For Parents & Caregivers
Before your child attends a City camp and/or After-School Recreation Care programs, such as ARC/CLASP, please review this helpful information.
- Camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday unless otherwise noted for holidays
- After-School programs run from school dismissal to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday during the school year unless otherwise noted for holidays and PA days. Some sites have programs that end at 5:30 p.m.
Forms & When to Fill Them Out
Complete the Participant Information form and send with your child on the first day or give yourself a little extra time when you drop off your child to give us the following information:
- 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
This information must be given before your child attends a Camp or an After-School program.
If your child has any health needs and/or carries medication with them, additional medication administration forms will need to be completed.
What to Pack
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 labeled 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 a 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).
- Hat, sunscreen and a water bottle for the warm and sunny days
- Warm clothes including boots, hats and mittens for the cold winter days
- Sturdy shoes and socks for daily physical activities
Minimum Age of Participants
Campers must be at least 4 years of age on the first day attending any camp program.
We do not offer full or half-day camp programs for children under 4 years of age (48 months). This complies with regulations issued by the Province of Ontario’s Child Care and Early Years Act.
Children must be at least 5.8 years of age to be eligible for any after-school program. This translates to 5 years and 9 months or 69 months old. No exceptions. This complies with regulations issued by the Province of Ontario’s Child Care and Early Years Act.
Running Late for Pick Up?
If you are delayed, let 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.
When Your Child Can't Come to Camp or After-School Program
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.
Our emergency protocols will be put into place and could include a call to non-emergency police to ensure your child’s safety.
On the First Day
If you and your child don’t attend the first day and you haven’t let us know, staff will call to ask if you would like to remain in the program.
Adverse Weather Conditions
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 child safe.
Check in with staff for program changes.
From time to time, participants will lose something at Camp or After-School programs. The City is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Participants 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.
About Camp/After-School Staff
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.