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Variety is pleased to offer several camps to children of all abilities including March Break Camp, Holiday Camps and Kid Development Day Camps (camps that fall on days that are PA/PD days within the Toronto Board). Variety offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+.

CANCELLED CAMPS DUE TO COVID-19
Mountain Bike, Synchro, Rockwall, Sport & Social, Flames & Track

What you need to know:
•  Camp Hours: 8am-5pm (building will only be open for Camps)
•  We are accepting registration applications throughout the summer
•  Campers will receive a PPE Camp Tee with their registration. We ask that you take this home and clean for reuse each time your child attends camp.
•  Parents are welcome to provide your child with their own PPE but staff are not allowed to assist in putting them on
•  All staff at Variety are required to wear Variety-supplied PPE
•  Parents are encouraged to drop of their children between 8-9am and pick up from 4-5pm
•  Summer registration application: Click here to download.
•  Submit application to Avi Sudama, asudama@varietyontario.ca
•  1:1 camper support is available for Summer Camp. Contact Brian, varietycamps@varietyontario.ca

Don't forget!
•  Your completed Covid Screening Form
•  Your PPE Camp Tee
•  Water bottle w/water (Fill station available – drinking fountains unavailable)
•  Extra pair of clothing (no lost and found available - please label all items of clothing)
•   Sunscreen
•  1 Lunch, 2 snacks (no nuts of any kind)
•  Bathing Suit & Towel

Summer Camp 2020 Reopening COVID-19 Protocols

Variety - the Children's Charity of Ontario Summer Camp 2020 will take place, with health and safety precautions in place, guided by the Provincial Government, Ministry of Health, with the additional resources from the City of Toronto, Paediatric Physiotherapy, Red Cross and The Lifesaving Society.

Please refer to the tabs below for detailed protocol information. Or download our Summer Camp COVID-19 Protocols by clicking here.

All staff will be provided with training on Variety Ontario's Summer Camp 2020 COVID-19 protocols prior to the commencement of Summer Camp 2020. During training, all staff will be trained on the safe use, limitations and proper care of PPE, including, but not limited to; gloves, masks, and face shields. In addition, cleaning, hand washing, and sanitizing as well as surface disinfecting protocols will be provided. All training will be done in line with Health and Safety guidelines. All staff will remain 2 metres apart and be provided with face shields, masks and gloves for the duration of the training. Attendance records will be kept to ensure no staff is permitted to work Summer Camp 2020 without attending a training session.

Click here to download the COVID Screening Form.

All staff will be screened prior to entering the facility daily. Employees (wearing PPE) will be stationed at the parking lot entrance, as well as the main entrance. These employees will utilize touchless thermometers to measure camp staff temperatures upon entering the parking lot. If staff temperature is not within normal range (37.8C or greater), that staff will be immediately asked to return home and advised to contact their health care professional. If staff wish to return to work, staff me be fever free (temperature within normal range) for a 24 hour period, prior to returning.

If staff temperature is within normal range, they will continue to a designated entrance for further screening. All temperatures will be recorded via paper tracking sheets or tablet device and kept in a secure and confidential place for our records. At the designated entrance, staff (wearing PPE) will administer a screening questionnaire, informed by the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms.

If the staff answers yes to ANY of the questions, they will be asked to return home immediately and their shift will be covered by an on-call staff. Entry will also be denied to any staff that has come in close contact with someone who has any of the symptoms listed in the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Reference Document for Symptoms for a period of 14 days.

Only staff who meet ALL screening protocols will be permitted to enter to work in camp for the day. Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at all screening locations and entrances.

No parents or guardians are permitted in the building.

Click here to download the COVID Screening Form.

All campers will be screened prior to entering the facility daily. Staff (wearing PPE) will utilize touchless thermometers to measure campers' temperature upon entering the parking lot. Campers will remain in their cars with their guardians, and staff will then take their temperature. If camps' temperature is not within normal range (37.8C or greater), that camper will be immediately asked to return home and advised to contact their health care professional.

