New Adventures Summer Camp - 4 – 12 years

A new, modified camp experience. Campers will enjoy active and quiet games, crafts and lots of outdoor play. This camp has been designed following provincial health guidelines which include; smaller camps sizes and additional staff to help maintain physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning. Although this summer is about safety, we won’t forget the fun!

The intention of this modified camp program is to provide a child care option for those in need. 

Camp begins July 20, weekly until September 4

Register for New Adventures Camp

Register for ICAN

Camp hours

Our camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Extended Care programs are not available.

Locations

New Adventures Camp will be held at the following locations. Please note that if we do not fill all camps, campers may be moved to another location. You will be notified in advance of the camp starting. If you do not wish to relocate, you will be permitted to withdraw with no penalty. 

  • FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton
  • Milton Memorial Arena
  • Milton Sports Centre

Facilities are only open to camps, not the public.  If we enter stage 3, camp spaces will not be accessible to the general public. 

Registration

This modified camp program will have limited space available with priority offered to those who registered for summer camps prior to suspension due to COVID-19. Only registrations for Milton residents will be accepted. Remaining spots will be released to the public online, Tuesday June 30 at 9:00 am. Please check social media Monday evening June 29 to see if spaces remain.

When registering for the camp, you will be making a “reservation”. You will not be asked for payment. A staff member will contact you in the days following to arrange payment. This change has been made to provide more equitable access because our facilities remain closed, and in-person registration will not be available. Payment must be made prior to your child attending camp. 

Camp Fee

5 days - $242.13

4 days - $193.71

Wait lists

Although we anticipate this camp will fill quickly, we encourage you to place your name on a wait list as often people will withdrawal their child for various reasons. 

Subsidy

Learn more about subsidy and camps

Inclusion

Campers requiring extra support may attend the program with their own trained support person provided by the family, who has been in regular contact with the camper. Campers attending with their own support worker will need to register through the ICAN (Inclusion Care for Assisted Needs) program. ICAN spaces will be available to campers between the ages of 4-12 years. Due to the new Day Camp Guidelines outlined by the Ministry, we are unable to offer as many camp spots as we have previously, which also affects our inclusion programs. Additionally, Inclusion families will not be able to pick their preferred camps. Instead, a specific number of ICAN spots will be available at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton and the Milton Sports Centre. This is to ensure we are not exceeding the maximum amount of campers allowed in a camp as outlined by the Ministry of Health.

Please contact inclusion staff directly if a support person will be attending with your camper. Additional offerings will be considered if health and safety guidelines lessen and can safely be achieved for both staff and campers. The ICAN New Adventures Camp fee has been waived for the 2020 summer.

New camp requirements

We have established protocols for operations during this time, and are taking appropriate precautions to ensure we are keeping campers and staff safe. Based on the guidelines provided by Halton Public Health and provincial health guidelines, we have instituted lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening, and enhanced facility cleaning. Our protocols are established based on the Ministry of Health’s Guidance for Summer Day Camps. These protocols are subject to change, as the situation continues to evolve.

 Camp forms

Parents/Guardians will be required to complete a medical form (if applicable) and a Pre-Program Declaration of Health Form prior to their camper attending camp. Campers will complete a Declaration of Health Rules, to educate them on the new rules that have put into place for camp to protect them and others from COVID-19.

Camp cohort bubbles

You will register your camper for a camp location and camp staff will create camp bubbles of 10 (includes staff and campers). Bubbles will be created with special consideration to age/developmental stage and where appropriate, we will place siblings in one bubble wherever possible.

While at camp, each “bubble” or grouping of campers will act like a household. This reduces the need to mask if a 2-metre distance cannot be guaranteed. Each separate camp bubble will not interact with any other bubbles. Facility space can only be used by one camp bubble at a time and must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use by each bubble.

Separate entrances and exits for each camp group will be in place to support physical distancing and separation of each camp bubble. Your designated drop-off/pick-up location will be emailed to you on Thursday the week before camp begins.

Should you like to request a bubble with persons other than siblings, such as those who are in your social circle, please let us know and we will try to accommodate as best as possible.   

