Camp U of T Scarborough (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. How many weeks does the camp run for?
A. 8-weeks from July 3 – August 24. *The camp offers flexible 1-week camp registrations for both the Tennis and Recreation camps for children 6-12yrs.
Q. What type of camp is it?
A. Camp U of T Scarborough is a summer day camp program that offers a morning physical activity curriculum in either Tennis or Recreational sports-programming for ages 6-12, followed by a simulated mini-university experience in the afternoons through hourly rotations in science, computers, dance-fit, dramatic theatre, fine arts/crafts. Also, we offer a 2-week Leadership certificate program (Leaders-in-Training) for teenagers 13-16yrs.
Q. What are the hours of operation?
A. Camp U of T Scarborough is a day camp that operates from 9am–4pm Monday to Friday. *Camp doors open at 8:30am. Ideally, campers should arrive between 8:30-8:45am for social mingling, daily attendance and total-body stretching in preparation for the physical activities in both the Tennis & Recreation camp.
Q. When is the deadline to register for camp?
A. As long as there is room in a particular session, registration will be accepted. However, campers should be registered by 12pm on Friday before the upcoming camp week they would like to attend. Note – camper registration will not be accepted mid-week during a weekly camp session. *The official “last day” to register for camp is 12pm Friday, August 17 in order to register one or more campers for the final week of camp from Monday August 20 – Friday August 24.
Q. The camp session(s) I want to register my child/teen for is sold out, and I don’t want to register for any other camp week(s), what can I do?
A. Email the Camp Directors (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request and a spot will be opened, or you may be placed on the waiting list and notified when a spot becomes available. Note: Mid-week camp registrations are not accepted.
Q. What if I need to pick-up my child early, or if I will have someone else picking up my child, who do I inform?
A. You would both email and call the Camp Coordinator Rochelle Welch email@example.com and 416-208-5156. Alternatively, you would contact the Camp Directors through the Camp Hotline – 416-287-7420. The Camp Directors will respond to calls every hour of the camp day between 8:30am-4pm Monday through Friday.
Q. My child is 5 years old and I want to register them for Camp, is this possible?
A. The minimum age requirement for entry is 6yrs, however allowances will be made for 5yr old children to attend the camp as long as the parents/guardians understand that their child must be comfortable and socially mature enough to be placed in a group of children aged 6-8. Note: 5-yr old campers are generally placed in a small group of other 5yr old children. Q. My child is 12 years old and I would like to register them for the Leadership program (LIT: Leaders-in-Training) for 13-16 year olds?
A. The leadership camp is a specialized 2week program for teens 13-16yrs’; however, children who are 12 will be granted admission into the program as long as parents/ guardians’ are comfortable that they will be socially mature enough to be with teens 13-16yrs.
Q. Does the camp offer any early-bird registration discounts or special incentives?
A. Camp U of T Scarborough offers a one-time registration incentive of 10% off the total registration of one child (6-12yrs) registered for the entire 8-weeks of camp, purchased in one transaction. Also from March 1–31, all camp registrations will receive last year’s rate – don’t miss out on the early bird special!
Q. How early can I drop my children off in the morning for camp?
A. 8:30am is the earliest children can be dropped off each morning. This summer, Tennis and Recreation campers will be dropped off at the Valley Playing Fields. Morning Greeters will escort campers onto the tennis courts or on the designated playing field for those in the Recreation Camp. *The morning drop-off location is subject to change – parents will be notified well in advance if changes occur.
Q. Will I have to pay for parking when I drop-off and pick-up my children in the morning?
A. No, your camp registration package includes a “temporary parking pass” that you will place on your car’s dashboard that will inform parking services that you are affiliated with the camp.
Q. Where is the pick-up location for children in the Tennis & Recreation camp?
A. The Catalyst Centre Room #EV151/152 in the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building. *The morning drop-off location is subject to change – parents will be notified well in advance if location should change.
Q. If camp days are missed due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, will a refund be provided?
A. Every case is different, but generally refunds are not provided – missed camp days are made up on another week(s).
Q. What time can I pick up my children?
A. The day camp ends at 4pm, and the official pick-up period is 4:15pm as there is a 15-minute transition period from 4 – 4:15pm from the last program area to the pick-up location.
