Day Camp

Update June 8, 2020: The Town of Penetanguishene is saddened to announce that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Summer Day Camp Program has been cancelled. A full news release is available here


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WE NEED YOUR HELP ~ DAY CAMP VOLUNTEER
WHY VOLUNTEER FOR SUMMER DAY CAMP?
Volunteers earn valuable experience in our mentoring approach, develop skills and proficiency, and gain opportunities to learn from our experienced staff, which is beneficial for seeking future employment opportunities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Assist in providing positive learning and recreational experiences for children and youth ages 4 to 11 years. Assist in the supervision of recreational activities, both indoors and outdoors. Assist staff with program set-up and delivery.

QUALIFICATIONS; Volunteers must....
Be available between the hours of 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday (Everyday not mandatory, schedule can be flexible)
Be enthusiastic, outgoing, and flexible
Have experience working with children
Be able and willing to work as part of a team
Have good communication, time management, and organizational skills
Be able to function around loud noise and crowds

If you are a minimum 13 years of age or older, are DEDICATED, ENTHUSIASTIC, don't mind outdoor weather, and like to have FUN, JOIN OUR DAY CAMP VOLUNTEER TEAM!   Hours can be signed off for Community Hours requirement for high school.


DAY CAMP INFORMATION:

How do I register for day camp?

FOUR WAYS TO REGISTER:

  1. In person at Town Hall with Registration Form and payment (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)
  2. Email Registration Form (with Visa or MasterCard information filled out) to recreation@penetanguishene.ca  (Please note that our machine will not process Debit-Visa cards by email/fax, must be processed in person)
  3. Mail Registration Form (with Visa or MasterCard information filled out or enclosed cheque)
    10 Robert Street W, PO Box 5009, Penetanguishene, ON, L9M 2G2
  4. After hours drop box at front doors of Town Hall.
  • Registration fee includes trip admission, transportation and daily activities
  • Please note that each camp has a limited number of spaces available; register early to avoid disapointment.
  • Some field trips require two weeks notice of confirmation of tickets, so please try your best to register two weeks in advance or more to ensure availability.
  • SINGLE DAY REGISTRATIONS: Due to program costs and operational needs, we require a minimum (2) days each week to be registered for campers. Field trip days are charged at a higher premium in order to cover the travel and admission expenses. Single day registrations are subject to availability and full-week registrations will be given priority. 

 How can I pay for summer camp?

  • We accept Cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard and Cheques made out to Town of Penetanguishene
  • Post-Dated Cheques are accepted and will be deposited on the Monday, two-weeks prior to camp start date
  • Camp registrations will not be accepted without payment
  • Please note that we charge $40 for all NSF Cheques
  • SUMMER CAMP CANCELLATION REQUESTS: Due to trip booking contracts, a minimum two-week notice is required in order to be eligible for a full refund of camp fees.  One-week notice will only be eligible for a 50% refund and requests with less than one-week notice will not be eligible for a refund without a doctor's note.  **Please note that all approved refund requests are subject to a $10 Administration Fee.

What activities will take place during summer camp?

  • Kinder Camp operates out of the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum (13 Burke Street) and Voyageurs Camp operates out of the Penetanguishene Curling Club (8 Owen Street)
  • Daily activities are designed to entertain campers in a fun, positive, safe environment and may include crafts, games, sports, splash pad, swimming, walks, movies, bowling and more......

How do I know my child will be safe?

  • Your childs safety is our #1 priority!  Our camp staff are all certified with Standard First Aid/CPR, HIGH-FIVE Training and are trained by experienced leaders to ensure that we operate our camp in a safe matter.
  • Staff will treat minor injuries (i.e. nose bleeds/blister), complete an Incident Report for the illness/injury, and will provide it to you for your perusal and signature at sign-out.  You will receive a phone call from the Day Camp Supervisor for any moderate/major emergencies (i.e. vomiting/head injuries).
  • Day trips will include all campers wearing the same uniformed shirt that will have "In Case of Emergency" phone number listed or a coloured wristband with our emergency informatin listed, and will be assigned a group leader and buddy system implemented to ensure that our youth are monitored carefully.
  • Kinder Camp Ratio is 1 staff : 8 youth
    Voyageurs Camp we aim to keep a 1 staff : 10 youth ratio, but this may change according to certain activities, outings and the age of the campers  (Please note that our ratios are also supplemented with support from responsible, trained leadership volunteers)

What should my child wear and what should I pack?

  • Nutritious nut-free lunch including morning and afternoon snacks
  • Refillable Water Bottle (Youth will get thirsty during the day, therefore we suggest a refillable water bottle instead of juice boxes)
  • Ensure your child is wearing appropriate "play" clothes, outdoor shoes suitable for play (no flip flops), hat & suncreen and label all items
  • Pack your child's bathing suit and towel for the Splash Pad, suncreen, an extra set of clothes (just in case), outdoor attire including rain gear (Summer Camp)
  • Please do not send valuables, toys or electronic devices to camp.  The Town of Penetanguishene staff members are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

CAMP CODE OF CONDUCT

The Town of Penetanguishene Day Camp follows the R.E.S.P.E.C.T model. Please read through the following rules with your camper:

Recognize the rules and instructions for all games and activities

Encourage others and show good sportsmanship

Stay hands-free

Participate and have a positive attitude

Ensure a safe and clean environment

Care and be kind to one another

Take turns and play fair     

Staff will spend a portion of morning circle reviewing camp rules and expectations, asking campers for their input.

If a camper struggles with following a rule, staff will have a one-on-one discussion with him/her to explain why the rule is in place.

If the behaviour continues throughout the day, parents will be notified at sign out, and asked to review the rules with their camper at home.

If the behaviour continues consistently throughout the week, a meeting with Day Camp Staff, the Camper, and Parent will be arranged, and a Behaviour Contract will be discussed and signed.

If any camper becomes aggressive or physically violent, the Day Camp Supervisor will remove the camper from camp immediately and call the Parent/Guardian requesting that the camper be picked up and no refund will be granted. A meeting with the Day Camp Supervisor and Recreation Program Leader will follow to determine the next steps.