- What do I need to bring to camp?
Campers need to bring a lunch, morning and afternoon snacks, water bottle, indoor running shoes, sunscreen, hat, weather-appropriate clothing, swim gear. Winter camp programs require outdoor weather clothing. Camp staff ask that personal toys and items please be kept at home. More information is available here.
- Where are the camp programs located?
All Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre day camp programs are operated exclusively at the Centre, located at 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, unless otherwise stated in the camp description.
- Are you a nut-sensitive facility?
Yes, we ask that families please pack lunches and snacks that are nut-sensitive.
- Will my child have to wear a lifejacket in the pool?
On the first day of camp, campers have the option to complete the swim test. The swim test requires campers to swim the length of the leisure pool on their fronts without touching the wall. If the lifeguards determine that the camper has successfully passed the test, he or she will be given a swim bracelet which grants them access to the water slide and permission to swim without a lifejacket or water wings. Campers who do not pass the swim test or campers who choose not to do the swim test must wear a life jacket or water wings and will not have access to the water slide.
- Do you have camper forms that are required to be completed?
Yes, all Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre day campers are required to submit a Personal Health and Information Form prior to the start of their program. The form is kept on file at the centre once completed and camp staff simply ask that parents and guardians assist in the maintenance of the form at the start of each new program if family information or camper information is required to be updated. The Personal Health & Information Form may be picked up in hard copy at the reception desk of the Centre, at the Recreation Division Office at City Hall, or may be faxed or emailed to families upon request. The form is also available online and may be emailed to camp staff. Simply check out our registration page to review.
- Is there subsidy available?
Yes, subsidies are available for children of City residents unable to afford programs. To obtain more information, contact the Recreation Division at (705)742- 7777 extension 1827. All subsidy requests are completely confidential.
- How do I register?
There are three convenient options to choose from when registering for camp programs: Registering in Person, Registering by Telephone, or Registering Online. Please review the Registration tab for further details.
- Can I withdraw, transfer, or get a refund for registration in camp?
An administration fee of 10% (minimum $5.00) is charged for withdrawal requests made prior to the program start date. Refunds are not offered after the program starts unless accompanied by a medical certificate. In this case, refunds will be pro-rated and will be subject to the administration levy. No administration fees will be charged if you transfer your child to a different program (space permitting) before the program start date.
- Do Centre members get a discount on camp programs?
Yes, children who are Members of the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre receive a discount off the day camp registration fees.
- What is the drop-off and pick-up procedure for camp?
Drop-off is between 8:00-9:00 a.m in the morning in the Centre's gymnasiums. Staff require parents/guardians to check in at the attendance table with their children. Staff will take attendance and assign the children to the appropriate staff leader and location to start their day. At this time, any special information that should be shared with staff may be communicated.
Pick-up time is between 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Centre's gymnasiums. Parents/guardians will be required to sign-out their child(ren) in person with an attending staff member. This time also provides staff with the opportunity to discuss the child's day with parents/guardians.
If an adult other than parents/guardians is to pick up your child, please ensure that the adult's information has been included on your Health and Information Form, or that you communicate the information to staff at drop-off time. If the adult's information is not in our files, we will not be able to release the child. Prior written or verbal permission is required.
If your child would like to walk or ride their bike or public transit or taxis to camp, without parent/guardian supervision, prior written permission is required.
- What is the Safe Arrival Program?
Program staff will call the participant's home or the parent/guardian's contact numbers if a child does not arrive at camp by thirty to forty-five minutes after the program start. If your child is ill, or will not be attending camp, or arriving late, please contact the centre by telephone at (705) 742-0050 extension "2236" to advise staff. Please include your child's name and age, the camp they are attending and the camp leader's name if possible.
- Do you administer medications?
Program staff cannot administer prescribed medications unless an Authorization of Administration form has been completed by the parent/guardian. Forms may be completed upon arrival at your child's program to allow further discussion with staff.
