Camps

 

2019 Summer Camp season is officially over. 

Thanks to everyone who came to camp this year. It was a summer to remember. 

The 2020 Camp Guide will be out in January, stay tuned. 

After-school Program (6-12 years; Grades 1-6)

This program provides a fun-filled after-school experience, with walking and bus transportation from select elementary schools to the Milton Sports Centre. This is a full school-year program; monthly payment plans are available, upon request. Note: This program is cancelled on all school holidays/breaks and early release days.

Schools that we currently service are: St. Benedict, Lumen Christi, PL Robertson, Our Lady of Victory, Queen of Heaven and Escarpment View Public School.

Register online

Parent Handbook

Welcome to Milton’s Camps

This info will provide you with information about camps, including staff, what to bring to camp and policies and procedures. Please read through this guide carefully so that you and your child are well prepared for a safe and fun camp experience.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a member of our team, you will find contact information below. 

Registration Deadlines and Details

Register Thursday at noon the week before programs start. Knowing registration numbers well in advance helps us prepare for the best possible experience for your child by ensuring appropriate supervision ratios, confirming trip numbers and busing and more. Before you register, have your account PIN and client barcodes.

Email Communication

You will receive an email before the start of camp (Thursday evening before camp starts), highlighting details about trips, medical forms, lunches, snacks, swim dates, etc. Please ensure we have your current email address; check your account information online at milton.ca/register or visit a Town facility. Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the staff person listed in the email. 

Staff Qualifications

All camp staff are selected based on their experience and enthusiasm. All staff must have:

  • Current First Aid / CPR.
  • HIGH FIVE® Principles of Health Child Development training.
  • Current criminal record check and vulnerable sector screening.
  • Completed all required in-service staff training prior to their first day of camp.

Program Goals

Milton is committed to providing a positive, recreation experience for all participants in a safe and inclusive environment. To achieve this goal we expect participants to:

  • Show respect and consideration for staff and fellow campers.
  • Be cooperative and participate in camp activities.
  • Respect camp rules, the facility and program equipment.

Our leadership staff will work with children on the first day of camp to encourage their input into writing and reinforcing the camp rules.

Safe Arrival and Dismissal Policy

We are committed to providing a safe camp environment for your child. A Safe Arrival and Dismissal procedure has been implemented to ensure that participants are only released into the care of their parent or guardian or into the care of an individual designated by the parent or guardian at the time of registration. This list of approved names for pick up can be updated at any time by speaking with the camp coordinator. We understand staff will get to know you and your child over the week but to ensure consistency and ultimately your child’s safety we will ask for I.D. at each pick up.

 picture of drivers license

Camp Hours

  • Camp hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm daily.
  • A late pick up fee of $10.00 will be charged for each 15-minute period after 4:00 pm. (Please note that these additional fees are not covered by financial assistance programs).
  • Before and after care programs are available on site at most camp locations* for an additiona fee.
  • Before and after care hours are 7:30 am to 8:30 am and 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm daily. You can purchase before or after or both.
  • During extended care hours, campers are provided with a choice of activities that may include active games, quiet games and/or crafts.

*Leader in Training 1 & 2, Cycling Camp, Half-Day Badminton Camp and Summer Neighbourhood Playgrounds do not have extended care available.

Parents / guardians are no longer required to complete a camper information form for the first day of camp as this information is now collected online at the point of registration. Staff will have you verify the information you submitted the first day of camp.

What to Wear

We actively engage children in a number of different activities including arts, crafts and sports. We encourage children to dress in comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes for safety. We also encourage children to dress in layers to be prepared for the changing weather throughout the day. We kindly request that children come to camp with sunscreen already applied.

What to Bring/What Not to Bring

  • Enough food for two nutritional breaks and lunch daily.
  • A labeled refillable water bottle.
  • Hat.
  • Sunscreen in a plastic bag to prevent spilling.
  • Peanut butter, nuts and all foods containing nut by-products are not permitted.
  • There is no access to a refrigerator or microwave.
  • Use of snack vending machines or concession stands is not permitted during camp.
  • Please note that toys or electronics are not permitted at camp.
  • Please label everything.

