Summer Camp 2022 Half-Day Camp Information Package

What to Expect

Expect lots of fun! Campers will visit Science Centre exhibits, participate in hands-on activities and create lasting memories. All Camp activities are aligned with Public health guidelines.

Covid-19 Safety Measures at Camp

The Ontario Science Centre will operate Camp in accordance with public health guidelines. At this time, masks are not required in the Science Centre, but we support all visitors and Campers who choose to wear a mask. Similarly, we encourage self-screening each day prior to Camp.

Please note that masking mandates and other COVID-19-related measures may change as public health guidelines evolve. We will communicate any changes to Science Centre policy as they occur.

General Camp Information

Camp Location

Camp will take place at the Ontario Science Centre, located at 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto. Each group of Campers will have a dedicated Camp-room that serves as home base.

Holidays

Camp will not run on the Civic Holiday (Monday, August 1, 2022).

Camp Hours

Morning Camp runs between 9 and 11:45 a.m. each day. Afternoon Camp runs between 1:15 and 4 p.m. each day. Campers should be signed in and out up to 15 minutes before and after Camp, respectively:

Morning Camp:

  • Sign-in time is between 8:45 and 9 a.m.
  • Sign-out time is between 11:45 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Afternoon Camp:

  • Sign-in time is between 1 and 1:15 p.m.
  • Sign-out time is between 4 and 4:15 p.m.

If you have questions about Camp or wish to submit a Medical and Camper Support Form, please arrive 15 minutes before the start of sign-in time on the first day of Camp. Please note that we are not able to offer Extended Care for Campers enrolled in Half-Day Camp.

Sign-in and Sign-out Procedures

Proof of age will be required for all Campers on the first day of Camp. Please have government-issued proof of age available for your child to sign in on the first day of Camp.

Each Camper’s parent/guardian or authorized pick-up person must sign the Camper in and out each day. Self-sign privileges will not be assigned at this Camp. Please enter the Centre through the IBM School and Tour Group Entrance and proceed to the sign-in area on the Level 1 Mezzanine. For sign-out, please enter through Main Entrance and proceed directly up to the Level 1 Mezzanine.

All parents/guardians, authorized pick-up persons and emergency contacts will be required to present photo ID each day before Campers are released to their care. This ID must match the name provided on the Camper’s booking form. Please provide legal names, not preferred or chosen names (e.g., do not write “Mike” for “Michael”), on the booking form.

Late Sign-in and Early Check-out

If your Camper is going to arrive after Camp begins or before it ends, please contact the Camp Office at 416-696-3256 or by email.

We kindly request that late drop-offs and early pick-ups not take place between 12 and 2 p.m. or 3:30 and 4 p.m., respectively, due to busy lunch-time activities and end-of-day preparations. We appreciate your cooperation.

We anticipate increased attendance at the Science Centre during the summer. Please expect delays and line-ups for parking if you are dropping off late or picking up early.

Communicating Absences

If your Camper will be absent, please contact the Camp Office at 416-696-3256 or by email before 8:45 a.m. to report their absence. Please see the Cancellation and Refunds section below for more details.

Parking

Parking for Camper drop-off and pick-up is free during designated sign-in and sign-out windows. You will be provided a parking slip for your dashboard for mid-day drop-off and pick-up.

Please park on the east side (facing Don Mills Road) of the South Parking Lot at Gateway Boulevard and enter the Science Centre through the IBM School and Tour Group Entrance. If the South Parking Lot is full, a staff member will direct you to the North Parking Lot and into the Centre.

At Camp

What to Bring at Camp

Campers should bring a bag or backpack containing the following items:

  1. A refillable water bottle
  2. A sweater/sweatshirt
  3. Closed-toe indoor shoes
  4. One snack
  5. Birth certificate (on the first day of Camp only)

All belongings will be stored in the Camper’s Camp-room during the day. Please clearly label all belongings with the Camper’s full name.

Campers should not bring personal items such as electronics, cellular phones, toys or sports equipment to Camp. There are no lockers available for storage, and the Ontario Science Centre cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged items.

Please do not send money with your Camper, as there will be no opportunity for them to visit the vending machines or restaurant while at Camp.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Please DO NOT send food containing NUTS to Camp, as many Campers have severe, life-threatening allergies to nut products. The Ontario Science Centre cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.

Camper Code of Conduct

We expect all Campers to respect each other, their counsellors and supervisors, as well as their environment while at Camp. We also expect that no Campers will exhibit behaviour that is harmful to themselves or others.

