Camps

UPDATE – June 24, 2020

Thank you for your patience while we have been navigating what our Summer Camp will look like this year.  In accordance with the re-opening guidelines and health protocols that we have put in place, a decision was made to offer space to our currently registered Before & After School families first.

That being said, we do have a limited number of spaces still available.  If you are interested in having your child/children attend our summer camp in either Aylmer or St Thomas, please send an email to childcare@ywcaste.ca

Please include:
– Your child/children’s names
– Ages
– The week(s) you are interested in

We will do our best to accommodate your needs.   Thank you for your understanding.

Warm regards,

Greg Moore, Manager of School Age Childcare
YWCA St. Thomas – Elgin

The YWCA provides a healthy and safe way for children to have fun on their days off.  Children will thrive in our two school settings and in an environment where they gain a sense of well-being and explore how to belong, engage and express themselves.  Days off will be fun and full of adventure!  We look forward to having your children with us in our Camp Programs!

PA Day Camps

PA Day Camps are offered at designated sites to children who are currently enrolled in a School Age Program.  Acceptance to the Camp is based on ability to provide appropriate support and on a first come, first served basis.  Children will experience a variety of activities that may include off site excursions, special guest presentations, indoor and outdoor play, fun and adventure, and two healthy snacks.

Dates: January 24, March 6, June 6 (Fridays)

Holiday, March Break and Summer Camps

Holiday, March Break and Summer Camps are offered at designated sites to children who are currently enrolled in a School Age Program with the YWCA.  Acceptance to the Camp is based on ability to provide appropriate support and on a first come, first served basis.  If space allows, the camp will be opened to general public. Children will experience a variety of activities that may include off site excursions,  special guest presentations, indoor and outdoor play, fun and adventure and two healthy snacks.

March Break Camp Dates: March 16 – 20, 2020 – CANCELLED

Summer Camp Dates: Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 21, 2020

Holiday Camp Dates: program unavailable for the 2019/20 school year.

Hours of Operation

7:30am to 5:30pm

Two Locations to Serve You

Mitchell Hepburn P.S.

95 Raven Ave, St.Thomas

McGregor P.S.

204 John Street, Aylmer

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a cohort? What does that mean for my child?

A cohort is a group of children and the staff members assigned to them. A cohort, will not be larger than 10 individuals, will remain together in 7-day increments, and will not mix with other cohort groups.

2. What health and safety measures are being used to protect my child while they are at Summer Camp?
  • Pre-Screening: all individuals entering the childcare programs must be pre-screened for symptoms of illness. Any symptoms of illness will indicate a failed screen and will enact the protocol for seeking medical assessment before returning to the childcare program.
  • Pick Up and Drop Off Policies: Unfortunately, parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the school and/or program. Drop off and pick up times will be scheduled at registration.
  • Physical Distancing: Physical distancing will be encouraged and built into the childcare curriculum planning as much as possible. Traditional games and activities will be modified as needed to protect the safety of everyone in the childcare program.
  • Cohorts: We will be utilizing the cohort system with increased staff to child ratios for added supervision, cleaning/sanitizing and to maintain compliance with public health and the ministry of education guidelines for reopening childcare.
  • Materials: Only materials that can be cleaned/disinfected will be permitted in the programs.

Mealtimes: Family serving will not be permitted at this time, instead, children will be provided with individually served snack servings- with the ability to request additional servings.

3. What is the policy for illness?

During this time, individuals with symptoms of illness are not permitted to enter the childcare programs. This is inclusive of all symptoms on the Covid-19 Reference Document for Symptoms and other symptoms of illness. If your child has symptoms of illness, the Covid-19 self-assessment must be completed, and the child will need to be assessed by a physician, to determine if a Covid-19 test is necessary. If no test is necessary, and Covid-19 is not believed to be a possibility, your child may return after 24 hours being SYMPTOM FREE. We will require doctor’s notes for all illnesses at this time.

4. Will there be any trips or outings during Summer Camp?

Unfortunately, there will be no trips during Summer Camp to protect the health, safety and well-being of all children, families and staff involved with the program. This will include outings to splash pads.

5. What can my children expect from Summer Camp 2020?

Though we cannot go on trips or outings, our Educators have been creative in their planning to ensure that the program is still fun for the children. Sports, building, arts and crafts, and more will still be daily occurrences in our programs. Sprinkler play will also be part of our program this summer!

How can we help you?

Contact us today at (519) 631-9800 or fill in the form below.

Please note inquiries will be reviewed within 2-3 business days.

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