Summer Camps and Playgrounds

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 Summer Camps

In-person summer camps are back!

Don't miss out on this year's active, outdoor day camps running weekly from July 26-August 27. Something fun for children and youth ages 4 to 16.

Categories include: General Interest, Art and Leadership.

Registration now open!
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Very limited spots remain.

Please Note: The following programming and services will not be offered in 2021:

  • Busing
  • Before and After Hours
  • Field Trips
  • Swimming
  • Pizza Lunch

 All camps, unless otherwise indicated, run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Frequently Asked Questions
What does your child need to bring to camp each day?

A peanut/nut free lunch, snacks, drinks, reusable labelled water bottle, closed-toe shoes, hat, and sunscreen. Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

All campers must wear a non-medical face mask at all times while indoors. Masks are not required outdoors during activities, however recommended. 

What if my child needs to take medication while at camp? 

The following procedures must be followed when sending medication to camp:

You must read, sign and fill out the medication consent form (form can be requested by emailing camps@ajax.ca or will be made available by camp staff).

  • Send the medication to camp in the original prescribed container.
  • Only send the correct dosage for the day.

Any medication should be given directly to the camp supervisor to hold or be stored.

What if my child needs to bring an Epipen to camp?

The following procedures must be followed when sending a child with an Epipen to camp:

  • You must read, sign and fill out the allergy alert poster and Epipen consent form (form can be requested by emailing camps@ajax.ca or will be made available by camp staff).
  • You must send 2 Epipens to camp - 1 stays on the camper at all times, the other is secured in the camp office and will be returned at the end of the session.
  • If a camper forgets their Epipen and there is not a second Epipen stored in the camp office, the camper will be removed from the camp and a parent/guardian will be contacted to bring an Epipen or pick their child up. 
What if my child is sick on a day of camp?

Please call the Summer Camp Hotline at 905-619-2529, ext. 2267 to report daily absence.

As per camp policy, please ensure that an ill child stays home and does not come to camp if they are displaying any of the following COVID-19 related symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Decrease or loss of smell or taste
  • Nasal congestion*
  • Nasal discharge*
  • Sneezing*
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

*Unless common due to allergies, etc.

Any child or staff member who has any symptoms of illness or whose parent or other household members are showing any signs of illness as described above will be asked to stay home from the day camp and self-isolate. The decision on when to return to camp is made in consultation with the Durham Region Health Department.

What is the late pick-up fee?
A charge of $20 for every 15 minutes applies to the parent/guardian for all participants picked up late from a camp or bus. You will be required to pay the fee before you leave with your child.
Can my child bring items from home?

Do not send cell phones, toys, books, electronics, money, or sharp objects to camp. Personal items brought to camp should be limited. There will be no sharing of personal items between participants. Personal items, including water bottles, sunscreen, etc., should be clearly labelled with the participant’s name.

You will be notified in writing if your child is requested to bring specific items to camp.

What qualifications do the summer camp staff have?

All staff have current Standard First Aid, CPR-C, High Five® Principles of Healthy Child Development - a provincial certification, criminal record check, attend a comprehensive week-long, pre-summer training session and have received additional Health & Safety training related to COVID-19.

How do you group campers?

Day camps will operate in consistent cohorts (with assigned staff members) who stay together for the duration of the week. Our ratio of staff to camp participants is 1:10. Please note as outlined in the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for: Day Camps, physical distancing is not required by individuals within a cohort, however encouraged.

 

Please notify us at the time of registration if you wish to have your child placed in a group with a sibling or friend. We will try our best to accommodate your request

What should I send to camp for lunch and snacks?

Each day your child will be required to bring a lunch, drink and two snacks. To avoid loss or confusion, place your child's name on his/her lunch.

Please send your child with a refillable water bottle.

Due to severe allergies, all snacks and lunches must be nut free.

What happens on rainy days?

All camps operate on rainy days and will move indoors at their regularly assigned locations should it rain during programming.

What is the heat management plan?

