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2021 Summer Day Camp

Kids! Come join us for a summer of Virtual or In Person programs!

How to Register

To register your child please fill out the appropriate registration form below and email it along with your e-transfer payment  to education@rvcc.ca. Alternatively you may call us at 416-282-8265 or email us at education@rvcc.ca for more information.

Virtual Summer Day Camp Program Registration Form
2021 RVCC Summer Day Camp Registration Form_Online Camp.pdf

In Person Summer Day Camp Program Registration Form
2021 RVCC Summer Day Camp Registration Form_In Person Camp.pdf

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The Rouge Valley Conservation Centre is excited to offer children ages 6-12 the opportunity to join our Virtual or In Person Summer Day Camp programs from July 5 - August 27, 2021. While we won't be able to conduct our traditional Summer Day Camp program this year, we are excited to bring you our hybrid program for this summer. Children will still have the opportunity to learn about the Rouge and the plants and animals that live here as well as form new friendships, make crafts and have fun!

Virtual Summer Day Camp Program Information:
Our Virtual Summer Day Camp program will be a half day online program with one in-person visit (a parent or guardian must accompany each child), one family at a time. Online, children will interact with counsellors and other campers on Zoom, have an opportunity to chat and contribute to the daily discussions, test their knowledge with activities and games and take a little time to be creative with a theme related craft. The in-person visit will consist of a one-on-one hike with one of our trained counsellors, one family at a time. We feel it is important to have that in person connection so that the children are still able to experience nature outside while adhering to physical distancing rules, keeping the health and well-being of everyone top of mind.

Virtual Program Dates and Themes:
July 5 - 9        Birds
July 12 - 16    Fish and Aquatic Insects
July 19 - 23    Reptiles and Amphibians

Ages: 6 - 12 years old


Time:

Online sessions: Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. (approximately)

In-person visit: Day and time to be chosen when registration is confirmed. Available timeslots are Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Registration fees: $150/child/week; Additional siblings: $75/child/week


Required equipment and materials:

For the online program you will require:

  1. -internet access

  2. -a laptop (preferred), tablet or cellular phone

  3. -Zoom (free app) - for online program

  4. -craft supplies: scissors, glue, tape, markers, paint, paint brushes, pencil crayons, etc.



In Person Summer Day Camp Program Information:
Our In Person Summer Day Camp program will be a full day program for children ages 6 - 12. Space will be limited and kids will be placed into small cohorts for the week. The program will be 100% outdoors (at a distance) and will include our usual lessons, hikes, activities and crafts. All participants must follow public health guidelines including daily health screenings, masking (when distancing isn’t possible or when indoors using the washroom), respiratory etiquette, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing.

In Person Program Dates and Themes:
July 26 - 30    Aquatics Species
August 3 - 6    Outdoor Survival
August 9 - 13    Reptiles and Amphibians
August 16 - 20    Terrestrial Insects
August 23 - 27    Diversity week (a little something from each of the previous weeks)

Ages: 6 - 12 years old


Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration fees: $300/child/week; Additional siblings: $270/child/week





NOTE: All programs subject to change pending Public Health guidelines

Can’t afford to send your child to camp? Email us at education@rvcc.ca for information about financial assistance for families in priority areas.


Thank you to TD Friends of the Environment for supporting our programs.

FAQs


COVID-19 FAQ


What measures are you taking to ensure COVID safety during in-person sessions?

We are following guidelines set out by Toronto Public Health and the Province of Ontario for Day Camps and will be screening staff for health. Any staff that are unwell will be sent home. Staff will be wearing masks and face shields to use for in-person sessions. Participants will be screened before each program and are asked to wear a mask to wear if physical distancing is a challenge outdoors or if coming indoors. All in-person sessions will be held outdoors. All materials and equipment will be sanitized before and after each use. A washroom will be available for participant use only and will be sanitized after each group. All participants entering our facility must wear a mask and wash their hands first when entering the building.



When should I stay home?

