The Virtual Recess team posts daily videos on our YouTube page and Instagram channels! These are simple creative activities that you can do using materials from around your house. To see the selection of activities, click the “Playlist: Virtual Recess” menu in the top right corner of the video below.
Missing after school programs? Let us bring after school programs to you! Join our free after school program where you and your friends will play all your favourite games and activities that you enjoy in our program.
Monday – Friday
4:00PM – 5:00PM: Children ages 6 – 9 (Max 20)
5:00PM – 6:00PM: Children ages 10 – 12 (Max 20)
BONUS! The first 20 kids to register will receive a box of supplies (to be picked up at 121 Humber Blvd) for the first month’s activities (glue sticks, coloured paper, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, stickers, etc.) Note: Supplies list will be made available – you don’t need the supplies box in order to participate!
Hello! We hope everyone is safe and well. This is a fall like none other. We know that as we return to school, work and programs, there is some degree of trepidation. But we hope that, like all of us at the Club, you and your children are also feeling excited to get back to some degree of normalcy after such a long few months.
We would like to take this opportunity to update you with what has been going on at the Club this summer, our plans for the fall, and what precautions we are taking to keep our members, our staff, and our communities safe.
Food support – With the support of PC Children’s Charity, Second Harvest and the government of Canada through the United Way, we have been able to deliver weekly meals and provide grocery gift cards to many of our families who need the help.
Preschool – Preschool was our first program to open back up on June 22. We started out with just a few children and staff members, and steadily grew our numbers from there. By the end of September, we should be back up to almost 65% of our normal capacity (Approximately 43 children).
Summer Camp – We successfully ran in-person summer camp programs at multiple locations in four communities (Bathurst/Dupont, Jane and Finch, Weston-Mount Dennis and St.Clair West). We also ran virtual online summer camps in partnership with the Jays Care Foundation in four communities.
Aquatic Programs – After a successful session in August, we will once again be running a fall session. Registration opens on September 7th and classes will begin on September 21st. Only private and semi-private lessons will be available. There will be no program at the Winona pool this fall nor will we have member (lane, recreation and AquaFit) swims for now.
After school programs for children – We are getting ready to run after school programs in four communities (Bathurst/Dupont, Jane and Finch, Weston-Mount Dennis and Lawrence Heights.) Registration is currently open on our website. Unfortunately, we are not currently able to run our after school programs in York Region as the schools are not yet offering permits to outside groups, however we are optimistic that we will be able to re-open our programs later in the school year.
Virtual after school programs – for those who are more comfortable with at home programs, we are hoping to be able to offer online programs for kids in all our communities, including York Region. They will likely be specialty programs like science and coding. We are applying for funding for these programs and will update our website with more information.
Programs for youth – Our Raise the Grade program for youth will be offered in person and virtually in three communities. At our main Palmerston location, we will offer our daily Youth Hub program, but it will now be a registered program instead of drop in. At some of our locations, depending on how the next few weeks and months go, we will look at slowly starting other programs for youth.
Management team – In order to minimize risk as much as possible, only essential front line staff and their managers are working at the Clubs. The rest of our management team has been primarily working from home. Thanks to the support of our technology consultants and our team’s flexibility and communication skills, we expect this setup to work for the foreseeable future.For all the in-person programs that have been running this summer, we commend the staff, parents, and participants for their careful attention to all the new changes and safety protocols. It wasn’t easy to be among the first to be in a group recreation environment in this pandemic situation, but with everyone’s cooperation, we were able to experience a fun and safe summer.
We have an amazing front line staff team, who have missed the kids and youth very much. They are excited to get back to work. We have seen them rise to the occasion, take on the extra training and precautions that this “new normal” requires of us, and show enormous caring for the well-being of the kids in their care.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our members, for your support during this difficult time. For those of you sending your children back to us this fall, or who participated in our summer programs, we feel honoured that you have entrusted us with their safety. For those of you who don’t feel quite ready to send your kids to the Club, we understand, and we are here for your when you need us. Let us know how your families are doing, and reach out if you need any assistance.
