For Parents & Caregivers
Before your child attends a City camp, please review this helpful information.
Camp runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday to Friday unless otherwise noted for holidays.
Give yourself a little extra time when you drop off your child to give us the following information that we need to know before they attend City camps:
- Emergency contact
- Sign in/out information, including if your child is able to sign-out on their own.
- Media consent forms
- Any relevant trip participation forms.
If your child has any health needs and/or carries medication with them, additional medication administration forms will need to be completed.
Plan ahead – don’t forget to pack these things:
- A hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water each day
- Extra clothing in case a change is needed (make sure they dress for the weather too)
- Snacks and lunch each day (nut-free please and in labelled reusable containers)
- Swimsuit, towel on swim days (goggles and deck shoes are great, but not required)
- Themed days will be listed on the camp schedule (such as pajama day or superhero day)
- Equipment, such as a helmet for bike, skateboarding or in-line skating camps
- Sturdy shoes and socks or sturdy close-toed and heeled sandals for hiking activities
- If there is an off-site trip planned, send the trip permission slip with your child. (Talk with staff if your child can’t participate in order make other arrangements, if possible).
Children must be 4 years of age on the first day attending any camp program.
Due to new regulations issued by the Province of Ontario, (Child Care and Early Years Act) we do not offer full or half-day camp programs for children under the age of 4 (48 months).
If you are delayed, let camp staff know so arrangements can be made for a staff member to stay with your child until you arrive.
If you are consistently late, a fee of $1 per minute will be charged.
Let staff know as soon as possible.
As part of our Safe Arrival and Departure Policy, staff will contact you if your child is supposed to be at camp and isn’t.
On the First Day
If you and your child don’t attend the first day of camp and you haven’t let us know, staff will call to ask if you would like to remain in the camp.
During severe weather conditions, such as thunderstorms, high UV ratings, smog alerts or other potentially harmful conditions, programs activities will be adjusted to keep your camper safe.
Check in with camp staff for program changes.
From time to time, campers will lose something at camp. The City is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Campers are encouraged to:
- Label all items (backpacks, lunch bags, clothing, hats, water bottles, etc.).
- Avoid bringing any type of electronics to camp or anything valuable.
Camp staff participate in training, which includes child guidance, program planning, risk management, inclusion and support and much more.
All staff are certified in Emergency First Aid and Principles of Healthy Child Development.
Youth volunteers have also been trained in City policies, program development and risk management.