Belwood News & Alerts
April 14th, 2020
It is with great sadness that, due to the COVID-19 virus, Belwood Lodge and Camp will be closed until further notice. We do not anticipate opening this summer. This decision was made by the Board of Directors out of concern for the safety of our campers, lodgers and staff and upon the advice of our Health Committee. Our decision is consistent with advice of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA).
For further information regarding refunds, keeping in touch, etc please refer to your e-mail, as well as the letter mailed out to the addresses we have on file for each participant.
The decision to close is heartbreaking for all of us. We know how much camp means to our campers, lodgers and their families and staff. Camp has been running continuously since 1946 and this is the very last thing your Board wanted to see happen. But the health and safety of our Belwood community is our most critical responsibility. It would, quite simply, be irresponsible to open this June.
Like the rest of Canada, Belwood cannot foretell the future. We are, however, planning for future camps, and focusing on the physical and financial resources of the camp to ensure that Belwood will continue to be the summer highlight you expect it to be. Here is our first important initiative:
We are planning a Virtual Camp: If campers and lodgers cannot come to camp this summer, we hope to bring a little piece of camp to them. We aim to host camp activities and provide resources throughout the spring and summer for lodgers through virtual platforms such as Zoom, Facebook, and Google Classroom. This will give our lodgers the opportunity to participate in classic Camp Belwood activities such as talent shows, arts and crafts, sing-songs, movie nights, dances, and book club, as well as a chance to connect with their friends and see their counsellors too. We will provide updates on this initiative in the coming weeks.
We hope that you and your family are staying safe through this challenging time. We miss you all and we make this decision thinking about everyone and their safety – we are our own family at Belwood and it’s important that we take this time to stay home so we can come home to Belwood as soon as possible.
James Lortie, Executive Director
Members of the Board, Belwood Lodge and Camp