Day Camp - FAQs
- Where is the camp located?
- What are the camp hours?
- Do you offer before and after camp care?
- Can the camp accommodate children with special needs?
- Can my child be in a group with his/her friends?
- Do you provide lunch or snacks?
- Will my child learn to swim at camp?
- My child cannot swim, how do you ensure their safety?
- My child’s medical information/swim level has changed since I submitted my form, can I change it?
- What are your counsellor-to-camper ratio’s?
- What if I need to cancel a session?
A: Zodiac Day Camp runs out of the Leo Baeck Day School (South Campus) located at 501 Arlington Avenue, near Allen and Eglinton. We also have access to and make use of the beautiful, adjacent Cedarvale Park. Zodiac's instructional swim lessons run out of Forest Hill Collegiate Institute located near Bathurst and Eglinton.
A: The camp day runs from 8:45 am-4:00 pm. Campers being driven to/from camp are typically brought to camp any time between 8:30 and 8:45 am and picked up between 4:00 and 4:30 pm. See our “Extended Care” section for additional, flexible options and information.
A: Yes, Zodiac Day Camp offers FREE extended care in each of our sessions for full-day campers. You can bring your full-day child camp as early as 7:45 am, and pick up as late as 5:45 pm. Zodiac Day Care Half-Day children can be dropped off as early as 7:45 am but after care is not available for Day Care children.
A: Zodiac Day Camp is committed to providing excellence and accessibility in its camp programming to campers and staff. Persons with exceptionalities are welcomed, included and supported at the camp and the camp endeavours to meet the special needs of such individuals to the best of its abilities. For more information about our Inclusion Policy, please see the “Inclusion” section of our website.
A: We will make a strong effort to fulfill requests of campers to be placed with friends (the same or similar age) registered in the same program.
A. Zodiac provides a morning snack for all programs and afternoon snack for all full-day Zodiac Campers. Full-Day (and Three-Quarter Day Zodiac Day Care) campers are welcome to bring their lunch from home or take advantage of our delicious catered lunch program.
A: Yes! All Zodiac Day Care, Kid-Vantage and Specialty Campers will receive a daily instructional swim lesson at our nearby Forest Hill C.I. pool. Progress reports will be provided to campers who are registered in two or more sessions.
A: Safety in general and certainly at the pool is our number one priority. Campers are broken into swim groups based on age and swim level (we will assess those with no previous formal instruction to ensure appropriate placement). We use small ratios in all of our classes to ensure both safety and a higher quality swim lesson. All of our instructors are fully certified and attend staff training sessions before and throughout the summer.
Campers enter the pool at the shallow end with their counsellors and are walked to each of their instructors. We use tot tables in the shallow end so that our younger campers are able to stand safety in the water and ensure that the deep end is marked off with lane ropes. We further ensure safety by having our counsellors go into each class as an extra set of eyes to ensure camper safety between turns.
A. Once forms are submitted they cannot be edited through the parent portal. Please contact the Camp Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide any updates. The Camp Office will ensure your child’s form is updated and that new information is received by the nurse or swim directing team.
A. As an Ontario Camps Association (OCA) accredited camp that also offers a Ministry of Education licensed day care program, we are require to meet specific ratios within our camp setting. Zodiac puts camper safety above all else and maintains ratios that exceed both the OCA and Ministry of Education requirements. The minimum ratio for each of our programs are as follows: Adult & Tot (1:9), Day Care (1:4), Pre Kid-Vantage (1:4), Kid-Vantage (1:6), Specialty (1:6), LEAD/CIT (1:15).
At Zodiac, we recognize that plans may change and you may need to withdraw your child from a Zodiac camp program. If written notice of a cancellation is received more than one week prior to the start of the session in question, a full refund less the administrative charge noted below, per camper for each cancelled session will be available by October, 2019. There will, however, be no refunds or credits if there is no written notice, or if notice is received less than one week prior to the session in question.
|Program||Admin Fee Before April 15, 2019||Admin Fee On or After April 15, 2019|
|1-Week K-V/Specialty/ PK||$85.00||$170.00|
|1-Week LEAD/CIT/Half or Three-Quarter Day Care||$42.50||$85.00|
|1-Week Half-Day Adult & Tot||$20.00||$40.00|