We take our direction from Toronto Public Health, TDSB, and provincial and federal authorities. The situation is ever changing, but we are optimistic that if we all continue to use caution and work together, we will have a successful and safe fall and winter.
St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club
We don’t know who is having a better time now that in person programs are back in session – the kids or the staff!
There are still some spaces left in our summer camp program for ages 6-12 – register today!
Not quite ready for the in person experience? Or, you are at home and don’t require a full day of program? Virtual summer camp might be the best choice for your child! There are still spots left! Register today!
This summer, we are offering two different online experiences.
For both programs, your child will need access to a computer or tablet during the session. We will be using the platform Zoom. You will receive a link prior to the session, along with a password, through which you can join the meeting – no Zoom account is required to do so.
If you have any barriers with regards to a device, we can help with that! We have a great “Device Lending Program” that will allow your child(ren) to participate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in the program.
We will only use material that you have at home. Generally plastic bags, towels, rolled up socks, paper, crayons and color pencils. Also recycled material like egg cartons, glass containers, etc. Prior to each week of camp, a list will be sent out.
Jays Care Foundation Virtual Summer Camp
We have partnered with the Jays Care Foundation to provide a new kind of camp experience.
Our virtual camps will provide a good mix of educational and fun activities that will allow your child to be social with their peers and our camp staff. Your child will dive into a world outside their home for 45 minutes per day and engage in highly interactive and remarkably fun sessions tailored to their age, and each week is assigned to a fun theme. Virtual camp is a great way for your child to connect with friends, make new friends, while being creative and learning new skills.
Two age groups:
- 6-8 years old Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00am-12:00pm
- 9-12 years old Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays 3:00-4:00pm
Jays Care Foundation Virtual camp is free! Register online.
Monday – Friday with 2 sessions per day
Ages 6 – 9: 10:00am – 11:00am AND 1:00pm -2:00pm
Ages 10 – 12: 11:00am – 12:00pm AND 2:00pm – 3:00pm
To register email: email@example.com
As some of our staff is preparing for upcoming in person programs and virtual summer camps, some of our weekly virtual programs may end after this week. We will keep you posted.
Take a peek at this week’s and don’t miss out on all the fun and active activities the team has planned for you. Don’t forget to share your finished products with us!
We are also running closed online groups for Sole Sisters, Swim Team, Youth Council, and Jane and Finch Youth Group. Please reach out to a program manager or firstname.lastname@example.org to join.
Supplies you will need this week:
Tuesday Arts& Crafts – Paper Bag Puppets
- Paper Bag
- Construction paper
Wednesday Cooking – Strawberry Crumb Bars
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup White sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 1 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon cornstarch
Friday Arts & Crafts – Father’s Day Cards
- Construction paper
- White paper
We are happy to announce that we will be able to offer in person camps for children ages 6 to 12 years old this summer. Our camps will have a different look to them, with the safety of our members and staff at the forefront.
We will offer a camp experience that will include outdoor physical activities, active and quiet games, arts and crafts and much more. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, our camp programs will meet the health and safety guidelines and will be in alignment with provincial government and local public health guidelines. Guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning.
Therefore, we will have limited spots, and our camp days will be shorter to ensure proper cleaning and sanitization of our building. Camp groups will be smaller will a ratio of 8 children to 2 leaders, per cohort. Each cohort/group of children will stay together with their 2 leaders for the day and will not interact with other groups.
Before entering our building all children and parents will go through a wellness check. Once both parents and child have successfully passed the wellness check, only the child be allowed to enter our Club. Parents or caregivers will not be permitted to enter the building during drop off or pick up times, the Club will assign a staff/leader to accompany the child into and out of the building during these times.
We are hoping to have more information posted on our website by Friday June 19th and open online registration by June 24th.
We have not finalized all the details yet, however at this time, we are looking at a start date of July 6 and an end date of August 14th. The camps will likely have a time of 9:00am-4:00pm and be free of charge.
The number of camp groups as well as start and end dates will be partially determined by the needs of the community, therefore, if you are interested in sending your child for one or more sessions this summer, please let us know by emailing email@example.com.