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General Information and Camp Handbook

Welcome to the AGO Art Camp 2018

The AGO Art Camp is an artful studio experience and a fun-filled day camp, all rolled into one! Our all-day art programs let young people age five to 13 express and explore their creativity in a fully-equipped studio environment. Nurtured by a team of artist instructors, campers have fun with innovative art projects as they gain insight into the creative process and develop their artistic skills. There’s also plenty of outdoor playtime in nearby Grange Park, where the beautifully revitalized facilities round out the full day camp experience for our energetic campers. Supporting this rich and dynamic studio program is an exceptional counselling team who create the fun social experience that only a camp program can provide, encouraging campers to play and make new friends while gaining confidence and exploring new ways of expression.

Please take the time to read through this important camp information. In it you will find everything you need to know for a fun and safe summer at the AGO. Welcome back to our return campers, and for those who are joining us for the first time - we are sure this will be an awesome summer to remember!

General Information

Contact Us

Before July 3 and after August 31, call our Contact Centre:

416-979-6608, contactus@ago.net

 

During the camp season call the Camp Office:

416-979-6660 x 368, Camp.Leads@ago.ca

Camper Absences or Late Arrival

If your child is ill during camp, arriving late or will not be attending for any other reason, please make sure to call the camp office at 416-979-6660 ext. 368 in the morning and talk to a camp staff member or leave a message to let us know.

Location and How To Get Here

The AGO Art Camp is located at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the Weston Family Learning Centre, 317 Dundas Street West.

Click HERE for more info on how to get to the AGO.

First Day of Camp Arrival

8am - Only campers registered for Extended Care.

8:30-9am - All campers.

Please go to the EAST END of the building on McCaul Street just south of Dundas where our visitor services and camp teams will check in your camper(s). Look for camp signage and our staff who will direct you towards camp check in located down the stairs under the covered area (ramp entrance also available).

If you arrive past 9am and do not see our staff on McCaul St, please enter through the main entrance on Dundas Street and go to the Camp Office downstairs on the concourse level. Ask the information desk staff for assistance if needed.

If driving, we suggest you use paid parking on the first day of camp. Please be patient and plan to build in extra time for the first day of camp check in.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up

Morning Drop-Off

EAST end of building, via McCaul Street. Look for AGO staff on McCaul Street for sign in.

8am - Only campers registered for Extended Care (register early, extended care spaces are limited).

8:30-9am - All campers.

If you arrive after 9am and do not see AGO Camp staff on McCaul Street, please enter through the main entrance on Dundas Street and go to the Camp Office downstairs on the concourse level. Ask the information desk staff for assistance if needed.

 

Afternoon Pick-Up

WEST end of building, via Dundas Street. Adults authorized for pick up must enter the AGO and pick up campers down in the Weston Family Learning Centre via stairs or elevator. The only exception is campers authorized to leave on own at 4pm (options for campers aged 11 and up).

Mondays - use main entrance on Dundas Street.

Tuesday to Friday - use the main entrance, or groups entrance, on Dundas Street.

4 pm - All campers.

4-5:30pm - Only campers registered for extended care (register early, extended care spaces are limited).

Extended Care

Extended Care is a pre-registered paid camp option that includes Pre-Care and After-Care. Please call 416 979 6608 to inquire or register. Spaces are limited. We do not have Extended Care space for every camper.

Pre-Care Morning Drop-Off 8am-8:30am. EAST end of building, via McCaul Street.

After-Care Afternoon Pick-Up 4-5:30pm. WEST end of building, via Dundas Street. Downstairs in the Hands-On Centre.

*LATE FEES: Extended Care late fees will apply for pick up every minute past 5:30 pm. The fee is $1 per minute, after the first five minutes.

Parking and Temporary Stopping

Paid Parking Options

•Pay and Display street parking: Beverly Street (south of Dundas, west side) or Beverly Street (north of Dundas Street, east and west side)

•Underground Parking Lot at The Grange - east side of McCaul Street, south of Dundas Street

 

Temporary Stopping - Using AGO Parking Placard (5-10 minutes MAX)

Morning Drop-Off

  •  McCaul Street: west side adjacent to the AGO

From Day 2 of camp onwards, “Kiss and Ride” is in effect on McCaul Street in front of the staff entrance. Campers are greeted and signed in by AGO Camp staff. The “Kiss and Ride” ends promptly at 9 am. If you arrive after 9am and do not see our camp staff on McCaul Street, please enter through the main entrance on Dundas Street and go to the Camp Office downstairs on the concourse level. Ask the information desk staff for assistance if needed.

