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More information about day camps


Safety and supervision

Quality supervision is provided in all day camp programs. To ensure the health and safety of participants, the programs have the following standards in place:
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    Day camp staff are selected on the basis of experience, ability to relate to children, and leadership skills. Staff receive training and are certified in Standard First Aid, CPR, and the High Five Principles of Healthy Child Development.
  • Lower ratios are in place for preschool and some specialty programs.
  • All participants must be the appropriate age by the first day of the program.
  • Most camps include swimming. A secure area is provided to store participant belongings while in the pool. All participants are required to wear lifejackets (provided) and/or successfully complete a swimming ability check.
  • We do not recommend full day participation for 3 – 4 year olds as camps are very active and there is no rest time.

Children with disabilities are welcome

Our day camps welcome and include children with disabilities. Please make us aware of any disabilities or behavioural needs that may affect your child's participation. While our goal is inclusive participation, there are times when a child requires more support than our current ratios are able to provide and day camp supervisors reserve the right to request an aide. If required, it is the parent's responsibility to arrange for and provide the aide. Please contact the day camp supervisor to obtain the Aide Expectation Information.

Pre-care, post-care and lunch supervision

Pre- and post-care is offered at most facilities for an additional fee.

  • Leisure Centre camps: Pre-care begins at 7:30 a.m. and post-care ends at 5:30 p.m. Daily registration is permitted and registration is not available online. Call 403-268-3800 or visit a leisure centre to register.
  • Aquatic and Fitness Centre camps: Pre-care begins at 7:30 a.m. and post-care ends at 5:30 p.m.
  • Golf camps: Pre- and post-care is not available.
  • Art Centre camps: Pre-care begins at 8:30 a.m. and post-care ends at 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not required.
  • Bag Lunches are available for an additional fee at both Southland and Village Square Leisure Centres. A lunch order form must be completed and returned to the Leisure Centre by the Friday prior to the start of your camp.
  • Lunch supervision is available at no charge for those children registered in two half-day camps only; pre-registration is not required for this service. Full-day camps have lunch supervision within their program.

Pick-up and emergency information

To save time on the first day of camps, we recommend the Day Camp Participant Information Form be filled in, signed and ready to hand in on the first day. This will ensure we have all your current important information on hand, and will save you time. For the safety of all participants, authorized pick-up persons may be asked to produce photo ID. Please read your City of Calgary receipt to ensure you have completed all the required forms for your child’s specific program.

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