Screening and drop-off/pick-up

Each day, a Daily Health Screening will be conducted for campers and the adult accompanying them. This is to ensure all campers (and their family members) are asymptomatic. Symptoms can be passed between family members so it is important we screen both the child and the parent before allowing the camper into the building. Parents will not be allowed to enter the facility and a member of our staff will escort campers to their program area.

We encourage only one parent/guardian (18+ years) to complete all drop-off and pick-up wherever possible.

Should you arrive outside of camp drop-off or pick-up times, there will a number you can call to get in touch with staff at your assigned bubble entrance. 

Play

Emphasis will be placed on independent activities, activities where campers can physically distance, and outdoor play.

Campers will be given an activity supply kit at the beginning of their camp week to limit sharing of supplies between children.

Under stage 2 of the provincial government’s re-opening, playgrounds and play structures remain closed. Camp bubbles will not have access to outdoor playgrounds, play structures or spray pads. Should we enter stage 3, this may be subject to change. 

Enhanced cleaning

All current infection prevention and control practices will be adhered to. This includes but is not limited to:

-          Ensuring all toys and equipment are made of material that can be cleaned and disinfected or are single use.

-          Cleaning and disinfecting of objects, toys, equipment and frequently touched items to a minimum of twice a day.

-          Sensory based toys will not be utilized and should toys/supplies not be up to hygiene standards they will be removed.

-          Cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces to a minimum of twice a day

-          Rooms will be sanitized frequently throughout the day and before a different group/bubble utilizes the spaces.

-          Promoting of frequent handwashing. Handwashing will be incorporated into program plans frequently.

-          Each bubble will be assigned a different washroom as to maintain physical distancing between other bubbles.

-          Posted cleaning logs to track cleaning of program rooms.

Exclusion from camps

Campers who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been in contact with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19, will not be allowed to attend camp. Halton Region Public Health will be contacted for any suspected case or camper showing symptoms and further steps will be taken with direction from them.

Campers who become symptomatic at camp will be taken to a designated First Aid Room (quiet room/isolation room). Parents/guardians will be phoned and asked to pick camper up within one (1) hour. Campers will be permitted to return to camp with a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 test result.

Campers with seasonal allergies are permitted to attend camp. If symptoms of allergies are greater than normal, the camper will not be allowed to attend the program. These allergies should be indicated on the medication form as well as frequent symptoms of the allergy.

Should a staff member deny entry to camp based on screening symptoms, a refund will be given for the day of denial and any following days as deemed necessary for the safety of the other campers. If a camper is sent home early due to the onset of above normal symptoms, a refund will also be processed for any missed days.

General sickness

If your child becomes sick with anything other than COVID-19, regular communicable disease protocol will be followed. Depending on the sickness, a doctor’s note or clear Daily Health Screening will be accepted. Refunds will not be processed. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All staff are provided with non-medical face masks to use when physical distancing cannot be maintained and gloves. Should staff require further PPE it will be provided. Masks are not mandatory for campers, however, if you feel more comfortable having your child wear a mask it is encouraged that you send your child with one. In the event it becomes difficult to socially distance with a camper, it may be requested by the camp supervisor that your child comes to camp with a mask and that they are required to wear it.

Staff training

 All staff will be trained in updated policies and procedures related to hygiene, cleanliness and physical distancing in addition to the normal camp training they receive. 

What can campers bring to camp?

Each camper should bring their own sunscreen (sunscreen cannot be shared), hat, lunch and refillable water bottle. Campers should wear comfortable, active clothing and closed toe shoes. Please label all items with first and last initial so we can ensure all items are returned at the end of the camp day. Toys are not permitted at camp. 

Considerations prior to registering

Is my child able to physically distance?

Physical distancing will be one of our leading safety guidelines during camp. Children will be placed in camp groups of 10 and camp groupings will not be permitted to mix with other groups. This is to ensure the safety of all campers and our staff. 

Are the conditions of our New Adventures camp an environment your child will feel comfortable in?

