Camp User Information

Camp Kidaca: 2 girls at Camp Kidaca, group of children indoor camp

Welcome to Camp Kidaca!

 

Please review all of the following information in order to make this summer a great experience for everyone!

Camp Goals

City of Hamilton summer camps have goals for participants which mirror High Five’s Principles of Healthy Child Development. Camp Kidaca programs, first and foremost, should focus on building relationships with and between campers by;
  • Building relationships with supportive, caring adults
  • Building friendships with peers
  • Meaningful participation
  • Opportunities to play
  • Opportunities for mastery

Camp Times

  • Camp Kidaca operates Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Organized activities take place from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • Camp does not run on Monday, July 2 or Monday, August 6

Campers should bring the following to camp each day:

  • a nutritious nut-free lunch with healthy morning and afternoon snack
  • refillable water bottle
  • easy to carry back pack or bag
  • hat
  • bathing suit and towel
  • running shoes/athletic sandals (no flip flops)
  • sunscreen
  • weather appropriate clothing (i.e. jackets, boots, etc.)

Please label all belongings and clothing with the camper’s name. Please do not send your child to the program with any electronics or valuables.

Sign In & Out Policy

A parent or caregiver is required to sign each camper into and out of camp daily. If your child is permitted to travel to or from camp unescorted by a parent, please make sure this is indicated on their camper information form. Photo identification is required for all persons signing a child out of camp (driver’s license, passports, student cards and work identification cards). Please indicate all persons who have permission to sign the camper out of camp on the Information Form.

Reporting an absence

If your child will be absent from camp due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, please notify the staff at the camp location before 9 am. For planned absences, please inform onsite staff the day before.

 

Forms

The below forms are required prior to your camper’s attendance at camp. To avoid the Monday morning rush, forms can be handed in to any recreation centre, faxed to 905-546-2338, or emailed to summerservices@hamilton.ca

Medication/ EpiPens

If your child requires medication or an EpiPen at camp, please identify this on their Camper Information Form (PDF). Identified medications and EpiPens must accompany the child each day to camp, or they will not be admitted.

Medications are to be given to staff each day in the original container with only enough needed for that day. Our staff are trained to encourage campers who require EpiPens to administer themselves, or to intervene in the event the camper is unable to.

Your child must carry their EpiPen on themselves at all times while at camp and an Individual Emergency Anaphylaxis Plan (PDF) must be completed prior to the start of camp. We recommend the use of a fanny pack clearly marked with the child’s first and last name.

Behavioural Expectations

All children and youth attending recreation programs are expected to behave in a manner which ensures their own safety and the safety of other participants, staff and volunteers in the program. Staff will be responsible for explaining rules and boundaries for participants, reminding children about appropriate behaviour and to encourage positive behaviour in their program. Children are responsible for:

  • displaying integrity in their actions, including being truthful and honest with others and being responsible for their actions
  • respecting other participants and staff and caring for the building, equipment, and materials provided
  • demonstrating empathy for others and contributing to an environment which cares for everyone
  • following instructions given by program leaders and be open to trying new things and participating

Parents will be notified if children and youth are not meeting behavioural expectations or following rules. Children endangering their safety or another person’s safety may be asked to leave the program and only return when accommodations can be made to ensure the safety of all.

Swimming Policy

Camp Kidaca Ages 6+ Only
Children 5 years and under must wear a life jacket. Children 6 to 9 years of age or younger who cannot pass the facility swim test must wear a life jacket.
The following locations go offsite to a neighbouring facility for daily swimming: Ancaster, Winona and Dundas
Preschool; participates in outdoor water play (sprinklers and wading pools)


Trips
Children attending Camp Kidaca (ages 6 to 11) will go on trips each week. Please review 2019 Summer Camp Trips (PDF, 101 KB) for details on locations. Buses leave promptly on trip day at 9 am.

How to cancel your registration

Cancellation requests can be made prior to the start of camp at your camp location or by calling the Summer Hotline at 905-546-2424 ext. 3256


Refund Policy
For Camp Kidaca Programs, a refund will be issued if notification is received 14 days prior to the beginning of program. After that time and up to the start of program there will be a withdrawal fee charged (per child, per transaction). After the program has started programs become non-refundable. For medical reasons manager approval is required. 

Feedback

We value your opinion! We will provide you an opportunity for written feedback on you and your child’s experience with us. Please do not hesitate to ask staff at your location for a copy of the feedback form and also feel free to call or email the summer hotline at any time!

Contact Information

Summer Hotline
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3256
Email: summerservices@hamilton.ca

Ancaster Rotary Centre
905-546-2424 ext.1698

Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre
905-546-2424 ext. 4150

Dundas Lions Community Centre
905-546-2424 ext. 2260

Huntington Park Recreation Centre
905-546-4880

Ryerson Recreation Centre
905-546-3111

Sir Allan MacNab Recreation Centre
905-546-2554

Valley Park Community Centre
905-546-2424 ext. 1114

Westmount Recreation Centre
905-546-4932

Winona Community Centre
905-546-2424 ext. 4935