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About Our Camps

            

All Camps

  • Camp Values
  • Creative Kids Funding
  • Registration

 Virtual Camps ONLY

  • Camp Schedule
  • Communications
  • Curriculum Planning Guidelines
  • Zoom Basics
  • Zoom Ground Rules

In Person Camps ONLY

  • COVID-19 Campus e-Training for Students, Faculty, Staff, Contractors, and Visitors
  • CPA COVID Camp Waiver
  • UR Camp Protocols Summer 2021
  • What to Expect at the In Person Conservatory Creative Camps 
  • What Happens If My Child is Sick?
  • What Happens If Our Staff are Sick?    

 

ALL CAMPS

Camp Values

  • Safety - we value the emotional, physical, and mental safety of all children who attend our camps.
  • Creativity - our camps encourage creative expression in a variety of art forms and are lots of fun!
  • Integrity - we help students develop creative work that gives them pride, challenging them to strengthen their abilities and confidence as growing artists.
  • Quality Education - our camps provide a nurturing, exploratory, and cooperative learning environment led by experienced and qualified artists and educators.
  • Inclusivity - we want children of all backgrounds and skill levels to feel valued and respected while attending our camps. In addition, for families with financial barriers, funds may be available from Creative Kids Saskatchewan. Visit CreativeKidsSask.ca for more details.

Creative Kids Funding

For families with financial need, you can apply to funding from Creative Kids Saskatchewan. We can’t register a child in our programs until the funding is approved. However, you should contact our Student Services Office, so, we can take your child’s name and your contact information and create a customer account for you. Creative Kids will send you a letter if your funding is approved and our Student Services Office also receives a list of approved students. If we have a client account for you, we will contact you when we receive this list. Otherwise, you can contact our Student Services Office when you receive your letter. The Program Coordinator has guaranteed that there will be spots in camps for families that receive Creative Kids funding. 

Registration

Links to register for our camps can be found on our Day Camp pages or you can head to our Online Registration System to search for camps and classes. If you are having any problems with registration and creating your online account, you can contact our Student Services Non-Credit Office. During registration you will be asked to sign a waiver, which includes our withdrawal/refund policy. The most up-to-date policies can be found on our Student Services Non-Credit Policies page. If a camp is already full, you can request to be added to a wait list in our Online Registration System or by contacting our Student Services Office. Don't hesitate to join our wait lists because if there is enough interest and we can find staff and space/timeslots, we will add instructors or sessions to expand registration. 

VIRTUAL CAMPS

Camp Schedule (Summer Camps Only)

Daily 9:30-10:30am Ages 6-8 Camps Lesson
Daily 10:30am-noon Ages 11-14 Camps Lesson
Daily 1:00-2:30pm Ages 8-12 Camps Lesson
Daily 2:30-4:00pm Ages 13-16 Camps Lesson
Last Day only 6:00-7:00pm Friday Camp Presentations

Communications

No later than one business day prior to the start of camps, you will be e-mailed information about how to log-in into your account in CCE Community (your child's online classroom and where Zoom links will be located). These are automated messages sent from sis.noncredit@uregina.ca (please add this e-mail as an approved sender in order for the message to avoid going to your spam/junk folder). If you haven't received your log-in credentials please contact our Student Services Non-Credit Office. A welcome message from your child's instructor, a day-to-day schedule break-down, recommended materials, ideal space set-up, and anything your child may need to prepare before camp will be posted in this online classroom. Please note: if camps do not reach our minimum enrollment targets (or roughly 5-7 students), they are cancelled. We will let you know if the course is at risk of cancellation 2 weeks before the camp session. Camps that have not reached minimum enrollment 1 week before the start date will be cancelled and full refunds issued.

Curriculum Planning Guidelines

  • Interactive - we sing, dance, learn, play, collaborate, connect and move! These are not your typical Zoom meetings!
  • Responsive - we engage your child in two-way communication in arts activities. Unlike a simple video, our camp staff give campers immediate feedback that encourages them to keep thinking creatively.
  • Structured - our camps do NOT substitute as childcare (example: parents/guardians must be in the home during the camp sessions), but we build routine with your child and give them tasks to help them realize they have everything they need at home to be creative.
  • Imaginative - we think outside the little box on our screen. We also give you and your child ideas to continue learning and growing creatively away from a screen.
  • Friendly - with our small class sizes, your child can socialize and meet new friends affirming their interests and love for being creative.

Zoom Call Basics

All video conferencing for Virtual Camps will be done through Zoom. You don’t need to download a program onto your computer (web based service) but you will need to download the app if using a smart device. It is available for free in Google Play or the App Store. Families will be required to have a microphone and web cam to engage with the camps; these come standard on most tablets, smart phones, and laptops but may not be available on a desktop computer without purchasing an external microphone or camera. Check your devices before your first class to ensure you have the proper equipment.

Watch these short instructional videos for joining Zoom based on the device your child will be using for calls: Computer/Laptop OR Smart Device (Cell Phone, Tablet, etc). Our Student Services Non-Credit Office has drop-in sessions available for anyone interested in testing Zoom before your camp. Go to Zoom Support.

