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Summer Day Camp 2020


The City of London is offering modified summer day camp program this year.

The modified summer camp program follows guidelines and health precautions set out by the Province of Ontario and the Middlesex-London Health Unit, including physical distancing and group size restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Children will take part in active and quiet games, arts and crafts, nature-based and outdoor activities, when space and weather permit, among smaller camper groups of eight. Each group will be assigned its own space for defined activity periods, with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in between groups, with camp counsellors staying with the same group of children all week.

Core programming will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and families will be assigned drop-off times between 8:15- 8:50 a.m. and pick-up times between 4:15-4:45 p.m.

Registration will be available starting Monday, June 22 at 8:30 a.m. online or by calling 519-661-5575. In-person registration will be available at City of London offices, second floor of 355 Wellington Street (Citi Plaza), Suite 248 on Monday, June 22 between 8:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Summer Camp 2020 Sessions:

The following neighbourhood camps will be available for ages 4-12 and will run in weekly sessions until Friday, September 4:

Camps starting July 13:

  • Argyle Arena (FULL - waitlist available)
  • Boyle Community Centre
  • Byron Community Centre (FULL - waitlist available)
  • Stronach Recreation Centre
  • South London Community Centre
  • Kinsmen Recreation Centre

Camps starting July 20:

  • Earl Nichols Arena
  • Lambeth Community Centre and Arena
  • Kiwanis Seniors Centre
  • Medway Community Centre and Arena (FULL - waitlist available)
  • North London Optimist Community Centre
  • Summer Surprise at North London Optimist Community Centre (FULL - waitlist available)

Storybook Gardens Summer Camp

Additionally, we will continue to offer our Summer Surprise program for youth ages 12-21 with special needs. This camp has very limited spaces and will operate at North London Optimist Community Centre starting Monday, July 20. As in years past, the ratio will be 1:3 and if youth require more support with feeding, changing, and toileting, they must bring their own support staff. This camp will run in weekly sessions until Friday, August 28.

More information is provided in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

 

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  • What are the operational hours for the camp?

    Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm are the core program hours. Families will be assigned a drop-off time of 8:15am or 8:35am, and a pick-up time of 4:15pm or 4:30pm, and will be notified of this time via email the week before coming to camp. No extended care will be offered this year. Camps will not run on Monday August 3 (Civic Holiday).

    NOTE: All campers must be dropped off and picked up by a parent/guardian age 18+ who can attest to the camper’s health. Campers will not be allowed to sign themselves in or out this summer.

  • When will camp be offered, and for what ages?

    The following neighbourhood camps will be available for ages 4-12 and will run in weekly sessions until Friday September 4:

    Camps starting July 13 – Argyle Arena, Boyle Community Centre, Byron Community Centre, Stronach Recreation Centre, South London Community Centre, Kinsmen Recreation Centre

    Camps starting July 20 – Earl Nichols Arena, Lambeth Community Centre and Arena, Kiwanis Seniors Centre, Medway Community Centre and Arena, North London Optimist Community Centre

    Additionally, we will continue to offer our Summer Surprise program for youth ages 12-21 with special needs. This camp has very limited spaces and will operate at North London Optimist Community Centre starting Monday July 20. As in years past, the ratio will be 1:3 and if youth require more support with feeding, changing, and toileting, they must bring their own support staff. This camp will run in weekly sessions until Friday August 28.

  • What is the cost of the camp?

    For neighbourhood camps, the fee is $136 per week ($109 for the week of August 4).

    For Summer Surprise, the fee is $163 per week ($131 for the week of August 4).

  • When will registration begin?

    Registration will begin online and by phone on Monday June 22 at 8:30am. Please visit www.london.ca/playyourway or call 519-661-5575 to register on a first-come, first-served basis

  • Will I have the opportunity to speak to a staff member before my camper attends?

    The week prior to your camper attending camp, you will receive an email from a Camp Coordinator with forms you will need to fill out, instructions on our drop-off and pick-up procedure, other camp procedures and guidelines that you and your camper need to be aware of, and general information about the program. If you still have questions after reading through the information, the email will include an option to have a phone conversation with the Coordinator prior to camp. As our staff are busy with preparations and training, we ask that you wait to ask questions until you receive this email.

    NOTE: Please ensure your Play Your Way Online registration account includes an email address you check frequently.

  • What are the staff ratios this summer?

    Our staffing model will be two Camp Counsellors for each group of eight children, with additional staff present for planning, oversight, coordination, and cleaning. Siblings and members of the same household will be included in the same camper group as much as possible.

