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Aqua Fun Academy

Thanks for a great 2019 camp season!
Stay tuned for 2020 camp info!

Welcome to Summer Camp

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Aqua Fun Summer Camp is more than just a fun way to pass the lazy summer days. It’s a beneficial way to learn new abilities while building social skills and making new friends!

AFA’s unique take on summer camps emphasizes swimming, with entire afternoons dedicated to water sports and swimming lessons. AFA’s world class swim instructors are on hand to provide the same level and quality of swimming instruction as they do during the school year. Aqua Fun Summer Camp is one of the few day camps offering two hours of swim time every day!

A typical camp day begins at 9 am with some warm up and stretching, leading in to lots of indoor and outdoor activities, including basketball, ball hockey, soccer, softball, kickball, dodgeball and badminton up until lunch time at 12 pm. 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm is relaxing time with arts and crafts style activities. Kids get changed at around 1:45 pm to go into the pool at 2 pm until 4 pm. Pool time is split between water fun activities such as water polo, and swimming lessons. Before and after care options are available.

Dates, times and pricing available below.

Summer Camp Details

Camp Details

Ages: 3 – 14

Special Needs Compatible: Yes

Nut Free Environment: Yes

Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Before Care: 8:00 am – 9:00 am

After Care: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location

Northern Secondary School

851 Mt. Pleasant Ave.

More information on Northern available here.

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Summer Camp Week Themes and Information

Date: July 02, 2019 to July 05, 2019

Week: 1 of 8

Theme of the Week: Journey Across Canada

This week at Aqua Fun Summer Camp, our campers will get the opportunity to learn all about our great nation in our Journey Across Canada! We will be exploring different regions around Canada, learning about Canadian customs, traditions and fun facts. Campers will get the opportunity to integrate their new understanding of Canada through different games, activities, and arts & crafts this week, while earning badges and completing their personalized map along the way.

Journey across Canada will also look at basic history of our great nation, while exploring different foods, sports, people and other aspects that make our country so great! At the end of the week, campers will be able to celebrate with a big Red and White Party, as well as celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday.

Date: July 08, 2019 to July 12, 2019

Week: 2 of 8

Theme of the Week: Superheroes and Princesses  

This week at Aqua Fun Summer Camp, campers will get a chance to explore the inner hero or heroin inside of them in our Superheroes and Princesses week! Campers get a chance to do fun adventures, complete challenges, create themed crafts, and play games associated with being a fairy tale princess or superhero.

Campers will be able to develop skills such as teamwork, problem solving and decision making while also learning about the everyday heroes in their lives. The week will conclude with a costume party where campers will get a chance to dress up as their favourite hero, princess or any other character of their choice while enjoying pizza and other special treats!

Note: Additional costumes will be available if campers don’t have access to one or forget to dress up the day of.

Date: July 15, 2019 to July 19, 2019

Week: 3 of 8

Theme of the Week: STEAM Week

This week at Aqua Fun Summer Camp, we prepare for back to school with our STEAM theme week. STEAM is an educational program developed to prepare students for study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). In addition to subject-specific learning, STEAM aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills through various games and camp activities.

STEAM Week is also complimented with a field trip to Ontario Science Centre.

Date: July 22, 2019 to July 26, 2019

Week: 4 of 8

Theme of the Week: Magic of Disney

This week at Aqua Fun Summer Camp, we will be exploring the vast, expansive world of the Magic of Disney! Campers will get in touch with their creative and imaginative sides as they explore numerous past and present Disney storylines. Many of the camp games and arts & crafts will revolve around popular Disney movies and it is encouraged (but not mandatory) that campers dress up as their favourite Disney character during the pizza party on Friday.

Magic of Disney week will take a look at all aspects of the Disney universe from traditional Disney characters, to Star Wars, Pixar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Marvel, Indiana Jones and beyond. There are endless possibilities for all campers to participate and enjoy.

Magic of Disney is also complimented with a mid-week field trip to Cineplex theatres on Yonge and Eglinton where campers will get a chance to view the brand-new live action movie “The Lion King”. All campers will receive popcorn, a drink and a special treat while on this trip.

Date: July 29, 2019 to August 02, 2019

Week: 5 of 8

Theme of the Week: Lights, Camera, Action! 

