ART WEEK! – WEEK 4 July 23 – 27, 2018 2018 Summer Camp Program

WEEK 4 July 23 – 27, 2018 Summer Camp Program

Abstract Art Week

Our famous art week is back with new and improved activities that include the enchanted world of Dr. Seuss for Juniors, a new world of art with a special and unique experience called Art in the Park for Seniors and Mavericks will be putting their chopping, measuring and baking skills to the test in our sensational and tasteful cooking week.

Parents are encouraged to attend our exciting Summer Art Crawl on Friday at a drop-in basis from 3:30-5:30pm.


An exciting menu change: we will be making a 5 minute walk each morning at 9:00am to the Youth Centre located at 273 Parkside Drive (North East corner of Hamilton St. N. and Parkside Drive) to utilize their kitchen space and rec rooms.

Each day your campers should be dropped off at Camp Waterdown (WDHS Location), no later than 8:45 please – we will walk to the Youth Centre and then return back to camp for pickup after 4pm. (If you are dropping off after 9am or picking up before 3:30pm please do so at the Youth Centre.)

MAVERICK’S FIELD TRIP: Our planned Friday trip needs to be changed, so we’re still cooking up an alternative outdoor excursion for Thursday.



While our Seniors are wading / swimming at a natural beach there are specific rules and policies set in place from the venue as well as WDCC to ensure the utmost safety and fun.

We take every precaution to ensure the safety of the campers.

  • At Kelso, the child swimming and beach area is clearly delineated and roped off.
  • Children uncomfortable in water can play at the shore in the sand and are also supervised.
  • Increased teacher to child ratio while in the water
  • Staff are positioned the furthest in the water and form a perimeter to be able to observe all children at all times
  • Children do not go past their waist
  • We do NOT enter deeper water at any time
  • Venue lifeguards are present on land and in raised chairs
  • All children are paired and “Buddy calls” are made by Kelso lifeguards approximately every 15 minutes to ensure all children are present and accounted for.
  • Swimming is only a small portion of the day’s activities.

Please see individual program information toward the bottom of this email.



Please note that sections of Parkside Drive may require that you detour or stop for flagged one-way access.

We can suggest an alternative is to head West on Rockhaven Lane (Stop Light south of Fortinos) , turn right on Segwun Road and follow it around until it intersects with Keewadin Street. Turn right (East) off Keewaydin onto Parkside Drive and the Student Parking entrance is your next left off Parkside after the track field.

If you accidentally follow Keewaydin Street across Parkside Drive you will end up in the Main WDHS Parking Lot and that makes it more difficult to walk to our program from there.

Camp is located at the far EAST Wing of Waterdown District High School (WDHS) by the Blue Gymnasium which has it’s own student parking lot and driveway off Parkside Drive (one block east of the Main WDHS/YMCA Entrance).

A few families have difficulty finding it the first time. (Our video can help orient you.)

You can not cross through the high school from the main entrance (nor drive from the Main Parking Lot through to the Student Parking Lot), but you can walk from the Main Parking around on the outside above the sports field to the East Entrance.

Please park in any designated visitor/student spot. You may not park, stop or idle in the drop-off / fire zone (we get complaints from the school and will have cars towed).

After parking please bring your child(ren) in and up the stairs to the Check In room on the second floor.

Parking Map
CLICK for a larger map view, plus Video and answers to Frequently Asked Questions


More FAQs & Orientation:

For more information about the camp, parking, and first day procedures, please review our Video, and Frequesntly Asked Questions page. The video is especially useful to share with children who have first day of camp jitters (and parents too!). Some of our personnel and group names have changed (and staff now wear white uniform shirts).

