Summer camp

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Our camp programs are filled with exciting games, sports and art activities targeted to each age group. We take pride in knowing that our activities and experiences are challenging, inspiring and, most importantly, fun!

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What to expect at camp

  • A week prior to camp starting, you will receive an email with procedures for camp. Please ensure you have an active email in our registration system and you have agreed to receive emails. You will also need to fill out a copy of our Camper Information Form to bring with you on the first day of camp.
  • Frequent handwashing and disinfecting protocols are in place to keep campers, families and City employees safe.

Employee certification and child supervision

All City camp employees are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR C and have a clear criminal and vulnerable sector check.

Our camp employees are carefully selected based on their past experiences, skills, enthusiasm and ability to work with children. They also participate in a mandatory, pre-camp training program covering topics such as leadership, motivation, teamwork, parent feedback, policies and procedures, as well as specifics about camp programs and management expectations.

Employee to child ratios

Weekly ratios are 1:10 for camps aged 5-12 and 1:6 for camps aged 4-6.

Drop off

Drop off is between 8:30 and 9 a.m. If your camper is going to be later than 9 a.m., please let us know via email [email protected] or call the camp cell phone 226-821-1184.

  • Details regarding camp will be emailed one week prior to camp.

Pick up

  • Pick up is between 4 and 5 p.m.
  • Please ensure your child is picked up by 5 p.m. at the latest. Late fees will be applied after 5 p.m., please see chart below:
Time Late fee
5-5:15 p.m. $5.00
5:15-5:20 p.m. $8.00
5:20-5:25 p.m. $11.00
  • When you arrive at your camp location, a City employee will ask you for your camper(s) name(s) and ask you to present your ID each day

What to wear, what to bring (snacks and lunches).

Campers should wear comfortable clothing that is weather appropriate. For their safety and protection, they should wear closed toe shoes, hats and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). We are not responsible for lost or missing items. Please label your camper’s clothing and personal items so lost items can be identified. Campers should avoid bringing money, electronic devices and other valuables. Each camp has a separate lost and found.

Snacks and lunches

Please pack a refillable water bottle, snack and lunches that will not spoil. We typically eat morning snack around 10 a.m., lunch at noon and afternoon snack around 2 p.m. Please be sensitive to those campers with life-threatening food allergies. All camps are ‘Nut Aware.’ We ask that you do not send products containing nuts or that may contain nuts listed on the labels. Please remind your child that they are not to share any food with the other campers. We are very active in camp and suggest packing a few extra snacks just in case. All locations have access to water fountains and we have frequent water breaks throughout the day.

Bad weather

Our camps take advantage of as much outdoor time as possible. On rainy or smog alert days, we will minimize outdoor time as necessary. In the case of extreme hot weather, precautions are taken to keep campers hydrated and in cool or air-conditioned areas where possible. We follow the heat/smog alerts sent out by Environment Canada and through Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health/City of Guelph.

Disruptive Behaviour Management

We review rules each morning and ask that you talk to your camper about listening, following rules and keeping hands to themselves. We do our best to ensure campers are safe and have fun. Behaviour is handled in a fair and consistent manner using progressive behaviour management strategies. City employees use approaches that are positive, supportive, consistent, proactive, and based on logical consequences. The City of Guelph reserves the right to withdraw a child from camp should their behaviour jeopardize the physical safety and security of themselves, participants, City employees or property. Communication is provided to all parents/guardians should a situation arise.