serve our campers. Records are maintained indefinitely at the offices of Redeemer Bible Church. Photos and videos may be taken or recorded for highlight videos and/or advertising purposes. Any requests to limit photography or video will be honored.
 

PACKING FOR CAMP

It is recommended that your child bring the following:
– Lawn Chair
– Sun Screen/Bug Spray
– Dinner (Snacks will be provided)
– Reusable Water Bottle
– Face Mask*
– Change of clothes
– Warm clothes for the evening Camp Fires
– Bible/Notebook/Pen
 

ITEMS FROM HOME

Please put your child’s name on all belongings. We cannot guarantee the safekeeping of extra items and are not responsible for the loss or damage of items. Campers are not permitted to bring cell phones, books, money, tablets, music devices, pocket knives, video games, trading cards, toys or weapons of any kind. Parents/guardians who are unsure about an item should ask a staff member upon arrival or contact the Camp Makhaseh leadership prior to camp.
 

HEAD LICE

Please check your child for head lice prior to leaving for camp. Any child found to be with head lice while at camp will have their parent/guardian contacted immediately to have them picked up from camp.