Afternoon Pick-Up

  • Preferred Location: South side of Dundas Street (from the centre to east end of the building) - marked as AGO Passenger and Bus Loading Zone.
  • Alternate Location: South side of Dundas Street (towards the west end of the building) - marked as AGO No Standing Zone.

DO NOT stop or park on the north side of Dundas Street which is marked NO parking during rush hour, 3:30 to 6:30 pm.

If you are ticketed between 8-9am or 4-5:30pm using your AGO Parking Placard in the above Temporary Stopping designated areas only, please contact the Camp Director, Tiana Roebuck at tiana.roebuck@ago.ca immediately and we will do our best to have the ticket canceled. Again, all drivers must adhere to City of Toronto parking regulations and are subject to fines for parking in non-designated areas. We cannot have tickets waived under these circumstances.

Sign-In & Sign-Out

At the beginning and end of the day, campers are required to sign in and out with Camp Staff for attendance purposes. If your child is allowed to leave on their own, please remind them that they still need to follow this procedure and they can only sign themselves out at 4pm. If you are picking up your child, please do not leave without ensuring that they have been fully signed out with your child’s Counsellor.

*BRING VALID PHOTO ID: Campers will only be released to a designated Parent/Guardian or other authorized adult as specified at registration. All authorized pick-up persons must show valid photo ID everyday (without exception). This is for the safety of all of our campers.

**LATE FEES: A late fee of $25 will be charged for campers who are picked up after 4:20pm and not enrolled in Extended care. There is a one time grace period for late pick-up.

Daily Camp Schedule

Monday - Thursday

8:00 – 8:30am, Pre-Care Drop-Off for campers registered in Extended Care, at staff entrance on McCaul Street.

8:30 – 9:00am, All Camper Drop-Off at staff entrance on McCaul Street.

9:00 – 10:00am, Morning Recreation Period – Campers participate in activities with their Counsellors

10:00am-12:00pm, Morning Studio Time – Artmaking with the Instructors.

12:00-1:00pm, Lunch – All groups have lunch in Grange Park together (weather permitting). After eating, campers play games outside, read or relax.

1:00-3:00pm, Afternoon Studio Time - Artmaking with the Instructors.

3:00 – 3:50pm, Afternoon Recreation Period– Campers participate in activities with their Counsellors.

3:50pm, All groups return to the Education Commons area in the Weston Family Learning Centre for Pick-Up.

4:00pm sharp, Camper Pick-Up downstairs in the Education Commons in the Weston Family Learning Centre – Don’t forget your photo ID!

4:00 – 5:30pm, After-Care Pick-Up downstairs in the Hands-On Centre in the Weston Family Learning Centre – Don’t forget your photo ID!

Friday Exhibition

On the final Friday afternoon of each session, campers put on an awesome exhibition of their artwork! Parents, caregivers, friends and family are invited to the AGO from 3:30 to 4 pm to see the display. Head downstairs to the Weston Family Learning Centre and follow the signs to your campers group location. Please make sure to bring a box or bag so you can easily carry home your child’s art.

Meal Plan

We are pleased to offer a cold Meal Plan for our campers, prepared in the AGO kitchen by our stellar culinary team. We do not recommend the meal plan for campers who are picky eaters. You can order our Non-Vegetarian or Vegetarian Meal Plan and these come in two sizes, regular or large (large includes an additional main). To sign up for meal plan or to specifically request a vegetarian meal plan, call 416 979 6608. Please note: We cannot accommodate campers with food allergies in the meal plan. Check out our Meal Plan menu HERE.

Special Days

Camp-Wide Pizza Days

On the FIRST DAY of every week, there is an optional camp wide Pizza lunch. This lunch is not included in the Meal Plan cost and there is no additional charge. The pizza is cheese and tomato sauce only. We cannot place any special orders. If your child is enrolled in a 2 week camp, they will receive pizza twice - on the first day of both weeks. Campers with food allergies cannot participate in pizza day, please provide a bagged lunch.

