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Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the City of Waterloo's day camps and fun centres.

Day-camp questions

Q. Do I need to purchase a camp T-shirt?

A. Yes, all participants in the day camps (excluding The Directors Cut, Evolve skateboard camp and Twisters cheer camp) must purchase a camp t-shirt for $10. Campers must wear the shirt on trip day and days when we leave the facility. Fun Centre campers are not required to purchase a shirt but can if they want to.

Q. Where do I purchase the camp T-shirts?

A. You can buy them online when you register your child for camp. Please purchase it with the first week if your child is attending multiple weeks. You may use your shirt from previous years.

Q. Am I able to purchase lunch and snacks for my children at the all facilities?

A. Lunches can be purchased for most of our day camps. You can purchase lunch for 1 or more days throughout the week online when you register your child for camp.

Q. What is the trip cancellation process?

A. If the weather is unsuitable for the outing, we will select an indoor trip location as an alternative. We are unable to reschedule trip days. We make cancellation decisions by 9 a.m. on the day of the trip.

Q. Do day-camp participants get to go swimming?

A. Participants in some of our day camps will have opportunities to swim at the Swimplex and the outdoor pool at the Moses Springer Community Centre. We do not swim everyday and our Variety camp may choose not to swim based on the weeks planning. The pool staff members are certified and will supervise daily swims with the day camp staff. Participants will be tested at the beginning of the swim to determine their ability. Only those who are able to swim one width of the shallow end can use the slides and deep end.

Fun centre questions

Q. Where are summer fun centres located?

A. Summer fun centres operate from two City of Waterloo facilities: RIM Park and Albert McCormick Community Centre

Q. What weeks are the summer fun centres offered?

A. All fun centre locations are open for the nine weeks in the summer. Each site will have a break week in the middle of the summer.

Q. Is the program the same each week?

A. No, each week revolves around a different theme that is listed in our Program and Activies guide.  We run activities have special guests, participate in fun crafts and the games change weekly. The overall structure of the program remains the same, including sign-in, sign-out, snack and lunch times.

Q. When are the sign-in and sign-out times?

A. Sign in for the full-day program is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sign in for the half-day afternoon program is between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. Sign out for the full-day program is between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sign out for the half-day morning program is at noon.

Q. Can my three-year-old child participate in the summer fun centres?

A. Participants at summer fun centres must be four years old by the start of camp. There are no exceptions to this rule. Kids must be able to attend the program independently, to participate in the program activities, to take direction from the camp leaders and be washroom ready. This handout has more details.

General camp questions

Q. What happens when there are extreme hot weather alerts?

A. In the case of extremely hot weather, precautions will be taken to keep campers hydrated and in cool or air-conditioned areas where possible.

Q. Should I send my child to camp with sunscreen?

A. Yes, you should send your child to camp wearing PABA-free sunscreen. You should also send sunscreen for your child to reapply throughout the day the best option is spray lotion as it is easily applied by your child.

Q. What if I have to pick up my child late?

A. Please make arrangements to pick up your child on time. There is a late pick-up fee of $15 for every 15 minutes or less after 5 p.m.

Q. What is the refund policy?

A. For all consecutive multi-day camps, full refunds are available up to five business days before the program begins.  Refunds requested with less than five business days notice are subject to a $25 or 20 per cent administration fee (whichever is less).

Q. Are the summer camp programs peanut and nut free?

A. We discourage peanut and nut products for snacks and lunch, however, our facilities are not peanut and nut free. We will send a note in the weekly flyer encouraging peanut- and nut-free snacks and lunches if we are alerted to an allergy.

Q. Do I need to fill out the consent form every year?

A. Yes, please go to the camp page for the link to the consent form for the camp your child is attending. This form is to be filled online a week prior to camp. You will only need to fill one out for the summer. Please note if you are attending multiple sites/camps you will need to fill this form out several times as our staff do not have access to each others forms.