Where we are at TODAY
We are all being challenged in ways we never thought possible, but now is the time to come together. What does that mean for this summer camp season?
From Matt & Penny
APRIL 2, 2020
WHY WE NEED TO LOOK FORWARD
Let me start by reassuring everyone that our animals are doing GREAT, and we are managing just fine. I think the horses & dogs are the only beings on the planet who are totally unconcerned. I hope you have all been managing as well. It’s important to talk about 2020 Camps – here’s our thoughts.
At the moment, we are of course shut down and following all the Health Canada guidelines. This will be for the near future. We are hopeful that by the summer, the situation will be on its way to resolution, and we, as Canadians, will be able to resume our ‘new normal’ lifestyle. We are 100% ready to rise to the challenge! Your children deserve to get back outside as soon as possible, for their physical and mental health.
We have been in the camp business a LONG time. That means we already have significant measures in place to keep camp areas clean and sanitized, and to keep campers protected. We have and always will be, very conscious of camper health. We developed custom, easily washable membranes for the camper beds, and built our cabin with easy to sanitize cabin surfaces. We have a camper hand washing routine that’s been in place for YEARS, and is overseen by Penny directly. We installed a 340 foot drilled well, through 60 feet of substrate and 180 feet of bedrock! Just to be on the safe side, we installed a UV unit for the well, and test regularly. THAT’S how seriously we have always taken camper safety! We will continue to evolve with Government guidelines.
We have ALWAYS offered SMALL HORSE CAMPS, so are already organized to enact what are inevitably going to be stringent & proactive measures. With our current program of ten or less campers each week, possibly less in the future, the risk is minimized significantly. And we have a GREAT riding program, so there’s VALUE GUARANTEED.
Riding horses has always meant ‘safe distances’, and anyone who rides knows it’s always been about spacing! Saddles, reins, and even horses (!) are easy to wipe down for sanitation. Fresh air and sunshine are the added bonus to riding horses, and hugging horses = big stress relief!
We have always run with a small, mainly on site staff, due to camp size. That means less people coming and going on a daily basis. Our helpers are fully trained in proper , effective sanitizing procedures, and will be given expanded training as further info comes from Health Canada.
Having a 134 acre wilderness farm, on the edge of the Algonquin Park Wilderness, means our location builds a HUGE margin of capability when it comes to social distancing. We are not confined to a city property, we have room to roam, and stretch our horses’ legs, without even leaving the farm. There are thousands of acres of Crown Land on our doorstep, so there’s lots of elbow room! Campers have always enjoyed the pristine location, but our location is even more significant NOW.
Whatever the Government announces as the heat of summer arrives, we will happily comply. It might mean camps every OTHER week, to allow for natural sterilization between camps. It might be less campers, to spread out our already spacious bunk bed system. It might mean a health screening system for incoming campers. No matter what, we will comply – and we will find innovative ways to keep camp AMAZING when the time comes. Because being a small business set up for a small program, we have FLEXIBILITY. We know that eventually, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, and continue on with a greater awareness of health and safety, and community. At these troubling times, we need to think FORWARD.
SUMMER 2020 – FINANCIAL
Expenses. We are all in the same boat here. No one is in a position to plan long term right now. We fully understand this. To help ease the strain on our camper families, we are taking the following steps for the 2020 summer horse camp season.
Campers who have a desire to join us this summer can now book in with a greatly reduced DEPOSIT ($50 plus hst) that is refundable if camps cannot run. That means a small financial outlay, and means we can plan for what we will need (staff and horse wise) when camps eventually proceed. That means if you were considering camp, you can move forward in a positive way without risk or a strain on the budget.
If you have a current deposit with us, hang tight. We have every intention of running camp if we can do so safely and within Health Canada guidelines. Summer is a long way away, and we will do our best to provide a great riding program,
Payment plans will be expanded to allow small, incremental payments, for ANYONE who needs to spread out resources and allow custom payments.
We all know your horse lovers have had a tough spring. After being cooped up, they deserve a special summer after the chaos. We will make it as easy as possible for you to provide it. If you have any thoughts, suggestions, or questions, contact us. We don’t have ALL the answers, so welcome your input.
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WORKING TOGETHER FOR OUR GIRLS
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
Hoping to see you this summer, when we can look in the rearview mirror together – PENNY NICOL