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Summer Camps

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Wow, 2019 was an amazing season! With over 3,600 kids engaged in science from Kenora to Pembroke in the east and Sioux Lookout to Barrie in the south, kids had a chance to play and make science part of their everyday lives!

We want to thank you for being part of that adventure and look forward to next year and all the excitement that will bring! After this summer's wrap up, we go into planning mode and we will have more information for you on summer 2020 in February!

 


ABOUT US

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. From nature themed camps, to animal adventures, to technology-based programming, there is sure to be a camp that appeals to every science lover!


2020 CAMP COMMUNITIES

ATIKOKAN

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BARRIE

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BLIND RIVER

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BRACEBRIDGE

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COCHRANE

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DRYDEN

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ELLIOT LAKE

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ESPANOLA

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FORT FRANCES

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GERALDTON

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HEARST

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HUNTSVILLE

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IROQUOIS FALLS

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KAPUSKASING

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KENORA

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KIRKLAND LAKE

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LITTLE CURRENT

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MARATHON

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MIDLAND

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NIPIGON

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NORTH BAY

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ORILLIA

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PARRY SOUND

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PEMBROKE

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RED LAKE

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SAULT STE. MARIE

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SIOUX LOOKOUT

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SOUTH PORCUPINE

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SUDBURY — SCIENCE NORTH

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    SUDBURY — DYNAMIC EARTH

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    TEMISKAMING SHORES

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    TERRACE BAY

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    THUNDER BAY

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      TIMMINS

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      WAWA

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      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

      WHERE IS CAMP IN MY TOWN?

      Good question! Site bookings are underway as we speak, and we hope to have confirmed by April 30th for summer camps. When you click on your community, you will see the address of the site beside the town name. (For PA Day and other programs, go to sciencenorth.ca/fundays for your program location.) 

      Ideally, we use schools when not in Sudbury or Thunder Bay as they are physically geared for children, but some boards need a little more time in committing to our use of their space, so this information may not be posted as soon as camps are available for sale.

      HOW DO YOU CHOOSE WHICH COMMUNITY HAS ENGLISH OR FRENCH CAMPS?

      The first time we come to a town, we look at census data to see how many kids are in town and check out school populations to see if there are enough kids to make the program run. Once we have determined that, we test it out and will offer programs in English or French in that community. We will try that for two years and then see if registrations warrant continued programming in that language or town. Taking our camps across Northern Ontario costs a lot. Therefore, we can't sustain a camp with 4 kids when we have other communities with waiting lists so registration determines which programs are offered and are reviewed at the end of every season.

      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 are staff onsite at 8:30 until 4:30pm unless you are in a community with extended hours available. The communities with that option include: Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and North Bay.

      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 Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and North Bay. 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; having a card game, 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 IS YOUR STAFF:CHILD RATIO AND AGE GROUP SIZES?

      Science North uses the standards suggested through the childcare field and outlined through Ontario's Ministry of Education. Our ratios are based on age groups, and you will see ratios of 1:8 (staff:camper) for children under 6; 1:10 in our technical programs regardless of age, and 1:12 for children 6 to 12.

      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.
      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. If your child is late in arriving at the Sudbury sites, please check in with the staff at the respective Sales Centres who will contact your child’s group leader so he/she can join their group.

      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.

      DO I NEED TO SEND SNACKS?

      We strongly suggest you send some kind of snack 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.

      CAN I BUY A LUNCH PACKAGE? WHAT'S THE DEAL?

      A weekly lunch option is available at both Sudbury locations: Science North and Dynamic Earth. Lunches are provided by Elements cafeteria or the Copper Cafe. You can order this option up until the MONDAY of the first week and it can only be ordered as a weekly package. Based on healthy guidelines but also acknowledging what kids actually eat, depending on the length of the week there may be pizza, wraps, sandwiches, or chicken fingers. The package price is based on number of days in the week.

      Summer / March Break Camps (Sudbury only)

      5 Day Camp$45
      4 Day Camp$36

      • MONDAYPIZZA LUNCH: w/ veggies, dessert, juice or milk
      • TUESDAYHOT DOG LUNCH: w/ veggies, dessert, juice or milk
      • WEDNESDAYMAC & CHEESE: w/ veggies, dessert, juice or milk
      • THURSDAYSUB SANDWICH: w/ veggies, dessert, juice or milk
      • FRIDAYPIZZA LUNCH: w/ veggies, dessert, juice or milk

      P.A. Day Camps (Sudbury only)

      1 Day Camp $9

      • PIZZA LUNCH: w/ veggies, dessert, and juice or milk
      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 of soccer 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?

      Please call us and let us know what's happening. There are a lot of variables on this one, so it's best you call Science North at 1-800-461-4898 to determine whether your child will be rejoining the group the next day or whether we may try to reschedule them to another date.

      ADMINISTERING MEDICATION / ALLERGIES

      Please make sure you let us know of any medications or medical conditions that may affect your child during his or her time with us. Although Science North staff do not administer medication directly, labelled medications can be stored onsite and given to the relevant child to self-medicate at the appropriate time.

      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 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).


      REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION POLICIES

      REGISTRATION INFORMATION

      Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Camps require a minimum of 3 participants to run. Science North reviews registrations on a daily basis, and if a camp has less than 3 registrations 2 weeks before its start date, parents will be called and the camp will be closed. 

      If a camp has more than 3 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 Thursday, July 4th at 9:00pm.)

      REGISTRATION TIPS

      When you are looking at program choices for your community, you may see the following phrase beside the program name. Parents have asked us what it means, so here are some details: 

      “Online registration is closed.”

      What does that mean? It means camp has started and we can no longer take registrations online. 

      “What’s a waiting list?”

      When a camp's capacity is filled we start a waiting list of interested families. We read those lists regularly, and do our best to add another camp group where the waiting lists show us that kind of interest. The simplest way to make sure you are on the waiting list is through the online registration system where you will be asked if you would like this option. If online registration is not viable, you can call 1-800-461-4898 and staff will gladly help you.

      “Registration closed.”

      Thank you so much for choosing Science North for your child. We have filled up the camp, and based on local resources cannot add any more extra spots to this program.

      CANCELLATION BY A REGISTRANT

      Registrants may cancel or switch their registration prior to the commencement of their camp, however the following policies apply:

      • If cancelled 22 days or more prior to the start of the camp, the full registration fee will be refunded, minus a $30 (plus applicable taxes) service charge per camp.
      • Cancellations within 8 - 21 days of the camp start date may receive a 50% program refund.
      • If your cancellation request is made 7 days or less before the program start date, there will be no refund available.
      • An administrative fee of $15 (plus applicable taxes) will be charged for switching camps at your request.
      • All cancellations are done through our Customer Service team at 1-800-461-4898.
      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 possible cancellation. Participants may also be asked to leave a program if there are concerns about participant safety.

      NON-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.


      WHY SEND YOUR CHILD TO SUMMER SCIENCE CAMPS?


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      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.


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      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.


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      Science North creates amazing experiences that encourage learning through play, exploration, and the use of creativity in order to solve problems.


      SUPPORTED BY:

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      If you would like to support Science North’s Summer Camps with a corporate donation, please contact Anne Parviainen at parviainen [at] sciencenorth.ca

      For more information, email contactus [at] sciencenorth.ca or call 1-800-461-4898.

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