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Camp Amy Molson in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge has suspended its activities this summer due to COVID-19 restrictions. Photo: James Morgan

Overnight summer camps cancelled, but some day camps and online camps taking place

Summer camp is where memories are made for many children, but COVID-19 pandemic has put an end to overnight summer camp and has reduced the options for summer day camps due to public health restrictions.

Two local overnight camps are not the usual scenes of swimming, paddling, and campfires this summer.  Camp Amy Molson, located at the corner of Scotch and Boyd Roads in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, is one of them.  The facility normally offers an affordable summer camp experience to children aged 5 to 14 from Montréal and has operated since 1944.  However, Québec government directives have ordered overnight camps throughout the province to remain closed this summer as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

All summer camp activities and facility rentals have been suspended at the Centre Notre-Dame de la Rouge, which is located where Rivière Rouge enters the Ottawa River by Route 148.  The Roman Catholic summer camp opened in 1939 but is also closed this summer due to public health restrictions.

The woods are silent, and the cabins empty at the Canadian Amateur Musicians-Musiciens amateurs du Canada (CAMMAC) property on Lac MacDonald in Harrington this summer, due to the pandemic.  CAMMAC has taken the virtual option for its summer music camp for all ages, which began on Monday, July 13.  The camp is using Zoom for online classes and is offering a series of free events for CAMMAC members.  More information is available at  https://cammac.ca/en/2020-summer-music-camp-free-online-activities-for-members/

Municipal recreation departments in Champlain Township and the Town of Hawkesbury are not offering day camps this summer.

The Recreation Department in La Nation Municipality is still offering its summer day camp, but with a modified format.  Only two groups of eight children are being accepted for day camp this year.  An emphasis has been placed on outdoor activities, but enough space is available at the community centre in St-Isidore to maintain proper physical distancing indoors.  The two groups will not interact with each other during the day and facilities will be thoroughly cleaned in between each group using them.

The Township of North Glengarry normally partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall/SDG for its day camp.  This year, the club is offering a day camp online instead.

Le Groupe de services communautaires Kawabunga is also operating its day camps this summer in Hawkesbury, Casselman, and Rockland.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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