WELCOME TO THE 2021 CAMP SEASON!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Thank you for your interest in Summer Science Camps. This is a very busy time for the camps team. If you are having issues with registering, you can email camps [at] sciencenorth.ca or call 1-800-461-4898 ext. 222 (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm). Please bear with us and allow 48 hours and we will respond to you.
Since 1987, Science North has been delivering English and French summer science camp experiences to children in communities across Ontario. Science North offers children the opportunity to get hands-on with real tools, engage in modern science, and most importantly, socialize and have fun with friends!
As STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) becomes increasingly more popular in the 21st century, it’s important for kids to enjoy science and the world around them. We hear over and over again from parents that we DO this, and do it well.
Science North’s highly trained staff recognize their impact and influence on the thoughts and opinions of children. Through engaging activities and workshops the science camps spark natural curiosity while inspiring a love for science — whether in-person or online! From nature-themed camps to animal adventures, to technology-based programming, there is sure to be a camp that appeals to every science lover!
- Blind River
- Kirkland Lake
- North Bay
- Onaping Falls
- Parry Sound
- Sault Ste Marie
- Sioux Lookout
- Thunder Bay
Buy more than one camp and get 10% off the same order.
Members: $166.50 / Public: $185.00
Members: $202.50 / Public: $225.00
4-DAY SPECIALTY CAMP
Members: $210.60 / Public: $234.00
5-DAY SPECIALTY CAMP
Members: $252.00 / Public: $280.00
WE'RE GOING VIRTUAL!
We are thrilled to offer Summer Science at Home, an online science program for your children this summer.
- WHAT DOES SUMMER CAMP LOOK LIKE IN A COVID-19 LANDSCAPE?
We suggest introducing your child to the idea of going to camp in a new way. Emphasize that this will feel a little different than other years at camp, but at its heart, there will be the chance to make new friends and do some exciting science exploration. Some of the things they have done other years will be different this year. Talk with your children about physical distancing and what that feels like. Science North follows day camp protocols set out by the province of Ontario and will be updated as required.
- YOUR CHILD MAY NEED TO WEAR A MASK
If your child wears a mask at school, they will be required to wear one in our program. Staff will be wearing face masks.
- GROUPS OF NO MORE THAN 12 PEOPLE
Your children have had the unique experience of not being in any kind of ‘formal’ group setting since March. We have a maximum group size (including staff) of 12 people – referred to as a cohort. Each cohort will stay together all day. They will have the same group leaders throughout the day, and the same base area. Each cohort will NOT intermingle with other groups – not during outdoor time, or during lunch. So, if your child relies on his / her brother or sister if they are feeling tired or need a hug – we can’t make that happen this year. It’s the year of ‘independence’.
- WE WILL BE PRACTICING PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Our worktables will be set apart; there will be no sharing of crayons, scissors, technical equipment etc. We have developed our content to make sure it’s COVID-19 acceptable.
- INCREASED CLEANING AND SANITIZING
All toys common to a cohort space will be cleaned every night; each room will be cleaned twice a day; and washrooms will be cleaned regularly throughout the day with a log chart in place. Frequent handwashing will be scheduled, and hand sanitizer will be available in each room where children reside.
- BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME
- Clearly label your child’s backpacks and items so they can be kept together (pack per child as their belongings must stay with them in their space when at camp; not sibling stuff in one bag).
- Pack and label your child’s lunch, snacks and water bottle. No food purchasing on-site.
- If needed, pack a change of clothing for any potential accidents.
- Pack face masks for your child.
- Pack your own sunscreen (we still hope to have some outside time every day).
- Daily health monitoring sheet to be filled out onsite prior to being allowed into the program (includes temperature checks). Daily monitoring logs will be kept each day for each child in the case COVID-19 tracking is required. There is no wiggle room for camp participants coming to camp if they are not feeling well. They will not be allowed on site.
- The parent ‘experience’ ends at the drop-off area this year. We will smile while you give your child a hug, and then escort them to their respective space and instructor for the week.
- All emergency information to be confirmed prior to releasing child to our care.
