In compliance with the City of Toronto Mandatory Mask or Face Covering By-Law 541-2020, wearing a mask/face covering is required in enclosed public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Information on mask usage at camps can be found in the Safety section below.
CampTO is a new creative camp experience that offers outdoor and physical activities, active and quiet games, arts and crafts, and nature-based activities. This camp features additional staff for smaller camper to leader ratios to help maintain physical distancing in camp and ensure safe supervision of campers. CampTO is designed for maximum fun and safety for campers 6 – 12 years of age.
The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, following the provincial government’s announcement that summer day camps can operate during the phase 2 reopening.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, CampTO programs will meet health guidelines designed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and in alignment with provincial health guidelines for day camps. Guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning.
Registration for CampTO will take place beginning at 7 a.m. on:
The quickest and easiest way to register is online at efun.toronto.ca. Phone registration will also be available at 416-396-7378, option 1. As Civic Centres and community recreation facilities remain closed, in-person registration will not be available.
Residents can call 416-396-7378, option 1 Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for help preparing for registration. Extended hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. will be offered on June 22 and 23.
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Camp will look different this year, but fun is still the goal! Experienced staff have been hard at work adapting games and activities to maintain physical distance between campers. Each camper will have their own supplies for all activities to eliminate sharing of supplies and equipment.
CampTO will not be going on bus trips or using transit, but instead will be exploring local neighbourhoods during outdoor programming and walks to parks.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, CampTO programs will meet health guidelines designed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and in alignment with provincial health guidelines for day camps.
Camper’s safety is the first priority. CampTO offers an enhanced ratio of staff to campers and reduced group sizes. Each camp group will stay together for the entire week, and not interact with other campers.
Each camper will be asked to agree to a code of conduct while at camp, including physical distancing, respiratory etiquette and frequent handwashing. Campers who are unable or unwilling to follow the camp code of conduct may be asked to leave camp to protect the safety of all participants. As always, positive behaviour management will be implemented prior to asking any child to leave camp.
In compliance with the City of Toronto Mandatory Mask or Face Covering By-Law 541-2020, CampTO campers and staff will be asked to wear face coverings/masks while indoors. Caregivers are asked to send 2-3 clean face coverings per camper each day, and bring 2 resealable bags to store them in. The face covering can be a mask, scarf, bandana, other cloth covering or non-surgical paper mask as long as it covers your camper’s nose and mouth. Campers will not be required to wear a face covering while outdoors at CampTO. Note that face shields are not a substitute for face coverings/masks.
Cleaning of facilities will occur more frequently with special attention to high touch surfaces like door handles and counters. Shared spaces and common areas like gyms and washrooms will be cleaned between uses.
Caregivers will receive a mandatory phone call prior to camp start to review procedures and do a pre-camp health check. Completing the call with staff is required for your child to be admitted to camp. Caregivers will also be sent a Camp TO Caregiver Manual.
CampTO incorporates a new camp drop off routine. Each camper will be assigned an arrival time to reduce crowding and to better manage the new arrival process. With caregivers (age 18 and older with knowledge of the child’s health) present, staff will conduct a camper daily health screening that involves caregivers answering several questions. Campers that have symptoms of COVID-19 will not be admitted to the camp program and caregivers will be asked to take the camper home and have them tested at the local assessment centre.
Caregivers must do a temperature check of campers at home each morning. If the camper’s temperature exceeds 37.8C, please keep the camper home and call the recreation centre office to let staff know. Campers who have not had a temperature check will not be admitted to camp. Additionally, if anyone in the household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the camper must stay home.
If a camper falls ill while at camp, they will be placed in a quiet room with a staff person and isolated from the rest of their camp group. Caregivers will be contacted to pick up their camper immediately. The caregiver will be asked to take the child to a COVID-19 assessment centre to be tested. If a negative result is confirmed the child will be allowed to return to camp.