If a Camper does not adhere to our Camper Code of Conduct or behaves in an unsuitable or unsafe manner, we will notify their registering parent/legal guardian. If it becomes necessary to remove the Camper, a partial refund may be considered. Violent behaviour or language jeopardizing the safety of others will not be tolerated and will result in termination of the enrolment.

Camper Code of Conduct

  • Respect fellow Campers, volunteers, staff and other visitors. 
  • Treat people the way I would like to be treated.
  • Cooperate with Camp staff and follow their instructions. 
  • Stay with my group, unless I have special permission not to be with them.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should My Camper Wear?

Campers should dress in comfortable clothing that is suited to physical activity. Each Camper will receive a Camp T-shirt on the first day of Camp, which they must wear every day while at Camp.

For health and safety reasons, open-toed shoes, roller shoes and Crocs are not considered safe for Camp.

Every Friday is Pajama Day. Campers and staff can wear pajamas along with their Camp T-shirts, which must still be visible with their PJs.

How Will My Camper Spend Their Day?

Campers will spend their time exploring exhibit halls and participating in hands-on science activities. Please note that Half-Day Camp does not include an IMAX® film.

What Happens to Lost Items?

Any lost items will be placed in the Camp’s lost and found, located in the Camp Office. Any unclaimed items from the week will be taken to the Centre’s main lost and found, which can be reached by calling 416-696-1000.

How Do I Get There?

Please visit our website for driving directions, TTC instructions and map links for getting to the Ontario Science Centre.

How Do I Change My Contact Information?

Only a parent/legal guardian can register a Camper. This individual (the “Registering Adult”) is the only person permitted to make changes to the Camper’s booking and contact information before or during Camp.

If you are the Registering Adult and wish to make changes, including changes to your contact information or to the list of authorized pick-up persons, please contact our Camp Office with your confirmation number at 416-696-3256 or by email.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellations and modifications received prior to June 10, 2022, are subject to a $70 administration fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made after June 10, 2022. A flexible cancellation policy will apply for cancellations related to COVID-19. If we are unable to deliver a Camp week, all registration fees will be refunded in full.

Please note that the Ontario Science Centre reserves the right to terminate the registration or enrolment of any Camper if, in the opinion of the manager, it is in the best interest of the Camper and/or Camp. If the Ontario Science Centre terminates a Camper’s registration or enrolment, a full or partial refund will be considered depending on the circumstances of the termination.

Safety and Security

Camper Care

Camper safety and supervision is of the utmost importance. Camp programs are delivered by responsible, enthusiastic and caring counsellors with a broad range of expertise and experience working with children in an educational and/or recreational environment. Our diverse staff includes teachers, science educators and university and high school students with a science or education-related background. All Camp staff have valid Vulnerable Sector Screening Checks.

Visitor Access to Camp

Ontario Science Centre visitors, including Camper parents/legal guardians, are not permitted to enter Camp-rooms or to join in Camp activities. If you would like to visit the Ontario Science Centre and/or the OMNIMAX® Theatre while your Camper is busy at Camp, regular admission fees will apply.

First Aid and Medical Intervention

All members of the Ontario Science Centre’s protective services staff, as well as all Camp staff, are trained in First Aid and CPR-C.

Ontario Science Centre staff cannot administer medication to Campers. If your Camper must take medication during their Camp day, please see a Camp supervisor or your Camper’s counsellor to discuss options. While we will do our best to remind Campers to take their medications, we cannot guarantee this.

Because Camp activities take place throughout the Ontario Science Centre, we require Campers with EpiPens, inhalers and other life-saving medication to carry them at all times while at Camp.

Campers With Special Needs

The Ontario Science Centre recognizes the individual needs of Campers. To help us accommodate your Camper’s special needs, we recommend that you complete this optional form in advance of Camp. After receiving your form, we may reach out for more information or to discuss if/how we are able to support your Camper’s needs.

The Science Centre does not provide one-on-one supervision or specific medical support. However, Campers with special needs may have an adult support person accompany them free of charge. Please inform us of your plan to provide a Camper with a support person in advance so we may prepare accordingly.

Please do not email personal or private medical information.

Privacy

If there is information you want to share with us about your Camper that will help us support them medically or behaviourally, please send us a completed Medical and Camper Support Form or telephone us to arrange a conversation no later than the week prior to Camp.

Please submit your form in person or via mail or fax. Do not email personal or private medical information.

Contact Us

Address

Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
Toronto, ON
M3C 1T3

Camp Office

Phone: 416-696-3256
Email: Recreational Programs
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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