About our staff
Each program location is staffed with a minimum of 2 caring and qualified leaders. Our camp staff are university, college and high school students, who are committed to your child's safety and enjoyment. All camp staff are required to complete:
- Standard First Aid/CPR- C level training
- A Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
- HIGH FIVE training
- Extensive training in leadership skills, program planning, child abuse, risk management, communication, behavior management, problem solving, to name a few.
Each program site has an on-site Supervisor known as the Senior Leader. These supervisors receive additional training in all areas of supervision and are your first point of contact to address camp issues.
Participant Information Form: We want to provide the safest camp experience for your child/youth and therefore we ask that you complete a Participant Information Form and return it on the first program day.
Medication Administration: If your child requires medication to be administered during program hours, we ask that you fill out a Medication Consent Form. All medication must be in the original container and we ask that you only send enough medication for the day.
Epipens & Inhalers: We do request that any participant bringing an epipen or inhaler to a program bring it in a separate fanny pack - that the participant can wear at all times. Please check the expiry date on supplies prior to the start of the program.
Food allergy alert: Due to an increased number of children with nut allergies, we request that peanut products are npt brought to camp. If your child has any food allergies, please ensure that you have notified your child's leader and recorded it on both of Participant Information Form and Medication Consent Form.
In the case of illness: If the participants exhibit signs of an illness at camp, in effort to keep the staff and other participant safe, you may be asked to pick up your child immediately. If your child is showing signs of a severe illness or a communicable disease, we ask that you follow the guidelines outlined in our, "Welcome to Camp Letter," as well as those outlined on the Halton Region Department website: www.region.halton.on.ca/health
Arrival/Dismissal: Parents/Guardians are required to sign in their child(ren) into programs as part of our safe arrival and dismissal procedure. Participants will only be released to those indicated on the Participant Information Form. Anyone picking up a child, other than parent, will be asked for picture ID and must sign the child out of the program. For Youth programs, youth are able to sign themselves in and out (and walk/Bike Home on their own) as long as it is noted on the participant information form. Dismissal of any participant at times other than the posted program end times will not be done without parent permission.
Code of conduct: The goal of our summer camp programs is to provide enjoyable age-appropriate activities in a safe and positive environment. All participants and parent/guardian are required to sign off on the Code of Conduct prior to the start of program; this document is located on the back of the Participant Information Form.
Photographs: Occasionally photographs may be taken either by the Parks & Recreation staff or local papers for promotional purposes. If you have any objections to your child being photographed, please inform the Senior Leader or a Staff member at your site. Please also indicate so on the Photo Release Form.
Supervision: To ensure the safety of your child(ren), all city of Burlington camps maintain a 100% supervision of participants at all times. All activities are planned with full visual supervision (including but not limited to washroom breaks, transitions & trips). Leader to participant ratios vary on the camp but are no larger than 1:15 on-site and 1:10 on off-site trips. In addition, participants are not permitted to leave the group to which they are assigned.
Extended Care: Extended Care is available for some camps at a few of the locations. Please make note that late fees will apply for picking up children after the extended care hours.
Extreme Weather: Our camp programs seek to actively engage campers outdoors as much as possible. If you are concerned with your child's health due to the air quality, we encourage you to keep your child home for the day because not all program facilities are air-conditioned. Should you have any questions about air quality in the Halton-Peel area, check out http://www.airqualityontario.ca/ During such times, staff will ensure children are in shaded areas, have access to water and will focus on low intensity games/activities.
Holidays: There will be no camp programs running on Monday, June 30th 2014, Tuesday, July 1st 2014 or on Monday, August 4, 2014 (Civic Holiday).
What to bring to camp: sunscreen, hat, peanut-free lunch, 2 peanut-free snacks, labelled water bottle/jug (reusable), running shoes (for safety, please keep sandals at home), active clothes that can tolerate some camp fun and a completed Participant Information Form (available on our website and at each camp site).
Camp calendars: Please see your on-site leaders for a detailed calendar of events or your camp location. To ensure up-to-date information, these calendars are available at the end of June and can also be accessed online through our website.
Trips: Please note that there is no program on-site on trip days and that the city of Burlington is not responsible for children/youth that show up to camp on scheduled trip days and are not registered for the trip. Refer to our trip section outlined in our Live and Play guide and on our website for more information.