Squeah’s update about COVID-19

updated March 16th 2020

Camp Squeah remains committed to the safety and well-being of our guests, staff, and campers.

Greetings from Camp Squeah,

As we monitor the global impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Camp Squeah remains committed to the safety and well-being of our guests, staff, and campers. As such, we daily continue to monitor official updates and follow the guidance of Fraser Health and our provincial and federal health authorities.
At this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 in the Fraser Valley is still considered low. While we recognize that this assessment is fluid and may change rapidly, for the time being we are committed to welcoming and serving our registered retreat groups later in the spring and are running spring break day camps this week as planned.

As per BC’s recommended group gathering limit, our spring break day camps will not exceed 50 persons per day on site.

We have been enthusiastically anticipating a busy Spring Outdoor Ed season for some time now and have been dusting off some of winter’s wear on the grounds and trails. Some of you have already been in touch with Dave, our guest group bookings coordinator, wondering about the viability of your retreat in these uncertain times, especially considering some of the mixed messages swirling around the internet and social media.

We are grateful for the work of our Health authority in communicating regular updates and calming fears and anxieties associated with some of the mixed messages. The prevailing message we keep hearing loud and clear is that our best defense against this virus includes the very same good hygiene practices that have long been the standard practice at Squeah – washing hands, covering coughs, and staying home when unwell.

That said, we are implementing additional precautionary measures to ensure that the health and safety of everyone attending and working at Squeah is our highest priority.

Our housekeeping team has increased the number of stations for sanitizing gel and is taking elevated cleaning and sanitizing measures throughout our buildings. We have also distributed signage to remind guests of best practices surrounding hygiene and hand washing.

We recognize that new information is being released daily and some of this information may directly impact the status of your retreat and/or add new elements of risk which may warrant a postponing of your retreat. In particular, we will await the BC Education Ministry announcement tomorrow, Tuesday March 17th, to see what further impact will be had on our Outdoor Education retreat viability.

We are committed to navigating these uncharted waters together with you over the next number of weeks.

Sincerely,

Rob Tiessen.
Camp Squeah, Executive Director,
(ph) 604-869-5353 (ext 102)

p.s. We are currently well stocked in the toilet paper department ;-).