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 4.5-12 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time do I drop off/pick up my child?

Camp begins at 9:00am and ends at 5:00pm. Please sign your child in/out with a counselor.

An extended hours morning program is offered from 8-9:00am and is free of charge.

The extended hours PM program runs from 5:00-6:00pm.   5:00-5:30 is free of charge.  5:31-6:00 is at an additional charge of $5/day.

What if I am late to pick up my child?

If you arrive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm, your child will attend the extended hours PM program and you will need to pay the $5 fee for the day. If you arrive after 6:00pm, after camp closes you will be charged $1 per minute. Please call the front desk to let us know that you are going to be late.

Where do I drop off/pick up my child?

If you are dropping off at 9:00am or earlier, you can drop your child off in the gym. This is where everyone gathers before they split off into their camp groups for the day. If you are later than 9:00am, you can check the monitor in the front lobby to see where your child’s group is and drop them off there. If you are picking your child up before 5:00pm, you can check the monitor to find out where your child’s group is and pick them up there. From 5:00-5:30pm, the groups will be in their home bases. At 5:30pm or later, the children will be in the gym.

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

If you wish to switch into a different camp, call the front desk and we will make arrangements if there is still space in the camp program you would like to switch into.

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 introduce themselves to you and let you know the name of the other counselor in the group. 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 has 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.

The 4.5-5 year age group will be staffed with one Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) and a camp staff. We are sure your children will have a fun-filled, safe summer with an excellent group of leaders and counselors.

What is the staff to camper ratio?

Our staff to participant ratio is 1 leader for every 10 campers.

These ratios are supplemented with support from volunteers and youth leaders.

How do cancellations work?

Cancellations must be submitted two weeks prior to the first day of the camp session. A refund will be issued, minus a 15% administration fee.  No refunds with less than two weeks’ notice.

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

Children are placed in groups according to age and enrollment. If your child and their friend are the same age, they will likely be in the same group. If there is a large number of children of a specific age registered in camp, they might be split into different groups. We do our best to ensure that supervision and activities are age appropriate and it may not always be possible to put children of different ages in the same group. We usually suggest that the children try it for the first day, and we can reassess at the end of the day. Often, any initial anxiety is alleviated as soon as the children get to know the counselors and other campers in their group.

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

There are no refunds for absences from camp. You don’t need to let us know if your child is going to be late or away, however if there is an outing or special activity, like a play or a dance show, you may want to let the counselor know so that they can plan around your child.

What if someone else is picking up my child?

Upon registration, you can indicate who has permission to pick up your child from camp. 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.

Can my child travel to and from camp alone?

Yes, if you give permission.  You can do this when you register in your online account or you can let our staff know.

What should I send with my child?

Campers need a bathing suit and towel, sunscreen, running shoes, appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor activities, sun hat, lots to drink (or 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 fill in the Camper Consideration Form. It is our aim to make camp fun, safe and inclusive for all children.

What if I need to pick up my child during the camp day?

Check the camp schedule – available on the monitor in the front lobby of St. Albans – to see where your child is going to be at the time you want to pick them up. It’s a good idea to plan around activities like swimming, when it’s hard to pick them up in the middle of the activity.

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

You can get a printed schedule of the week’s activities and theme from your child’s counselor on Mondays. On Thursdays, we will have fun days where we will participate in camp wide activities and do silly things like wear pajamas to camp and do our hair in crazy styles!

What happens during unpleasant weather?

During rainy weather, please send a rain jacket and rain boots.  During heavy rain or severe weather, campers will have indoor activities. During extreme heat and smog conditions, outdoor programs are adjusted to include activities that require less exertion and/or are conducted indoors or in a shady area. Campers are reminded to drink water frequently through the day.

When will my child swim?

All campers will swim every day while at camp and on field trips with water activities. Campers need to bring a bathing suit and towel every day. All swimming activities are supervised by qualified lifeguards and camp counselors.

When will my child go on field trips?

There is a field trip scheduled during every week of camp, usually on a Friday, but some are scheduled on other days of the week. You will receive a note about what time you need to be at camp for the field trip. Please ensure that your child is here at the designated time. In order to organize 120 children for a trip departure, we have a careful process of writing description lists, giving out St. Alban’s t-shirts and dividing groups up so that everyone is well supervised. It’s important that all our campers are here well before the bus departure time.

Occasionally, campers will go on smaller field trips in walking distance, such as to Christie Pits. This information will be conveyed to you on the program schedule for the week.

MiniTroopers will occasionally join the main summer camp on field trips, but will usually have a separate trip day/destination.  To get to their destinations, they will either walk or take TTC.

What happens if we miss the field trip bus?

If your child misses the bus, there is no programming or supervision back at the Club. Please be on time for all field trips so that your child does not miss out on the fun!

What if I need to pick my child up early on a field trip day?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate early pick ups on field trip days.   We will try to be as accurate as possible with our predicted return time however, depending on the destination and traffic, we might return back to camp at around 4:30pm or even later on some trip days.  We update bus location and arrival times on our way back to camp and post on Facebook, Twitter and our website.

What if my child needs medication while at camp?

Please fill in the medication form, available at front desk, from the camp counselors or from the camp supervisor. 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?

St. Alban’s is a public building with many people coming in and out each day for programs. Therefore, 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 the kids in that group and ask them to keep these allergies in mind when they pack lunch and snacks.

What if my child becomes ill at camp?

In the event your child becomes ill at camp, we will call you to come and pick them up. All of our staff are certified in Standard First Aid and CPR-C. If your child is too ill to participate fully in all aspects of the program, please keep them home from camp. When a child is feeling poorly, the last place they want to be is on a bus, outdoors in the heat, or around all their friends who are busy having a good time.

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 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?

Call or email the front desk and we’ll help direct your call to the proper manager or coordinator: 
416-534-8461. info@stalbansclub.ca