Camp and PD Day programs

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Summer Camp 2.0

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 during COVID-19

  • Campers are allowed to register for a maximum of two (2) weeks of summer camp. One2One spots are also limited to a maximum of two (2) weeks per child.
  • All campers and parents/caregivers present at drop off are screened. This includes a health questionnaire and temperature reading.
  • Any camper who has an elevated temperature or who does not pass the COVID-19 screening questions will not be permitted into camp for the day. 
  • Each camper is assigned to a cohort for the entire week. Cohorts have designated drop off and pickup entrances. All parents/guardians are made aware of the drop off location prior to the start of camp.
  • Physical distancing of at least two (2) metres is encouraged between campers and City employees. When physical distancing is not possible, face masks are worn by City employees and optional for campers based on individual family preference.
  • Camp cohorts have a maximum of 10 individuals, including campers, City employees and One2One supports. Cohorts are consistent for the entire week. Cohorts have their own designated program space and materials.
  • Frequent handwashing and disinfecting protocols are in place to keep campers, families and City employees safe.
  • Games, activities and social opportunities involve limited and/or no touching and follow health and safety guidelines set out by the Province of Ontario and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. Swimming and water games are not be permitted at camp this year.

Employee certification and child supervision

All City camp employees are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR C and the Hive Five principles of healthy child development (governed by Parks and Recreation Ontario) and have a clear criminal and vulnerable sector check. In addition, all camp employees have been trained in new protocols, policies and standards related to COVID-19 based on provincial legislation.

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 during COVID-19

Weekly ratios are 1:4 for campers with a maximum cohort size of 10 individuals. 1:1 ratio for a maximum of three (3) campers requiring One2One support is available each week.

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 telephone at 519-822-1260 extension 5657 for West End Community Centre and 519-993-7013 for the River Run Centre. You can also email [email protected].

  • Please designate one parent or guardian to drop off and pick up your camper all week.
  • West End Community Centre campers should be dropped off at the back parking lot. A screener will be there to greet you. Please remain in your vehicle.
  • Each cohort has an assigned colour that is attached to an outdoor tent. After screening is done, your camper will go to their designated cohort. Camp staff will be onsite to greet your camper.
  • If there is inclement weather, all campers are to be dropped off at the Lion’s Lair entrance. Vehicles will be greeted by a screener before campers can enter the facility. Please remain in your vehicle.
  • River Run Centre campers are to be dropped off at the main entrance. A screener will greet you at the door. Please do not get out of your vehicle.
  • Each cohort has its own doors to enter into their designated cohorts.
  • All campers and families, at both locations, will be screened and temperatures will be taken prior to campers entering the building.
  • Any camper who has an elevated temperature or who does not pass the COVID-19 screening questions will not be permitted into camp for the day.
  • Once the camper has passed the screening, a customer service staff member will accompany your child to their designated cohort as parents are not permitted to enter the building.

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. Due to COVID-19, we have enhanced our cleaning protocols and require the facilities where camp is hosted to be evacuated at this time.
  • 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
  • West End Community Centre campers are to be picked up at the back of the building where drop off happened. Screeners will direct you where to park to wait for your camper.
  • If there is inclement weather, please pick up your camper at the Lion’s Lair entrance. A screener will greet you.
  • River Run Centre campers are to be picked up at the front entrance and screeners will direct you where to park to wait for your camper.
  • Staff will then collect your child’s belongings and bring your child out to you (parents are not to enter any facility at any time).
  • If your child shows any symptoms of illness throughout the day, you will be contacted immediately, and you will have 30 minutes to pick up your child once contacted.

Common questions

What happens if a camp participant develops COVID-19 symptoms at camp?

  • A camp participant who shows symptoms is moved away from other camp participants and supervised until a parent or guardian can pick them up
  • Parents/guardian of the child are called immediately and asked to pick up their child within 30 minutes
  • Supervising staff will try to keep a two metre (6.5 foot) distance from the ill child and both staff and child (if tolerated) will wear a mask. Staff will wear additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as necessary.
  • Parents/guardian are asked to have the child tested for COVID-19 at a testing centre and provide a negative test result before the child can return to camp

What if another child or staff has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19?

  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to go to a testing centre to be tested
  • Anyone who was in close contact with the person who developed symptoms is grouped together in the day camp program until more is known about the test results or further direction is received from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • If a staff or child tests positive for COVID-19, the City will work with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph to determine if other staff or camp participants need to be tested or go home and self-isolate for 14 days

Who can I call if I have more questions about COVID-19?

  • Please call Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 or 519-822-2715 extension 7006.

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.

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

Disruptive 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.