Staff will be provided with masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and face shields. In instances where a 2m distance cannot be ensured, staff are required to wear a face shield. Masks will also be available for staff to wear for the duration of the day, if they so choose. As per the Staff Training section in this protocol, staff will be trained on proper use of PPE. If any gloves, face shields, or masks are damaged or soiled, they will be replaced. Face shields will be disinfected frequently according to Ministry of Health Guidelines and at the beginning and end of each day. If face shields are damaged, they will be replaced.

As per Ministry of Health guidelines, Summer Camp 2020 will take place in groups of no larger than 10 people, staff and campers inclusive.

Each camp will receive their own unique coloured wrist band. Each camper must wear the wristband daily to assist with limiting the mixing of different cohorts.

Variety Ontario will utilize multiple entrances to limit the mixing of different cohorts during pick up and drop off. All entrances will be equipped with hand sanitizer and controlled by a trained staff member who is wearing PPE. Pick up and drop off will be conducted with physical distancing. Arrangements may be made via telephone for early pick up, if required.

The following entrances/exits will be used for each camp:

  • Main Entrance
  • Loading Dock
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Kiosk Storage
  • Weight Room Lobby
  • Cafeteria

Washrooms will be designated for each camp group to limit the mixing of any cohort. Shared surfaces in washrooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each use. As well, washrooms will be cleaned and disinfected at the beginning and end of each day. A tracking log will be posted and kept for our records.

All staff and campers will wash or sanitize hands before and after eating. No activities will be done that involve campers or staff preparing or serving food, with the exception of campers who rely on support. All campers must bring their own water bottles that are labeled. Campers must fill their water bottles and drink from the bottles, no the spout of the water fountain. All campers must have their own food, with no shared foods, including condiments. Physical distancing of 2m will be kept while eating. When physical distancing of 2m cannot be ensured, campers and staff will be required to wear gloves and a mask or face shield.

Variety Ontario will ensure that all toys and equipment used in camp are made of material that is easily disinfected. Staff and campers will be encouraged to limit their use of shared equipment. Any shared equipment will be disinfected after each use. If there are single-use toys, or equipment supplies, they will be disposed of at the end of each use. Equipment will be spread out in various areas, to encourage physical distancing and limit the mixing of cohorts.

As per Red Cross recommendations, all climbing structures will be restricted. This includes, but is not limited to: dive boards, slides, and water walkways. This also includes climbing structures in and around the facility, such as our indoor high ropes and rockwall.

Variety Ontario will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all areas. All staff taking part in cleaning and disinfecting will be trained on proper methods, locations and logging. A cleaning and disinfecting log will be posted and kept for our records. Proper hand washing techniques will be posted. Shared spaces will be disinfected between each use. If the area is visibly soiled, it will be cleaned prior to it being disinfected.

All communication with parents, guardians and caregivers will be made via telephone or internet (electronically). When communication cannot take place electronically, it will take place with physical distancing measures in place. Parents, guardians and caregivers can call Senior Staff via their work phones to communicate urgent matters. During campers' time at camp, staff members will provide daily updates to guardians via phone calls in the afternoon.

Variety Village is pleased to offer several camps to children of all abilities* including March Break Camp, Holiday Camps and Kid Development Day Camps (camps that fall on days that are PA/PD days within the Toronto Board). Variety Village offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our Variety Village camp experience includes:

  • A 76,000-square-foot gym, two indoor pools and a 200 metre indoor track;
  • A combination of sports, swimming, games and training activities – all under one roof;
  • A fun way to learn new skills, make new friends, and enhance self-esteem;
  • An inclusive and barrier-free environment with experienced camp counselors
Smiling at Camp

SEASONAL CAMPS

Looking for the perfect day camp for your child during the yearly holidays?

Download our 2020/2021 Holiday Camp Registration Form

No school? No problem! Variety offers day camps on the days schools are closed for professional development. Kids have opportunities to develop sport, aquatics, and gross motor skills through swimming, rock wall climbing, obstacle courses and a variety of sports and games.

