Frequently Asked Questions
What ages of children can attend camp?
Children who are 5 years old and going to Kindergarten in September 2023 up to going into Grade 6 are invited to register.
What are your hours?
Camp hours are 9:00am – 4:30pm, with early drop off available starting at 7:30 AM and late pickup until 5:25 PM. Late pickup fees of $15 for every 15 minutes or portion thereof apply after 5:25 PM.
What do I need to bring?
Please see the full list of items to bring each and every day here: What to Bring
LUNCH: Please ensure that lunches and snacks are nut-free and that hot food is in a thermos. We will not have access to a microwave.
SUNSCREEN: As sunscreen is mandatory due to government regulations, if you forget your child’s lotion sunscreen, we will provide your child with the centre’s sunscreen. This is the brand we have on standby for the children: “Banana Boat Kids – 60 SPF- Hypoallergenic”. If you do NOT want this brand being used by your child, please ensure you send sunscreen for your child.
What is the attendance policy when my child is sick?
All licensed child care programs are mandated by Alberta Health Services that sick children are to be sent home and need to be symptom-free for 24 hours (without medication such as Tylenol) before they are eligible to return to the program.
Do you do field trips?
Our Summer Camp Team is currently researching options for field trips to enhance our already very exciting camp options. Should we get enough interest from registered families, we may offer field trip options. Field trip costs would be an extra charge.
Do you accept subsidy?
Given that we are a licensed childcare provider, families who join us for at least one month in the summer are eligible for a subsidy rebate. A rebate means that families are required to pay for camp fees upfront. Once the government processes your subsidy payment, we will pass the funds on to you. Here is how the process works:
- Register your child for camp.
- Pay the regular fees (25% upon registration and 100% by June 1)
- Apply for a subsidy on this website: Alberta Child Care Subsidy, or contact the subsidy office to transfer your existing subsidy to Global Aware Care Blackmud or Savaryn.
- We will be notified of your approval by the government and will submit your child’s attendance hours on your behalf (July hours are reported the first week of August, August hours are reported the first week of September). Once we receive your subsidy payment from the government (funds for July are typically received mid-Aug, funds for August are typically received mid-September), we will pass that money on to you, less a $25 subsidy processing fee (per transaction).
- Note that we are not responsible for government subsidy processing errors and if we are required to process additional transactions, additional processing fees of $25 per transaction will apply.
- All correspondence about your subsidy should be directed to the government.
Will you provide a tax receipt?
A 2023 childcare expense receipt will be issued to you by February 28, 2024. These receipts will be emailed
from firstname.lastname@example.org to the email address that you provided when you registered your child.
Parents are advised to add email@example.com to their email program contact list/safe sender list;
otherwise, the email may be filtered into a junk/spam folder. Replacement receipts (including name or address changes) are subject to an additional charge of $30.
Are you an inclusive program?
We are an inclusive program and welcome children of all abilities whose needs we are able to meet at our 15 children to 1 Educator ratio.
If your child needs extra support at camp to safely participate in group activities and follow leader instructions, please arrange for an aide to accompany your child. We recognize that arranging an aide takes extra time and money, so as part of our commitment to include all children at camp, children who bring an aide receive 50% off the rate that they would normally pay. In order to accept your child, we do need to complete a mandatory assessment (free of charge) with at least one parent/guardian, your child and your aide at least one month in advance of your child’s first day of camp. Please contact us to arrange this as soon as possible to ensure that we can meet the needs of your child.
Due to childcare staffing shortages across Alberta, we do not have additional staff on hand to support children with additional needs. If our certified and experienced childcare leaders believe that your child needs an aide and does not bring one, we will contact you to pick up your child from the program. Your child is welcome to rejoin when he/she has an aide. You will receive a credit (not a refund) for the camp days that you have missed while arranging for an aide, to be used before September 1, 2023, subject to availability. Please set your child up for success so that we can include them in our group care program!
Will you administer medication to my child during camp?
No, we are sorry that we are not able to accept this extra responsibility. Please work with your child’s doctor to plan a medication administration schedule outside of camp hours. If your child must have prescription medication administered during camp hours, you will be required to come administer the medication to your child.
Please also note that as per Child Care Licensing, we need to know if your child takes medication on a regular basis. Failure to disclose this information on your child’s online registration form jeopardizes the safety of your child in our program and may result in the cancellation of your child’s camp registration.