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Camps

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Clarington is resuming in-person programming following all Provincial guidelines including physical distancing, wearing masks and frequent hand sanitizing. Registration for summer camp will begin on June 9, 2021. Stay up to date on the latest information on how COVID-19 is impacting our programs and services by visiting www.clarington.net/COVID-19.


Clarington Summer Day Camps

Clarington is excited to offer modified in-person and virtual summer day camp options for children four to 12 years of age. Our low-ratio in-person day camps for Clarington residents will allow children to enjoy fun and creative physically distanced sports-related programming, games and crafts this summer, with activities held outdoors whenever possible. 

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and safety measures, day camps will not include field trips, swimming, skating, guest speakers and entertainers, or specialty summer camp programming. 

Virtual summer day camps are provided in partnership with Kids Great Minds and offer children seven to 14 years of age various half-day camp options that focus on computer learning through STEAM programming. 

About Clarington Camps

Clarington offers camps for every child and every interest. Our camps are age appropriate, affordable, and most of all, fun.

Camp staff are certified in standard first aid with CPR Level C and create a positive experience for children using their High Five training in the principles of healthy child development.

Important information

Don’t forget to fill out your Online Camper Information Form. The form must be submitted before the first day your child attends camp.

All parents/guardians picking up a camp participant must have government-issued photo identification with them and be listed on the Camper Information Form with permission to sign-out the child. Government-issued identification is required every time you pick up your child from camp.

For camp information and to report absences, contact the Camp Hotline at 905-435-1061 ext. 2565 or daycamps@clarington.net.

 Attendance and absences

Attendance is taken each day as children arrive and leave. A parent or guardian is required to sign in each child at the designated camp location between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Children must be picked up between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please notify camp staff if you need to pick up your child earlier.

Please notify camp staff if your child will not be attending the program. If your child is absent or late and we have not been notified, staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian. If you need to report a late drop-off, early pick-up or absent child, please email daycamps@clarington.net.

 Late pick-up
Parents or guardians who are late to pick up their child will be charged $20 for every 15 minutes after camp ends at 4:30 p.m. 
 What to bring to camp
Each day, pack a nut-free lunch, snacks, drinks, reusable water bottle, sunscreen, hat (or appropriate outdoor weather clothing), running shoes and a change of clothes. Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Please leave toys, electronic devices and valuables at home. Camp facilities and staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

All campers must wear a non-medical face mask at all times when indoors and outdoors during activities where campers cannot maintain a physical distance of two metres. 

Boomerang lunches and waste-free camps
Clarington Camps have implemented a boomerang lunch program (all uneaten food and waste returns home). Many Ontario schools and camps have successfully implemented boomerang lunches. The Clarington Camps Staff team thank you in advance for helping Clarington Camps be more earth-friendly and lessen our environmental impact.

A Clarington waste-free lunch contains no throwaway packaging. Food and drinks are packed in reusable containers within a reusable lunch bag or box. All containers are re-sealable so that leftover food and drink can be consumed (or composted) later at home. 

 Camper information

Due to COVID-19, parents must complete the Camper Information Form online before the first day of camp. Please note, business hours for receiving forms are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you submit a form the weekend before camp starts, we will not receive it in time.

If you fail to complete the form before the first day of camp, your child cannot attend camp the first day. They can begin camp the next day after we receive the completed form.

 Camper behaviour
Our camps’ goal is to provide a healthy, safe, positive and fun experience for all participants in our programs.

Camper’s Rights and Responsibilities:

  • To learn and play in a safe environment
  • To be free of physical and verbal harassment
  • To take part in all activities in the program
  • To respect the rights of others, peers and staff alike

Due to concerns associated with the potential transmission of COVID-19, we ask that parents remind their children of the importance of physical distancing and being respectful of others’ safety. If a participant purposely puts the safety of another child or staff member at risk, parents will be contacted to pick up their child immediately. This behaviour may result in immediate discharge from the camp.

Anaphylaxis and EpiPens 

If your child(ren) requires an EpiPen, please indicate this on their Camper Information Form. Complete an Anaphylactic Allergies and EpiPen Administration Consent Form and bring it with you on the first day of camp.

Participants who may require EpiPens are responsible for ensuring that they have their EpiPens while attending camp. The participants must carry their EpiPen in an easily identifiable waist pack. 