Download our 2020/2021 KDD Camp Registration Form

Available Camps:
Building Blocks, Multi-Sport, Jr. Bantam, Sr. Bantam, Intermediate, Junior and Senior, Sport & Social, Swim Camps, Rockwall, Dance, Art, Drama, Music, Jr. Engineers, Leaders in Training, Camp Extreme, Adventure, Sport Speciality, and Taekwondo.

Cancelled due to COVID-19:
Mountain Bike, Synchro, Rockwall, Sport & Social, Flames & Track

Please see Summer Camp Protocols detailed above.

Download our 2020 Summer Camps Registration Form

Check back for 2021 Dates Coming soon!

March Break Camps are available during the week that elementary, middle and high schools are closed for the March break or spring break. These are primarily day camps and offer parents the opportunity for care other than daycare, that keep your kids engaged, active and having fun.

CAMP FAQ'S

How do I register my child for camp?

To register your child for camp, please download and complete the correct registration form and send to Avi Sudama at asudama@varietyontario.ca

For more information:

REGARDING  CONTACT  INFORMATION
Billing & Receipt Information Membership  Please call 416 699 7167
Concerns & accommodations Camp Coordinator Matt Robitaille
Program Coordinator
Camps, Fitness & Wellness
Variety  Ontario
416 699 7167 ext. 254
mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca
Program & schedules Please read our FAQ questions. If you still have questions please contact the Camp Coordinator
1:1 support requests and inquiries Support Supervisor varietycamps@varietyontario.ca

What if I have to cancel my child's registration?

Refunds for camps will be made if requested in writing, by fax, or email according to the schedule in the chart below. Credit can be obtained for the amount of the refund less a $25 administration fee towards another program if guidelines are met. Refunds on credit cards or in the form of a person cheque are subject to administrative fees (per camo session/child) deducted from the total amount. Refunds in the form of a personal cheque may take up to four to six weeks for processing. We reserve the right to grant exceptions to the stated policy in situations limited to illness supported by a doctor’s note.

TIME OF REQUEST REFUND/CREDIT ADMIN FEE
 15 days prior to camp  100%  $25
 7-15 days prior to camp  75%  $25
 Less tan 7 days before camp  50%  $25
 After camp begins  NO REFUNDS

What is the ratio of staff to campers? How large are your groups?

PLEASE REFER TO SUMMER CAMP COVID 19 PROTOCOLS DETAILED ABOVE FOR CHANGES AND UPDATES TO STAFF TO CAMPER RATIOS.

Camp ratios are cohorts of 10. At minimum we will have 2 staff to 8 children.

We require campers to have 1:1 support if the individual:

  • Is medically fragile, has a g-tube, tracheotomy tubes, or those requiring suctioning
  • Requires assistance with personal care, for example transferring, toileting, feeding, and personal hygiene
  • Has behaviour concerns that require support to participate in group activities

If your camper requires 1:1 support, requests and inquiries can be submitted to varietycamps@varietyontario.ca

.

Can I meet the instructors who will be with my child?

PLEASE REFER TO SUMMER CAMP COVID 19 PROTOCOLS DETAILED ABOVE.

2020 SUMMER CAMPS: Children will be escorted to their car at the end of each day by their instructor. If a parent needs to speak to an instructor they can either call or email Matt Robitaille at mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca or at 416-699-7167 x254

What does my child need for camp?

Your camper will need:

  • Active wear, close toed shoes
  • Bathing suit & towel (please see schedules below for specific swimming days)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • 2 snacks & lunch (no peanuts)

We strongly suggest labeling your child’s belongings. Camp is a busy place and things can get misplaced or swapped between children. Labeling your campers things and having a chat with them about keeping their belongings in their bags will help make sure everything goes home with the right person.

What if my child loses something?

If your child has lost something during camp, please contact Matt and he will speak with the Head Staff. You can reach Matt at mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca.

Variety Village is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Please encourage your child to bring only what’s needed for camp. Bringing phones, music players, and other electronics is strongly discouraged.

What will my child be doing at camp?