Q. Do you have pre-camp care?
A. Sorry, we don’t offer childcare prior to the 8:30am start of camp.
Q. Do you have post-camp care?
A. Yes, we have Extended Care service for campers 6-12 years. Children are well-supervised by mature camp staff with volunteer support from 4:30-6pm. Note: Parents/Guardians that pick up campers registered for Extended Care after 6pm will be charged a dollar a minute. Maximum charge for late-pick-up is $60. Parents/Guardians will be charged a dollar per minute for campers not registered for Extended Care picked up after 4:30pm.
Q. I’m not sure if I want to place my child/ren on meal plan, can I opt to add that on later?
A. Absolutely. Parents/Guardians just need to understand that meal plan registration must occur 12pm Friday the week prior to the registration week desired. Meal plan registration that occurs over the weekend or on Monday morning for the upcoming camp week session will not be accepted.
Q. I don’t want to purchase the weekly meal plan but I would like the option to pay for the meal plan on a specific day/s such as a “pizza day”, is this possible?
A. Sorry, this is not possible; the meal plan is a weekly lunch plan service.
Q. Does the camp provide snacks for the campers or do parents provide them?
A. The Camp does not provide snacks for campers. All campers and teens should bring a few small snacks, as a break period will occur daily at 10:30am. On occasion the camp will provide campers with popsicles and/or freezies on hot days or healthy nut-free snacks provided to the camp by an accredited supplier.
Q. My child is shy and/or doesn’t know any other children at camp, how do the Camp Counsellors ensure that all children have an enjoyable experience?
A. This is a common concern that parents/guardians have, and Camp UTSC staff will ensure that all children have an enjoyable summer experience – camp is a wonderful environment for children to make new friends in addition to sharing experiences with friends they already know. Camp Counsellors have been trained to be mindful of shy children that may be withdrawn, sad, and/or not engaging in camp activities, and will proactively make it a priority to connect with them and to connect them with other campers.
Q. I would like my children to be placed in the same group as their friend(s), how can this be arranged?
A. Sure, this is a simple arrangement. Just email the Camp Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org one week in advance of the start of the registered camp session from March 1-June 30. As of July 3 –Aug 24, email your requests to the Camp Directors email@example.com. Due to the number of grouping requests, requests are not guaranteed, but we will do our best to try and pair your child with at least one friend. Note: the pairing of one friend is probable; more than one friend is a challenge due to our camper-to-camp staff ratio.
Q. How much does one week at camp cost?
A. The general cost of camp per child/wk. is $240 – this fee is reduced to $192 per child/wk. if child is registered for 4-day camps (July 3-6 or Aug 7-10), however during early bird registration period (March 1-31), last year’s fees applies – view website www.utsc.utoronto.ca/camputsc . Optional services such as post-camp care ($50 per child/wk.) and meal plan $54.95 for a 5-day camp and $43.96 for 4-day camps are additional. If your teenager is registered for the 2-wk.(10-day) Leaders-in-Training certificate program, the fee is $480 per teen, or $423 if registered for the 9-day sessions from July 3-13 or Aug 7-17. If your teen also wants to partake in the meal plan service, the fee is $109.90 for each 2wk program and $98.91 for the 9-day sessions that occurs from July 3-13 & Aug 7-17.
Q. What exactly is Recreation camp?
A. Recreation camp is for campers ages 6-12yrs and provides a variation of new and traditional recreational activities (i.e. capture the flag and pudding dunk) and a variety of sport activities (basketball, soccer, volleyball, floor hockey, soft-ball, hand-ball, and non-contact rugby fused with camp games).
Q. Do you offer any off-site trips?
A. Camp U of T Scarborough offers 4 off-site team building excursions for the Teen Leadership Camp for ages 13-16yrs as follows: horse-back riding, indoor rock-climbing, laser tag, and an overnight camping trip.
Q. What is the camper-to-camp staff ratio?
A. This varies program-to-program, however the general camper-to-counsellor ratio is 6:1 for the Recreation Camp, 10:1 for the Tennis Camp and 12:1 for the Leadership (LIT) Teen Program.