- Site supervisors will make sure you have our emergency contact numbers.
- Children will be given a ‘supplies’ bag for common items we will use for the week once in their camps. It will stay onsite, and be their own ‘tool’ bag – whether paper, rulers, crayons, toothpicks.
- OTHER NOTES
- There will be people who come to camp and may develop an upset tummy, or exhibit symptoms that are common to a variety of ailments. If those symptoms are common to COVID-19, we will separate the child in question and call you to pick up your child. We will also have to inform the public health unit as part of COVID-19 protocols, and that the entire group may in fact be dissolved based on COVID-19 test results of the child in question. We are working with our specific Health Units in each district to have a clear understanding of how this will play out.
- WHAT ARE THE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS YOU ARE TAKING TO MAKE YOUR CAMP LOCATION SAFE FOR MY CHILD?
Science North will follow all provincially established protocols for day camps which will include:
- Reduced staff-to-children ratios in all camps
- Designated, exclusive camp spaces, including washrooms and work areas
- No communal activities outside your child’s cohort
- Health monitoring upon access to site
- Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols
- WHERE IS CAMP IN MY TOWN?
When you click on your community, you will see the address of the site beside the town name as soon as it is confirmed. Locations are confirmed for around June.
- WHAT TIME DO CAMPS START?
Group work starts at 9:00am, and finishes up around 4:00pm. (See the daily itinerary for a breakdown of our day.) There is staff onsite at 8:30 until 4:30pm unless you are in a community with extended hours available. The communities with that option include Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, and Kenora.
- WHAT TIME DOES THE EARLY / LATE PROGRAM START?
The extended hours option starts at 7:30am and runs until 5:45pm. It is available in Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and North Bay. Extended hours in Kenora will start at 8:00am based on our experiences with actual bookings the past 3 seasons. Our experience is that children react best to this slot when it is not highly structured versus the rest of their day. You may walk into a room where children are building with blocks, drawing pictures, or playing with some other materials. Staff are there to interact and play as well, but we don't push structured groups at this time...the activity choice is up to the child.
- WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND OF YOUR STAFF?
We have a talented group of young people with a passion for both children and science education as part of our crew. Their educational profiles can range from teachers and science graduates to post-secondary students in topics as diverse as speech pathology or physics. We look for people who like children, like science, and enjoy all that Northern Ontario has to offer. All staff must have a current police check for the vulnerable sector.
- WHAT DO I BRING WITH US / DO ON THE FIRST DAY?
On the first day:
- Please inform our staff of any special medical concerns relevant to your child.
- Provide updated emergency contact information for your child.
- Bring photo ID when you or your designate picks up your child.
- We may require proof of age. It is important that participants be the required age for the program because activities are designed with the capabilities of that age group in mind.
We are waiting on COVID-19 health protocol for day camps. This may include temperature and health monitoring before access to any camp site.
- WHY DO I HAVE TO SHOW PHOTO ID WHEN I PICK UP MY CHILD?
Parents are asked to sign their child ‘in’ every morning, and ‘out’ every evening. Photo ID is the simplest system for us to match a face and the name that you have provided as your designate for pickup. By Wednesdays we know each other, but the first day we want to make sure we have the right name and the right person so that all the right family connections are made in your best interests.
Science North will call the parent of any participant who was not signed out to ensure they have arrived home safely. If your child will be leaving early, please notify the Program Coordinator at each site, and arrangements will be made to have your child ready at the appropriate time.
- HOW CAN I CONTACT THE CAMP WHEN IT IS HERE?
Every camp site has a cellphone for use by the site supervisor. He/she will display that number near your sign in/out sheets at each location. If you cannot reach the site supervisor by cell, call Science North at 1-800-461-4898 and they will connect you with someone who may have alternate communication methods.
- CAN I BUY A LUNCH PACKAGE OR SNACKS?
Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering any food packages or snacks. You must provide food for your child. We strongly suggest you send some kind of snack along with their lunch to keep your child going. Some children will arrive onsite at 7:30 am (if a site option) and lunch isn't until noon. We take a pause/snack break mid-morning and afternoon, and anything as simple as an apple or crackers makes a difference.
- WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR?
The weather of the day will dictate how much we are in and out, but if there's a chance for an impromptu game at lunch, or we go for a walk onsite, please make sure your child has appropriate footwear and is wearing clothes you are comfortable getting dirty (just in case).
- SHOULD MY CHILD BRING HIS / HER CELL PHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONICS?
We strongly recommend against sending your child with equipment that could accidentally be damaged when dropped or explored by other children. No one likes to lose things, so we suggest if possible that electronic 'gizmos' stay at home that week.
- INCLUSION NEEDS?
We welcome campers with special needs; however, our camps are not able to support all needs. Science North cannot provide a 1:1 staff / child ratio. Please speak with the Science North team to review your individual child's situation prior to registration (1-800-461-4898).
- WHAT IF MY CHILD ISN'T THE RIGHT AGE FOR THE PROGRAM I WANT TO REGISTER IN?
This is a great question, and we try to accommodate whenever we can. If your 9 year old niece wants to hang out with her 8 year old cousin, we find a way to make that work. The only place we draw the line is at the younger end of the age spectrum. The camp program is designed for 4 and up; not for 3 year olds.
- WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD IS SICK OR HAS HEALTH CONCERNS?
If your child is sick please keep them at home. Contact us to see if we can try to reschedule them to another camp.
Staff members are not permitted to administer any type of medication to participants, and parents will be asked to verify that their child can self-administer. If your child has ongoing medical conditions, please make sure you have talked to staff before hand.
- WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD GETS SICK ON-SITE?
There will be kids who develop an upset tummy, or exhibit symptoms that are common to a variety of ailments. If those symptoms are common to COVID-19, we will separate the child in question and call you to pick up your child.
- EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
In the event of an emergency, all appropriate first aid measures will be taken to ensure the safety of participants. A staff member certified in first aid is on hand at all times. In the case of site evacuations (ie. power outages) parents will be phoned/texted to come and pick up their children. Each site has a cell phone, and will remain in contact with Science North through any emergencies (The cell phone number will be posted where the sign in/out sheets are).
ALLERGY ALERT: When your child is bringing his or her own food, please be aware of allergies and avoid sending nut products. If there are extreme allergies within the group, we will post that information at each site.
REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION POLICIES
- REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Camps require a minimum of 4 participants to run. Science North reviews registrations on a daily basis, and if a camp has less than 4 registrations 2 weeks before its start date, parents will be called and the camp will be closed.
If a camp has more than 4 registrations, registrations are closed the Thursday evening prior to the camp start date. (For example: Let's say camp starts July 8th. Registrations would be closed on, July 4th at 9:00pm.)
- CANCELLATION BY A REGISTRANT
COVID-19 has changed everyone’s time tables. As such, any cancellation this summer will be offered a full refund. All cancellations are done through our Customer Service team at 1-800-461-4898. Please let us know about your cancellation in advance as soon as possible.
- CANCELLATION BY SCIENCE NORTH
Science North reserves the right to cancel camps with insufficient registration. In this case, all existing registrants will be notified and a full refund will be issued. All existing registrants will be notified by phone or email two weeks prior to a possible cancellation. Participants may also be asked to leave a program if there are concerns about participant safety. Refunds will then be prorated based on the number of days of participation.
- LACK OF PAYMENT
A $50 (plus applicable taxes) service charge will apply to any dishonoured credit card payments or NSF cheques. Science North's liability is limited to refund of registration fees.
For more information, email camps [at] sciencenorth.ca or call 1-800-461-4898 ext. 222 (Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm).
WHY SEND YOUR CHILD TO SUMMER SCIENCE CAMPS?
Camp will spark your kid’s naturally curious mind while inspiring a love for science that will benefit your child for the rest of their life.
Encouraging your child to take an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) at an early age gives them a sense of confidence in what they are learning.
Science North creates amazing experiences that encourage learning through play, exploration, and the use of creativity in order to solve problems.
If you would like to support Science North’s Summer Camps with a corporate donation, please contact Ashley Larose at larose [at] sciencenorth.ca.