Although we will do everything we can to make camp as fun as possible we are limited in our capabilities due to Ministry Guidelines. We currently are unable to offer swimming,  and our sensory room will not be available, sensory toys will additionally be very limited. Many accommodations and special requests we were able to provide in the past will not be possible. Emphasis will be placed on independent games and activities which promote physical distancing.

Will my child be able to adhere to new health standards & practices?

Frequent hand washing and daily screening of campers will be taking place. These items must be completed under the Ministry guidelines and if a camper is unable to meet these guidelines they will not be able to attend camp. In addition, if a child becomes ill during the day they will be placed in a separate room only with their staff person until a parent/caregiver can pick up. Again these practices may be uncomfortable and very challenging for your children.

Does my child have a preexisting health condition that makes them higher risk?

Certain health conditions place your child at a higher risk of both contracting COVID-19 and/or becoming seriously ill should they contract the virus. Please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-stop-spread  for more information on this.  All though we will do our very best to ensure the safety of your child it is important to note that nothing can be done with 100% certainty to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

Late pick up fee

There is a late pick up fee of $10 for each 15-minute period after 4:30 p.m. Please note that additional fees are not covered by financial assistance programs.

Safe Arrival and Dismissal Policy

Our Safe Arrival and Dismissal Policy ensures that children are only released into the care of their parent/guardian or into the care of an individual designated by the parent/guardian at the time of registration.

Updating names

This list of names can be updated at any time by speaking with the camp coordinator.

Please bring photo identification

You must show us photo identification when picking up a child daily to ensure that we are releasing campers to the appropriate, approved caregiver. While this takes some extra time at pick-up, it ensures the safety of all children in our care. Thank you for your patience.

Medical form

Please let us know about any medical concerns (medications, allergies, EpiPen, etc.,) by completing a Medical Information Form prior to the start of camp. When bringing medications to camp, please make sure to provide us with one day’s dosage each morning in its original container. EpiPens and/or inhalers must be brought in a separate fanny pack that all children must wear at all times.
 Illness at camp
A child may be sent home if signs and symptoms of an illness are present. We will contact you immediately to pick up your child.

If your child has a communicable disease, unfortunately we cannot permit them to return to camp until they have provided documentation stating that they are no longer contagious. Please contact us or visit Halton Region for more information.

If your child is ill, please do not send them to camp to help prevent the spread of the illness to other campers and staff.

Age requirements

Age requirements for camps:

  • Day camps (4 to 5 years) - must be age at the start of the camp
  • Day camps (6 to 12 years, except noted below) - must be age as of December 31 of the current year

Code of conduct

We believe that every camper and staff has the right to feel safe at camp. When behaviour issues arise or challenges present themselves, we resolve them on an individual basis. All campers must agree to our Code of Conduct.

All participants have the responsibility to:

  • Show respect and consideration for staff, volunteers and other participants in the program
  • Be cooperative and willing to participate in the program
  • Respect and recognize that rules and regulations are made to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants
  • Include others in their activities
  • Play without bullying or teasing others
  • Use equipment safely and appropriately
  • Use language that is appropriate
  • Follow the hands off rule – keep hands off other participants
  • Take responsibility for their own actions

Unacceptable behaviour includes:

  • Physical aggression
  • Self-harm
  • Damaging property
  • Inappropriate language
  • Negative social behaviour

Behaviour Management

Our staff are trained to work with understanding, care and patience; however, we reserve the right to withdraw any camper without warning who, in their opinion, compromise the physical or emotional safety of any camper or Milton staff.

Our Behaviour Management Policy ensures the safety and well-being of all participants. We track the behaviour of participants on a daily and weekly basis. For more severe incidents, a Behaviour Incident Report is used.

Staff qualifications

We hire role models! Staff are selected based on their experience and enthusiasm.

All staff must have:

  • Current first aid certification
  • HIGH FIVE® Principles of Health Child Development training
  • Current criminal record check and vulnerable sector screening
  • Completed all required in-service staff training before the first day of camp

HIGH FIVE® accredited

The Town of Milton is HIGH FIVE® accredited and recognized as providing a standard of high quality programs for children's recreation and sport. Our goal is to create an environment where your child can experience and learn creativity, cooperation, commitment and confidence.