Some camp programs require additional items: 

  • Kindercamp: An extra set of clothing including underwear together in a plastic labelled bag.
  • Performing Arts Camp: Comfortable, loose fitting clothing, socks and shoes. 
  • Splash Camp: Bathing suit and towel daily, optional water shoes and goggles. 
  • Visual Arts Camps: Bring or wear old clothing to camp or bring a smock for messy activities such as painting and clay. 
  • Scooter/Skateboard Camp: Campers are required to bring their own skateboard or scooter, an approved helmet, elbow pads and knee pads. For participants using skateboards, wrist guards are also required. 
  • Cycling Camp: Campers are required to bring a bike (for outdoor session) and helmet daily.
  • Baseball Camp: Please bring a bat, cage, and glove daily if you have one.
  • Trailblazers: Dress for the outdoors, bathing suit and towel daily.

Sun Safety

  • Sunscreen should be applied in the morning before camp and brought daily labelled in a plastic bag with the child’s name on it so that it can be reapplied throughout the day.
  • To assist staff, please ensure that your child knows how to properly apply sunscreen.
  • Due to possible allergic reactions, we will not provide sunscreen to children and sharing of sunscreen amongst children will not be permitted.
  • Wearing a hat to camp is also recommended.
  • While outdoors, multiple hydration breaks will be encouraged and monitored to ensure the safety of all campers.
  • Help us by packing a refillable water bottle with your child’s name on it.

Weather

In the event of inclement weather, program plans will be adjusted to ensure the safety and comfort of all campers. In the event of extreme heat or rain, Neighbourhood Playgrounds may be cancelled. In this instance, notification will be put on Milton’s website, www.milton.ca and on social media. Staff will attempt to email you as soon as possible to inform you of the cancellation; please make sure your email is up to date. Customer service representatives at Town facilities will also be aware of changes to camp plans. If you are unsure, please contact the Coordinator listed below.

Busing and Trips

  • Some of the camps participate in off-site trips.
  • Busing is provided by First Student when the trip is not within walking distance.
  • Ratios are maintained at all times (on the bus and at the trip location).
  • All campers are provided with identification wristbands with an emergency contact phone number on them.
  • Trip permission forms will be sent home at the beginning of each week (if applicable).
  • All campers will be giving a trip t-shirt to wear on trip days. These t-shirts were sponsored by Gino’s Pizza in Milton.

Trips generally occur on the Wednesday or Thursday of the camp week.

Camp Swims

Many of our camps include a recreational swim as part of the week’s programming. All of the town pools are supervised by qualified lifeguards. Swim testing will be conducted each week to test all campers’ ability to swim. 

Children 6 years and older who successfully completed the swim test will receive a deep end bracelet. Children under 6 years are required to stay in the shallow end and within an arm’s reach of a provided swim buddy in a lifejacket. For children who have not completed the swim test, the swim buddy to participant ratio is 1:2 for children under 6 and 5:1 for children 6 – 9 years with life jackets. 

Camp Name

Swim Days

Swim Location

Girl Power, Splash Camp MLC, Ultimate Sports Camp

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 3:30pm

 Milton Leisure Centre

Summer Adventure, Trailblazers

Monday to Friday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

 Rotary Park Outdoor Pool

 Splash Camp MSC

Mondays to Friday from 2:30 pm to 3:00pm

 Milton Sports Centre

Eco-Science Camp, Evolve Skateboard/Scooter Camp

Mondays & Wednesday from 12:30 pm to 1:30pm

 Milton Sports Centre

*Every attempt will be made to keep these swim times consistent however last-minute changes in schedule could impact the ability to deliver these times/days as stated.

Inclusion (Children with Disabilities, Behavioral Issues or Medical Conditions)

Milton camps are inclusive and welcome participants of all abilities. Those requiring support need to register for the ICAN program where assistance and support can be offered through Milton.  If your child has a disability that does not require additional support, please indicate this at the time of registration. Our department is committed to offering safe, inclusive and quality programs for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. For those children who have registered for ICAN (Integrated Care for Assisted Needs) or SNAP (Special Needs Activity Program), the Camp Coordinator will be in contact with you before the start of the program to discuss accommodations for your child and to get to know you and your child better. If you have any additional questions regarding inclusion programs or the inclusion process for summer camps, please contact Coordinator, Recreation as listed on page 8.

