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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

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.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Policies

  • Health and safety

    *Parents/guardians are responsible for reading and understanding the detailed information on the Ontario Tech University Virtual Camps Waiver which includes the Code of Behaviour and Release, Waiver and Discharge information. The notes below do not contain all of the information on the form - they are only meant to help clarify some of the information.

    All campers and staff have the right to a positive and safe camp experience.  For this reason, campers need to follow the following Code of Behaviour:

    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!

    Campers will be sent home if they do not follow the above Code of Behaviour. If a camper is sent home for any of the reasons listed below, no refund will be given:

    Examples:

    1. A camper does not keep themselves safe or threatens the safety of others
      • Not following safety rules for activities or visibly engaging in other unsafe behaviour
      • Deliberately harming themselves or others
      • Threatening to physically harm others
      • Visibly using or discussing the use of alcohol, cannabis, cigarettes, narcotics or any other illegal substance
    2. A camper is not kind to themselves or others
      • Knowingly and/or willingly being inappropriate, vulgar or offensive to others
    3. A camper does not respect themselves, others or property
      • Not respecting the rights and privileges of others
      • Not respecting others' privacy (example: taking photo, vided and/or transcripts of others)
    4. A camper does not listen to others or follow directions
      • Deliberate disruption of planned activities
      • Unwilling to follow fair instructions and/or directions

    *Examples are not an exhaustive list. 

  • 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:
    1. Be safe
      • Examples:
        • Don't share personal information
        • Don't click links unless they are postede 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/promotion
        • No argumentative speech

    *Examples are not an exhaustive list. 

    Not following discussion rules can lead to removal from camp and/or future camps.

  • Supervision and support
    Typical supervision and support requirements vary and are specified in the camp description. Parents/guaridians are responsible for supervising their child(ren). Additional support may be required by an adult and/or older sibling.
  • Technology requirements

    Technology requirements vary and are specified in the camp description. Participants are responsible for ensuring they meet minimum technology requirements as well as they can.

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

    Technology requirements must be fulfilled prior to the start of camp. 

  • Physical material requirements

    Where relevant, physical materials may be required for camps. A materials list and/or material kit pick-up instructions will be provided to registrants prior to the start of camp. Where applicable, material kit pick-up requirements are noted in the Required physical materials section of the camp description.

    Where material kit pick-up is required, individuals residing within 40 kilometers (km) of the Ontario Tech University North Campus will be required to pick-up material, based on a schedule. Pick-up details (i.e. building location, campus map, etc.) will be provided by email prior to the start of camp. 

    Pick-up Location:
    Ontario Tech University
    2000 Simcoe Street North
    Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5

    Delivery of materials: For those campers residing outside of this 40 km radius, shipping costs will be incurred at the cost of the registrant. Pick-up options can also be arranged, if preferred and requested in advance.

    Please note: Registration will close ten (10) days prior to the start of the registered camp to allow for the distribution of materials. Individuals wishing to register less than ten (10) days prior to the start date of the related virtual camp will be required to contact summercamps@ontariotechu.ca and will be required to pick-up related camp materials (if applicable) from the designated pick-up location, based on a schedule.

  • Bursaries

    Bursaries are available to qualifying campers. For information regarding the Bursary process, including a copy of the Bursary Application and related registration instructions, please email summercamps@ontariotechu.ca.

    Note: Where approved, one (1) bursary will be issued per camper. Bursaries cover the cost of one (1) camp registration.

  • Registration and payment

    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.

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

    You will need to agree to the Code of Behaviour, the listed policies/regulations and provide any relevant medical information as part of camp registration.

  • Staff and faculty discount

    There is no staff and faculty discount for virtual camps.

  • Cancellations and refunds

    Cancellations 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 full refund, minus a $15 fee per camp week. Refunds will not be given for cancellations made after this date. Where camp materials have been shipped directly to camper(s) prior to receiving a notice of cancellation, refunds will not be granted for costs related to materials and/or shipping costs.

    A virtual camp will 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 virtual camp occurs due to low registration, registrants of the effected camp will be given a full refund.

  • Waitlists
    If a camp is full, you can ask to be added to a waitlist by emailing summercamps@ontariotechu.ca.  You will be contacted with registration instructions if a spot becomes available.
  • Photo/Video release

    We will be taking photos and videos during camp that may be used in future marketing materials. For this reason, parents/guardians of campers can opt-in on the Photo/Video Release section of the relevant virtual camp registration form to give us 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. The notes below do not contain all of the information on the form - they are only meant to help clarify some of the information.

    Notes about how it works*:

    By completing the Photo/Video Release form 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

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