Closure of the camps: big black cloud for families

Fermeture des camps de vacances: gros nuage noir pour des familles

The closure of the camps could be dramatic for many families in Quebec, while many parents believe this is the defining experience in the development of children.

“Several children have been deprived of school and other activities for six months. It seems to me that this kind of living is even more critical this year, ” falling leaves Marilyn Richard, a health care worker of Montreal, whose children attend the holiday camps.

The government announced Thursday that the opening of the camps was given to the summer of 2021.

During the press briefing Friday, Dr. Horacio Arruda reiterated that the risks of contamination are higher in the summer camps, because the young people sleep together.

“We’re talking about a low-risk group isolated in the woods, supervised by teenagers and young adults,” says Ms. Richard. These stays are necessary for the development of children. ”

A defining experience

Eliane raises at camp Edphy in 2019, with a certificate of ” camper of the summer.”

For Véronik Pilon Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, camp Edphy in Val-Morin, in the Laurentians, is an important family tradition. His adventure began 35 years ago, and her daughter Eliane, 2017.

The mother of four children has kept hope until the new falls on Thursday.

“It’s really hard what they saw at the camp. Eliane was really sad and I, too, also “, she says.

At age 12, Eliane already hopes to become an animator in a few years.

“If Edphy does not survive, it is a dream that flies away “, adds Ms. Pilon, who believes that the camp experience, away from the family, has removed his daughter from his comfort zone and his shyness.

Marie-Eve Labelle, mother of Leo, 12 years old, and Edward, age 8, is of the same opinion. The two boys attend the camp Lake in the Heart, in Mauricie, in the last few years.

“It is flipped over as they love the camp, she says. Leo is very anxious and the self-confidence is very difficult. But the camp, it changed everything. It works on the esteem, confidence and independence. ”

Driven to bankruptcy

Many parents have fears about the future of holiday camps, which are in a precarious financial situation.

According to the Association des camps du Québec (ACQ), the third party would be likely to file for bankruptcy if they don’t open this summer.

“If we don’t help, I don’t know how we will survire to it all,” captures Martine Dupont, the executive director of camp Lake in the Heart, which celebrates its 75th anniversary next year.

Nearly 1350 young people are already registered for the summer of 2020. Some families have offered their trust to support the camp, but others ask for refunds.

The ACQ request a funding of$ 22 Million to the government for the continued life of the camps, which are already reimbursed for$ 9 Million registrations to the families.

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