Our Kids Canada's Camp & Program Guide

21st Annual

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Finding the Right Camp Find Camps & Programs at www.OurKids.net 21 Ask around. It's likely that the parents of your chil- dren's friends have experience with a range of camps and programs. And, if your child can attend the same camp as one of their friends, so much the better. 3 GET IN THE CAR Most camps would welcome a visit while they're in session, or even during the shoulder seasons. Camps, just as parents, want to know that the fit is right, and they'll accommodate your process. That said, there are often other options, too. Camp Kandalore, for example, holds open houses in Toronto for prospective parents to meet with directors as well as camp families. Feel free to ask a prospective camp if they are holding an event and, if not, if they would con- sider creating one. There's an excellent chance they'd be very happy to. These kinds of events allow you to get a very good sense of the culture of a camp, which can sometimes be more important to the camp experience than the facilities. 4 ATTEND THE EXPO Our 2018 expo will take place at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall on February 11. The Our Kids Camp Expo is a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with more than 50 leading day and overnight camps in Ontario and Quebec. Talk to camp directors and get the insights that will help you choose the right camp for your child. Get your free family admission tickets at www.ourkids.net/campexpo 5 ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS For first-time families, the prospect of a new camp or program can be a bit anxiety provoking. Camp direc- tors know that, and therefore are keen to answer all your questions. Here are some good ones you might consider posing: • What kind of training do staff receive? • What kinds of facilities are on-site? • What is a typical day's schedule? • What are your safety protocols? • What nutritional guidelines do you follow? • Are you equipped to deal with allergies and other medical concerns? Camp Wabikon Photograph by Mike Pochwat for Our Kids Bishop's College School Summer Language Camp Photograph by Christinne Muschi for Our Kids

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