Behavior Management

Milton believes 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. Camp 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 staff with the Town of Milton.

All campers are asked to agree to a Code of Conduct which includes:

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 the rules and regulations are made to ensure the safety and wellbeing 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/staff.
  • Take responsibility for his or her own actions.

 Unacceptable behaviour includes (as directly relates the behaviour tracking form):

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

A Behaviour Management Policy is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.  A behaviour tracking form is used at all camps to track the behaviour of the participants on a daily and weekly basis. For more severe incidents, a Behaviour Incident Report is used. We will communicate with parents / guardians and avoid having to remove a camper and learn strategies to work with the camper and family.

Medications at Camp

If your child requires prescription medication during camp, you need to complete our new on-line Medical Form. Please see link below.

Medication must be stored in its original container, containing only one day’s required dosage, and submitted to camp staff each morning.

https://forms.milton.ca/Recreation/Camps/Medical-Information

Epi-Pens and Inhalers

If your child carries an epi-pen or inhaler, you need to complete our new on-line Medical Form.

Epi-pens and/or inhalers must be brought in a separate fanny pack that children 6 years and older are required to wear at all times. Leaders will carry epi-pens and/or inhalers of children 5 years and younger.

Illness at Camp

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. If your child has a communicable disease they will not be permitted to return to camp until they have provided documentation stating that they are no longer contagious. If you are unsure of which illness falls under this category, please contact a Coordinator, Recreation as listed below, or visit www.haltonregion.ca. A child may be sent home if signs and symptoms of an illness are present. You will be contacted immediately to pick up your child.

If Your Child is Unable to Attend Camp

If your child will not be attending camp for any reason, please inform the camp staff by calling the phone number provided to you on the Thursday evening e-mail or e-mailing the camps2019@milton.ca e-mail address. Our Safe Arrival and Dismissal policy indicates that all parents will be contacted in the event of an unexplained absence. 

Contacts

Staff

Title

Phone

Email

Amanda Rutyna

Coordinator, Recreation- Children & Youth

905-878-7252 x 2613

 

 amanda.rutyna@milton.ca

Diane Henry

Acting Coordinator, Programming & Outreach

905-878-7252 x 4904

 diane.henry@milton.ca

Kenzie Van Wagner

Coordinator, Recreation-Inclusion

905-878-7252 x 2605

 kenzie.wagner@milton.ca

General camp questions

 

 

 camps2019@milton.ca

For additional camp information, visit www.milton.ca/camps

After Camp

Your feedback is important to us. Please feel free to contact your child’s camp Coordinator or the Coordinator, Recreation at any time. We want to ensure your camper has a positive experience at camp.

Lost and Found

We will do our best during the summer to return any lost items to their rightful owner (labelling items helps this process). However, at the end of the summer, there are a number of items left at camp. By the first week in September, all lost and found items are brought to the Milton Sports Centre where it may be picked up. After September 16, unclaimed lost and found items are donated to a local charity. 

 Age requirements for camps

  • Day camps (4 - 5 years) - must be age at the start of the camp
  • Day camps (6 - 12 years, except noted below) - must be age as of Dec 31 of current year
  • Day camps - Splash and Neighbourhood Playground - must be age at the start of the camps 

Medical Forms

Medications at Camp

If your child requires prescription medication during camp, you need to complete our new on-line Medical Form.

Medical Camp Form

Medication must be stored in its original container, containing only one day’s required dosage, and submitted to camp staff each morning.

Epi-Pens and Inhalers

If your child carries an epi-pen or inhaler, you need to complete our new on-line Medical Form.

Epi-pens and/or inhalers must be brought in a separate fanny pack that children 6 years and older are required to wear at all times. A leaders will carry epi-pens and/or inhalers of children 5 years and younger.