When medication is provided to staff, it must be in its original container and bear a current prescription label which will be cross-referenced with the Authorization of Administration form. When a unit of measurement is required for medication, please supply a dosage implement with the medication (example, teaspoon). The implement must be labeled with the child's name.
Staff will not administer over-the-counter medications unless prescribed by a physician. For self-administered medications, such as asthma inhalers or epi-pens, children are required to bring an extra to have at camp daily to eliminate any chance of forgetting this life-saving medication at home. During the program, the children carry their back packs with them or the staff leader may carry their meds for them.
Please do not hesitate to contact Program Co-ordinator Faryn Stanley at email@example.com to discuss your child's needs.
- Do you use photos taken at camp for program promotion?
In the course of all program activities, photos may be taken and audio-visual recordings may be made. The City of Peterborough reserves the right to use all photographs and videos of all our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes. Special circumstances do however surface with our child participants and we ask that parents/guardians make it quite clear on the Personal Health and Information Form if they do not provide permission to allow their children to be a part of our promotional materials.
- Do you have a policy for participant risk?
The participant (or parent/guardian if the participant is under the age of 18) voluntarily assumes any risk of injury or damage in connection with the use of services of facilities, and releases, discharges and agrees to indemnify and save harmless the City of Peterborough and its employees, agents and volunteers from any liability, claim, demand or costs whatsoever incurred arising out of the participation of the participant in the program or facility.
- Do you accept post-dated cheques?
The City of Peterborough Recreation Division does not accept post-dated cheques. Payment in full must accompany all registrations. Please ask about our payment installment plan for summer day camps - a great way to take care of registration fees over the course of the winter before summer begins!! Contact the Program Coordinator for details at 705-742-0050 ext. 2206 in January of each camp year to participate!!
- Can I pick up my child early?
If you are picking up your child before the normal pick-up time, please report to the reception desk or to the summer camp coordinator's office to obtain sign-out permission in exchange for your child. Identity of the adult will be confirmed with the child's information document prior to release, just as it is completed at regular sign-out times.
- Do you sell camp merchandise for campers?
The Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre offers a great line-up of merchandise options for our campers. Items like hats, t-shirts and backpacks are available at our reception desk.
- What is HIGH FIVE?
The Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre children's programs are committed to quality. As part of the City of Peterborough's Recreation Division, we are a committed member of the Parks and Recreation Ontario's HIGH FIVE Program. HIGH FIVE's quality standard ensures your child's experience with sport and recreation will be safe, unique and age-appropriate. It also ensures your child will have a positive experience and leave the program smiling!
Quality recreation and sport programs make an important contribution to the healthy development of children. As a member of HIGH FIVE, the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre, and the Recreation Division, offers quality children's programs that:
- Have Caring Adults
- Help Children Develop Friendships
- Encourage Children to Play
- Support a Sense of Mastery
- Respect and Support the Uniqueness and Diversity of Each Child
- Provide Age-Appropriate Environments, Activities and Equipment
- Are Safe
HIGH FIVE provides tools, training and resources to program providers, supports organizations using these tools, and educates parents and the general public about the importance of sport and recreation and the need for quality programs. Visit the HIGH FIVE website at www.highfive.org to learn more about this fantastic quality assurance program.
19. Can my child participate if he/she has special needs, allergies, or medical conditions?
If your child has special needs - physical, cognitive or behavioural - a one-to-one support adult may be required to assist your child while at day camp. Please contact the Program Co-ordinator at (705) 742-0050 extension 2206 before registering to discuss your child's needs, and together determine if your child requires the additional support. Allergies and medical conditions simply require communication in advance to prepare staff in order to provide a safe and successful experience while at camp.
- Can I drop off my child earlier than the scheduled start of the program?
Unfortunately, 8:00 a.m. is the earliest time that children may be dropped off at the Centre to commence camp programming.