Day Camp General Information

Covid-19

We know this has been another challenging year of uncertainties and change, and we have some great news to share with you. Medeba is planning to run all our Overnight and Day Camp programs this summer! Yay!

Here’s some more information about what we are expecting camp to look like so you can make the best decision for your family. The following information is what we are currently anticipating, however, these requirements are subject to change if the Ontario Government, Public Health Ontario or our local Public Health Unit announce any further requirements for us to be able to operate this summer.

Before Camp

There are a few things we are going to be requesting of all our camp families prior to their arrival at camp:

  • Limit exposure to those outside of your household for 14 days prior to arrival at camp
  • Perform a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on your camper. These are available to pick up from your local pharmacies: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rapid-testing-home-use
  • Pre-screen your camper daily for any COVID-19 symptoms

If your child gets sick or is exposed to COVID-19 within two weeks of their camp week, please let us know as soon as possible. We will be happy to try and move your camper into a different program later in the summer or transfer your camp fees to Summer 2023.

Risk Management while at Medeba

Medeba will be doing a number of things with campers while at camp to help reduce the risk of illness:

  1. We will be operating outside as much as possible
  2. Encouraging campers and staff to practice good hand hygiene
  3. Day campers should screening themselves daily for any COVID-19 symptoms, cabin staff will go through this with overnight campers each morning  
  4. Staff will do a RAT twice a week

If a camper tests positive or becomes sick while at camp

If your child becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms (or another communicable illnesses) or tests positive for COVID-19 while at Medeba, we will be contacting you to come and pick up your child. If this is the case, we will offer a pro-rated credit towards next summer (ie, if your child had to get picked up on Wednesday, we will move 50% of your fees towards Summer 2023).  

If a day camper becomes sick with COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, we will inform the cabin group. Please continue to monitor and screen your child for COVID-19 symptoms.

Please be aware that there is a risk of your camper contracting COVID-19 while at camp, and by sending them, you are accepting this risk.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Medeba is not planning to mandate the Covid-19 Vaccine for our campers, unless otherwise required by Ontario Government, Ontario Public Health or our Local Public Health Unit in order to be able to operate.

Many factors have been considered in making this decision, including:

  • We serve a relatively low-risk population. The risk of severe symptoms in children ages 6-18 is low. Our summer staff are young adults, in good general health and their risk of severe symptoms or complications is also relatively low.
  • There are high rates of vaccine hesitancy for children under the age of 18, and we want to allow as many children as possible to access the benefits and enjoyments of a summer camp experience.  (as of May 2, 2022 only 40% of children 11 and under are fully vaccinated).
  • A significant amount of our programming is takes place outside, where the risk is lower. Whenever being outside is not possible (sleeping in cabins, eating in Dining Hall, severe weather), we will be taking measures to reduce possible transmission (For example, good ventilation).

Camp Activities

For this summer, campers will again be able to choose their own activities each day! (Except for Blast which will still operate on a cohort activity rotation). Check out our website here to see what kinds of activities are available: https://medeba.com/summer-camp/activities/  

We will not be offering clubs or tours this summer.

Registration

Monday, starting at 8:15am

Daily Arrival/Departure

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:15 pm. Please let the office know if you are going to be late!

Parents are responsible for transportation. Click here for directions.

Age Considerations

Age limits are guidelines. Exceptions are made for campers who function at a different level than their age would suggest.

Packing List:

Please pack labelled items below in a labelled day pack:

We provide drinks. NO NUT PRODUCTS PLEASE. We will place lunches in the refrigerator, so please put your child's name on the bag

  • pair of running shoes
  • beach towel
  • swimsuit
  • sunscreen and hat
  • suitable outerwear for the weather 
  • Bagged Lunch(Unless you have ordered the lunch program)

Medeba Lunch Program

Lunch is now included in all our Day Camp Programs. Day Campers will eat in our dining hall and be served the same hot meal as our overnight campers. Check out our sample menus to get an idea of what some of the lunches might be for your camper! If your child has any dietary needs, please complete a Restricted Diet Form
(You may opt out of the lunch program. If you wish to do so, please contact the office at 705-754-2444 or email summer@medeba.com).

Lost and Found

All lost and found items are displayed multiple times during the week for the campers to claim. All unclaimed items are washed and stored until the end of September, at which time we donate them to a local charity. Please call the office if you have lost an item and we will attempt to locate it and return it to you.

Cancellation Policy

If a camper cancels Day Camp:  

  • More than one month prior to the program date, full refund less $50.00 cancellation fee.  
  • One month to two weeks prior the program date, full refund less $75 cancellation fee.  
  • Less than two weeks prior to the program date, all program fees become non-refundable unless written explanation from a doctor is received, and then only a cancellation fee of $50 is charged.  

If your child is sick and cannot attend, please contact us to make alternate arrangements for your camper. This may include: changing weeks, transferring your payment to Summer 2023 or refunding your payment.

Medeba reserves the right to cancel any program or activity due to a lack of participants.

Dress up Days

For Blast and Discovery Day Camps, the campers are invited to participate in a dress up day that is based on the theme for that week. You will recieve more information about this during the day camp week.

Health Care and Special Dietary Needs

Health Care

When campers register on Sunday evening, parents/guardians are required to provide Medeba with a day phone number in case of sickness or an emergency. If a day camper needs any kind of medical attention we will call the parent/guardian who will be required to pick up the camper. In case of emergency where the camper needs to go to the hospital, Medeba will make arrangements and then will call the parent/guardian.

If campers require medications while at camp we would ask that you bring enough for the whole week on Sunday evening. Medications will be administered by our Health Care Coordinator. Please fill out a medical form for them and return it to our office.

Head Lice

If a day camper is found to be with head lice we will ask the parent to make arrangements to pick up the camper. The camper may return when the head lice has been treated.

Dietary Needs 

Provision is made for campers with allergies or special dietary needs. Please fill out the Restricted Diet Form and return it to the office. We provide children friendly meals with lots of choice, but do not cater to picky eaters.

What the Camper Should Know Before Arriving

Medeba is a smoke free facility. Smoking by anyone is prohibited.

Medeba does not permit gum-chewing on property. 

Medeba is an allergy aware facility. Please do not bring any products with nuts or that may contain nuts.

Cell Phones, MP3 player, Tablets, Laptops, Gaming devices

Medeba desires to develop a healthy camper community. Personal devices take away from a camper fully immersing in our community and therefore the above-mentioned devices are not permitted.

Behavioural Expectations

Campers are expected to treat one another respectfully, without put downs or rough horse play. Medeba strives to resolve behavioural problems with campers promptly and effectively but reserves the right to dismiss a camper for behavioural problems at the discretion of the Directors. No refund will be made for dismissals due to disciplinary action. Parents will be responsible for the removal of the camper due to dismissal.

Allergy Policy: Please click here for our policy.

Privacy Policy: Please click here for our policy.

Influenza Like Illness Policy: Please click here for our policy.