Welcome to Camp – FAQ

St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club Summer Day Camp offers children an exciting variety of activities and events. Children ages 4-12 will experience a safe, fun, well supervised learning environment filled with exciting age-appropriate programming. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.

What precautions are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Parents/guardians and staff and campers will be required to submit an online wellness check each day before arrival at camp. 
  • Anyone showing symptoms of illness will not be admitted into the building. 
  • Encourage frequent hand washing throughout the day by all campers and staff.
  • Multiple cleaning procedures of shared surfaces using approved products for disinfection by Health Canada. Cleaning schedules through out the day and evening when Club is closed.
  • Cleaning procedures for any use of supplies and equipment
  • Dedicated supplies and equipment for the use of one camper per session
  • Earlier Club closure to allow for more cleaning and sanitizing of the building every evening.
  • PPEs are provided to our staff and are mandatory to be worn while in close contact with campers and other individuals. All staff will participate in additional health and safety training.
  • All rooms and spaces have been reviewed and adjusted to ensure social distancing and reducing the interaction between cohorts.
  • Any visitor, aside from Club employees and registered campers, are to remain at the entrance of building on drop off and pick up.

Does my child need to wear a mask while at camp?

Kids and staff will wear masks at all times during the camp day. (The requirement to wear masks outside may be lifted by the time summer comes.) Please send campers with extra masks each day along with a resealable bag to store them in.

What happens if my child is sick or is showing any symptoms of COVID-19?

If your child is showing signs of illness or symptoms at home (e.g. fever (temp of 37.8 Celsius or higher); new or worsening cough; shortness of breath, etc); your child should not attend camp and should remain home.

See the list of symptoms on the Ministry of Health webpage.

If symptoms persist, do not return to camp until a diagnosis is made and the child has been cleared with a note.   The note can be a doctor’s note or a note from the testing assessment centre. Please contact the supervisor, or a health care professional for further direction. If you or your child are being managed by Toronto Public Health, (e.g., confirmed cases of COVID-19, household contacts of cases) follow instructions from TPH to determine when to return to the facility

What if my child becomes ill at camp?

If your child becomes sick at camp, they will be separated in an isolation room and supervised by one of our staff members. We will notify you to pick up your child. If it is appropriate and feasible, we will place a mask on your child. If your child requires immediate medical attention, your child will be taken to the hospital by ambulance.  All of our staff are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR-C.

What time do I drop off my child?

Drop off time is between 9:00-10:00am.   Campers must pass the wellness check before entering the Club.

What time do I pick up my child?
Pick up time is 5:00pm- Parents/Guardians will wait outside and contact Camp Managers , who will then escort the children outside to their parents/guardians.

What if I am late to pick up my child?

Camp closes at 5:00pm. If you arrive after 5:00pm, you will be charged $1 per minute. Please call the camp phone if you know you are going to be late.

What if I need to make changes to my child’s camp schedule?

Cancellations must be within one week of the beginning of the session for a full refund.

How do I know who my child’s counselor is?

You will receive a phone call on the weekend before your camp week starts from one of your child’s counselors. They will talk to you about special events coming up that week and give you an opportunity to talk to them about any questions or concerns you may have.

What kind of training do the counselors have?

We hire well-trained and experienced children’s program staff into our Summer Camp. Many are returning staff who have worked in our after school and aquatic programs. Our staff have an outstanding experience and knowledge base. They have demonstrated a strong commitment to children and children’s programming. Camp staff members are trained in Standard First Aid and CPR-C as well as HIGH FIVE. Parks & Recreation Ontario’s HIGH FIVE program provides agencies with tools for measuring the success of their recreation programs for children in the area of healthy childhood development. The FIVE Principles of HIGH FIVE are FRIENDS, MASTERY, A CARING ADULT, PARTICIPATION, & PLAY! These principles should be part of every program and every child’s experience in camp and recreation.

This year, the staff are also receiving extensive Health and Safety training to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes safe use of PPE, working with children during a pandemic, social distancing, hand washing, and environmental cleaning.

What is the staff to camper ratio?

Each group will consist of 10 campers with two leaders in order to meet the standard per provincial guidelines. Cohorts will be age specific and our building only allows for 5 groups.

Can my child be in the same group as their friend/sibling?

If they are the same age, they are likely in the same group.  You can confirm which group your child is in by checking your registration account. Due to the small groups and the strict guidelines, we are not able to accommodate switching groups.  Keeping kids of the same age in the same group helps the leaders plan age appropriate activities.

What if my child is away from camp for the day?

There are no refunds for absences from camp. If your child is going to be late or away for the day, you can call the camp phone 416-707-3525 or email ikram@stalbansclub.ca

What if someone else is picking up my child?

Any parent or emergency contact set up in the online registration system may pick up your child.  If you require anyone else to pick up your child, send an email or call us to let us know who to expect and if you want them added permanently to the list of authorized pickups.

Does my child have to be dropped off at camp by a parent/guardian?

As long as the wellness check has been completed, the parent/guardian does not have to drop the child off.

What should I send with my child?

Campers need sunscreen, running shoes, appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor activities, sun hat, a water bottle, a healthy lunch and snacks. When you plan your child’s lunch, please keep in mind that there are no refrigerators or microwaves available to the campers. Please think about sending a garbage-less lunch. You may also choose to pack a change of clothes if it’s something your child might require. Do NOT send electronics or valuables. St. Alban’s is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

What if my child has a special need?

If your child has a special need or requires extra support of any kind, please discuss with Ikram before camp starts. It is our aim to make camp fun, safe and inclusive for all children.

Where can I get a schedule of activities for the week?

Your child’s counselor will inform you of any special activities when they do the camper calls at the beginning of the week.   We will also send emails with any special announcements.

Will there be swimming or field trips?
Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, we will not be able to swim or go on field trips during summer camp this year.

What if my child needs medication while at camp?

Please request a medication form from Ikram – it can be completed electronically and emailed back. All medication needs to be in the original container with your child’s name and the date of the prescription. If the medication is for emergency use (e.g. inhaler or epi-pen), please send it in a waist pack so that it can be carried with your child, or with the leaders (depending on the age and ability of the child).

Is St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club peanut free?

Due to the fact that participants bring food from home, we cannot ensure an environment free from allergens. If there is a child in a specific group with an allergy to peanuts or other food, we will speak to the parents of the kids in that group and ask them to keep these allergies in mind when they pack lunch and snacks.

What if my child loses something at camp?

Please do not send valuables or electronics to camp. To help ensure all your child’s belongings return at the end of the day, please label the child’s items. Any found items are kept in the lost and found bin which is emptied and donated to charity regularly. If your child has lost something, please ask a staff to check the lost and found. St. Alban’s is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Who do I contact for more information about camp?

Camp Coordinator:
Ikram Kabadeh, 416-534-8461 Ext 267