For the summer of 2022 lunch will not be provided. We request that all campers bring a packed lunch with them as they will not have the opportunity to leave the building to purchase lunch. We also recommend packing extra snacks for the morning and afternoon breaks as well as plenty of drinks for the day.
The majority of summer camps include a 30-40 min recreational swim (based on operational availability).
Full-day Camps: Everyday (pending availability)
Exceptions: University Prospects Volleyball & Soccer Camp will not swim every day.
Camp Swims divide Western University’s 50m pool into a 10m shallow area that is 1.35m (4.4 ft) deep, and a 15m deep area that is 3.4m (11.15 ft) deep. The temperature of the pool is kept at 83 °F.
All camp swims are supervised by NLS Certified lifeguards and First-Aid/CPR trained camp staff. For every 30 campers in the pool, there is 1 lifeguard. In addition, there is a 1:6 ratio of junior campers (ages 5-7) to counsellors in the pool, and a 1:8 ratio of senior campers (ages 8-11) to counsellors in the pool area at all times.
In order to participate in camp swims, all campers will be required to pass a swim test on the first designated swim-day. They will swim the width of the shallow-end of pool (20m) on their belly, preferably with their face in the water the entire time but must demonstrate comfort with their face in the water at least once – and without complete exhaustion. Counsellors are present in the water to supervise and assist if necessary.
Any camper who does not pass the test will be required to wear a life jacket, regardless of whether he/she has passed any swimming levels. Whether a child passes a swim test is at the sole discretion of the trained lifeguard on duty. When the camper is dropped off on their first day please confirm life jacket requirements with his/her counsellor.
If you would prefer that your child wear a life jacket at all times, please indicate so during online registration or on the registration form.
*Please Note: Pool side activities will be provided and supervised should a camper decide not to swim on a given day.
Sport Western is committed to the inclusion of all campers. If your child requires additional support in order to attend camp, please e-mail email@example.com or contact us at 519.661.2007 prior to completing registration.
We are dedicated to providing all campers with an environment that will encourage social and physical development and must ensure that staffing resources are sufficient to accomplish this goal. Occasionally, additional support outside of our camp staff is required and our camp coordinator may request that you provide this support.
If accommodations are deemed sufficient to ensure a safe and enjoyable camp experience you will be asked to proceed with the registration process indicating their needs during online registration or on the registration form.
Allergies: If your child has any allergies, in particular food allergies, we ask that you to please note this during online registration or on your child’s registration form. We will make every attempt to accommodate their needs. However, we are unable control all of the factors, such as food or environment, that campers may be exposed to at camp. Our counselors will pay close attention to any allergies/medical concerns identified during the registration process. Please identify any allergies/medical concerns
Medication: If your child needs medication, please indicate this on the registration form. It is extremely important to disclose any medication that your child may need to bring with them to camp (epipens, inhalers, prescriptions etc.). Any camper requiring medication will be required to fill out Sport Westerns’ Authorization for Administration/Storage/Supervision of Prescription Medication
For the safety and security of all campers, the camp drop-off and pick-up area will be located at the HURON FLATS PARKING LOT, in close proximity to the Western Student Recreation Centre.
Please visit http://www.uwo.ca/parking/visitormap.pdf to familiarize yourself with the HURON FLATS PARKING LOT (Lot S) location.
Drop-off (AM & FULL DAY campers): 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Pick-up (AM campers): 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Drop-off (PM campers): 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Pick-up (PM & FULL DAY campers): 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Campers will be supervised by Sport Western counsellors until their authorized pick-up person arrives.
To ensure the safety of each one of our campers, all authorized pick-up persons must have valid Photo ID to sign-out campers. Valid Photo ID is required for pick up EVERY DAY.
*Please note: You will not be allowed to sign out your camper if you do not produce a valid Photo ID, or you are not listed as an authorized pick-up person.
We will not be offering early or late supervision programs for the summer of 2022.
At Sport Western we utilize the following ratios: 1 counsellor for every 6-8 campers in our junior camps (Ages 5-7) & 1 counsellor for every 8-10 campers in our senior camps (Ages 8+).
Yes, your child can bring their own sport equipment to camps. Please note that they will be responsible for keeping track of any items they bring with them.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: child’s name, date item was lost, camp the child attended, and a thorough description of the lost item (colour, size, possible location, etc.). Items can be picked up at the Sport Western office, located on the third floor of the Western Recreation Centre. Please call /email ahead of time to organize a time to pick up any lost belongings. Ensure the item is picked up before September 30. After this date, all items will be donated to a local charity. Please label all items coming to camp (e.g. bathing suit, towel, and lunch bag). Campers are reminded NOT to bring items of value that are not required at camp (e.g. Cell phones, watches, and excessive amounts of money), as valuable items are at risk of being lost or stolen at camp.
In compliance with our Code of Conduct, Parent(s)/Guardian(s) please ensure your camper meets the requirements of our Camp Ready Checklist.
According to the Child Development Institute (CDI), each child develops at their own pace. Being “camp ready” means that your child is able to understand behaviours and actions that are reasonably expected of a camper at that age. Your child must be able to:
* It is also our expectation that all campers attending Sport Western are adequately toilet-trained. Although counsellors will always escort children to washroom facilities before, after, and during activities (if necessary), they will not be expected to provide hands-on assistance.
Sport Western is dedicated to fostering a safe and welcoming environment that is committed to celebrating all differences among our campers. In order to provide a respectful and inclusive environment, Sport Western has implemented a Code of Conduct to ensure the well-being of each camper.
As campers at Sport Western you have the right to feel safe and supported by your fellow campers and camp staff. You have the right to be treated with respect, and in return you must treat others with respect. To help ensure all fellow campers are treated with dignity, all campers must follow the Sport Western Code of Conduct and take part in our five core values.
CAMPERS MUST NOT
If any camper is unable to follow the code of conduct and compromises our ability to provide a safe and inclusive environment to our campers and/or camp staff, disciplinary actions will be put into place. Camp staff will discuss with parent(s) or guardian(s) the best solution to the problem.
All campers are required to participate and engage in the “Hands-Off” policy during camp at Sport Western. Examples of actions that will not be tolerated are as follows:
We ask all parents/guardians to help communicate this message to their children to help them prepare for camp. Please note, there will be absolutely no refunds for any days missed if the camper engaged in any violent behaviour.
As this is a Zero Tolerance Policy, consequences can result is the suspension or termination of their time at Sport Western for the entirety of the camp program.
Sport Western values the important roles parent(s) and guardian(s) bring to our camp experience. They too can help our camp in providing a safe and inclusive environment by:
All parent(s) and guardians are expected to:
Please note: Our staff are trained to contact Campus Police if they feel a threat to their personal safety or the safety of others.
If any parent is unable to follow the code of conduct and compromises our ability to provide a safe and inclusive environment to our campers and/or camp staff, disciplinary actions will be put into place. Camp staff will discuss with parent(s) or guardian(s) the best solution to the problem.
Please ensure that your camper is checked for head lice prior to their arrival at Sport Western.
If you suspect that your child has head lice prior to the beginning of camp, please notify Sport Western immediately.
If any camper is suspected to have lice:
Please view the Middlesex-London Health Unit for further information regarding head lice: https://www.healthunit.com/head-lice