COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: April 9th, 2020 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

Silver Lake Responds to COVID-19:  We’re in this together

April 9, 2020

Friends of Silver Lake- you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers as we walk through this challenging time, especially with all who have experienced heart-breaking losses.

Good Friday is tomorrow, a day in the church calendar set aside for lament to remember and acknowledge shadows,  sorrow and death.  It is followed on Sunday by Easter, a day to remember that death is not the end, that there is hope.

In these days it is fitting that a weekend set aside for centuries that acknowledges everything from death to life is here to help ground us.

May this weekend bring comfort through time to grieve, lament, cry, connect, hope, create,  laugh and live.

We are not alone.

April 2, 2020

At Silver Lake we are continuing to monitor Public Health recommendations regarding upcoming spring events and summer camp.

In light of the global situation we are beginning to plan for Family Camp being postponed to August 21-23.  Stay tuned for an update about Family Camp in early May.

Visit the WHO, the Canadian Government, and Ontario government websites for the most important and relevant updates and information regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Reach out to or call 519-422-1401 if you want to talk further about how Silver Lake is responding to COVID-19 or about camp in general.


March 25, 2020

With an enormous global impact, COVID-19 has sparked a lot of questions.  How serious is it?  How can I avoid the virus? How do we keep loved ones safe?  When will it go away?  Will we be okay?

Some Silver Lake families are asking the question “Is summer camp going to run?”

Camp is an important part of every child’s summer and Silver Lake is currently planning for the best summer ever! We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and if it is unsafe to run camp, it will not run.  Our highest priority is the health and well-being of staff, volunteers, campers and all who come to Silver Lake.

To help families plan for the future please note the following:

  • The Silver Lake office is closed to the public until further notice.
  • All SLMC face-to-face meetings are cancelled until further notice.
  • All SLMC on-site events are cancelled through to May 10.
  • The deadline for full payment of summer camp fees has been extended to June 1.  All March 31 pending payments will be held until June 1st. 
  • June 1 a decision will be made about the first 4 weeks of Camp (Mini Camp, Camp 1, Young Explorers Hike, Young Explorers Canoe, Camp 2, Crafts Camp, Sports Camp, Dance Camp, Climbing Camp, Boating Camp, Fishing Camp, Food and Garden Camp, CILT 1A, CILT 2A and Day Camp Weeks 1-3)
  • July 1 a decision will be made about weeks 5-8 of Camp (Teen X Hike, Teen X Canoe, Bronze Medallion/ Cross, Teen Camp, Camp 5, Skillz Camp, CILT 1B, CILT 2B and Day Camp Weeks 4-5)
  • Should any camp be cancelled, please be assured that Silver Lake will offer refunds to families who need them.

Silver Lake has consulted with the local Public Health unit (Grey Bruce) and the Ontario Camps Association, and is following recommendations and directions from them.  We will continue to update as new information is available.

Make sure to visit the WHO, the Canadian Government, and Ontario government websites for the most important and relevant updates and information regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

More information about COVID-19 and related Silver Lake protocols is below.  Look to Silver Lake’s facebook page and instagram account for connection and updates in the days ahead.

In this time of uncertainty the creativity, faith, compassion and resiliency of the Silver Lake community has been inspiring.  May we each find the gift in this challenging time.  We look forward to the day when we can all be together again!

Karen Cornies Executive Director

David Lobe, SLMC Board Chair

What’s The Situation in Canada? Ontario?

According to the Canadian government’s official website–which you can visit here, and which is a great resource to stay up to date with the latest developments–Canada first began seeing occurrences on January 15th, with infections increasing since then.  Click here to see CTV’s regular update for  tracking infections in Canada.  The Ontario government has told its citizens to continue to be vigilant as the number of cases grows.

What Can I Do To Keep Me And My Family Safe?

There are many simple measures you can take to ensure both you and your family’s safety according to the World Health Organization.

  • CLEAN YOUR HANDS. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with either an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. This helps to kill viruses that may be on your hands and stop you from spreading it to yourself and others.
  • DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE. This will be tough for people who regularly catch themselves touching their face or chewing on their nails, but it’s very important. Your hands are touching surfaces all day long and there’s no way to know what viruses are living on those surfaces. Once your hand has picked up the virus, it’s easy for the virus to enter your body if you’re always touching your face and mouth.
  • PRACTICE GOOD RESPIRATORY HYGIENE.  Cover your mouth and nose with your ELBOW, not your hand, or a tissue when you cough or sneeze then dispose of the tissue right away.  If you see someone coughing or sneezing, keep at least a metre distance from them.
  • DON’T HOARD MASKS. The only people who should be wearing masks are those who are infected with COVID-19 or looking after someone with the virus. The WHO states that if you are not in either of these camps, you are wasting masks. There is a huge shortage of masks right now, which are essential for those with the virus as well as health care professionals treating the infected.
  • SELF-ISOLATE and stay home if at all possible.
  • WATCH FOR WARNING SIGNS.  Fever, cough, or difficulty breathing are all warning signs. If you start experiencing any of these, seek medical attention and call in advance.
  • FOLLOW DIRECTIONS OF YOUR LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITY.  They will have the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation in your area.

What Protocols will Silver Lake Follow at Camp?

Looking towards the summer, you may be wondering what Silver Lake will do to help keep campers safe and happy.  Silver Lake staff are committed to following sanitation protocols and are well-aware of the seriousness of COVID-19.  Silver Lake will follow several procedures for this upcoming camp season to ensure everyone at camp stays healthy and happy throughout the summer!

Below is a list of protocols that will be followed.  This list will be monitored and updated as needed as guidance from public health evolves.

Handwashing and Sanitizing

  • On Sunday before supper (or first thing Monday mornings for Day Camp) all campers will be taught the correct handwashing procedures.
  • Hand washing or sanitizing breaks after every single activity.
  • Hand washing to be emphasized before and after snack and lunch and before and after the use of the washroom.
  • Hand Sanitizer available in every cabin.

Cleaning Protocols

  • Use an EPA approved disinfectant, before and after use of any surface such as tables, desks, etc.
  • Use an EPA approved disinfectant, before and after use of any materials and equipment such as balls, pencils, board games etc.
  • The standard cleaning process for kitchens, cabins, washrooms and all buildings being used requires sanitizing all surfaces including door handles and common surfaces.
  • The kitchen follows stringent Public Health guidelines.

To Limit Spread of Germs

  • On Sunday before supper (or first thing Monday mornings for Day Camp) all campers will be taught the proper way to cover their cough: with the inside of the elbow.
  • Campers will be instructed to not touch their faces, if they do they will need to wash or sanitize their hands again.
  • Limit the games where campers are required to touch each other.

Procedures for Maintaining a Safe Environment at Camp

  • Children are asked to not come to camp if they had a fever in the last 48 hours.
  • If a child seems sluggish or is complaining of not feeling well, their temperature will be taken.
  •  If a child has a temperature higher than 98.9°F or 37.9°C, they will be sent home.
  •  Staff will carefully monitor campers who display other symptoms such as coughing and shortage of breath and will notify parents if these symptoms persist for more than 20 minutes.

 What’s Next?

Silver Lake will be closely monitoring updates on the COVID-19 virus in Ontario. Check back here for evolving updates regarding the virus as it relates to Silver Lake. This page will be updated once a week.