Outdoor camps operate under the following conditions when temperatures are under 40 degrees Celsius with humidex:

  • Staff will take daily conditions into account and plan activities accordingly.
  • Water breaks will be scheduled every 20 minutes.
  • Sunscreen will be applied every 2 hours or after water play.

When temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius with humidex the following provisions will be made:

  • All camp programs will run indoors at their scheduled locations.
  • Outdoor play will be limited.
What should the campers wear to camp?
  • All campers must wear a non-medical face mask at all times while indoors. Masks are not required during outdoor activities, however recommended.
  • Dress campers according to weather.
  • Campers must wear closed-toe shoes - no flip flops, crocs or sandals. Running shoes are recommended.
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Clean indoor shoes during inclement weather.
  • Label all articles worn or brought to camp with your child's name.
  • Send camper in older ‘play' clothing.
What if my child requires emergency transportation?

We provide emergency transportation to the hospital, if required. A staff member stays with your child until parents/guardians arrive. Your child will never be left alone. Parents/emergency contacts are notified as soon as possible.

Do I have to sign my child in/out?

All children must be brought to camp daily by a parent/guardian. This is so an adult is able to complete a COVID-19 screening upon arrival on behalf of their child.

A child who is 10 or older may leave the program by themselves, and at any time, if the parent/guardian has agreed to it on the registration form or with a signed note from the parent/guardian.

If your child is 9 or under, and going to the same home as an older sibling, they may walk home together. Otherwise, a caregiver 14 years or older must pick your child up.

What is the Town of Ajax’s photography policy?

The photography policy allows you to take photographs of your own family only. If you wish to take a photo of the counsellor or any other camper, you must obtain permission from the counsellor and the parents/guardians of the other camper before taking any photos. In order to respect the privacy of all participants, any photos or videos taken are for personal use only. Please do not post photos to public social media websites (e.g. YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, etc).

Who can pick up my child from camp?

The safety of campers is our number one priority. It is imperative that the person registering the camper provides us with the names of all people permitted to pick up the child. A child will not be released to anyone not on the list. There is no exception to this rule.

If a name needs to be added to the pick-up list please call the Summer Camp Hotline at 905-619-2529, ext. 2267 (CAMP) or email camps@ajax.ca starting July 26, 2021.

Prior to July 26, 2021 please call 905-427-8811, 905-428-7711, or 905-427-2468.

What are the camper age guidelines?

For those camps listed for ages 4-7 years old, your child must be 4 years of age or older at the start of the camp week. There will be no age exceptions made for campers under the age of 4 years old. For ages 5 years old and older, you may register your child if their age falls within the calendar year. 

 Inclusion Support Services
The Town of Ajax provides enhanced staff support to campers with support needs. Campers must be an Ajax resident in order to be eligible for a 1-1 support staff. Support is based upon available resources at the time of registration. Please contact 905-619-2529, ext. 7259 if you have any questions or are planning on bringing in your own outside support worker to summer camp.
Contact Information

Call 905-619-2529 if you have questions regarding:

Summer Camp Hotline (beginning July 26, 2021) - ext. 2267
Children's Camps - ext. 7233
Youth Camps - ext. 7727
Inclusion Support Services - ext. 7259
Playgrounds - ext. 7255 or ext. 7727
Camp Registration - 905-427-8811 or 905-428-7711 or 905-427-2468

Please call the Summer Camp Hotline or email camps@ajax.ca to let us know if:

  • Camper information has changed
  • Your child is going to be away or late (please notify prior to 8:30 a.m.)
  • You have a planned absence (i.e.. medical appointment or vacation)
  • Your child has missed the bus
  • You need to pick your child up early
  • Camper authorized pick-up information has changed
  • There's been a change to the Emergency Contact Information
  • You are moving
  • Any phone numbers have changed
  • You have a question regarding the day's activities
  • Further questions or concerns
Playgrounds - Pre-Registration Required! 

A free and supervised program for Town of Ajax residents. Children 6 to 12 will enjoy supervised games, sports, crafts, and theme days.

New for 2021: Pre-registration for a full week is required, drop-ins are not permitted.

