The City of Côte Saint-Luc has made the difficult decision to cancel our summer day camps for 2020. Our staff takes pride in the programs and activities it offers to children in the community. Staff did a lot of brainstorming to see how we could offer a summer camp experience while maintaining physical distancing and other preventative measures. We concluded that we wouldn’t be able to offer our programs in a way that, in our opinion, could be done safely.
The City will refund anyone who has already paid for a Côte Saint-Luc day camp program. You should expect a cheque in the mail the next two to three weeks. For those who provided credit card numbers, your credit card will not be billed.
While our 2020 summer camp program is cancelled, the Parks and Recreation team is planning smaller-scale events for kids across the city this summer. Provided the Quebec government doesn’t tighten any of the restrictions, our idea is to offer free 2-hour programs in parks across the city for groups of about 8 children. We will announce details in early June and explain how parents can register.
For now, the Parks and Recreation team continues hosting free online events to keep the community engaged and active. You can find a list at these events at cotesaintluc.org/events/list and at facebook.com/recreationCSL .
The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone. We are disappointed that we can’t offer summer camp this year. We’re disappointed for first-time campers who were excited to start, veteran campers who wanted to enjoy another year with friends, and counsellors who wanted to spend the summer working with friends and earning some money.
We hope that 2021 will see a return to normal life, with health, happiness, and smiling kids enjoying our parks and open spaces.