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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

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This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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2023 Children & Youth Summer Camp policies

 

COVID-19 policies/directives

A safe, healthy and engaging campus has always been Ontario Tech University’s No. 1 priority. 

Our 2023 Summer Camps programming is subject to Ontario Tech University policies, directives, and health and safety protocols. 

Camper health, wellness and infection mitigation
  • Daily wellness self-screening
    • Campers who become unwell while attending camp may be sent home
    • Campers who are feeling unwell are asked to stay home
  • We do not anticipate that masks will be required for our summer camps, but we do reserve the right to re-implement their use if needed.
Current campus COVID-related policy
*Policies and guidelines are subject to change. Policy updates are anticipated. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are asked to review the 2023 Summer Camps policies page prior to the start of the registered camp for relevant updates.

 

General (all camps)

  • Health and Safety

    Parents/guardians are responsible for reading, understanding, and agreeing to the detailed information on the 2023 Ontario Tech University Camps (Children & Youth) Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability and Code of ConductThe notes below do not contain all the information on the forms. 

    All campers and staff have the right to a positive and safe camp experience.  For this reason, campers are asked to follow the Code of Conduct when attending camps (whether virtual or in person). In general, we ask that campers:

    1. Be safe
    2. Be kind to yourself and others
    3. Respect yourself and others
    4. Listen to others and follow directions
    5. Have fun!

    *Virtual camps can be attended from a variety of locations. During virtual camps, camp staff will reference the Camper Location, Parent/guardian 1, Parent/guardian 2, and Emergency Contact information provided at the time of registration for the purposes of addressing any on-screen Code of Conduct violations, issues and/or emergencies, or by police or other law enforcement agents in the event of an incident. We ask that registrants provide accurate information at the time of registration.

    Family Camps

    Adult participants (aged 18 and older) of Family Camps are responsible for reading, understanding, and agreeing to the detailed information on the 2023 Ontario Tech University Camps (Children & Youth) Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability (Adult). A signed copy of this form must be submitted to camp staff prior to attending a Family Camp.

    The Code of Conduct applies to all campers.

  • Registration and payment

    Due to the nature of the information collected, and the permissions/waivers requested during camper registration, camp forms must be completed by the legal parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) of the individual(s) named in the form, who is a minor at the time of registration.

    Registration must be completed through the applicable online camp registration form. Payment by credit card must be made at the time of registration. All listed prices are in Canadian dollars. Mastercard, VISA and VISA debit are accepted.

    If you cannot pay by credit card, please contact us.

    You will need to agree to the Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability, the Code of Conduct, the listed policies/regulations, and provide camper information as part of camp registration. 

  • Cancellations and refunds
    Paid Camp Cancellations

    Cancellations for paid camps made in writing to summercamps@ontariotechu.ca at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the related camp are entitled to a partial refund. A cancellation fee will apply. Refunds will not be given for cancellations made after this date.

    A list of cancellation fees organized by the type of camp.
    Camp type Cancellation Fees
    In-person $40 (per camper, per camp)
    Virtual $20 (per camper, per camp)
    Family $30 (per Family)

    Campers/participants who do not attend their registered camp without a notice of cancellation are considered a No Show. In this case, a refund will not be given.

    A camp may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants required to run the camp is not met. Early registration is recommended to avoid cancellation due to low registration. Note: Where cancellation of a camp occurs due to low registration, registrants of the affected camp will be given a full refund.

    Free/Scholarship Camp Cancellations

    To ensure camps remain available to interested campers, we request that cancellations for a free camp or scholarship funded camp registration be submitted to summercamps@ontariotechu.ca at least ten (10) days prior to the start date of the related camp. Because of limited availability, please only register if your camper plans to attend all sessions. Cancellation fees do not apply to a free camp or scholarship funded camp registration.

  • Self sign-in/out

    During registration, a parent(s) /guardian(s) may authorize their camper, aged 13 years and older at the time of participation to sign themselves in and out of the registered camp.