You can browse our program guide for a general description of all the camps we offer. If you are interested in a general day-to-day schedule, please view camp schedules above. Please note that these schedules are subject to change.

What training does your camp instructors have?

Our camp instructors have their current Standard First Aid and CPR C, a clear criminal reference check, and Crisis Prevention Intervention certification. All instructors complete our summer camp training which includes sessions on: recreation and leisure, facilitating integration, behavioural management, and managing emergency situations.

SUMMER 2020: All staff will be provided with training on Variety Ontario’s Summer Camp 2020 COVID-19 protocols prior to the commencement of Summer Camp 2020. Training is based on guidelines from the City of Toronto and Lifesaving Society. During training, all staff will be trained on the safe use, limitations and proper care of PPE, including, but not limited to; gloves, masks, and face shields. In addition, cleaning, hand washing, and sanitizing as well as surface disinfecting protocols will be provided. All training will be done in line with Health and Safety guidelines. All staff will remain 2 metres apart and be provided with face shields, masks and gloves for the duration of the training. Attendance records will be kept to ensure no staff is permitted to work Summer Camp 2020 without attending a training session.

When and where do I drop off my child?

PLEASE REFER TO SUMMER CAMP COVID 19 PROTOCOLS DETAILED ABOVE FOR CHANGES UPDATES TO CAMP DROP OFF AND HOURS.

Please drop your child off at the designated location that the staff at the entrance of the parking lot will guide you to. It will be the same entrance for pick up. Drop off is from 8:00-9:00am and pick up is from 4:00-5:00pm

What should I do if my camper is going to be absent?

In order to report an absence, you can call the Camp Coordinator Matt Robitaille at 416 699 7167 x254 or email at mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca

How will inclement weather effect outings?

All outings will take place in the case of extreme heat. Instructors are trained to break any walking into shorter chunks, have campers rest in the shade, and drink a lot of water. Sun screen will always be applied before any outing.

In the case of rain, an outing will only be cancelled if it solely takes place outdoors. Please send your camper with a rain jacket if they will be traveling on a rainy day.

What if I need to pick up my child early?

Please make arrangements with Matt Robitaille at mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca if you will need to pick up your child early.

Can my child travel to and from camp on their own?

If you would like your child to travel to and from camp on their own, please refer top the camp registration form and select the permission box. This notification will be kept on file and a copy will be given to the head instructor so that they know to release your camper at the end of the day.

How do I register my child for camp?

To register your child for camp, please download and complete the correct registration form and send to Matt Robitaille at mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca

For more information:

REGARDING  CONTACT  INFORMATION
Billing & Receipt Information Membership  Please call 416 699 7167
Concerns & accommodations Camp Coordinator Matt Robitaille
Program Coordinator
Camps, Fitness & Wellness
Variety  Ontario
416 699 7167 ext. 254
mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca
Program & schedules Please read our FAQ questions. If you still have questions please contact the Camp Coordinator
1:1 support requests and inquiries Support Supervisor varietycamps@varietyontario.ca

What if I have to cancel my child's registration?

Refunds for camps will be made if requested in writing, by fax, or email according to the schedule in the chart below. Credit can be obtained for the amount of the refund less a $25 administration fee towards another program if guidelines are met. Refunds on credit cards or in the form of a person cheque are subject to administrative fees (per camo session/child) deducted from the total amount. Refunds in the form of a personal cheque may take up to four to six weeks for processing. We reserve the right to grant exceptions to the stated policy in situations limited to illness supported by a doctor’s note.

TIME OF REQUEST REFUND/CREDIT ADMIN FEE
 15 days prior to camp  100%  $25
 7-15 days prior to camp  75%  $25
 Less tan 7 days before camp  50%  $25
 After camp begins  NO REFUNDS

What is the ratio of staff to campers? How large are your groups?

PLEASE REFER TO SUMMER CAMP COVID 19 PROTOCOLS DETAILED ABOVE FOR CHANGES AND UPDATES TO STAFF TO CAMPER RATIOS.

