Day camps

Registration for summer day camps was originally scheduled for April 8, but has now been postponed until further notice due to the Provincial shutdown. Please check this page or follow the City's Twitter or Facebook for updates on registration. 

Day camps are a safe and fun way for kids to stay active and make friends. For the time being, our regular day camp program is suspended. However, we are offering special day camp programs that adhere to provincial guidelines and follow COVID-19 safety measures.


Summer day camp 2021 sessions

Summer day camp locations

Summer day camps for children aged 4 to 12 years old, will be offered at 10 sites for a period of nine weeks at the following locations:

  • Argyle day camp (1948 Wavell Street)
  • Boyle day camp (530 Charlotte Street)
  • Byron day camp (1308 Norman Avenue)
  • Carling day camp (675 Grosvenor Street)
  • Farquharson day camp (411 Tecumseh Avenue)
  • Kinsmen day camp (20 Granville Street)
  • Lambeth day camp (7112 Beattie Street)
  • Medway day camp (119 Sherwood Forest Square)
  • South London day camp (1119 Jalna Boulevard)
  • Stronach day camp (1221 Sandford Street)

Summer surprise day camp for youth aged 12 to 21 years old with special needs will be offered for a period of eight weeks at the following location.

  • Summer surprise day camp (78 Riverside Drive)​​​​​​
Summer day camp weeks

All dates, locations, and timelines listed  below are subject to change.

  • Week 1: Monday, July 5 to Friday, July 9 (all sites open)
  • Week 2: Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16
  • Week 3: Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 23
  • Week 4: Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30
  • Week 5: Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 6
  • Week 6: Monday, August 09 to Friday, August 13
  • Week 7: Monday, August 16 to Friday, August 20
  • Week 8: Monday, August 23 to Friday, August 27 (last week of summer surprise)
  • Week 9: Monday, August 30 to Friday, September 3 (last week of general day camps)

Final decisions will be made under the guidance and recommendations of the Province of Ontario, Middlesex London Health Unit, City of London, and others.

Inclusion intent to register

 The intake process for 1:1 designated inclusion support campers will be completed in two steps this summer.

Spaces are currently full for our 1:1 designated inclusion support campers. You can still complete the intent to register process outlined below to ensure you are added to the waitlist.

Intent to register process

Step One – Complete the online inclusion intent to register form

inclusion intent to register form

  • 1:1 spaces will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis

The survey questions will allow day camp supervisors to collect:

  • contact information;
  • preferred camp location(s);
  • preferred camp week(s);
  • verify camper eligibility for 1:1 designated inclusion support; and
  • gather interest in family hired support.

Please note that requesting a 1:1 space or family hired support does not guarantee registration in the camp.

Families will be notified if campers have been placed on a waitlist.

Step 2 – Complete registration process through customer service

  • An inclusion coordinator will contact families with reserved spaces to provide a registration barcode. This space is reserved for the assigned camper.
  • Call (519) 661-5575 and provide your unique barcode. Payment and provision of other registration details will be required at this time.
  • This will confirm registration for the assigned 1:1 designated inclusion camper.
  • The deadline for completion of this step is Monday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m.
Camp locations with inclusion
  • Argyle day camp (1948 Wavell Street)
  • Carling day camp (675 Grosvenor Street)
  • Kinsmen day camp (20 Granville Street)
  • Medway day camp (119 Sherwood Forest Square)
  • South London day camp (1119 Jalna Boulevard)
  • Stronach day camp (1221 Sandford Street)
Types of inclusion supports

The City of London offers three different inclusion support options at our group day camp locations.

  1. 1:1 support is available for up to two weeks of camp.
  1. The city will accommodate and pay for a family’s support person for up to two weeks of camp and attend any location (limited spots available).
  2. If families have their own support worker they are paying for, they can attend as many weeks of the summer as they would like at any location (dependent on ratios permitted and COVID-19 restrictions).

 

Storybook Gardens also offers several day camps. For more information on day camp offerings and registration, please visit Storybook Gardens' day camps webpage.


Cost

Summer day camps

  • The 5-day camp fee is $138 per week for summer day camps.
  • The 4-day camp fee is $110 per week for the week of Tuesday, August 3 to Friday, August 6.