    Campers/participants must be at least 13 years of age to qualify for self sign-in/out.

    Minimum age exceptions will not be granted.

  • Waitlists

    If a camp is full, you can ask to be added to a waitlist by emailing summercamps@ontariotechu.ca.  Please provide up to date contact information, including a daytime and evening phone number.

    You will be contacted with registration instructions if a spot becomes available. A deadline for registration may apply.
  • Scholarships

    Limited scholarship funding may be available to campers who would benefit from financial assistance. For information regarding the scholarship application process, including the link to the application form, please email summercamps@ontariotechu.ca.

    Note: where approved, one scholarship will be issued per camper. Scholarships cover the cost of one (1) camp registration. Before and/or after care is not included.

    Please note:

    • The Scholarship Application Form must be completed by a parent/guardian.
    • Scholarships are available to permanent residents and/or Canadian Citizens residing within Ontario, Canada.
    • Due to the nature of available funding, camp scholarships may be limited to specific camps and/or age groups. We cannot guarantee all requests will be filled.
    • Applications will be reviewed on a first-come basis, where funding is available.
    Additional conditions may apply. Details are subject to change without notice.
  • Contacting you

    The Summer Camps Team will contact registrants primarily by email using the parent/guardian email address(es) provided at the time of registration. 

    Emails from summercamps@ontariotechu.ca may be redirected into your spam and/or junk email folders. 

    Registrants are asked to check their email inbox, including spam and/or junk email folders on a computer or laptop, as some devices (and Apps) apply additional spam and junk filters.

    Please add summercamps@ontariotechu.ca to your email address book.


In-person camps

  • Staff and faculty discount

    All current staff and faculty are eligible for the following discounts.

    In-person camps:
      • 4-day camps: $30 discount 
      • 5-day camps: $40 discount

    Family camps: no discount is available

    Virtual camps: no discount is available

  • Photo/Video release

    The Summer Camps team will be taking photos and videos during in-person summer camps that may be used in future marketing materials. For this reason, parents/guardians of campers can opt-in on the Photo/Video Release during registration to give Ontario Tech University permission to take and use these photos and videos.

    *Parents/guardians are responsible for reading and understanding the detailed information on the Photo/Video Release form before providing consent. Consent will be requested at the time of registration.

    The notes below do not contain all of the information on the form and are only meant to help clarify some of the information.

    By consenting to Photo/Video Release you give Ontario Tech permanent permission:

      • to take photos and video of the camper
      • to use all photos and video taken in various ways for marketing, promotion and advertising
      • to fully own and edit all photos and video taken
      • to use all photos and video taken without the need for approval from you of its use or how it is used
      • to not be prevented from using all photos and video taken
    Note: During camp, an Ontario Tech University staff member will take a photo of your child for identification purposes only. This photo will not be used or shared as outlined above. Alternatively, a photo may be requested at the time of registration.
  • Medication(s), epi-pens & inhalers
    Medication(s)

    Over the counter medication(s) will not be administered by staff and should not be brought to camp. Staff will confiscate any over the counter medication(s) from campers, which will be held until check-out for the parent/guardian to retrieve.

    If a camper requires prescribed medication(s) during the course of their registered camp, parents/guardians will be required to contact the Campus Health and Wellness Centre to make arrangements for a health care professional to administer the prescribed medication(s). An appointment prior to camp may be required.

    Inhaler and/or epi-pen

    IMPORTANT! We recognize that campers may carry an inhaler and/or epi-pen. If this is the case please contact summercamps@ontariotechu.ca to complete the necessary forms, share pertinent information, and/or address any further questions.

    Epi-pens required for life threatening allergies must remain in close proximity to the camper. We suggest these items be carried in a labelled belt pack. Campers must show their camp counsellor where the epi-pen and/or inhaler is located.

    Campers are responsible for carrying their epi-pens and/or inhaler at all times.

