Campers will have the opportunity to explore the outdoors and find a new appreciation for nature at GET WILD! summer camps. (Contributed)

Wildsight Golden prepares for GET WILD! summer camps

The day camps will limit enrollement to ten campers and will practice social distancing

GET WILD! summer camp is back for the summer of 2020, with some modifications and restrictions to accomodate the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 is the sixth annual year for Wildsight Golden to host the GET WILD! summer outdoor environmental education camp for the children and youth of Golden and area.

Participants will learn more about local ecosystems through play and exploration. The camp runs weekly.

This children’s camp, with participants from 6 to 10 years of age, will run in July and August. This program is for those parents who want their children to be outside and come home dirty, happy, tired and excited.

“People say children are our future, so if we can help children appreciate how wonderful nature is and why we have to look after it, they’ll be good stewards for the future,” said Joan Dolinksy, president of the Golden branch of Wildsight.

“Having a positive summer experience and getting some intellectual stimulation is really good for our children, instead of being inside.”

Activities include nature discovery and adventure games, local hikes, bird-watching, community gardening, take home art from nature, sports, community volunteering, music and drama, survival skills and many more fun outdoor activities.

Wildsight will ensure all GETWILD! equipment is sanitized, implement physical distancing, with plenty of hand sanitizer and soap on hand. Camp councillors will be well versed in public health protocol and there will be a no tolerance for any symptoms of illness for either staff or campers.

Camp will be limited to only 10 campers in order to facilitate social distancing. With camps being held outside, Dolinksy believes the policies that they have in place and new ones being developed and will help protect children from COVID-19.

“All the protocals are saying that outdoors is safer than indoors, so it’s a really good fir for this unfortunate situation we have,” said Dolinsky.

Wildsight will also have a flexible refund policy.

“You just can’t anticipate what’s going to happen, you don’t want to penalize someone for pulling out due to illness,” said Dolinsky.

Wildsight hopes that the children’s camp will include a field trip each Thursday where we go on a full day field trip to a local attraction such as Wapta Falls, Organic Sports Ranch, Cedar Lake and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort depending on the direction received from the B.C.’s provincial health officer.

Children camp dates for the 2020 summer are: July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-31, Aug. 4-7, Aug. 10-14, Aug. 17-21 and Aug. 24-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kids can sign up week by week, or daily drop-in.

The cost for one week is $200 with a $10 one-ime registration fee per family.

If you cannot make it to a full week of camp drop-in is $55/day or $75/day for field trips.

Contact getwildcamp@wildsight.ca to receive a registration package and answers to any questions.

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