 

Our camps are split into 3 levels of support. Camps in level 1 have a ratio of 1 staff to 3 children. Camps in level 2 have a ratio of 1 staff to 5 children. Camps in level 3 have a ratio of 1 staff to 7 children. Understanding the level of support in each camp will make sure your child has a safe and enjoyable experience here. Our camps can range anywhere from 10-30 campers. We base this number off the type of camp, the level of support required, and space available.

We require campers to have 1:1 support if the individual:

  • Is medically fragile, has a g-tube, tracheotomy tubes, or those requiring suctioning
  • Requires assistance with personal care, for example transferring, toileting, feeding, and personal hygiene
  • Has behaviour concerns that require support to participate in group activities

If your camper requires 1:1 support, requests and inquiries can be submitted to varietycamps@varietyontario.ca

.

Can I meet the instructors who will be with my child?

PLEASE REFER TO SUMMER CAMP COVID 19 PROTOCOLS DETAILED ABOVE.

 

We offer the opportunity for parents and campers to meet the Head Instructor of their program before summer camp starts. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please mark this date down on your calendars: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm.

Head instructors will be able to answer questions regarding programming, scheduling, what to expect, etc. Unfortunately, there will be no opportunity to reschedule or make up this date.

What does my child need for camp?

Your camper will need:

  • Active wear, close toed shoes
  • Bathing suit & towel (please see schedules below for specific swimming days)
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • 2 snacks & lunch (no peanuts)

We strongly suggest labeling your child’s belongings. Camp is a busy place and things can get misplaced or swapped between children. Labeling your campers things and having a chat with them about keeping their belongings in their bags will help make sure everything goes home with the right person.

What if my child loses something?

Each camp has a designated bin that can be found along the wall in the fieldhouse beside the equipment room. We also have two lost and found locations; there are black and white boxes also located along the wall in the fieldhouse beside the equipment room, or under the lifeguard desk on the pool deck. All lost and found articles will be donated two weeks after summer camps ends.

Variety Village is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Please encourage your child to bring only what’s needed for camp. Bringing phones, music players, and other electronics is strongly discouraged.

What will my child be doing at camp?

You can browse our program guide for a general description of all the camps we offer. If you are interested in a general day-to-day schedule, please view camp schedules above. Please note that these schedules are subject to change.

What training does your camp instructors have?

Our camp instructors have their current Standard First Aid and CPR C, a clear criminal reference check, and Crisis Prevention Intervention certification. All instructors complete our summer camp training which includes sessions on: recreation and leisure, facilitating integration, behavioural management, and managing emergency situations.

When and where do I drop off my child?

PLEASE REFER TO SUMMER CAMP COVID 19 PROTOCOLS DETAILED ABOVE FOR CHANGES UPDATES TO CAMP DROP OFF AND HOURS.

 

Regular camp hours are from 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Sport and Social camp hours are from 1:00pm – 8:00pm.
Extended hours are available from 7:30am – 9:00am and 4:00pm – 6:00pm, at a cost of $60/week.

If you are going to be late picking up your child, please contact the Camp Coordinator at extension 254 as soon as possible. Past 6:05pm, a $15 charge will be applied to your account. Please click here to view a list of drop off locations.

What should I do if my camper is going to be absent?

In order to report an absence, you can call the Camp Coordinator Matt Robitaille at 416 699 7167 x254 or email at mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca

How will inclement weather effect outings?

All outings will take place in the case of extreme heat. Instructors are trained to break any walking into shorter chunks, have campers rest in the shade, and drink a lot of water. Sun screen will always be applied before any outing.

In the case of rain, an outing will only be cancelled if it solely takes place outdoors. Please send your camper with a rain jacket if they will be traveling on a rainy day.

What if I need to pick up my child early?

Please make arrangements with Matt Robitaille at mrobitaille@varietyontario.ca if you will need to pick up your child early.

Can my child travel to and from camp on their own?

If you would like your child to travel to and from camp on their own, please refer top the camp registration form and select the permission box. This notification will be kept on file and a copy will be given to the head instructor so that they know to release your camper at the end of the day.

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