 Medications
If a camper requires medications while are camp, parents or guardians must follow these steps:
  1. Parents must notify camp staff by completing and handing in the Medication Consent Form.
  2. Only send the correct dose needed for each day.
  3. All medications must be in their original bottle with the child’s name and dosage indicated.
  4. Campers must self-administer their medication with staff supervision.
 Sun protection
All campers and staff are required to wear sunscreen and hats when outdoors. Campers should arrive with sunscreen already applied. We will provide time during the day for the re-application of sunscreen. Participants will need to apply their own sunscreen. In extreme heat, camp staff will make accommodations to seek shade and limit their exposure to the sun. Parents should provide a labelled bottle of sunscreen for their child (SPF 30+).

Clarington Camp's Response to COVID-19

 Notice of risk

Given that there are active cases of COVID-19 in Durham Region, there is a risk that both symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission may occur. While measures to attempt to control these risks have been implemented in our day camp environment, it is essential that parents and guardians are made aware of and understand these risks.

When children from multiple families attend a day camp, there is an increased risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Children infected with the COVID-19 are more likely than adults to have a mild infection or to have no symptoms at all. Nevertheless, children can transmit the virus to other children and adults at camp. Children are also able to bring home an infection acquired at camp and put family members at risk.

All our day camps have a screening process to help detect infections when there are symptoms present. However, this screening process cannot detect infected children or adults who are asymptomatic at the time of screening.

The risk of severe COVID-19 infection increases with age, which older day camp staff should consider in terms of the risks to themselves, particularly when working in camps with children from multiple families.

This caution also applies to those persons of any age who have chronic medical conditions that may put them at increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19 infection.

 Active screening for campers and staff
Active screening is required for children, staff and anyone entering the camp space.

Active screening is the process of proactively checking for symptoms (e.g. temperature checks), travel history and the contact with or care of a person who may have COVID-19.

A participant will not be allowed to attend camp if the child or household member fits the criteria below and will need to self-isolate. The decision on when to return to camp is made in consultation with the Durham Region Health Department.

  • If you or your child(ren) have any symptoms such as fever or cough or difficulty breathing;
  • If you or your child(ren) have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days ;
  • If you or your child(ren) live with, provide care for or spent extensive time with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, suspected to have COVID-19 or who has a fever, cough or shortness of breath that started within 14 days of travel outside of Canada

Symptoms actively screened for COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Nasal congestion*
  • Nasal discharge*
  • Sneezing*
  • Sore throat

*unless common due to allergies, etc. Any child or staff member who has any symptoms of illness or whose parent or other household members are showing any signs of illness as described above will be asked to stay home from the day camp and self-isolate. The decision on when to return to camp is made in consultation with the Durham Region Health Department.

 Enhanced safety protocols
Staff will sanitize high-touch surfaces in the camp space and throughout the facility’s common areas throughout the day. Staff will also sanitize equipment regularly, and only materials that can be readily cleaned and sanitized will be used.

All participants and staff members must practise physical distancing of two metres. Signs and visual markers will be used to emphasize and enforce campers, staff and parents or guardians to maintain a two-metre distance.

If maintaining a physical distancing of two metres is not possible (i.e. staff interventions for behaviour management and issuing first aid), staff will use personal protective equipment (PPE) as required.

Good hand hygiene and frequent hand washing will take place throughout the day. Facilities offering multiple camps will not allow camp cohorts to intermingle. Each camp will have its own designated space, entrance and exit. If sharing common spaces (i.e. gymnasium), the area will be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.

 Procedures for illness at camp
If a participant begins showing symptoms of illness at camp, they will be brought to a room away from other campers. Parents or guardians will be contacted and asked to pick up the child immediately. The child will remain in this separate space with a staff member until their parent or guardian arrives. A staff member will sanitize the area and all the items the child used once the child has been picked up.

The Durham Region Health Department will be contacted, and staff will follow the protocols for when there is a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case in the facility.

Please refer to Durham Region Health Department to stay up to date on the latest information on COVID-19

 How can parents and guardians reduce the risk of COVID-19?

Evaluate your health and that of your child regularly. If either of you is sick, stay home. If either of you has a temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher), stay home. If someone at home is sick, or you’ve come into contact with someone who became sick, stay home and keep your child home too.

Talk to your child(ren) about COVID-19 and the changes in the routine they will find at camp. Let them know that camp groups will be smaller and they need to keep apart from staff and other children and need to wash their hands frequently.

Talk to children about the sign-in process, personal protective equipment and the possibility of being separated from the group with a staff member if they become ill.

 Program Changes
Activities will take place outside whenever possible. All activities will allow for participants to maintain a physical distance of two metres.

There will be no swimming, skating, outings, cooking, baking or special guests at camp.

Children will be provided with their own supplies for use over the week, for example, markers, scissors, glue, etc. These items will be disinfected by a staff member at the end of each day.

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