A clasp is a device that connects things together, and our hope is that CLASP will be a connecting point for young adults with special needs, aged 18-35. Each week these young adults will be a part of a safe community where friendships will flourish, skills will be developed and a lot of fun will be had! Past activities have included hikes, cookie and cupcake decorating, yoga, learning how to knit, a 'Random Acts of Kindness Week', cooking and more!
If you are familiar with our summer camps, CLASP is not an extension of our SYAC program as it has a different purpose with different goals. We will have a 4:1 camper to staff ratio and therefore will NOT have the same level of support that SYAC affords. Campers will need to be able to participate fully with this level of support, be generally independent in the washroom and not have any aggressive behaviours.
We will be offering the program on Mondays between January 31 and May 16 with the exception of holidays (Family Day, March Break and Easter Monday). Each day will run from 9:30am - 4:30pm.
We are limiting the number of campers to 8 per day. This allows us to better maintain COVID-19 health and safety practices and policies.
The price for each day is $85/day. You can sign up for as many or as few of the days as you'd like.
Campers will need to bring their own snacks and lunches. We will have short breaks in the morning and afternoon for snacks and then a longer break for lunch. Hidden Acres strives to minimize our impact on the environment and encourages campers to use re-usable containers and create as little waste as possible.
At this time, a kitchen (fridge, microwave, etc.) will not be available so please pack food accordingly.
Safety Practices and Policies
Hidden Acres has always worked hard to balance the fun, engaging and interactive aspects of its programs with ensuring that campers stay healthy and safe. The COVID-19 pandemic has not changed this. We are still working hard to maintain this balance, however, we are aware of the increased risks that are associated with operating a program during these times and have been working with our local public health unit throughout this year to ensure everything we do continues to be done in way that keeps people safe but also allows for them to enjoy what camp has to offer. We have added some new routines and expectations during this time in consultation with our health unit. Here are some of the things to expect when participating in CLASP:
- Health Checks - While this is not a new practice at Hidden Acres, we want to stress the importance of campers and staff not coming to camp if they are feeling unwell, especially if they are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (new or worsening cough, sore throat, headache, fever and difficulty breathing). As people arrive each day we will ask four questions: Are you experiencing any symptoms of illness? Have you been in close contact with anyone who you know has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days? Have you traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days? Have you been instructed by your health unit to self-isolate? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" then we will ask the camper to return home and they will not be able to participate that day.
- Masks - masks will be a normal part of our program and we will expect our campers and staff to come prepared to wear their masks whenever we are inside. We will eat our lunches and snacks either outdoors or indoors and "physically distanced" and will not need masks during these times of the day. Campers will need to be able to wear a mask for extended periods of time with minimal reminders to keep them on.
- Vaccines - the government of Ontario is requiring that anyone who uses our indoor facilities must be fully vaccinated (a minimum of two doses) against COVID-19. Therefore anyone who participates in CLASP must be able to show a valid vaccine QR code on their first day. All of our CLASP staff are fully vaccinated.
- Hand Hygiene - we will build in breaks regularly throughout the day to wash our hands and ensure we keep them healthy and clean.
- Activities & Distancing - we will do our best to create activities and events that allow for a safe distance to be maintained between participants and staff. We recognize that due to the nature of the program there will be times that staff will need to provide support to a camper that will require them to get closer than six feet. Staff will be wearing masks throughout the day and therefore when these circumstances arise, the risks will be minimized. We will also do our best to spend as much time outdoors as possible as long as the weather allows us to.
- Facility Cleaning and Sanitizing - we have increased the frequency of our cleaning and sanitizing practices and will ensure that all spaces are clean and sanitized each day as per our health unit's instructions.
Cancellation Policy - if a cancellation has to occur due to COVID-19 we can either provide a refund for the day's fees or they can be turned into a donation to support the work of the camp.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding any details of CLASP or our practices and policies regarding COVID-19, please contact our Program Director, Chris Pot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-625-8602.