This week at Aqua Fun Summer Camp, we will be diving into the world of theatre arts in our exciting week of Lights, Camera, Action! There will be emphasis on basic skills, appropriate to each individual age level, in areas such as voice, movement, dance, speech, acting and more! Through games, activities and role play, campers will be given the chance to express themselves in a creative way and will be able to explore and discover more about themselves. This will be a great way to develop important skills such as teamwork, expressing emotions and self confidence.

At the end of the week, campers will be able to display what they have learned and worked on in a camp wide talent show! The talent show is open to the entire camp as well as family and friends to attend to watch and cheer campers on in a fun setting that highlights each camper’s new skills and abilities.

Date: August 06, 2019 to August 09, 2019

Week: 6 of 8

Theme of the Week: Animal Planet

This week at Aqua Fun Summer Camp, our theme is Animal Planet! We will be exploring wildlife throughout the world, learning about different geographical regions and their exclusive wildlife. Campers will get the opportunity to integrate their new understanding of animals through different games, activities, and arts & crafts this week.

There will also be a complimentary special mid-week demonstration coming to camp as the group “Pawsitively Pets” will be coming to do a 90-minute presentation as well as interactive show case of their birds, reptiles and fluffy animals. This presentation will provide campers the opportunity to interact with animals, encourage hands-on learning, improve mental health and overall wellness, reduce anxiety, promote positive social interaction, and help to encourage a sense of compassion for other living things.

Date: August 12, 2019 to August 16, 2019

Week: 7 of 8

Theme of the Week: Kids Olympics

This week at Aqua Fun Summer Camp, our campers will be put to the test with some friendly competition during Kids Olympics week! Campers will get a chance to experience games, activities and arts & crafts focused around Olympic themed events while incorporating essential skills such as teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship. The week will end off with closing ceremonies and all campers will go home with an award!

Kids Olympics week is also complimented with a mid-week field trip to the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto. Campers will get a chance to cheer for the Toronto Blue Jays as they take on the visiting Texas Rangers in a major league baseball game. Many other camps will also be there that day as the Toronto Blue Jays host “Camp Day” at the ballpark with a noon game.

Date: August 19, 2019 to August 23, 2019

Week: 8 of 8

Theme of the Week: Outdoor Education Week

For our final week of Aqua Fun Summer Camp, we give an authentic meaning to the word “camp” with Outdoor Education Week. Outdoor Education week is an experiential process of learning that fosters an understanding and appreciation of the elements and interrelationships that exist within the natural environment. This week, we provide opportunities for campers to enjoy positive experiences in the outdoors. Developing these relationship with nature will promote respect and understanding of the natural world. This, we believe, will encourage campers to tread lightly on our planet and ultimately lead to the development of a personal environmental ethic. This entire week will take place outdoors, except for our field trip and afternoon swimming.

Outdoor Education Week is also complimented with a mid-week field trip to Sky Zone Trampoline Park where campers will have the opportunity to jump and bounce around while understanding about fitness and having fun.

Please Note: Outdoor Education Week is an all-outdoor week, meaning the entire camp day will be held outside, come rain or shine, with the exception of the pool portion. We will only move inside in the event of a thunderstorm or more severe climactic weather.

Swimming Location Note: Please note that the swimming portion of this week will not take place at Northern. Campers will be transported to a nearby alternative pool location. Location TBD.

Summer Camp Dates and Pricing

Pricing Notes:
A short week is a week with a statutory holiday during the camp week. Camp does not operate on statutory holidays.
Dates
  • Week 1: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 – Friday, July 5, 2019 (Short Week)
  • Week 2: Monday, July 8, 2019 – Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Week 3: Monday, July 15, 2019 – Friday, July 19, 2019
  • Week 4: Monday, July 22, 2019 – Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Week 5: Monday, July 29, 2019 – Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Week 6: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – Friday, August 9, 2019 (Short Week)
  • Week 7: Monday, August 12, 2019 – Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Week 8: Monday, August 19, 2019 – Friday, August 23, 2019
Price (HST Extra)
Early-Bird Price (before April 15 inclusive) Full Week: $349.00 / week

Short Week: $275.00 / week

Regular Price (beginning April 16) Full Week: $399.00/ week

Short Week: $320.00/ week

Half Day Full Week: $225.00 / week

Short Week: $180.00 / week

4 Week Package (Please Call) $1200.00 for all 4 weeks
Weekly Add-Ons (HST Extra)
Before Care Cost Full Week: $50.00 / week

Short Week: $40.00 / week

After Care Cost Full Week: $50.00 / week (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

Full Week: $100.00 / week (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Short Week: $40.00 / week (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

Short Week: $80.00 / week (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Lunch Program Full Week: $50.00 / week

Short Week: $40.00 / week

Prices subject to change without notice.

