2021 PA DAY AND HOLIDAY CAMPS
Wow, what an amazing school year! We had so much fun spending PA Days with your kids! We want to thank you for being part of that adventure and look forward to next year and all the excitement that will bring!
Buy one and get any additional camps in the same order at 10% off!
SUDBURY LOCATIONS: SCIENCE NORTH, 100 RAMSEY LAKE RD. / DYNAMIC EARTH, 122 BIG NICKEL MINE DR.
Get your safety goggles ready! Bluecoat Melissa has some explosions ready for us to explore both chemical and physical reactions. There's more science than meets the eye!
If you want to try something at home, you'll need:
- Clear drinking glass (taller is better)
- Carbonated beverage, enough to fill your cup (lighter in colour is better)
- 1 tbsp dried raisins
Can you stump a Science North Scientist? Our scientists are ready to answer your most challenging science questions. If you can stump our scientists, you'll get to join a few very select people whose name is engraved on the highly coveted "Science Stump Trophy"!
THUNDER BAY LOCATIONS: Current River Community Centre, 450 Dewe Ave.
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We suggest introducing your child to the idea of going to Science North in a new way. Emphasize that this will feel a little different than other years at Science North, 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. If we are outside, your child does not have to wear a mask as long as they respect physical distancing. Staff will be wearing face masks.
- GROUPS OF NO MORE THAN 12 PEOPLE
We have a maximum group size 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 PRACTISING PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Our worktables will be set apart; there will be no sharing of crayons, scissors, technical equipment etc. We have reviewed 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 are 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’s use (we will also have disposable masks onsite).
- 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 on 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. It will stay onsite, and be their own ‘tool’ bag – whether paper, rulers, crayons, toothpicks
- OTHER NOTES
- There will be people who come to Science North 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 may have to inform the public health unit as part of COVID-19 protocols. We are working with our specific Health Units in each district to have a clear understanding of the rules.
- 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 which will include:
- Reduced staff-to-children ratios (One staff member for 12 kids)
- Designated, exclusive spaces, including washrooms and work areas
- No communal activities outside your child’s cohort
- Health monitoring prior to site access
- Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols
- WHAT TIME DOES THE PA DAY / HOLIDAY CAMP START?
Group work starts at 9:00am, and finishes up around 4:00pm. See the daily itinerary for a breakdown of our day. In Sudbury, staff are onsite at 7:30am until 5:45pm, In Thunder Bay, staff are onsite at 8:00am until 5:30pm.
- WHAT TIME DO EARLY / LATE PROGRAMS START AND FINISH?
In Sudbury, the extended hours option starts at 7:30am and runs until 5:45pm.
In Thunder Bay, the extended hours option starts at 8:00am and runs until 5:30pm.
Our experience is that children react best to this slot when it is not highly structured versus the rest of their day.
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 day.
- WHAT IS THE ATTENDANCE POLICY?
Parents are asked to sign their child in every morning, and out every evening in all of our programs. In order to ensure the safety of your child, you or your designated caregiver may be asked for ID at pick-up time, so please be prepared. 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.
- WHY DO I HAVE TO SHOW PHOTO ID WHEN I PICK UP MY CHILD?
Photo ID is the simplest system for us to match a face and the name that you have provided as your designate for pick-up. 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.
- WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND EXPERIENCE OF YOUR STAFF?
We have a talented group of young people with a passion for children, science education and Northern Ontario. Their educational profiles can range from teachers and science graduates to post-secondary students in topics as diverse as speech pathology or physics. All staff must have a current police check for the vulnerable sector.
- HOW CAN I CONTACT THE PROGRAM WHEN IT IS IN PROGRESS?
All sites have 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.
- WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH LUNCH AND 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 early (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 outside. Since there's a chance for an impromptu game of soccer at lunch or a walk onsite, please make sure your child has appropriate footwear and is wearing clothes you are comfortable with getting dirty (just in case!)
- SHOULD MY CHILD BRING HIS / HER CELLPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRONICS?
We strongly recommend against sending your child with electronic gizmos that could accidentally be damaged or lost.
- HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE DAY?
Each location will have a copy of its program outline for the day in the area where you sign in and out. However, please ask our staff about your child's day, and what kind of activities happened in their group.
- WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL INCLUSION NEEDS?
We welcome children with special needs; however, our programs are not able to support all needs. Science North cannot provide a 1:1 staff / child ratio. If your child has help at school, consider how they will do without that assistance. Please talk with the Science North team to review your individual child's situation prior to registration by calling 1-800-461-4898.
- WHAT IF MY CHILD ISN'T THE RIGHT AGE FOR THE PROGRAM I WANT TO REGISTER IN?
We try to accommodate whenever we can. So, if your 9-year-old-niece wants to hang out with her 8-year-old cousin, we can find a way to make that work. The only place we draw the line is at the younger end of the age spectrum. The 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.
- WHAT IF THERE IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?
In the event of a medical 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 to pick up their children. Each site has a cell phone, and will remain in contact with Science North through any emergencies.
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
REGISTRATIONS ARE PROCESSED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS
Programs require a minimum of four participants to run. Science North reviews registrations on a daily basis, and if a program has less than four registrations two weeks before its start date, parents will be notified that the program has been cancelled and refunds will be issued. All other registrations close 3 days prior to the program start date.
CANCELLATION BY A REGISTRANT
COVID-19 has changed everyone’s time tables. As such, any cancellation at this time 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 programs with insufficient registration. In this case, 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.
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.