  • What activities will be taking place at camp?

    Each camper group will participate in activities completely independent of others, which will include active and quiet games, arts and crafts, nature-based activities, and outdoor activities when space and weather permit. Each group will be assigned its own space for defined activity periods, with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in between groups, and Counsellors will stay with the same group of children all week.

    As per provincial guidelines, campers will not be participating in field trips, activities that require group transportation, cooking activities, or hot lunches. For some groups, a walking trip to a nearby park may be possible. In these instances, parents/guardians will be notified ahead of time in order to grant permission for their camper to participate. Our Camp Coordinators are also looking into fun on-site options like virtual field trips and virtual fitness activities.

  • What safety measures will be taken to minimize risk at camp?

    Campers will be screened for symptoms upon arrival, which will be recorded on the sign-in sheet and kept on record for purposes of contact tracing. The sign-in process will take place outside and physical distancing will be enforced. Families will be assigned a drop-off time and pick-up time by camper group, and will be required to adhere to their assigned times in order to avoid mixing with other camper groups.

    Staff will be keeping daily records of anyone (e.g., camp participants, staff and essential visitors) entering the program setting who stays for 15 minutes or longer to allow for contact tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak.

    Staff will be required to complete a daily health screening and will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as required by guidelines. Physical distancing within camper groups will be enforced to the greatest extent possible, with the exception of staff interventions for behaviour management and issuing first aid. Masks will not be provided for campers, but parents/guardians may send a mask with their camper if they wish.

    There will be a maximum of 32 campers per location, with some smaller sites accepting fewer campers.

    Camper drop-off and pick-up will be held outdoors and parents/guardians and other families members will not be allowed to enter the camp location. At most sites, only our camp staff and campers will be allowed inside our camp facilities.

    Many other strategies will be in effect to meet provincial guidelines and public health regulations. The safety measures listed above are just the general considerations for summer camp programming.

  • What if a camp participant starts to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in camp?

    Protocols will be in place if a camp participant begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in camp, including immediate notification to the parent/guardian and the need for immediate pick-up. The camp participant will await in an isolation area, with a staff member, until pick-up. A parent/guardian or emergency contact will be required to pick up their ill camper within one hour of receiving notification.

  • My camper needs 1:1 care due to special needs. Will this be provided this summer?

    Campers age 12-21 attending Summer Surprise will be supported by a 1:3 ratio. As in years past, if youth require support with feeding, changing, toileting, or require 1:1 support due to behaviour, they must bring their own support worker.

    There will be limited 1:1 spots for ages 4-12 at Argyle Arena, Stronach Recreation Centre, North London Optimist Community Centre, Medway Community Centre and Arena, Kinsmen Recreation Centre, Earl Nichols Arena, and South London Community Centre.

    For intake, please follow these steps:

    1. Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22, email wsummer@london.ca answering the following questions:
    1. Camper’s name and age
    2. Desired camp location(s) and week(s)*

    * Each camper may be provided with up to two weeks of 1:1 support from a City of London staff

    1. The type of assistance the camper requires throughout a day at camp (eg. toileting, behavioural support, communication support, etc.)
    2. The level of support they usually have at school (eg. full time EA, partial support, etc.)
    1. An Inclusion Coordinator will respond to requests in the order emails are received, and will not respond to any emails that are received prior to 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 22.
    2. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and once spots are filled, an Inclusion Coordinator will notify families that they are on a waitlist in the event a space becomes available.
    3. If families prefer to send their own support worker with the camper instead of having a City of London staff support them, there is limited funding to provide two weeks of pay to that support worker. Please mention this preference in your email.
    4. Once an Inclusion Coordinator confirms the camper’s week(s) and camp location, they will instruct families on how to register and pay for camp.
  • I registered in March for the old camp program before it was cancelled. Will I get priority registration for the new camp program?

    Because of provincial and local public health guidelines, we have had to reduce the number of camp spots per week to meet gathering limits and distancing measures. Additionally, there are a number of camp locations we typically have access to that we are unable to use this summer. There are not enough camp spaces to offer to all participants who were originally registered for summer camps this year.

    Considering this, cancelling all programs and allowing residents to re-register on a first-come, first-served basis is the best strategy for us to be able to refund clients and begin running summer camp programs as quickly as possible, and is the most impartial way forward. Additionally, this will allow residents to make alternate arrangements, should they be required, as soon as possible.

  • I have an urgent question. Who can I contact?

    Urgent questions can be forwarded to recreation@london.ca. We will reply as soon as possible.

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