Summer Camp Registration

How do I register?

General registration is available through our online registration system here.

For over the phone registration you can also reach John directly at 416-670-8306 or through the main line at 416-904-6284.

Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child bring / wear to camp?

We have a lot of fun and tend to get dirty when playing. Please dress your child in clothing that can accommodate a variety of activities. Choose fabrics that are cool and lightweight. It’s a good idea to layer clothes as mornings can be cool and days can be very hot. Children are very active in our programs — running, climbing, rolling, jumping — so please choose shorts or lightweight pants (no skirts or dresses), and running shoes (flip-flops for pool deck only). Running shoes and shoes that have a closed toe are preferred foot wear as we want to ensure your child’s safety. Swim shoes / sandals can be worn during swim / water play.

Each camper receives on the first day:

  • Camp T-Shirt
  • Daily snacks and drinks

Please send your child to camp with the following:

  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra Clothing
  • Swim Suit and Towel

Lunches and Snacks

Campers are required to bring their own lunch, snacks, and extra drinks. We provide snacks and drinks to campers, however we recommend packing extra snacks and drinks for your kids as well as a redundancy. Foods should not require refrigeration or a microwave. Due to the number of participants who have severe food-related allergies, food restrictions must be communicated before the first day of camp.

ALLERGY ALERT:
Peanuts, peanut butter, nuts and all foods containing nut by-products are NOT permitted at camp. If you are unsure, please contact camp staff.

Camp Hours and Late Fees

Unless otherwise stated, camps operate between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. If needed, Before and After Camp Programs are offered.

Unless otherwise stated, camp ends at 4 pm and After Camp Programs end at 6 pm.

For every 15 minutes that you are late picking up your child, you will be charged $8 per child.

If you believe tardiness might become an issue, we strongly recommend purchasing the aftercare option in advance to avoid additional fees.

0-15 minutes late $8.00
16-30 minutes late $16.00
31-45 minutes late $24.00
46-60 minutes late $32.00

What if my child is going to be absent?

If your child is going to be absent please call the AFA main office at 416-904-6284 or your site director’s direct number, which will be provided to you by the site director, and leave a message.

Pick-up and Drop-off

Children must be dropped off and picked up in the area designated for their camp, which is clearly marked at each facility. In order to ensure maximum safety, parent / guardians will be required to sign in and sign out campers each day.

If you give permission for another person to pick up the camper from camp, an Authorized Participant Pick-up and Sign Out Form will need to be completed. These forms are available prior to and during camp. We will ask all people we have not met to identify themselves with photo identification (e.g. driver’s license). The person must be over the age of 16. If someone comes to pick up your child without your prior written authorization, we will contact you for verbal permission before releasing your child.

Wristbands

On the first day of camp, identification bands will be placed on the wrists of each camper. These wristbands will assist staff in quickly identifying children who are part of AFA’s camp.

Please do NOT remove this band from your child’s wrists until their camp is over.

Toileting

Children must be fully toilet-trained to attend all programs that do not require parent/guardian participation.

About Camp Staff

Camp staff are carefully selected based on their former experiences working with children, along with their display of enthusiasm, strong leadership skills and sound judgment.

Qualifications for camp staff include:

  • Pre-camp training sessions;
  • Current Emergency First Aid and CPR Certificate;
  • CIT/LIT Certification or equivalent;
  • High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development Certification; and
  • Satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check

What if my child loses something?

To help ensure all belongings return at the end of the day, teach your child to put items back in their backpack when they’re finished with them. It also helps to label all items with your child’s name and to have your child help pack their backpack so they know what’s inside — many kids don’t recognize their own stuff, especially if it’s new! It’s important that children bring a backpack, since it’s easier to carry and more sturdy than a plastic bag. Any found items at the end of the day are collected and stored at the location. If your child loses something, call your program director directly or visit to look through the lost and found. AFA is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Please encourage your child to bring only what’s needed for the program to camp. Do not bring electronic toys.