To ensure the health and well-being of other participants and staff, if you or your child/children have any of the following symptoms we ask that you stay home:

- fever

- cough

- difficulty breathing

- sore throat or trouble swallowing

- runny nose or red eyes

- loss of taste or smell

- not feeling well, tired, sore muscles

- nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

- if you have been in close contact with someone who is sick or is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive in the past 14 days

- if you or someone in your household has returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days



Virtual Summer Day Camp FAQ


What will we do during the Virtual Summer Day Camp in-person visit?

One trained counsellor will take your family (maximum of 1 adult and up to 3 children) on an interpretative hike through the Rouge and show you species and habitats up close. Please make sure that you and your child wear light coloured long pants, long socks, running shoes or hiking boots and a hat for our hikes and bring insect repellant as there is the possibility of ticks in the Rouge (see below for information about Ticks in the Rouge). Long sleeves are recommended but with the heat we know that it is hard to do this. You should also bring water for each person and a light snack. If you have any medications like asthma inhalers, epi pens, etc. please bring those with you as well.


Additional equipment like nets and binoculars can be brought as well. We will let you know in advance if you will need to bring these items. We do have a limited supply of equipment that can be borrowed as well. All equipment will be sanitized before and after each use.



Why do I have to accompany my children for in-person sessions?

We ask that one adult (parent, grandparent, caregiver) accompanies children for the in-person session so that they can assist them with equipment, provide care and encouragement and so that our counsellors can maintain physical distancing from your family so that they are able to provide programs for other families as well.



Can we come for our in-person session with another family?

Yes you may come with another registered family. You can book your in-person session with another family if they are in your social circle. Each family must have 1 adult and up to 3 children for a maximum of 8 people per in-person session plus one counsellor. Participants are asked to still maintain physical distancing guidelines of 2 meters.



Do I need to wear a mask for the in-person session?

All participants over the age of 2 must wear a mask when physical distancing of 2 meters is a challenge or when indoors. Please bring a reusable or non-medical mask for each person just in case. Our counsellors will be wearing masks and/or face shields when physical distancing is a challenge outdoors and when indoors with participants.




Ticks in the Rouge

Ticks have been in the Rouge for some time and they are actually everywhere, not just here (e.g. other Parks, Playgrounds and Backyards). Ticks are just a new reality of outdoor space in Ontario. Ticks do not fly or jump. They tend to "hang" on long grasses waiting to attach on to a passing animal or human. Some ticks can be found in leaf litter as well. Ticks are more likely to be found off trail where deer, mice and other animals roam as they are the main modes of transportation for the ticks. There is nothing we can do about the ticks in the park. All you can do is protect yourself:


  1. Do not walk off trail, stay in the centre of the trail

  2. Keep dogs on leash and on the trail

  3. Wear light coloured clothes consisting of long pants, long socks and long sleeves

  4. Wear running shoes or boots (no sandals, crocs or shoes with holes), a hat and bug spray with DEET

  5. When you are finished your hike, check your clothes, shoes, face, etc. for ticks before you head home

  6. When you get home, put all your clothes in the wash and wash in warm water or put clothes in the dryer on high heat (check clothing labels before doing this)

  7. Check your body for ticks and take a warm shower including washing your hair


If you do find a tick, remove it or go to the doctor to remove it. Make sure that you read up on how to properly remove a tick if you do it yourself. Keep the tick in a bottle and send it in to Toronto Health to have it checked for lyme disease. Ticks can take up to 24 or 36 hours to "bite" so it is important to shower and wash your clothes as well as do a tick check when you get home.


Summer Camp Tick Precautions

We require kids to wear long pants, long socks and running shoes or boots along with bug spray with DEET and a hat. Please make sure that shoes do not have any holes or openings. We never go off trail and we always check the children's clothes and exposed skin for ticks when we come back from our hikes. It is best to educate your children about ticks and proper hiking etiquette so that they are informed and not scared and so they know what to expect and how to behave on our hikes. We will review hike rules and go over what a tick is and precautions to take with the children in detail at the beginning of the hikes. We don't want people to be afraid of being outside. As long as you take the necessary precautions you can still enjoy the outdoors.


If you want more official information about ticks you can check out the City of Toronto's website here: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-programs-advice/lyme-disease/