Welcome to Camp!
Safe - Active - Inclusive - Fun
Parks, Recreation & Culture is proud to offer our dynamic daycamp and specialty camp programs. We strive to help you in your quest to find activities to keep your child engaged and active in a fun, safe, inclusive and fun environment.
NEW! We have implemented new safety related procedures due to COVID-19 like our new, contactless sign in/sign out process for our summer camps. Learn about our Summer Daycamp Safety Plan here.
To maintain this procedure, parents/guardians must email completed participant waiver forms to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to child’s first day in camp. Read on for additional daycamp information and to learn how to prepare for your safe, exciting summer at camp.
Child Support Package
We encourage parents/guardians of children and youth with diversabilities to explore all our programming opportunities. For more information on Recreation Access Supports including request for support worker, please visit this page, email us or call 604-467-7355.
Our staff to participant ratios reflects our commitments to safe and high quality program supervision. Our camp ratio for this summer will be: one leader to five participants (1:5).
Camp leaders are carefully selected based on their experience working with children, along with their display of enthusiasm, strong leadership skills and sound judgement. Qualifications for our camp leaders include but not limited to: pre-camp training, valid First Aid and CPR-C and criminal record check.
Program Conduct & Goals
We aim to provide enjoyable activities in a safe and positive environment. Participants are expected to be courteous and respectful to all participants and camp leaders, use non-offensive language at all times, support and appreciate each other, solve problems in a fair and peaceful manner, include others in their activity and play without bullying and teasing others.
The goal of our camps is to ensure that all participants have a rewarding, memorable, safe and fun experience. Providing a safe environment is a collaborative process. We ask that parent/guardians talk to their children about the following camp guidelines:
- Respect others and their property
- Stay with the group
- Use appropriate language
- Ask for help when needed
To ensure the safe arrival and departure of all campers, caregivers will be met at the sign-in/out location. Parents/guardians/caregivers will not be permitted to enter the programming area. Older participants who have written permission from a parent/guardian to travel on their own will have their arrival time recorded.
If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up your child, please ensure that their information is recorded in the participant waiver. Photo ID will be required for all authorized pickups.
If you know in advance that your child will be absent please notify the camp staff. Follow up phone calls will be made if a participant is absent and staff have not been notified. It is important that participants arrive no later than 15 minutes after the start of the program.
Age Range for Camps
Each camp has specific age ranges to facilitate quality programming which are indicated in the program description. Every camper must meet these age requirements by the first day of the course, or they may be required to withdraw due to a lack of program compatibility. Please ensure that your children meet the listed requirements prior to registering for a course.
Should you wish to discuss the suitability of a specific program for your child, please contact Jen Baillie at 604-466-4339.
Closed-toed shoes are a must! Sandals and croc-style sandals are not suitable for our outdoor and indoor adventures.
Sunscreen must be brought daily and applied regularly. We encourage you to show your child how to properly apply sunscreen. Staff will remind participants throughout the day to reapply their own sunscreen. Staff will not be administering sunscreen.
Campers are required to bring their own lunch, snack and water. Foods should not require refrigeration. We suggest a reusable water bottle (no glass please) so you can fuel up and have the energy to go, go, go!
IMPORTANT: Due to the number of participants that have severe nut-related allergies, PEANUT BUTTER, NUTS AND ALL FOODS CONTAINING NUT BY-PRODUCTS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN CAMP.
Please help us maintain the three R’s when packing your child(ren)’s lunches. Litter-less lunches are ideal, but not always possible. Check out our tips on reducing, reusing and recycling waste:
- Pack lunch items with none or as little packaging as possible. Fresh nutritious snacks likes apples, pears, and oranges require no packaging.
- Pack lunch items in reusable containers, rather than plastic disposable bags.
Please note that locations are subject to change. Staff may walk the children to other locations in the community. Drop off/pick up locations may also change; however, parents will be notified of any location changes.
Photographs of participants may be taken at any time for promotional purposes. If you do not wish to have your child’s photo/name used please ensure you indicate this on the participant waiver form.
Please ensure that you make note of the camp end time as end times vary from camp to camp. Please notify the camp staff if you are going to be a few minutes late. We will charge you $1 per minute if you do not pick-up your child within 5 minutes of the end time.
Withdrawals & Refunds
For information about registration and withdrawal/refund policies, see registration information or call our registration desk at 604-467-7422 during business hours.
The sun does not have to be shining to have a good time at camp! All camp programs are outdoors and will continue during inclement weather. Please dress your child appropriately.
Health and safety are priorities. Please ensure your child’s information is accurate by completing the medical forms at sign in. If your child develops a communicable disease registered in camp, we ask that you inform staff immediately. This will allow us to inform other participants and allow them to take the necessary precautions.
Children must be fully toilet trained to attend all programs not requiring adult supervision.
If an insufficient number of participants have signed up for a course, the course will be cancelled. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
All of our programs are drop-off programs and do not involve parent participation.
Child Camp Backpack
Remember, your children are at camp. Their clothes should be comfortable and able to withstand the rigours of camp life! Please ensure that everything your child brings to camp, including clothing, is fully labelled with their full name. Electronic devices (i.e. ipods/MP3s, personal gaming devices, cell phone, cameras, etc.) are not permitted at camp. Parks, Recreation & Culture is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please do not send valuables to camp.
Things to Bring to Camp
- Nutritious and litter-less lunch and snack
- Reusable water bottle
- Proper camp attire
- Sunscreen and bug spray
- Extra change of clothes (just in case)