Summer Camp 2022 is Now Full
This year there will be no cancellation fees.
The reception of children in the morning will be in the form of a car service. The counselor will meet parents at the car to take your child and make sure they do not display symptoms of covid-19. If the child has a fever or seems to have symptoms of COVID-19, he/she will unfortunately have to stay in the car. If all goes well, the child will be taken by the counselor into the facility.
No parents will be allowed on site.
All our counselors will wear masks. If you wish, or if it becomes compulsory, your children can/will also wear a mask during the day when indoors.
Children must bring their own water bottle since it will not be possible to drink directly from the fountains. We have a water bottle filling station, so children will be able to fill their bottles at zen.
All children must sanitize their hands and they will have their temperature checked by a staff member when arriving at camp, they will also wash their hands before eating, before and after an activity requiring the handling of equipment, before and after the toilet and finally before leaving for home.
As of now, we will continue to keep the Swimming pool on our schedules as we are
waiting for additional guidelines from the city.
All children must respect a two-meter distance during the day's activities and will be made aware of this measure. Zen camp will adapt its activities and games so that social distancing between children is respected.
All our counselors will undergo special training concerning the measures to be taken with COVID-19, in order to ensure the safety of all children.
All swims take place at the General Burns Outdoor Public Pool and Mooney's Bay under the supervision of city lifeguards. The following City of Ottawa rules apply to all campers:
Ages 5-7 - A Zen Counselor must be actively participating in the pool within arms reach at all times and a life jacket must be worn.
Ages 8-10 - Campers that do not pass the swim test must always be accompanied in the water by a Zen Counselor and a life jacket must be worn.
Ages 8-10 - Campers that successfully complete the facility swim test must always be accompanied by a Zen Counselor.
Ages 11-15 - No life jacket or swim test is required. Campers must be accompanied by a Zen Counselor
We take summer camp safety very seriously when allergies are a concern.e allergies. We strive to work in partnership with a camper, his/her family and medical providers to develop a plan that provides a safe camp environment for the camper.
We work to increase awareness as well as minimize a camper’s potential exposure to allergens, and are prepared to respond in the event that a camper has an adverse reaction.
Some of the allergies of greatest concern to parents relate to peanuts and tree nuts. We are a nut free camp. We pay close attention to a camper’s particular allergies and have a management plan to meet his/her needs. Whereas it would be impossible to ensure that campers never come into contact with food residue or a food item of concern we make every effort to keep the two apart.
Campers who suffer from severe allergies as reported on their health forms will be asked to complete and submit an allergy management plan in consultation with their parent. and any medication that their child requires for emergency treatment (i.e. Benadryl, EpiPen, asthma inhaler) in a clearly marked container. The student’s health form and Allergy Management Plan is provided to the program director and counselor. Middle and high School campers for whom an EpiPen is prescribed are expected to carry the EpiPen with them at all times. All elementary school campers for whom an EpiPen is prescribed must keep an EpiPen with the program director at all times. All staff are trained to recognize an allergic reaction, administer an EpiPen, and contact emergency response personnel. There is an emergency EpiPen in the camp office and in first aid kit carried on field trips.
Campers are not allowed to share food from home and no food is provided by the camp. If a camper has a severe food allergy, the program directors will institute practices and cleaning routines in order to minimize exposure. For example if a camper has a food allergy the instructors will ensure that the child does not sit with or near a student eating that food, and require all students to wash their hands after eating.
If your child has a minor accident, the staff will take such actions to comfort your child (for example, cleaning a wound, applying a bandage, etc.). If your child has an accident that results in an injury that requires professional medical treatment (for example large bumps, head injuries, uncontrollable nose bleeds, cuts that may require stitches, or possible fractures), the parent, guardian, or parentally-designated emergency contact person will be called. You will receive an Incident Report for any injuries, which will outline the steps that were taken.
In obvious emergency situations, emergency services will be called.
In the event of inclement weather (i.e. thunderstorms, lightning, extreme heat etc...) during camp activities, the camp will move all programs indoors.
Reliability checks are done on all staff. In addition, we strive to choose camp staff that teach classes in our other programs throughout the year to ensure they are well know to management.
Our Program Director, who is with the campers at all times, is professionally trained in group dynamics, conflict resolution and bullying/abuse awareness and prevention, and provides the same training to our Counsellors prior to the start of camp. Staff also receive first-aid and CPR training.
All camp counselors are trained to deal with conflict resolution. Any incidents of violence - bullying, harassment, and abuse will be dealt with immediately, reported and the parent, guardian, or parentally-designated emergency contact person will be informed. Yelling, verbal insults, or any inappropriate physical force will not be tolerated from campers or staff.
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