Pre-camp check list:

  1. a healthy tree nut, peanut and sesame free LUNCH
    (parents will be called to bring in a lunch if it is forgotten)
  2. two extra small snacks (for nibbling during breaks during the main program, we provide an additional a.m and p.m snack for those children in our extended care)
  3. bring a water bottle with your child’s name on it
  4. apply sunscreen BEFORE or while dropping your child off, and pack a bottle of high SPF sunscreen with your child’s name on it.
    (Sunscreen will be re-applied in the afternoon, young campers will be assisted.)
  5. bring a sun hat and wear comfortable clothing that protects shoulders from the sun (tank tops are discouraged) and pack extra clothes in case of accidents or messiness from our amazing hands on experiences
  6. a bathing suit and towel each day in case we venture out to the splash pad or for swimming trips
  7. comfortable running shoes are highly recommended, flip flops are not permitted except for water play.
  8. running late or absent? If you are going to be later than 9am (or 8:30am on field trip days) or absent, please call 905-902-1261 or 905-902-1236 (no emails) .
    We call families starting at 9:30am for any child absent without notice as per our safe arrival policy.
  9. check in on the 2nd Floor, Room 2047
  10. have a terrific, fun experience!

NOTE: *We are a PEANUT, TREE NUT AND SESAME free program, as we have children with severe anaphylactic allergies.

Hours of operation:
7am until 6pm + extended hours (7-9am and 4-6pm) are included in your fee. A healthy snack will be provided during extended hours.

Absences & Urgent Calls:
If you need to get in touch with us, are going to be later than 9am (or 8:30am on Thursday) or absent, please call 905-902-1261 or 905-902-1236 only. Emailed messages are not normally monitored during the day.

If you have not notified us about an absence, we will contact you at 9:30am by telephone to confirm the non-arrival of your child as per our safe arrival policy.

Trip Days Arrival:

If you have not arrived in time for a Field Trip Days (8:30am), then we can not care for your child that day. In SOME cases we may allow you to bring them to the trip venue yourself to meet the group (you must check-in and obtain permission and instructions from the Camp Directors first).

Morning Entrance:

Each day, enter at the East Entrance and

come up the stairs to check in at our “Check Point Room” – Room 2047 on your left.

First day: look for child’s name / group on the white board and then proceed to the sign in tables. The different tables will be clearly identified.

  • Jr. Explorers are either the Owls, Toucans or Minnows
  • Sr. Adventures & Mavericks are different colored groups

At your sign-in table you will be greeted by one of our Camp Leaders. This would be a good time to communicate any specific needs, pre-arranged medication etc.

Once you have checked in you will write your child/children’s name on a locker which will be clearly marked to match your group (colour coordinated) and will remain the same for the week. Staff will direct you to the appropriate classroom where your fun day begins!

Please do not be afraid to ask our counsellors in white shirts for assistance if you need any help and remember the first day of each week can be a little bit chaotic!! We are all here to help and get ready for an awesome week!!

Main Program:
At 9:15am sharp on the first day (Maverick’s 8:30am) our campers will go for a morning pep rally and some exercise to get us ready for the day and the amazing week ahead of us. On the first day the camp leaders will be introduced to all campers, and then your group leaders will gather their group and continue the planned portion of our program.

Afternoon Pick-up:
Enter at the same location as drop off. After 4pm please check the board in the middle of the hallway to find out which room your children’s group will be. Pick-up your child/children and sign them out in the check point room. As this time of day it can become very busy please be patient and remember as numbers get lower we will be merging children into different groups. We do our best to make this as organized as possible.

Children must be picked up by their parent/guardian, or a pre-designated adult contact. We may ask for ID from all visitors to ensure child safety. Any person picking up who is not the parent will be required to bring valid photo identification (no exceptions) and the parent must give us prior consent.

Friday Parent Drop-In:
Parents are invited to our camp wide science fair in the gymnasium on Friday drop-in basis from 3:30-5:30pm.

Swimming Safety:

Due to a number of recent changes in public swimming pool policies, we have decided not to include swimmable depth pools in our summer camp excursion planning. Safe and active water play continues to be an important part of our summer fun, experiential learning, and staying cool at Camp Waterdown.

Junior Explorer’s and Younger Senior Adventurers (to Age 6) will continue to have access to splash pads and will not enter any swimmable depth pool (public or private), nor any water area more than “6 inches” deep. Junior groups will have at least three Camp Waterdown staff members supervising each water play area plus applicable venue staff.

