Advocating

THE FUTURE OF CAMP

Summer 2020 looked quite different for our camps and your summer camp experience was different too. Maybe you attended a day camp, received a ‘camp box’ at home, or joined your favourite camp staff in virtual activities. During our step away from ‘business as usual’ we want to give a huge shout out to our camp leaders and volunteers who still made camp vibes happen this summer with creativity and dedication.

There were also many camps that were not able to offer any programming for their campers and all camps across Saskatchewan were unable to run overnight camp because at this time overnight camp is still not permitted under the Provincial Public Health Orders and the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. The SCA would love to help our camps see the return of overnight camp in 2021 with the safety of campers as the top priority. One thing remains the same, SCA member camps are always in the business of offering quality and safe camp programs. They are dedicated to reducing all types of risks, including the transmission of COVID-19.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

PROVINCIAL ADVOCACY

Tell our Provincial Government that we need overnight camps open this summer

Who can help us advocate for the future of camp? Camp staff, summer staff, alumni, campers, parents, board members, camp volunteers, teachers, local businesses, ANYONE WHO LOVES CAMP!

 

Process for contacting your local MLA for the provincial government: 

  1. Go to https://www.elections.sk.ca/voters/gis/
  2. In the search bar under ADDRESS LOOKUP enter your full address and click the ‘submit’ button – the constituency information should appear
  3. Click on the link under the MLAs name to redirect you to their contact information on the https://www.legassembly.sk.ca/mlas/ page where you will find their:
    • First and Last Name
    • Name of Constituency
    • Political Party
    • Contact Information: Their email address will be listed on the bottom right corner of this biography page. 

Our ask – What you should include in your email 

  1. The note should include that you are a constituent
  2. Be to the point, firm and direct. Do not worry about it being lengthy, use your own words – this will come across as authentic. Speak from the heart.

The SCA is asking two things of our provincial government at this time: 

      1. The camp industry needs attention from the Ministry of Health to reopen overnight camps this summer. We need attention now so that our camps can start confirming plans, put safety measures in place, and hire those 1500+ summer staff who need these GREAT jobs! 
      2. For direct financial support for overnight camps due to the mandated closure by our government. Financial support will help our camps survive and be ready for reopening. 
  • Ask that they follow up with you, e.g. “I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.” 
  • Remember to state the facts and ask for a solution – write with kindness.  
  • CC the Saskatchewan Camps Association ([email protected]), so it is clear you are working in conjunction with us. 

Success! You have just lobbied your provincial MLA and brought your camp’s needs to their attention.

FEDERAL ADVOCACY

Visit www.thankstocamp.ca for information on lobbying at a federal level by contacting your local MP.

#thankstocamp #savecanadiancamp

The PDF download below also has additional information and instructions on how to lobby the federal government to support the advocacy efforts of the Canadian Camping Association.