Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are happy to answer any questions you might have about your son or daughter coming to camp. Since some questions are asked frequently, we have made a list of these common questions to give you a fast and easy place to check for your question. Of course, our Membership Services desk or our Program Coordinator, Louise, are available to help you too. Contact info is located at the bottom of this page.
Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Are you a peanut free camp?
A: We cannot say that we are “peanut free”, but we certainly are a nut sensitive camp. Our food is prepared by Food Services on campus and every effort is made to provide safe food for your children. The kitchen is notified of any allergies each session and they provide alternative meals for sensitivities or make adjustments to the menu as needed. Our menu does not include nuts and we also use products like Chapman’s (made in nut-free facility) for our desserts.
Q: My child has severe allergies and carries an Epi-pen. Who should I give the Epi-pen to?
A: We ask that you put the Epi-pen in a hip pack (fanny pack) – clearly marked with your child’s name. Your child's counsellor can wear it during activity, but otherwise it stays with your child. Please call the camp coordinator to inform us of any special instructions.
Q: Is lunch provided and if so what type of meals?
A: We strive for a balance between kid-friendly and healthy meals here at Camp U of T Mississauga. Our menu typically includes meals such as: tortellini, veggies sticks, milk and a dessert or Sub sandwiches made to order with milk/juice and ice cream. We have not yet finalized for the Summer 2017 menu, but we certainly will have it available shortly for interested parents. We ask that parents also send their child with a water bottle that they can fill up throughout the day as well as nut-free snacks if they wish.
Q: My child has dietary restrictions. What should I do about his/her meals?
A: Please fill out the dietary details section during registration in the prompt provided. If further instruction is needed please call or email Louise. We will make every effort to accommodate your child’s needs with an option as close as possible to what the other children are eating.
Q: What are the day trips in Multi-Sport Camp?
A: The trips are to local venues for activities like bowling and rollerblading or indoor playgrounds. We travel by school bus and the children are supervised by their camp counsellors and the camp directors that accompany them on trips. The children are asked to wear their camp T-shirt while on the trip.
Q: My child is not a good swimmer and I have some concerns about him/her swimming at the pool. Who is responsible for my child when they are swimming?
A: The pool at UTM has qualified lifeguards on duty while the campers are swimming. In addition to the lifeguards, your child’s counsellor swims with the group and helps supervise while interacting with the children. The shallow end of our pool has a moveable floor that is set at an appropriate height depending on the age of the group that is swimming. This way, all children can stand up in the shallow water. Each child wishing to swim in the deep end must complete our facility swim test (swim 30m + 60seconds of treading water) in order to swim in the deeper water.
Q: Who are the camp counsellors?
A: We pride ourselves on picking quality staff. Our camp counsellors are university students either from our university or other post-secondary institutions. Each staff member is chosen for their backgrounds in sport, as well as experience working with children. We do background checks on all of our staff and all of the staff are required to have a current Standard First Aid w/ CPR-C certification. You will receive a profile of all our camp staff on the first day of camp with your parent information package.
Q: I work 9-5 and cannot pick my child up by 4:00 pm. Do you have extended hours?
A: We have extended hours that run from 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the mornings and from 4:00 pm to as late as 6:00 pm in the evenings. We have individual child, as well as family rates. Please see our Extended Care Info Page for more information.
Q: The summer can be very hot- how much are the children outside and what do you do during a heat alert?
A: We are lucky and have access to 3 gyms and various other indoor facilities including our indoor pool. Each child’s group schedule is made with attention to the inside and outside portions of their day. In the event of an extreme heat alert, we either shorten the time that they are outside or we don’t go out at all and switch to an indoor schedule. Parents are asked to send their child with a water bottle that they can fill up frequently throughout the day, as well as a hat or ball cap to keep the sun off their face.
*Day trips are offered in all 5-day weeks. No day trips in holiday weeks.*
Membership Services Phone: 905-828-3714 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise Vanderwees Phone: 905-828-3712 Email: email@example.com