(yes, you are receiving this a week early)
August 27th – 31st Summer Camp Program
THE GREAT ESCAPE! Week
Our most popular week of daily-tripping leaves our campers a little exhausted, but with “perma-grins” from all of the fun in this “last blast!” of summer excitement.
Reminder: Please arrive at camp between 7:00am – 8:30 am every day.
DO NOT wait for busses outside. Please sign in your children inside the school as usual.
If you come after 8:30am, or wait outside and don’t get properly signed in, then you will have missed the bus and we have no supervision available for children who are not on the trip.
For ALL days: Lots of waterplay happening!
REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BATHING SUIT, TOWEL, CLOSE-TOED RUNNING SHOES, SOCKS, HAT AND WATER BOTTLE EVERY SINGLE DAY
Monday: Safari Niagara (Niagara Falls)
Tuesday: Bingeman’s (Kitchener)
Wednesday: Wet n’ Wild (Brampton)
Thursday: African Lion Safari (Flamborough)
Friday: Playdium (Mississauga)
Please arrive by 8:30am or you may miss the bus!
(We don’t have any alternatives to care for children who are not on the trips.)
Transportation: We plan to arrive back at camp by 4:00pm every day. Please note that sometimes due to traffic that may not happen. We will have someone on site by 4:00pm every day to give updates to parents.
We try our best to make changes due to weather as soon as we can. Note that sometimes there are last minute changes to trip locations/days. We notify parents with written and verbal reminders as soon as we know.
Pickup: We require all parents to allow the entire group to enter back into their classrooms at camp before being signed out. Please do not attempt to pick up your child off the bus as this time of day can be a bit chaotic and we want to ensure the safety and smooth transition of all campers.
Our summer registration is now closed for the season.
( email@example.com will not be regularly monitored until after August 29th, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and needs in the meantime)
Absences & Urgent Calls:
If you need to get in touch with us, 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 only. We do not accept absence reports by email.
If you have not notified us about an absence, we will contact you at 9:30am or earlier by telephone to confirm the non-arrival of your child as per our safe arrival policy.
A SPECIAL REMINDER FOR NEXT WEEK (Friday August 24th)
WDCC Family Celebration BBQ
Friday August 24th from 4:00-6:00pm
We will be having our yearly Carnival and first ever BBQ on the WDHS Track Field (Rain Cover is the WDHS Gymnasium). And everyone is invited!
Place your free food order (for your child and family) here: https://www.campwaterdown.com/bbq/
All families who have attended any of our programs and have an active online member account are invited to join us for a free BBQ dinner and play time. Bouncy Castles, Games, Face Painting and more!
Extended family members, siblings and friends who you register are welcome to join us at this private function!
Please register your child(ren) in advance (plus yourself and any other family / friends that will be attending, you can always return to this form to add more people) for a Friday BBQ Meal as soon as possible here: https://www.campwaterdown.com/bbq/
That way we will know how much food to order! If you commit to come, please come as it will be fun (rain or shine) and we don’t want any food to go to waste. We have beef, vegetarian, gluten free and Halal chicken hot dog options.
(Remember, this BBQ is NEXT Week, Friday Aug 24th – NOT on Week 9)
IMPORTANT ENTRANCE & PARKING:
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 should 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.
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:
- a healthy tree nut, peanut and sesame free LUNCH
(parents will be called to bring in a lunch if it is forgotten)
- 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)
- bring a water bottle with your child’s name on it
- 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.)
- 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
- a bathing suit and towel each day in case we venture out to the splash pad or for swimming trips
- comfortable running shoes are highly recommended, flip flops are not permitted except for water play.
- 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.
- check in on the 2nd Floor, Room 2047
- 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.
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).
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!!
At 8:30 am sharp our campers will assemble INSIDE 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.
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.
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!
If you have an absence or 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 are not monitored regularly during the day.
Summer’s in the home stretch, and we can’t wait to see you for the final bash of the season!!
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.