Neighbourhood Playground Passes

Everything You Need to Know About the Summer Neighbourhood Playgrounds Program

The Summer Neighbourhood Playground program is a drop-in program for children ages 6 – 12. The program provides supervised games, activities, sports, songs and more. The program runs weekdays, July 2 – August 23, 2019, excluding the Civic Holiday Monday (August 5, 2019).

This program is not a full day program. Lunchtime supervision is not provided (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm). In addition, extended care is not available for this program. If you require full-day care, please visits www.milton.ca/camps.

Registration Process

Registration for the Summer Neighbourhood Playgrounds Program is available now online and can be done in-person at the Milton Sports Centre or online starting February 12, 2019.

Due to the high demand of Summer Neighbourhood Playground Passes, customers can only register their own child for this program; customers cannot register a family member or friend’s child for this program.

Passes are now available for pick up at the time of purchase, at the Milton Sports Centre.

Summer Neighbourhood Playground Passes are $35.81 per pass for the entire summer. Each child attending the Summer Neighbourhood Playground Program is required to have their own pass; it cannot be shared or split amongst family members or friends.

Refunds

Summer Neighbourhood Playground Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. The pass must only be used for the individual that it was purchased for.

Ages

This program is for children ages 6 12 years old. Children must be 6 years old when they start the program. No age accommodations will be made.

Park Locations

The Summer Neighbourhood Playground schedule is as follows:

Morning | 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Afternoon | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Community Park

Dempsey Neighbourhood Park

Optimist Park

Lions Sports Park

Park Addresses

  • Dempsey Neighbourhood Park (179 Dixon Dr.)
  • Lions Sports Park (99 Thompson Rd.)
  • Community Park (805 Santa Maria Blvd.)
  • Optimist Park (881 Savoline Blvd.)

P.A. Day and March Break Programs

Children can keep busy during holidays/P.A. Days and school breaks with registered full-day programs.

Register online

Participants must be of age by:

 Age requirements for camps

  • Day camps (4 - 5 years) - must be age at the start of the camp
  • Day camps (6 - 12 years, except noted below) - must be age as of Dec 31 of current year
  • Day camps - Splash and Neighbourhood Playground - must be age at the start of the camps 

Register by Thursday at noon the week before program start. Knowing registration numbers well in advance helps prepare for the best possible experience for your child by ensuring appropriate supervision ratios.

Lunch and snacks

  • send your child with a lunch, beverage and snacks each day that do not require refrigeration or microwave oven.
  • Peanut butter, nuts and all foods containing nut by-products are not permitted at programs.
  • Children will not be permitted to use snack vending machines/concession stands during program times.

Drop off and pick up

  • For your child's safety, you (or anyone else) must chow photo identification each time your child is picked up from school break programs.
  • Your child will only be release to people on the authorized pick up list.
  • You will be charged a late pick up fee for each 15-minute period.

Field Trips

  • Trips may include walking, chartered buses or public transit.  Trips are subject to change

Email Communication

  • You will requirements an email before the start of camp, highlighting details about trips, medical forms, lunches, snacks, swim dates, etc.  Please ensure we have your current email address.

HIGH FIVE ®

Our Commitment to Quality

The Town of Milton is a HIGH FIVE® accredited organization through Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO). HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s only quality standard for children’s recreation and sport. The Town of Milton is committed to ensuring every child has a positive recreation experience that promotes healthy child development. As part of this accreditation, Town of Milton staff are required to complete HIGH FIVE® training. The Town of Milton encourages everyone to learn more about HIGH FIVE® and how it can make a difference for children by visiting www.highfive.org. 

 Additional Information

https://www.erinoakkids.ca/Services/Services/Summer-Therapy-Programs.aspx (Erin Oak Kids Centre for Treatment and Development)

https://www.ontariocampsassociation.ca/finding-the-right-camp/the-oca-guide/ (Ontario Camping Association)

https://www.ourkidsnetwork.ca/Public/Home.aspx (Our Kids Network)

https://www.erinoakkids.ca/ (Erin Oak Kids Centre for Treatment and Development)

https://www.kerrysplace.org/ (Kerry’s Place Autism Services)

https://clnh.on.ca/ (Community Living North Halton)