Older Seniors and Mavericks (Age 7 to 13) will be able to access splash pads, waterslides, and wading depth water features (if they meet the height and age requirements set forth by the venue, and our staff’s ongoing assessment of their individual safety and confidence near water activities). Senior / Mavericks groups will have at least 2 staff members and supervision from designated lifeguards hired by the venues if applicable. We do not attend wave pools and activities where visibility of our groups are restricted.

In all cases we set up perimiters such that our staff can observe and contain our groups within an observable area at all times.

If you have any questions regarding swimming / water play and our policies, or wish to relay water safety information specific to your child, please do not hesitate to call or speak with our Camp Directors.

Lost & Found:
Each year we accumulate an abundance of un-marked clothing, water bottles, knap sacks and other personal items. When leaving the program on your last day, please remember to cruise by the Lost & Found table on your way out!

Jr. Explorers JK/SK

Summer of Suess

A variety of Suess themed experiences, art activities for our campers, an exciting trip to THE MUSEUM in Kitchener, a dessert-making challenge, and a Summer Art Crawl for our families to join us from 3:30 – 5:30 pm on Friday!

TRIP TUESDAY: The Museum (Kitchener)

Please arrive at camp by 8:30am. We plan to return at approximately 2:30pm.


Sr. Adventurers GR1-12yrs

Dynamic Designers

This week is filled with sketching, painting and molding in a variety of different art lessons that put our creativity to the test. We will have a special visitor come in to teach step by step painting and get to explore all different art mediums throughout the week.Our Thursday Trip will be to Kelso Conservation Area (Milton) for Art In The Park and Swim. Senior campers will design their own art gallery, which will come alive in our Friday Drop-In Art Crawl so be sure to check it out!


We take the electronic device and design route to artful exploration (plus lots of active group play as well) and prepare an electronic media contribution to the camp art gallery, which we’ll display in our Family Friday Drop-In Art Crawl. Icampers will also be joining us for the trip to Kelso


TRIP THURSDAY: Kelso Conservation Area (Milton)

Please arrive by 8:30am. We plan to return at approximately 4:00pm, however this may vary due to traffic / weather conditions.


Mavericks 9-13yrs

Mastering the Art of Cooking

From food handling skills to learning how to cook breakfast, baking pastries and everyday meals. Your campers will come home reading to cook for you! We’ll show off our tasty tea and treats during the Family Friday drop-in so be sure to come and have a taste.


Please arrive every day by 8:45 at the latest. Campers will be leaving at 9:00am to walk to the Waterdown Youth Centre at Hamilton St. N. and Parkside).

TRIP THURSDAY: TBA (Likely a short local excursion)

An announcement will be emailed as soon as we have confirmation on our outdoor activity destination.




If you have any urgent messages that need to be delivered to the Camp please call us on our site phone: 905-902-1261 or 905-902-1236

Emailed messages may or may not be monitored during the day.

If you have any questions about this week or the program, please email: or

If you have questions about your registration (other than Week 2), please email:

Summer’s just heating up, and we can’t wait to see you this week!!

Thank you!
Chantelle, Katelyn, and the 2018 Summer Camp Staff

Changes and Refunds

  • Cancellation or withdrawal within 15 days of Program Day start: No refund of paid fees or deposits.
  • Cancellations due to serious medical reason (requiring hospitalization or affecting ambulatory mobility): Subject to the Executive Director’s discretion. If granted, will receive a pro-rated refund for full day(s) to be missed (after notification) less a $35 administration fee. An original and verifiable doctor’s letter will be required for notification. Refunds are not given for absence due to any communicable illnesses or parasites (cold, flu, chicken pox, mumps, lice, etc.), elective or scheduled medical/dental reasons.
  • Credits or refunds can not be given for late arrival, early departure, illness, absences, dismissal, or program / facility closures due to emergency, weather or any other unforeseen circumstances.

The financial obligations of Camp Waterdown are fixed for each program based on the number of registered campers and the withdrawal of a camper does not lessen our operating expenses.

The online 2018 Summer Camp Registration Form does not accept changes or additions. Changes are only made by email or change request form.


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