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Camp Gan Yisroel Montreal Isn’t Allowed to Open This Summer

Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced on Thursday that overnight summer camps will not be allowed to open due to the Covid-19 pandemic, effectively canceling the plans of Camp Gan Yisroel in Montreal. Full Story

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May 22, 2020 2:13 am

….oh nooo!!!!

What about Pardas Chana?
May 22, 2020 3:36 am

Reply to  What about Pardas Chana?
May 22, 2020 8:46 am

It literally said that Montreal is not letting ANY camps in Quebec. Use your chochma a bit.

thats not true
Reply to  Wow.
May 23, 2020 11:09 pm

thats nnot true
i live in montreal and daycamps, not overnight camps ccan open

Oh my!
May 22, 2020 3:38 am

This is really sad, honestly. I’m really lucky I went to Section C this past year, and made it by one year! Feel really bad for all the kids who were going to go, especially the kids who were going to go to Section C. You guys are missing a ton, unfortunately. But there has to be a way for Rabbi Mockin to do something about this. Maybe make a winter camp this coming year? Or add another section to next year? This could apply to all camps. Or maybe, Yeshivas and schools could prolong the vacation until sometime next… Read more »

Reply to  Oh my!
May 22, 2020 8:50 am

When I said that the yeshivas could prolong vacation, if they’d do that, then school would go more into the summer, thereby the kids would get back the time they missed when going to camp until Tishrei.



Reply to  Oh my!
May 22, 2020 9:30 am

No one said anything about YSP at all. That depends on NJ government and the Health Department, and has nothing to do with what happened in Canada. IY”H there will be good news as there was with some camps opening in NY already… don’t start assuming it won’t be good news because of something that happened in a different country!

May 22, 2020 4:05 am

even though Montreal is closing it is still worthy to point out that from the start the head staff were in contact with the staff every step of the way to make sure they were well informed and not getting second hand roumers and even showing personal interest to hear if the staff are doing OK learning well even before the whole covid19 so a big khol hacoivid to all the head stuff and a big shout out to Levi mintz for the almost flawless communication the whole time ensuring that each staff member felt that he was trully being… Read more »

awe shucks
May 22, 2020 4:09 am

they really had the best canteen

May 22, 2020 4:10 am

well could never figer out camps wifi password any ways

Sue and open
May 22, 2020 7:06 am

Chutzpah it’s essential for kids to go to camp and it’s safe

What are u even talking about?
Reply to  Sue and open
May 22, 2020 8:49 am

Wow. There are such ignorant people around here. It’s not safe! I could go on for hours, but there’s a million reasons why they can’t. Besides the fact that its not in their power to do so, they would need to get all the kids to come 2 weeks before camp to get test results, have everybody in small groups so that nobody whos not in their group touches or interacts with each other, the kids would need to wash their hands every time they touch a surface, people would need to disinfect the bathroom every time somebody goes there,… Read more »

Not safe??
Reply to  What are u even talking about?
May 31, 2020 5:21 pm

How is it not safe? Please provide any documentation showing that covid is any more dangerous to 13 year old boys then a regular seasonal flu.
In a camp you would have a lot of people with low/no risk, by the time they went back home they would be long clear even if they got sick.

Need structure
May 22, 2020 8:13 am

What will the boys and staff do all summer? Summer school?

official statement?
May 22, 2020 8:38 am

Don’t you think you should wait for an official statement from the camp? He said LIKELY but I don’t see that quoted here.

Find camp sites in open US states instead
May 22, 2020 8:52 am

They should find camp grounds in US states that are open. Maybe the reform camp sites that are cancelled are available. MS.

What about our refund for deposit?
May 22, 2020 9:17 am

Still no word if CGI Montreal will be offering to refund our deposit.

they did
Reply to  What about our refund for deposit?
May 22, 2020 3:06 pm

they just did

So sad
May 22, 2020 9:47 am

This is so sad. Probably not legal and really unnecessary.
Let’s hope that this can get turned around before the summer starts. I’m going to assume that the fact that the camps havent come out with an official announcement means they are still working on it.
Unfortunately, the Canadian camps have the bigger issue of getting busloads of US kids over the border.

Hello People!!!
May 22, 2020 10:20 am

as hard as this is to take for everyone, people have to realize that it MUST happen, and stop coming up with solutions. People R”L die from this magefah. the least you can do to show your consideration is to prevent it as much as you can from happening again. Besides for the fact that the lack of social distancing is dangerous, it is also rude and highly disrespectful to those who lost loved ones. Please don’t act as if this is a technical problem with a technical solution. This is a matter of sakonas nefoshos and cannot be treated… Read more »

Reply to  Hello People!!!
May 22, 2020 11:54 am

You’re falling prey to liberal talking points. Feel bad for you. Obviously we cannot disregard the pain of those who lost friends and family, however we can’t live in fear forever. BH there are ways to enable safe openings of businesses etc. especially by the time summer comes around in a month and a half, the cases IYH will be even less than what we’ve seen already (drastic drops).

Not disrespectful....
Reply to  Hello People!!!
May 22, 2020 12:45 pm

I lost loved ones. And I understand the need for life to continue… Yes there will always be risks when it comes to living..but you cant lock yourself in a bubble forever. We are past the crisis. Children are at low risk. Children need structure and a path forward to normalcy. There really isnt any reason healthy children going to camp cant be the first step on that path. Camps can put precautions into place just like they do with all other risks such as riding in vehicles, swimming and allergies. Parents can then decide if they are ready to… Read more »

Complete lie.
Reply to  Hello People!!!
May 22, 2020 9:53 pm

For children under 17, FAR LESS PEOPLE have been hospitalized of COVID-19 than flu. Look it up at the CDC. They specifically say on their website: There is a zero mortality rate for this younger age group. Stop spreading fear. It’s older people, people with previous ailments, on medications – these are the ones who have R”L died – NOT CHILDREN! From JAMA Pediatrics, May 11, 2020: Finally, it is important to emphasize that the overall burden of COVID-19 infection in children remains relatively low compared with seasonal influenza. As of April 28, 2020, the CDC report 8 deaths in… Read more »

Reply to  Complete lie.
May 22, 2020 9:55 pm

The children all had underlying conditions. The most common underlying conditions were chronic lung disease (including asthma), cardiovascular disease, and immunosuppression.