Summer surprise day camps

  • The 5-day camp fee is $163 per week for summer surprise day camps.
  • The 4-day camp fee is $130 per week for the week of Tuesday, August 3 to Friday, August 6.

If you require financial assistance, please visit our child care fee subsidy program page.


Registration dates

  • Registration for summer day camps was originally scheduled for April 8, but has now been postponed until further notice due to the Provincial shutdown. Please check this page or follow the City's Twitter or Facebook for updates on registration. 

Please visit Play Your Way online or call 519-661-5575 to register. Please use the PDF below to prepare for registration day.


Camp activities

Each camper group will participate in activities completely independent of others, which will include active and quiet games, arts and crafts, nature-based activities and outdoor activities when space and weather permit. Each group will be assigned its own space for defined activity periods, with enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in between groups, and counsellors will stay with the same group of children all week.

As per provincial guidelines, campers will not be participating in field trips, activities that require group transportation, cooking activities or hot lunches. For some groups, a walking trip to a nearby park may be possible. In these instances, parents or guardians will be notified ahead of time to grant permission for their camper to participate. Our camp coordinators are also excited to share fun on-site options like virtual field trips and virtual fitness activities.

COVID-19 safety measures

Health and safety protocol will be updated regularly in alignment with current direction from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, the Province of Ontario, and the City of London. Campers will be screened for symptoms upon arrival, which will be recorded on the sign-in sheet and kept on record for purposes of contact tracing. The sign-in process will take place outside and physical distancing will be enforced. Families will be assigned a drop-off time and pick-up time, and will be required to adhere to their assigned times in order to avoid mixing with other camper groups. Staff will be keeping daily records of anyone (e.g., camp participants, staff and essential visitors) entering the program setting who stays for 15 minutes or longer to allow for contact tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case or outbreak.

Staff will be required to complete a daily health screening and will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as required by guidelines. Physical distancing within camper groups will be enforced to the greatest extent possible, with the exception of staff interventions for behaviour management and issuing first aid. 

Per guidance from the Middlesex London Health Unit and in alignment with local school boards and childcare providers, all campers must wear masks when indoors. Campers with respiratory conditions, or campers with special needs who may experience difficulty wearing a mask for extended periods, may be exempt from this. Masks are strongly encouraged but not mandatory for this population.

There will be a maximum of 32 campers per location, with some smaller sites accepting fewer campers.

Many other strategies will be in effect to meet provincial guidelines and public health regulations. The safety measures listed above are just the general considerations for camp programming.

Protocols will be in place if a camp participant begins to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in camp, including immediate notification to the parent or guardian and the need for immediate pick-up. The camp participant will await in an isolation area, with a staff member, until pick-up. A parent or guardian or emergency contact will be required to pick up their ill camper within one hour of receiving notification.​​​​​​

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What are the hours of operation for camp?

Core program hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with assigned parent or guardian pick-up and drop-off times. Families will be assigned a 15-minute drop-off time between the hours of 8 to 9 a.m. and a 15-minute pick-up time of between the hours of 4 and 5 p.m. and will be notified of their designated time via email one week prior to camp begins. No extended care will be offered this year.

NOTE: All campers must be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian who can attest to the camper’s health. Campers will not be allowed to sign themselves in or out.

Will I have the opportunity to speak to a staff member prior to the camp start date?

The week prior to your camper attending camp, you will receive an email from a Camp Coordinator with forms you will need to fill out, instructions on our drop-off and pick-up procedure, other camp procedures and guidelines that you and your camper need to be aware of and general information about the program. If you still have questions after reading through the information, the email will include an option to have a phone conversation with the Coordinator prior to camp. As our staff are busy with preparations and training, we ask that you wait to ask questions until you receive this email.

NOTE: Please ensure your Play Your Way Online registration account includes an email address you check frequently. 

What are the staff ratios this spring?

Our staffing model will be one Camp Counsellor for each group of ten children, with additional staff present for planning, oversight, coordination and cleaning. Siblings and members of the same household will be included in the same camper group as much as possible.

I have an urgent question. Who can I contact?

Urgent questions can be forwarded to recreation@london.ca. We will reply as soon as possible.

 

Last modified:Thursday, April 15, 2021