Despite the State Government lifting the ban on school camps, businesses in the field feel they have been “shafted again” by the decision. On Wednesday morning, Education Minister Sue Ellery gave the green light for camps to recommence for term two, after they were first cancelled in February due to COVID restrictions. While businesses were provided limited financial assistance to get them through term one, third party co-operations like Dunsborough’s AdventureWorks WA suffered a near $500,000 loss and are still not hopeful for the coming school term. Company director Scottie Wood said the announcement had not left enough time for schools to plan a camp. “There are positives and negatives,” he said. “It’s great to be back but ... all of our term two camps have cancelled anyway, it’s so late, schools cancelled weeks ago, because otherwise they lose their deposit and they don’t want to lose any money. “Schools aren’t nimble enough to pivot really quickly.” Mr Wood said it takes on average six weeks for schools to organise a camp, with many schools who postponed to term three declining the offer to return to their original term two dates. In addition to the laborious organisation required, financial assistance is also ending as of May 6, an extension that leaves the company fearful of surviving the term on limited day-camp bookings alone. Mr Wood feels his company will be “desperately holding on” to make it to term three, with a lack of consideration from the McGowan Government. “We’ve been handed another sh.t sandwich to digest and work through,” he said. “It’s just ridiculous, shafted again.” In addition to announcing the return, the Department of Education set in place a series of guidelines for future camps. Students and staff will be required to provide Rapid Antigen Tests and make isolation arrangements for anyone who shows COVID-19-like symptoms, who tests positive or is identified as a close contact while at camp grounds. A $500,000 incentive fund has also been made available for public school students to encourage them to return to day-trips and incursions.