  • Camper drop-off/pick-up

    Unless a parent/guardian has arranged for their camper to sign-in or sign-out independently during camp registration, individual(s) authorized to drop-off/pick-up a camper will be asked to show photo ID and must sign an attendance sheet with a staff member during drop-off/pick-up.

    Only the listed parent/guardian, or other authorized individual(s), will be permitted to pick-up the camper. If someone attempts to pick-up or visit a camper who is not listed as a parent/guardian, or other authorized individual, we will not allow access to the camper until it has been verified by a listed parent/guardian.

  • Packed lunches
    Any packed lunches, snacks, and/or beverages* must:
    • be nut free
    • be banana free
    • be non-perishable (a fridge will not be available for food storage)
    • be individually labeled and not shared

    Reduced litter lunches are highly encouraged.

    Campers are not permitted to use microwaves or other multi-use appliances (e.g., toasters, kettles, serving utensils).

    Nutrition and hydration breaks are taken outside (weather permitting).

    *Refillable beverage containers must be individually labelled. Refillable water stations are available to campers upon request.

  • Before and after care

    Before and after care is available for all in-person summer camps (excluding Family camps). Before and after care are supervised by camp counsellors. Camp counsellors will escort campers going to and from before and after care. 

    You can sign up for before and after care when completing your child(ren)’s camp registration.

    Times

    Before care is available from 8 to 9 a.m.
    After care is available from 4 to 5 p.m.

    Pricing

    Before care

    $25 for 5-day camps
    $20 for 4-day camps

    After care

    $25 for 5-day camps
    $20 for 4-day camps

    Location

    Ontario Tech University - North Campus
    2000 Simcoe Street North
    Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5
    Canada

    Further information regarding drop-off and pick-up locations will be shared with registrants prior to the start of camp.


Virtual camps

  • Online discussion rules

    All campers and staff have the right to a positive and safe camp experience.  For this reason, campers need to follow the following online discussion rules as well as the 2023 Camps (Children & Youth) Code of Conduct.

    1. Be safe
      • Examples:
        • Do not share personal information
        • Do not click links unless they are posted by the discussion facilitator or moderator
    2. Be kind
      • Examples:
        • No bullying, discrimination, or harassment
        • No harmful "jokes"
    3. Be respectful
      • Examples:
        • No explicit speech
        • Respect other people, their feelings, and ideas
    4. Be a good listener
      • Examples:
        • Listen to discussion, facilitators, and moderators
        • No spamming or all caps in the chat
    5. Be inclusive
      • Examples:
        • Give everyone a chance to speak
        • Create a safe environment for everyone
    6. Be relevant
      • Examples:
        • Keep conversation relevant to discussion topics
        • No advertising and/or promotion
        • No argumentative speech

    *Examples are not an exhaustive list. 

  • Technology requirements

    Technology requirements for virtual camps vary and are specified in each camp description. Participants are responsible for reading this information and ensuring they meet the minimum technology requirements as well as they can prior to the start of camp.

    A stable internet or data connection, webcam and microphone are required for all virtual camps.

  • Physical material requirements
    Where relevant, physical materials may be required for virtual camps. If applicable, a materials list will be provided to registrants prior to the start of a virtual camp.
  • Supervision and support

    During a virtual camp session, parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their child(ren).

    Some adult support (or support from an older sibling) may be needed to start the daily session for younger campers. Counsellors will then provide the support during the camp activities. Depending on the camper age and ability, additional support may be required by an adult and/or older sibling. 

    *Virtual camps can be attended from a variety of locations. During virtual camps, camp staff will reference the Camper Location, Parent/guardian 1, Parent/guardian 2, and Emergency Contact information provided at the time of registration for the purposes of addressing any on-screen Code of Conduct violations, issues and/or emergencies, or by police or other law enforcement agents in the event of an incident. We ask that registrants provide accurate Camper Location information at the time of registration. 


If you have any questions or want more information about our policies, please contact us.

Staff are available Monday to Friday during regular business hours. Our office is closed evenings, weekends and holidays. Administrative staff are currently working a hybrid schedule.