All Playgrounds locations operate: 
Monday, July 26 to Friday, Sept 3, 2021 (Closed Aug 2 - Civic Holiday)
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. (No lunch supervision)

Registration opens July 15 at 9 a.m. for the week of July 26-30.
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Please Note: Playgrounds locations are subject to change/cancellation.

Program and registration dates (registration opens at 9 a.m.):

Program DatesRegistration
July 26-30 July 15-22
August 3-6 July 22-29
August 9-13 July 29-August 9
August 16-20 August 9-16
August 23-27 August 16-23
August 30-September 3 August 23-30

Please Note: Space is limited and these programs are popular. We understand that you may be unable to make a morning or afternoon session. However, if a full week of Playgrounds is missed, you may lose your opportunity to register for future weeks.

 Frequently Asked Questions
Is pre-registration required?
Yes, new for 2021, all participants will be required to pre-register for a full week of Playgrounds.
What should my child bring to the Playgrounds program? 
  • All campers must wear a non-medical face mask at all times while indoors. Masks are not required during outdoor activities, however recommended.
  • A water bottle that is clearly labelled with the child’s name.
  • Dress participants according to weather.
  • Participants must wear closed-toe shoes - no flip flops, crocs or sandals. Running shoes are recommended.
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Label all articles worn or brought to the program with your child's name.
  • Send participant in older ‘play' clothing.
What do participants do for the unsupervised lunch hour?

Participants are expected to go home for lunch. There are no staff onsite during the lunch hour and therefore there is no supervision during the hours of 12 to 1 p.m. Participants are to leave the program site during lunch and may return at 1 p.m.

What happens if it rains or is really hot?

In the event of heavy/constant rain, locations close.  

In the case of extreme heat (heat advisories), sites will close at the discretion of the Supervisors. The program will re-open when it is safe to do so.

Once the inclement weather has stopped, the program may resume.  For the most up-to-date information please call the Summer Camps Hotline (beginning July 26, 2021) at 905-619-2529, ext. 2267.

Am I required to sign my child in and out every day? 

All children must be brought to Playgrounds daily by a parent/guardian. This is so an adult is able to complete a COVID-19 screening upon arrival on behalf of their child.

A child who is 10 years or older may leave the program by themselves, and at any time, if the parent/guardian has agreed to it on the registration form or with a signed note from the parent/guardian.

If your child is 9 or under, and going to the same home as an older sibling, they may walk home together. Otherwise, a caregiver 14 years or older must pick your child up.

Are there washrooms on site?
Port-a-Potties are available, however we encourage all participants to use their home washroom if/when possible. Staff are able to contact parent/guardians by phone if timing permits. If the child has permission to go home on their own, the child can leave the program and come back. 
Is the Pint-Sized program being offered this year?

No. The Pint-Sized program will not be available at any of our locations in 2021.

Will there be any off-site trips this year?
There are no trips, special events, or swim days in 2021. 
Can I volunteer at Playgrounds? 

Not at this time.

Visit our Volunteer page to find other ways to get involved.

Contact Information 

Shannon Barrow – Playground Sites
Community Recreation Supervisor
905-619-2529, ext. 7255
shannon.barrow@ajax.ca

Shane Gumbs – Playgrounds Site
Community Recreation Supervisor
905-619-2529, ext. 7727
shane.gumbs@ajax.ca          

Call 905-619-2529 if you have questions regarding:

Summer Camp Hotline (beginning July 26, 2021) - ext. 2267
Children Camps - ext. 7233
Youth Camps - ext. 7727
Camp Registration - 905-427-8811 or 905-428-7711 or 905-427-2468

COVID-19 - What We're Doing to Keep You Safe
All programming adheres to Ontario Ministry of Health Guidelines, in consultation with Durham Region Public Health and is aligned with the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for: Day Camps.

Town of Ajax Response to COVID-19 - Summer Camps and Playgrounds
Recreation Financial Assistance 

If you need financial assistance, there is help.

The Town of Ajax provides eligible residents in financial need with options to participate in programs.

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