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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.

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.

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2022 Children & Youth Summer Camp Policies

COVID-19

  • Updates
    Date Update
    May 25, 2022 Ontario Tech to continue with mandatory mask directive until at least Fall 2022
    April 6, 2022 Ontario Tech to continue with mandatory mask directive; other public-health restrictions changing effective Sunday, May 1

    Ontario Tech University will continue to monitor the public health guidelines to inform decisions beyond May 25, 2022. 

  • Current active COVID-19 policies/directives

     A safe, healthy and engaging campus has always been Ontario Tech University’s No. 1 priority. That’s why we’ve taken a conservative approach to allowing in-person activities on campus during COVID-19.

    Our 2022 Summer Camps programing is subject to Ontario Tech University policies, directives, and health and safety protocols, including processes based on measures put in place by the Province of Ontario and Durham Region Health Department guidelines, along with sector-specific best practices in mind. See Health and Safety (COVID-19) section below for details.

    Current campus policy

    *Policies/guidelines are subject to change. More information can be found on the University's Ready for you webpage. 

  • Health and Safety (COVID-19)

    The following risk-mitigation efforts may (or may not) be in place during 2022 in-person camp activities:

    • Vaccine requirements
      • Ontario Tech University’s directive for mandatory vaccines will remain in effect until at least Saturday, April 30, 2022. We will continue to monitor the public health guidelines to inform our decision beyond April 30, 2022.
    • Daily mandatory COVID-19 screening
      • Campers who develop symptoms while attending camp may be sent home
    • Masking
      • Campers must wear a well-fitting medical grade mask
    • Physical distancing
    • Cohorting
      • Campers may be assigned to groupings that they will remain in for the duration of the camp session
    • Personal hygiene requirements (i.e. frequent hand washing and/or use of alcohol-based hand rub with a concentration of 60%-90%)
    • Limited visitor access
    • Cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces/shared items as appropriate

    Where applicable, all individuals engaging in camp-related planning and activities (camps staff, volunteers, campers, and their parents/guardians) must abide by COVID-19 related guidelines while on campus.

    Continuous Learning, along with our Health and Safety and Risk Mitigation teams continue to re-evaluate measures put in place by the Province of Ontario and Durham Region Health Department. Guidelines are subject to change.


General (all camps)

  • Health and Safety

    *Parents/guardians are responsible for reading and understanding the detailed information on the Ontario Tech University Summer Camps Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability and Code of Conduct. 

    Code of Conduct:

    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 Conduct when attending camps (whether virtual or in person):

    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, or asked to leave the camp session, if they do not follow the above Code of Conduct. If a camper is sent home or asked to leave the virtual camp session 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 staying with the camp group and/or counsellor
      • Not following safety rules for activities or visibly engaging in other unsafe behaviour
      • Deliberately harming themselves or others
      • Threatening to and/or physically harming others
      • Not following fire safety rules
      • Not following COVID-related Health & Safety rules
      • 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 their property
      • Not respecting the rights and privileges of others
      • Vandalizing or destroying property
      • Not respecting others' privacy (example: knowingly entering the washroom areas of other genders, taking photo, video and/or transcripts of others)
    4. A camper does not listen to others or follow directions
      • Deliberate disruption of planned activities
      • Unwilling to participate in planned activities
      • Unwilling to follow fair instructions and/or directions

    *Examples are not an exhaustive list. 

    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. We ask that registrants provide accurate information at the time of registration. Registrants will be given the opportunity to update this information prior to the start of camp.

  • 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 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

    Cancellations made in writing to summercamps@ontariotechu.ca at least ten (10) business 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.

    Camp type Cancellation Fees
    In-person $35 (per camper, per camp)
    Virtual $15 (per camper, per camp)
    Family $25 (per Family)

    Campers/Participants who do not attend their registered camp without a notice of cancellation are considered a No Show . In this case, refunds 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 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.  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.
  • Bursaries

    Limited bursary funding may be available to qualifying campers. For information regarding the bursary process, including the link to the bursary application form, please email summercamps@ontariotechu.ca.

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

  • Contacting you
    Continuous Learning's Summer Camps Team will contact registrants primarily by email using the 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.

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

    We 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 section of the relevant 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. 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.

    Notes about how it works*:

    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: Upon arrival at camp check in, Ontario Tech Campus ID staff may take a photo of your child for an identification badge that will be kept on file for the duration of the camp. At the end of the week, your child can take this ID badge home.
  • Medication(s)

    Over the counter medication(s) will not be administered by camp staff and should not be brought to camp. 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.

    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.

  • 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

    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 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    After care is available from 4 p.m. 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 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 virtual camp experience.  For this reason, campers need to follow the following Online discussion rules:
    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/promotion
        • No argumentative speech

    *Examples are not an exhaustive list. 

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

    Please also review the 2022 Summer Camps Code of Conduct.

  • Technology requirements

    Technology requirements for virtual camps 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 virtual camps.

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

  • Physical material requirements
    Where relevant, physical materials may be required for virtual camps. A materials list will be provided to registrants prior to the start of a virtual camp.
  • Supervision and support
    Supervision and support requirements for virtual camps vary and are specified in the camp description. Parents/guardians are responsible for supervising their child(ren). Additional support may be required by an adult and/or older sibling.

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