Summer camp

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Summer camp

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!

Summer camp registration will begin Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

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What to expect at camp

  • A week prior to camp starting, you will receive an email with drop off/pick up 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.
  • Games, activities and social opportunities involve minimal contact and follow health and safety guidelines set out by the Province of Ontario and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.
  • 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 indoors.
  • 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. 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

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 specific drop off location for camp will be emailed one week prior to camp.
  • A staff member will accompany your child to their camp as parents are not permitted to enter the camp area.

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
  • Staff will then collect your child’s belongings and bring your child out to you.
  • 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.

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

  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to remain at home until symptom free for 48 hours. They may return to camp and must wear a mask for five(5) 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. We are very active in camp and suggest packing a few extra snacks just in case.

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.