Lost and Found Disclaimer: Our staff will do their best to ensure children keep their belongings in their backpacks, but sometimes things get left behind. Please check daily to ensure your child is coming home with everything they left with!

Weather Information

Extreme Heat:

Staff will consult with weather and air quality reports prior to children going outdoors in extreme heat. The following circumstances should be considered:

  • temperature
  • air quality level
  • age of children
  • location of play area
  • appropriate clothing
  • time of day

Staff will follow these guidelines for minimizing the risk of heat and smog related illnesses and will utilize indoor space for programming.

Thunderstorms:

Programs will continue to operate, however, children will remain indoors continuing their normal camp day until the storm passes and it’s safe to continue to play outdoors.

What if my child needs medication?

AFA’s first priority is the safety and wellbeing of all participants; AFA has guidelines in place for staff when it comes to administering medication. A form will need to be filled out prior to our AFA staff being able to administer medication.

Prescription Medication

Staff will ensure the following measures are in place before accepting and or administering medication.

Medication is:

  • In its original container
  • Labeled with the child’s full name
  • Labeled with the name of the medication
  • Labeled with the date of purchase
  • Labeled with the dosage instructions
  • Labeled with time(s) to administer
  • Label with an expiry date
  • Accompanied with a measuring device
  • Accompanied with possible side effects and / or limitations
  • In a zip lock bag labeled with child’s full name

Individual plan should include:

  • A description of the child’s allergy
  • Monitoring and avoidance strategies
  • Signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction
  • Action to be taken by staff in the event the child has an anaphylactic reaction
  • Parent/guardian consent for child care centre staff to administer the allergy medication
  • Emergency contact information (parent/alternate emergency contact/emergency services)

Non-Prescription Medication

If a parent/guardian requests AFA staff to administer medication that is over the counter, a detailed doctor’s note stating the following must accompany the medication:

  • The date the note was written
  • The reason for the medication to be administered (high fever to control seizures)
  • The expiry date for the note (is it good for one time only or a specific time period)
  • The child’s full name
  • The name of the medication
  • The dosage of the medication to be given
  • The time(s) the medication is to be given
  • Any side effects (this could be located on the original box/container)
  • A receipt of purchase

What if my child becomes ill during the day?

If your child is too ill to participate fully in all aspects of the program, please keep them home. When a child is feeling poorly the last place they want to be is on a car ride, outdoors in the heat, or around all their friends who are busy having fun. In the event your child becomes ill at an AFA program, we will call you to come and pick them up.

How do I protect my child from the sun?

The best way to ensure children are protected from the sun is teaching them how to apply sunscreen and to wear a hat at all times when outdoors. Please send sunscreen labeled with your child’s name to camp, and we will remind them to reapply throughout the day.

We will also plan activities so that children are not in the hot sun all day, and blend active and quiet activities. Staff teach children sun safety:

1. Wear a wide-brim hat.
2. Apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
3. Play in the shade.
4. Wear loose fitting clothes that cover your arms and legs.
5. Wear sunglasses with uVA and uVB protection.

And remember, sun safety is important regardless of who you are — let’s work together to keep your child’s skin safe this summer!

Program Cancellation

Register early to help ensure your camp of choice will run. If we do not have enough registrants for a camp, it will be cancelled. If we cancel a camp you have registered for, we will contact you to help you choose a different camp. If we cannot find another camp that meets your needs, we will issue you a full refund within four weeks of the cancellation.

What if I have to cancel my child’s registration?

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to Client Services via email. Requests for refunds received prior to 28 days from your session will receive a refund minus an administration fee of 20% of the total fee or $50 (whichever is greater). Refund requests received with less than 28 days notice from your camp are subject to an administration fee of 50% of the total fee. Refund requests that are received after 12 p.m. on the Friday before the camp starts will not qualify for a refund. Any refund requests are considered on an individual basis. A doctor’s note is required for cancellations due to medical reasons. Refunds are not granted for inclement weather and take four to six weeks to process.

Can I visit my child’s program?

Visiting your child’s program location is the best way to learn more about their experience. Call ahead, directly to the program director to make arrangements to meet your child’s group at the designated meeting area. You will be asked to wear a visitor badge and sign in and out.

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