How long is a day at camp?
The camp buses arrive between approximately 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. The buses leave camp at about 3:55.
What is the structure of a typical camp day?
- Traditional Camp: Each day, there are two swims (instructional and recreational swim), a lunch period, and five periods filled with fun camp activities.
- 1-Week Specialty Camps (MyCamp): Each week campers choose a specialty camp from one of the following streams: STEM, Creative Arts or Outdoor Adventure to participate in the mornings, followed by lunch and a recreational swim daily. Every afternoon, campers get choose from a variety of activities to participate in.
- All-Star: Campers completing SK and Grade 1 experience many of the different sports that All-Star has to offer. Similar to Traditional Camp, every cabin will receive a schedule of sports only, which includes participating in up to 10 different sports each week along with a recreational swim daily. Campers completing Grade 2 or higher choose one major sport to participate in during the morning, followed by lunch and then two minor sports each afternoon. Campers participate in a recreational swim daily.
- Cedar Creek: Riders have approximately one hour of an English riding lesson in the morning, one hour of an English riding lesson in the afternoon, stable management, lunch, recreational swim and a craft/sport/drama/co-operative game activity each day.
How many children are there in a cabin? What is the staff to camper ratio?
In our pre-school groups (Nursery, JK, & SK), there are approximately 10 to 12 children in a group with a minimum of three camp counselors. In our school age groups (grades 1 to 7) there are 12 to 14 campers in a group with a minimum of two camp counselors. Groups are gender and grade level specific. At least one counsellor per cabin is of university age. There are additional specialists leading and teaching at most activities.
Can my child be grouped in a cabin with friends?
In Traditional Camp and All-Star (completing SK or Grade 1) we try our best to accommodate friend requests. In All-Star (completing Grade 2 or higher), 1-Week Specialty Camps (MyCamp) and Cedar Creek, although your child may be grouped with friends for the purposes of morning attendance, lunch and dismissal, keep in mind that friends may be choosing different activity options or be in different riding levels.
How do pre-school age children adjust to the camp day and is there a rest period for them?
While camp is a full day, we organize the camp day so there is a balance between active and calmer activities; campers are not ‘running’ all day. Our caring and experienced staff ensure that our youngest campers are adjusting well and we follow up at the end of the first week with a mini report as an overview of how your child is doing at camp.
My child is an older camper? Are there many older children enrolled at camp?
The camp has age appropriate activities and facilities for older children up to grade 7. As campers get older, they graduate to new activities (high ropes, archery, tennis, recording, etc.) while leaving others behind (pony rides, trike track, pre-school music, etc.). Activities are designed to challenge the interests and skills of all age groups. Green Acres also offers a LTP (Leadership Training Program) for teens completing grades 8 and 9. This is a unique and multi-fasceted program designed to build leadership skills through placements at camp, workshops, volunteer initiatives and more!
What are the camp dates and fees? How do I register my child?
Can the camp serve my child a lunch?
Approximately 60% of our campers bring their own lunches. We do offer a variety of Daily and Weekly hot lunch options that will be available in Spring 2019
Do campers receive any snacks or water during the camp day?
We offer campers a snickle snackle, our famous freezie snack, at the end of every day. We encourage parents to send several healthy snacks from home. There are drinking stations and water filling stations available throughout the camp, and campers are encouraged to stay hydrated through the day.
My child is allergic to nuts and/or peanuts. Is the camp a “Peanut and Nut Free” camp?
Green Acres is a peanut and nut safe camp. Food and products served by the camp are peanut and nut free. We are a peanut and nut safe camp as we cannot have absolute control over the contents of some camper lunches and snacks. We do ask that campers and staff not bring any peanut or nut products to the camp.
How do you help a camper who is not coming with any friends to camp?
On the first day and throughout the first week of camp a great deal of emphasis is placed on smoothly integrating the campers into the cabin. We place a great emphasis on friendship and inclusiveness at camp. Although campers generally make friends easily at Green Acres, our leaders are always keeping their eyes open to ensure that every camper has someone to play, participate and eat lunch with throughout the day.
How do you deal with sun safety at camp?
We encourage parents, campers, and staff to be ‘Sun Smart’. Sun hats are a must every day, and a large emphasis is placed on keeping cool and hydrated throughout the day particularly during hot days. We make use of effective sun screen routines as part of the camp day. Parents should apply sunscreen prior to departure for camp each morning, and counselors will assist and supervise campers to reapply their sunscreen lotions throughout the day.
Are campers always supervised?
Counselors are always with their campers. Younger campers are escorted to their units from the bus, and accompanied to the washroom. Counsellors participate with their campers in all activities.
Do you offer instructional swim at camp?
We are famous for our swim facilities and our Lifesaving Society instructional swim program. All campers registered in traditional camp receive daily swim instruction taught by certified swim instructors. Campers in All-Star, 1-Week Specialty Camps (MyCamp), and Cedar Creek have the option of signing up for instructional swim for an additional fee. Towel Service is included in the Camp fees. Campers will receive one towel for every swim period.
How many swim periods are there at camp?
In Traditional Camp, there are two swim periods every day. One is instructional, and the other is recreational. Our swim facilities include two large outdoor heated pools designed to facilitate a swim instruction program. In addition, we have our heated junior waterslide park with a pool basin at the bottom for fun times by all ages regardless of their swim ability. All-Star, 1-Week Specialty Camps (MyCamp) and Cedar Creek have one recreational swim daily. Campers have the option to sign up for instructional swim at an additional fee.
Do you have a health centre or nurse at camp?
Our air-conditioned Health Centre is staffed by a full-time nurse and nurses assistants.
Is Towel Service Included?
Towel Service is included in the Camp fees. Campers will receive one towel for every swim period.
Do the counsellors help the younger kids throughout their day?
Counsellors are very involved with their campers, making sure they are eating enough, staying hydrated and helping them put on sunscreen at least twice a day. They also assist the children in getting changed for swim time and staying organized.
Who is supervising the children on the camp buses?
Every bus is staffed with at least a Green Acres bus captain who is there to ensure that all campers are safe, having an enjoyable ride and checking photo ID at the end of the day.
How do the campers get from the bus to their cabin group?
Green Acres staff are placed at busing and at the carpool loop to escort the children to their appropriate cabin meeting spots. At the end of the day, counsellors walk their campers to the buses and supervise them getting on their bus.