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Day Camp Programs

Fun for EVERYONE. Day camps offer a fun and safe environment for kids from ages 5-12 to experience a variety of outdoor physically distanced activities with a focus on fun, making friends, arts and crafts, sports, and camp games.​ 

2022 Summer Day Camps 

Registration for Summer 2022 camps is open as of March 1, 2022. Browse and register available camp offerings via play.barrie.ca. 

Quality Supervision

Our staff to participant ratios reflect our commitment to quality program supervision. Our camps operate with a ratio of 1 leader for every 10 campers. All staff are certified in First Aid, CPR C and require a criminal reference check. In addition they are trained to interact with children in a positive and developmentally appropriate manner as all camp staff are certified in the HIGH FIVE - Principles of Healthy Child Development.

COVID-19 Information

The City of Barrie is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all campers and guests. The City of Barrie is taking the following actions to manage the spread of COVID19 in camp environments.  These guidelines were established in consultation with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

  • Parents are encouraged to screen children for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before camp. Any camper not passing the screening (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/) should not be attending camp. The City of Barrie will refund any fees associated with missed days at camp related to COVID-19.
  • Any camper testing positive for COVID-19 is welcome to return to camp 10 days after testing positive assuming they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and pass the screening.
  • Hand hygiene is encouraged and practised throughout the day.
  • Parents/Guardians will be informed of any camper assumed to qualify as a close contact via a letter.
  • Campers are welcome to wear a mask at camp should they choose.  Please note that masks are no longer mandatory.

Fair Play in Camps... Fun for Everyone

The goal of the City of Barrie Day Camps is to ensure all campers have a rewarding, memorable, safe and fun experience while participating in our program. Providing a safe environment is a collaborative process. We ask that parents/guardians share the following camp rules/guidelines with their child/ren:

  • Respect others and their property
  • Hands off
  • No bullying behavior
  • Listen to the Leaders
  • Stay with the group
  • Use appropriate language
  • Follow all health and safety related instructions provided by camp staff which include physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, and frequent handwashing.
  • HAVE FUN!

If the above guidelines cannot be met, our Fair Play Follow Up process will be implemented. Parent conferences may be required to address concerns at any step in this system. Physical aggression towards another person or oneself may require a temporary or full suspension from camp(s).

Age Overrides/Camp Transfers

Sometimes you need a little flexibility! For age override requests and camp transfers please email Recreation.Information@barrie.ca.

Cancellations

Cancellation of a camp prior to the start of the program is a possibility, if requested. In these cases you are eligible to receive a full refund minus a $15 administration fee. Please email Recreation.Information@barrie.ca for more information.

Camper Pickup, Dropoff & Safe Arrival

Campers 10 years of age and under MUST always have adult supervision during morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Please ensure that regular escorts and emergency contacts are recorded with your registration. Only those adults listed will be permitted to pick up your child(ren). Please notify the staff team if your child will NOT be attending camp that day, or of any change in your child’s pick-up routine. Children are NOT allowed to leave the program without written consent from a parent or guardian. A late fee of $5/15 minutes will be charged for late pickups.

Support Options for Day Camp Programs

Participants experiencing disability and other participants with support needs that are not met by large group supervision ratios are welcome to register with one-to-one support. Support workers may provide redirection for safety reasons, allow opportunities for breaks, assist with personal care (e.g., feeding, toileting, changing, etc.).

Participants can register for one-to-one support provided through the city or bring their own external support worker. Separate registration is required. For more information on how to register with one-to-one support, please see Inclusion Services. 

Inclusion Support Funding

The City of Barrie offers one free week of one-to-one support for participants registering in summer day camps.  Funding is given at a first-come-first-served basis, and families are required to pay the camp program fee. For more information, please see Inclusion Services
 

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