Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A DISCOUNT?
If you wish to enrol your child for more than one session, please review our Best Value Multi Session Discount on the Rates & Dates page for further savings.
There is a 10% discount for the 2nd & 3rd sibling when registered in the same session. Please note: families are eligible for only one discount and there is no discount on the busing portion or Combo Camp.
Fee assistance available to eligible families through the Region of York and Simcoe County.
HOW DO MY CHILDREN GET TO CAMP?
Parents have the option of driving their children, or using our neighbourhood busing service. Our bus departs from Richmond Hill, Aurora, Newmarket, Holland Landing and Mount Albert.
CAN I REGISTER MY CHILD FOR ONE WEEK?
Yes, only whenever there is space, however, discounts do not apply.
CAN I CHANGE OR CANCEL MY CHILD’S STAY AT CAMP?
You may change sessions, a minimum of 2 weeks in advance, if space is available. In the event of illness, a written request accompanied by a Doctor’s note is required. Withdrawal from any session must be done prior to May 1st in order to receive a refund. The deposit is non-refundable.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ABSENT?
There is no refund for missed days.
WHAT IF I NORMALLY DRIVE MY CHILD BUT AM UNABLE TO PICKUP ONE AFTERNOON?
Please prepare the emergency contact people listed on your Registration form for such occasions and ensure that they bring photo ID when they come to pick up.
It is also important to call the camp office to notify the staff about the change and let them know who to expect at the pick up location.
HOW DO I CONTACT THE CAMP WHILE IT IS IN SESSION?
Communication is very important to us. There are 3 ways to contact us:
- WRITE your message and give it to the Bus Monitor on your child’s bus addressed to the Camp person for whom it is intended.
- EMAIL your message to firstname.lastname@example.org
- CALL the camp at 905-726-0577. Please leave a message, it will be returned in a timely manner.
- CALL the head office at 905-841-1314.
WHERE IS ADVENTURE CAMP LOCATED?
Adventure Camp is located just north of Mount Albert on Highway 48.
HOW MANY CHILDREN ATTEND ADVENTURE CAMP EACH WEEK?
We can accommodate up to 100 campers during a camp session. Our camp program is co-ed, but divided by age groups.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT MAKES ADVENTURE CAMP DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CAMPS?
- Adventure Camp has a maximum of 100 campers, and a camper to staff ratio of 6:1. Our small camp population ensures that each child receives individual attention and care. A family-like environment encourages the building of relationships and ensures that no child gets “lost in the crowd”.
- Adventure Camp offers a 2 week session, which allows campers to get comfortable at camp and have many accomplishments in the program.
- Adventure Camp offers a Combo Camp opportunity with our sister camp, Hidden Bay Leadership Camp. Campers can experience one week of Day Camp at Adventure Camp and a week of overnight camp at Hidden Bay.
- We pride ourselves on creating an environment that promotes courtesy, respect, responsibility, confidence & care (CRRCC). There is zero tolerance for bullying or any violent behaviour.
WILL MY CHILD BE SAFE?
Safety is our first consideration in everything we do. We have a plan of action to deal with emergencies and we regularly practice emergency procedures with both campers and staff.
Adventure Camp is 20 minutes from Southlake Regional Healthcare Centre in Newmarket.
WHAT IS THE HIRING PROCESS FOR STAFF?
The camper to staff ratio at Adventure Camp is 6:1.
We hire staff who can demonstrate that they are reliable, have experience with, a love for, and an understanding of children and youth. All camp staff are at least 18 years of age.
The quality of our leadership staff and their commitment to our vision, mission and goals is critical. Staff must exemplify those qualities that we desire to see in our campers.
Counsellors participate in an intensive week of pre camp training. Our training emphasis is on health and safety, appropriate child guidance, planning exciting programming, and developing strategies to promote good character and excellent leadership skills.
All staff are thoroughly screened with a personal interview, references and a police Vulnerable Sector Check. In addition to bringing experience and skills, they are also trained in Standard First Aid and CPR-C.
Will MY CHILD FIND THIS A HAPPY, SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE?
Your camper is supervised by experienced and trained program staff. Each one has a heart for bringing out the best in children and youth. Our 6:1 camper to staff ratio ensures that each camper, from the beginner to the experienced, receives the encouragement and support they require to make new friends and experience success in their daily activities.
HOW LONG HAS ADVENTURE CAMP BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Adventure Camp began in the mid 1990s and has been located at The Farm in Mount Albert since 2008. It is a division of York Professional Care and Education Inc., a non-profit organization with charitable status, established in 1986. It is a multi service agency providing child care centres, before and after school programs, licensed home childcare, literacy programs, and day camp programs in York Region and Simcoe County.
WHO SETS THE STANDARDS FOR ADVENTURE CAMP?
Adventure Camp is accredited by the Ontario Camps Association, ensuring that it meets or exceeds the standards set for staffing, health, waterfront safety and more. Further, we comply with the requirements of Public Health, the Fire Department and Building Code.
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WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS ALLERGIES AND IS ON MEDICATIONS?
When you complete your child’s application, it is critical that you inform us of those allergies and list the meds. Food allergies are listed with the Camp Director, and the meds are kept in the Camp Director’s Office under lock & key. When the campers go for their medications, they are supervised by the Director. All staff are trained in Standard First Aid and CPR-C, including the Director, who also attends the OCA Camp Health Workshop annually.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF THERE IS AN INCIDENT OR ACCIDENT AT CAMP?
We are very lucky that most of the things that happen at camp are fun adventures that your child will tell you about when they get home. However, when there is a major incident or accident you will be contacted by telephone by the Camp Director to notify you of the situation and discuss how to proceed. Please ensure that you provide us with correct and current contact information when you complete your child’s camp forms.
For minor incidents the Camp Director may notify parents by email or phone at the end of the session.
HOW OFTEN WILL MY CAMPER SWIM AND HOW SAFE IS THE WATERFRONT?
At Adventure Camp we love swimming and safety! There our Waterfront Team have responsibility for ensuring that the waterfront is safe and fun.
Campers will swim each day during their Red Cross swimming lessons. There are many opportunities to get on the water each day.
Swimming levels are determined with a Swim Challenge conducted by the Head Lifeguard at the start of each session. This allows for the swim staff to know the abilities of each swimmer and ensure they are in the proper swim group.
At all times we ensure that our lifeguarding ratios follow those outlined by the Ontario Camps Association and the Lifesaving Society, where there are two lifeguards for 1-25 swimmers and three guards for 26-100 swimmers.
All members of the Waterfront Team hold current National Lifesaving Service (NLS), Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) and Standard First Aid and CPR-C certifications. They work with the Camp Director, they ensure that the Adventure Camp beach meets all requirements under the Ontario Camps Association, Local Health Unit and Lifesaving Society Standards for a safe waterfront.