Theme Days

Every Thursday campers participate in theme day with camp-wide artmaking and activities for all age groups. Details about specific days will be included in your first day of camp newsletter provided at check-in.

Splash Pad

Campers age 5-10 will have the opportunity once per session to play in the Grange Park splash pad and participate in water-based land activities in the park (weather permitting). Campers age 11-13 will have additional studio time.

1 Week Camps go to the Splash Pad on Wednesday.

2 Week Camps go to the Splash Pad on Wednesday of the SECOND week of camp.

On Splash Pad day, campers who participate must bring a bathing suit, a pair of water shoes, a towel and an extra bag to store these items when wet.

What To Bring and Wear

1. A PEANUT/NUT-FREE lunch. While we cannot guarantee a nut-free camp, as we share public spaces on a daily basis, we make every effort to provide the safest possible environment for all our campers. Please assist us by ensuring your child’s lunch is entirely peanut-free and that campers do not bring food to share with others. Please note: there are no refrigerators or microwaves available for campers and campers are NOT allowed to go off-site to purchase lunch. If you wish to take your child out for lunch, special arrangements must be made in advance by contacting the Camp Office.

2. SUNSCREEN should be applied in the morning before camp (the camp does not provide sunscreen for campers, nor can staff physically assist in application of sunscreen).

3. WATER in a refillable water bottle – labeled with the camper's name on!

4. MESSY CLOTHES or clothes that can get dirty (a light change of clothing is always helpful).

5. CLOSED-TOE SHOES (NO flip-flops or crocs, please)

6. On SPLASH PAD day, campers who participate must bring a bathing suit, a pair of water shoes, a towel and an extra bag to store these items when wet.

Campers age 5-10 will have the opportunity once per session to play in the Grange Park splash pad and participate in water-based land activities in the park (weather permitting). Campers age 11-13 will have additional studio time.

1 Week Camps go to the Splash Pad on Wednesday.

2 Week Camps go to the Splash Pad on Wednesday of the SECOND week of camp.

 

LOST & FOUND

Lost & Found is located in the camp office. At the end of each session, unclaimed items are tagged and handed over to the main AGO lost and found, located at the Coat Check in the Main Entrance lobby. Any campers from previous sessions that are looking for lost items should call the AGO main line to inquire.

We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or missing items and we strongly recommend your child not bring valuables to camp – a cell phone, money, electronic games or personal listening devices, or beloved toys.

Health & Safety

Medical Information

Medical information is completed online at the time of registration to assist your child in the event of an emergency. Any medical information received will be kept confidential, pertinent information shared only with camp staff to provide the greatest level of comfort and security for all campers. Parents/caregivers may be contacted by camp staff if clarification is required; the more information we have, the better we are able to meet a camper’s needs.

If your campers medical information changes closer to the start of camp, please contact us and provide an update.

Medication

All medication taken while at camp must be indicated on medical forms, stored in the camp office (except for epi pens and inhalers) and self-administered by campers under AGO Staff supervision. Camp staff DOES NOT administer any medication to campers. If campers cannot self-administer you must make arrangements to drop by at lunch or an appropriate time to administer medication. Please connect with the camp staff during the first day check in to hand over any required medications to be stored in the camp office.

EpiPens

If your child requires an EpiPen while at camp, you must indicate this in the Medical Form completed during registration. We require that all EpiPens be carried on the camper at all times. We suggest a wearing a fanny pack. Please remind the AGO staff at first day check in of all pertinent information. In the event of an allergic reaction, standard emergency procedures will apply and 911 will be contacted. Protection Services Officers, Counsellors and core Camp Staff are First Aid certified. Campers who arrive without their EpiPen will be unable to participate in camp activities and Parents/caregivers will be asked to immediately pick-up their child or drop-off their EpiPen.

Injuries & Sick Campers

All AGO Camp Counsellors and core staff are trained and certified in first responder first aid. The Protection Services Department is also called upon to deal with all first aid and emergency issues beyond simple cuts and scrapes. If your child is sick at camp, we will do everything we can to attend to them and they will be supervised in our office/first aid room. If your child has a fever, rash, has vomited or has diarrhea, you will be contacted to pick up your camper. Please do not send campers to camp if they have, or may have, any of the following: Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis), Strep Throat, Chicken Pox (Varicella), Lice, Fifth Disease (Erythema Infectiosum), or Hand-Foot and Mouth Disease. Campers suspected to have any of the above will be asked to be picked up. To prevent the spread of viruses, hand washing will be mandatory before and after studio and lunch time. While at camp, campers should be well enough to participate in all regular active camp programming. If you have any questions, you may consult your healthcare provider or call Telehealth Ontario TTY: 1-866-797-0007. Nurses are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day.

