The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is pleased to announce that $25,000 was recently granted to the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area. This grant was to support the intensive and ongoing COVID-19 staff training and supervision to safely enable summer day camp operations.
In partnership with the City of Kingston, the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area (BGCK) is the sole provider of authorized and licensed day camps in the summer of 2020. BGCK has been providing summer camp services in Kingston for over 25 years and have well-established processes, trusted staff, and recognized programs.
This summer, the needs for this service in our community are tremendous. Key City and Police officials have confirmed that thousands of children in Kingston and Area are facing acute challenges in their home environments. The full day summer camps will provide individual programming for 9 hours a day, or 45 hours a week per child, with a healthy lunch and snack offering everyday. This type of intensive support will: a) keep children supervised, b) keep children engaged during critical discretionary hours, c) ensure children receive developmentally appropriate stimulation; and d) support children’s daily nutritional needs.
The summer camps will serve children 6-12 years of age, with specific availability for 4-5-year olds. Camp groups will be composed of 8 children and 2 staff members and will run diverse physical, arts-based, science, and literacy-stimulating activities in line with all health and safety guidelines at multiple locations across the City.
The camps, beyond providing vital support to children, will create 80 employment opportunities in Kingston and Area, with the majority of these positions filled by young adults, including youth in their first work experience. COVID-19 staff training includes, but is not limited to: instructions on proper space and equipment cleaning; safe conduction of daily screening, drop off and pick up; recording requirements of daily attendance; adaptation of program designs and activities; and isolation and follow up procedures in case a child or staff member becomes sick.
To ensure training is continuous, site managers will provide ongoing attentive and dedicated supervision to frontline staff. Site managers, specific to each location, are responsible for a) overseeing correct screening, drop off and pick up procedures; b) monitoring frontline staff for compliance with health regulations; c) monitoring and supporting cleaning requirements; d) ensuring the upkeep of proper records; and e) providing continuous adaptation of program design.
This grant was made possible by contributions from the Marion & John Dunn Fund, the Bill and Gladys Kelly Community Fund and the Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund.