March Break Camp

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Looking for something fun and engaging for your child during the March Break? Camp is available March 13 to 17, 2023 for children ages 4 to 12 years old. 

Come play and explore with us this March Break!

Join us for these fun unique activities right here in our own recreation facilities over the March Break.


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Activities

Age appropriate activities are planned for the week including sports, crafts, outdoor activities, science experiments and discoveries.

 

 

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Swimming

Kids will love swimming on Tuesday and Thursday at Jack Burger Sports Complex (JBSC).  Remember to pack a towel and swim suit.

Even more reasons to join us this March Break:

  • Friendships
  • Teamwork
  • Inclusive environment
  • Develop new skills
  • Nut-allergy sensitive environment
  • Municipal subsidy program available

What you need to know about March Break Camp

We're all about camp! Here are some of the important details at a glance. 

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Cost

Weekly Camp fee: $161.26

We offer multi-child discounts: second child 5% off, each additional child 10% off.

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Ages

Campers can be from ages 4 to 12 years. 

All children must be toilet trained to attend camp. 

 

 

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Location

Camp will run out of the Jack Burger Sports Complex (JBSC) and Town Park Recreation Centre (TPRC). 

Be sure to check out our drop-off and pick-up schedule as it differs each day.

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Times

Camp will be available 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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Registration

Registration will be open from January 31 to March 9, 2023.

Camp will run March 13 to 17, 2023.

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Camper Safety

Our top priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our campers and staff.

Learn about camper safety

Camper safety and what to bring 

We want our campers to remain safe here at camp. We continue to update the guidelines for camp in accordance with the provincial guidelines to ensure our campers, staff and families are safe. We are a mask friendly space where we welcome and embrace all campers who choose to wear a mask or not. You can expect the following guidelines to be in place:

Camper safety

Winter clothing

All campers and staff are required to have warm attire for when children go outdoors. Parents are asked to send their child with boots, snow pants, winter jacket, hat and gloves to camp. Children will also require indoor shoes.


Special needs and integration

The Municipality of Port Hope, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture invites people of all abilities to participate together in our programs and services. We strive to include everyone in the activities of an individual’s choice to enhance the quality of life for all. This year unfortunately we do not, have designated Resource Staff to assist with integration needs, and behaviour monitoring. If you have individual needs please email us to discuss options.


Camper behaviour

All camp staff are trained in Behaviour Management. Campers will be expected to engage in acceptable behaviour while at camp. Parents of campers that are unable to comply with camp rules and acceptable behaviour will be contacted and may be asked to pick their child up from camp.


Nut-sensitive environment

Due to nut allergies, we ask that NO NUTS or other nut-added products be brought to camp.


Bee Kind

The Municipality of Port Hope’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture puts a focus on campers to be kind. Resources implemented from the HIGH FIVES Principles of Healthy Child Development to problem solve and to treat one another with respect. Staff and fellow campers encourage each other to do kind things for one another and emphasize kindness.


Medications

If a child requires prescription medication on a regular basis that is to be administered at camp, please note the following procedures for sending medication to camp. 

  1. Parents must indicate at registration the type of medication, dosage and optimum time of dispense.

  2. Only send the correct dose for the week.

  3. All medications must be in its prescription bottle with the child’s name and dosage.

  4. Staff are not permitted to administer non-prescription drugs at camp.

Please email us for inquiries about camper medications. 


Camper Sign In and Out

It is required that campers be signed into and out of camp on a daily basis. Photo ID will be requested. The camper may only be signed out by the authorized pickup listed with the municipality.  Please ensure you provide up to date information at the time of registration or notify us of any changes.


Sick or Absent Campers

Please do not send your child to camp if they are displaying signs of illness. If your child is not attending camp on a day they are registered for, please call 905-885-7908 or email the Recreation Program Coordinator for inquiries about absent campers.

What to bring to camp

Please send your child with these items every day:

  • Nut-Free Lunch and Snacks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Indoor and outdoor shoes
  • Bathing suit (March 14 and 16)
  • Towel (March 14 and 16)
  • Warm outdoor clothing (boots, hat, snow pants, gloves)
  • Backpack to carry everything

These items are not encouraged to come to camp:

  • Phones or Electronic Devices
  • iPods
  • Toys
  • Cameras
  • Money

Pick-up and Drop-off schedule

Be sure to check the pick-up and drop off schedule below.

  • March 13, 2023
    • Drop-off: Town Park Recreation Centre
    • Pick-up: Town Park Recreation Centre
  • March 14, 2023
    • Drop-off: Jack Burger Sports Complex
    • Pick-up: Jack Burger Sports Complex
  • March 15, 2023
    • Drop-off: Town Park Recreation Complex
    • Pick-up: Town Park Recreation Complex
  • March 16, 2023
    • Drop-off: Jack Burger Sports Complex
    • Pick-up: Jack Burger Sports Complex
  • March 17, 2023 
    • Drop-off: Town Park Recreation Complex
    • Pick-up: Town Park Recreation Complex

How to Register

Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration will be open January 31 to March 9, 2023. See below for different ways to register for camp:

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Online

Use our Activenet online registration system from Monday to Sunday beginning January 31, 2023. Payment is by credit card only.

Please be advised that a small service charge will be applied to all applicable online transactions. 

Register online

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Call

Call 905-885-7908 and register by phone. Registration will open January 31, 2023. Payment is by credit card only. 

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In-Person

During facility hours beginning January 31, 2023 (Jack Burger Sports Complex or Town Park Recreation Centre)

  1. Pay by cash, cheque, gift card, debit, or credit card.
  2. Make cheques payable to the Municipality of Port Hope ($25.00 charge for NSF cheques)

Some of our Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions for camp registration.

When can I register my child for camp?

Registration begins on January 31, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. Registration will remain open until March 9, 2023, pending availability. 

Can I register for single days?

Registration is available for weekly registrations at this time. Individual days are not available for March Break Camp.

Can I make a changes or cancellations after registration

Changes/cancellations to registrations will be subject to a $17.25 administration fee. Refunds requested after the start of a program are subject to prorating based on classes completed at the time of request. The only exception is for refund requests that are accompanied with medical proof and we will then waive the fee.

Do you offer subsidy support and assistance?

If you are faced with financial barriers and would like your child to have a great camp experience, please email the Supervisor of Recreation and Culture at the Town Park Recreation Centre to discuss assistance options. The Municipality of Port Hope, Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is a recognized service provider for Northumberland County Children’s Services. Those in receipt of Ontario Works Child Care Benefit can choose our programs.

What happens if my child is Sick or Absent?

If your child is displaying signs of illness please do not send them to camp for the consideration of other campers and staff. If your child becomes ill during the camp day a parent or guardian will be required to pick up the child within an hour. If your child will not be attending camp on a day that they are registered, please call the Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908 or e-mail us to notify staff.

Will my child go swimming? 

Swimming is available on select days this year. Children will swim on March 14 and 16, 2023.

Will my child go skating?

There will be no skating during March Break camp this year.