Supervision & Group Size

Our staff bring a combination of art expertise and extensive experience working with children to create a safe, active, and fun environment at AGO Art Camp.  All staff have Vulnerable Sector Screening Checks and all counsellors, senior camp staff, and AGO Protection Service Officers are First Aid CPR/AED Certified.  

Maximum group size based on age:

  • 10 camper maximum for 5 year olds
  • 12 camper maximum for ages 6-7
  • 15 camper maximum for ages 8-10 and 11-13.

Our staff to camper ratios are as follows:

  • 6:1 For 5 year olds
  • 8:1 For campers age 6-7
  • 10:1 For campers 8-13

For a successful camp experience, all campers attending AGO Art Camp should be comfortable with this level of supervision.

One-to-One Support

The AGO Art Camp does not provide 1 to 1 support staff for campers. We do welcome campers who will be attending with a support person. Please note this during the registration process, and have proof of Vulnerable Sector Screening on hand. If you have questions about sending your child to camp with a 1 to 1 support worker, please contact us for more information.

Policies

Financial / Registration Policies

  • Customers who withdraw more than 4 weeks prior to the start date of your child’s camp program will be issued a full refund, minus the $30 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals within 4 weeks of the start date of your child’s camp program are eligible for a 50% refund minus the $30 administration fee.
  • After the start of your child’s camp program, there are no refunds for cancellations.
  • The above policy also applies to extended care and meal plan purchases.
  • Medical exceptions require a doctor’s note at the time of the request. • Absence does not constitute a withdrawal.
  • Withdrawal requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.
  • Transfer requests will be considered up to 5 business days prior to the start of your child’s camp program.
  • Transfer requests will be considered based on availability within the desired program, and are subject to a $30 administration fee.
  • Transfer requests must be done by telephone through the Contact Centre at 416-979-6608.
  • A late fee of $25 will be charged for campers who are picked up after 4:20pm and not enrolled in Extended care. There is a one time grace period for late pick-up.
  • A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged for campers who are picked up late from Extended Care (5:35pm and later).

 

Cell Phone & Electronics Policy

We encourage you and your camper/s to think of camp as a time to unplug from electronic devices. We are not responsible for loss or damage to any phones, electronic devices or any other valuables brought to camp. If we see these devices at camp, we will ask campers to put them away. Campers carrying cell phones to connect with parents after camp will be expected to keep the phone off and in their bag or backpack during the day. Campers will not be allowed to use these items during camp, unless with staff permission. If you need to get a message to your child while they are at camp, please call the camp office at 416 979 6660 ext. 368 and we will be happy to relay the message.

 

Code of Conduct

The AGO Art Camp is committed to creating a safe, inclusive and fun learning environment where our camp community, including all campers, families/caregivers, staff and volunteers are given equal opportunity to engage in a positive and welcoming experience in all facets of arts and culture. We aim to create a respectful camp community that is mindful of the rights, needs, and interests of all its members, creating an atmosphere that is inclusive, and physically and emotionally safe. With this commitment, the following Code of Conduct is expected of all members of our camp community at all times during all AGO Summer Art Camp programming.

All AGO Art Camp community members shall:

  • Display respect for the rights, property and safety of themselves, others, and the AGO, with a reasonable standard of care and mindfulness.
  • Participate in creating a positive display of inclusion and respect of all persons in speech, action and behaviour, absent of violence, harassment, racism, intimidation, and discrimination of any kind regardless of and not limited to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, age, ability etc.

Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct may result in removal from AGO Art Camp without refund.

 

Camper Behaviour and Discipline Policy

The AGO strives to create an environment that is safe and fun for all of its members. We expect all campers to behave appropriately and respectfully. The staff and volunteers aim to treat every camper in a manner that encourages inclusivity and self-expression. Should conflict arise, the staff and volunteers reserve the right to take appropriate disciplinary actions. The AGO policy is as follows:

Minor Incidents: In the case of minor incidents the camper will be addressed at the time of the incident by their counsellor and given a friendly but firm verbal warning.

Moderate Incidents: In the case of moderate incidents, like repeatedly refusing to cooperate with camp staff or other campers, or deliberately disruptive behavior, the camper may be removed from the group and they will discuss the incident with a member of the camp staff team (Lead Counsellor, Wellness Counsellor, and/or Camp Director). The parents will be contacted and informed of the incident.

Serious Incidents: In the case of serious incidents, like inappropriate physical behaviour, theft, verbal/physical abuse, or bullying, the camper will discuss their behaviour with the Camp Director. The parents will be contacted and informed of the incident immediately. The camper may be permanently removed from the program without refund.

 

Alcohol, Tobacco & Drug Policy

The Art Gallery of Ontario Summer Art Camp is committed to creating a safe camp environment that promotes positive health and wellness for our staff, volunteers, campers and their families/caregivers. As a result, the use of alcohol, tobacco and other non-prescription drugs is prohibited in the camp environment and may result in the permanent removal from the camp without refund.

 

Our Team

Camp Director

Tiana Roebuck

416 979 6660 ext. 220

tiana.roebuck@ago.ca

Tiana Roebuck is thrilled to be returning to the AGO Art Camp for her second year as Camp Director. Tiana is the year round Assistant Manager of Children and Youth Studio Learning at the AGO and holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She spent her childhood at both day and overnight camps and relishes the opportunity to combine her love of art and creative exploration with the zany, wild, fun world of camp!

Lead Counsellors

Sarah Dalglish and Niamh Gyulay

416 979 6660 ext. 368

Camp.leads@ago.ca

Sarah Dalglish is a returning Co-Lead counselor, as well as a recent graduate of Queen’s University where she studied art history and business. This is her second summer at the AGO Art Camp, but has previous experience working at an overnight summer camp in Algonquin Park. Sarah is looking forward to another summer at the AGO!

Niamh Gyulay is a returning Co-Lead counselor, and fourth year advertising student at OCAD University. She is excited to be returning to camp for an eighth summer at the AGO, and has been a lifelong summer camper, and is excited for a fun-filled summer!

Wellness Counsellor

Erin McKrow

416 979 6660 ext. 368

Wellness.Counsellor@ago.ca

Erin McKrow is excited to join the Art Gallery of Ontario as a Wellness Counsellor for the summer of 2018. Erin has been a part of the camp team since 2014 as a volunteer and has been a committed camp counsellor for the past three summers! She is a third year health sciences student at Ryerson University and looks forward to a fun and creative camp season!

Camp Counsellors

Our team is comprised of returning and new Counsellors who are fully trained and eager to bring their leadership, enthusiasm and specialized skills to your campers summer experience. Counsellors are supported by a strong team of youth volunteers as well as our AGO administrative staff and Protection Service Officers.

  • Elise Cloutier
  • Elspeth Eberlee
  • Noel Herbert
  • Keenan Livingstone
  • Sarah Maraschiello
  • Samantha Milling
  • Ariella Polisuk
  • Brianna Ramagnano
  • Christine Tropak
  • Atchaya Chandrabalan

Art Instructors

Our studio instructors are all practicing professional artists with extensive teaching experience who strive to provide creative and fun studio environment for your camper.

  • Janine Lindgren
  • Daphne McCormack
  • Olia Mishchenko
  • Joanne Lau
  • Melissa Pauw
  • Kasia Ulbin
  • Amanda Arcuri
  • Daniel Hunt
  • Joey Suriano
  • Darren Van Dyk
  • Maureen Da Silva
  • Kassandra Reich
  • Kimberly Edgar
  • Brianna Graham
  • Dave Lapp

Please note: Staff are subject to change without notification

Ontario Camps Association

As an Ontario Camps Association (OCA) accredited camp we are illustrating that we continuously meet industry standards with the utmost safety and care of campers, staff, parents, and guardians in mind. The OCA, throughout its 80+ year history, has been recognized worldwide as a leader in organized camping. The OCA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that draws its membership from camps, individuals and like-minded organizations and agencies, all devoted to maintaining high standards for organized camping, and to sharing information and ideas that maintain these standards. With our strong commitment to the safety, inclusion and enjoyment of our campers and their families/caregivers, our values and standards mindfully overlap with those of the OCA.

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