Zoom Call Ground Rules

These rules guide all calls for the Conservatory of Performing Arts programming. In all cases if you are experiencing technical issues with Zoom or experienced an emergency while on a Zoom call, please contact Student Services Non-Credit

This information is in PDF form, as well: Zoom Information for Camp FamiliesFile

  1. Closed Calls & Meeting Links: Zoom calls will be closed and are only allowed for registered participants and approved staff and volunteers. Do NOT share your link or meeting ID with anyone else, as this puts all families at risk for potentially harmful intruders. If you believe any unauthorized person has gained access to the private meeting link, please inform our Student Services Non-Credit Office immediately.
  2. Dressing Appropriately: Families are expected to ensure their child is appropriately dressed. If you have an old “I heart the arts” camp shirt, wear it to show your Creative Camp pride! Please avoid dressing your child in clothing with potentially offensive text/patterns/images/designs. If any campers are wearing clothing that is not appropriate, we will turn off the camper’s video immediately and ask family in the household to resolve the situation.
  3. Electronic Equipment: It is your responsibility to provide any equipment needed for virtual programs, such as a computer, tablet, internet access, headset, earphones, microphone, web cam, etc. If you are unsure if you have the proper equipment for Zoom calls please contact Student Services Non-Credit.
  4. Emergencies: In the event you are transmitting from a space that is experiencing a fire or emergency situation where you and your child need to evacuate, if possible, please inform the camp staff on the Zoom call about the emergency and leave the call immediately. Do NOT stay on the Zoom call if your safety is at risk. Please ensure your family has an emergency procedure in your home or knows your apartment/condo building’s emergency procedure and muster points. Contact Student Services Non-Credit if you experienced an emergency during the session and were unable to join the Zoom call.
  5. Optimize Quality of Meeting: It is recommended that you do not have any other windows/tabs/programs open on your device to avoid connection delays/issues. If possible, ensure other people in the home are limiting their Wi-Fi use, especially on any kind of streaming service (example: Netflix).
  6. Screenshots & Recordings: In School's Out Camps, there will be no screenshots or recordings made. For weeklong camps, parents/guardians will be asked to respond to a survey (see grey box above) indicating if their child may be in either a screenshot and/or video record for the purposes of our camps (ex: theatre camps will do a recorded performance on Zoom then the video will be edited to present to families). Before either a screenshot or a recording happens, instructors will inform participants. If families do not wish for their children to be in the picture or the recording for any purposes during camp, you can simply turn off your child’s camera and mic or teach them to do this in all instances an instructor indicates they will be recording. Instructors will inform the room when the recording is stopped. It is solely the parent/guardian’s responsibility to take any necessary steps to prevent their child being recorded.
  7. Setting-up Your Camera & Background: Families are expected to ensure that the camera that they are using does not show inappropriate things in their homes. Families are required to have your child’s back against (or camera facing) either:
    • a blank or non-descript wall/background
    • a wall with camp drawings/activities posted
    • an approved virtual backdrop
    If we notice something on your child’s video that we determine is not appropriate, we will turn off the camper’s video immediately and ask family in the household to resolve the situation.
  8. Social Media Usage: Your child will never be asked to use social media (ex: Facebook, Snapchat, etc) with staff during camp sessions. All communications will happen in CCE Community. For weeklong camps, parents will be asked to respond to a survey (see grey box above) that their child may be in either a screenshot and/or video record and if that photo or video can be shared on the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Art’s social media and used by the University of Regina Centre for Continuing Education for promotional purposes. If you indicated “no” to either of these, your child’s photo or video will not be shared publicly.
  9. Supervision: Parents retain full supervisory responsibility for any and all activities that happen as a part of our camps and the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts is NOT providing supervision for children. Please note that in the waiver you signed for participation during registration, you indicated you were aware we were not providing supervision for your child. The full waiver is available on your receipt and in your online account.
  10. Waiting Room: We are requiring instructors to wait for at least 2 children before admitting them to the classroom from the waiting room. We recommend joining the meeting and waiting room no later than 5 minutes in advance of the class to ensure your connection is working properly and your child is ready to go!

IN PERSON CAMPS

Before any child or family comes to campus for camps you are required to read and complete the following e-training Module which will acquaint you to the hazards and risks of COVID-19, provide awareness about COVID-19, provide current safety guidelines for minimizing your exposure, and provide instruction on how to choose and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly.

Read and Complete the e-Training: COVID-19 Campus e-Training for Students, Faculty, Staff, Contractors, and Visitors

When you register your child in ActiveNet for an in person camp you will be asked to accept both our typical course waiver and our new CPA COVID Camp Waiver. It is important to understand the risks with coming to campus and choosing to do any in person activities at this time.

Read the New Waiver: CPA COVID Camp Waiver

The University of Regina has also adopted new campus-wide camp policies and protocols related to COVID-19. There is a PDF with this information, but it will also be written out in the yellow box below.

Read the New Protocols: UR Camp Protocols Summer 2021

Six Essential Protocols

  1. Mask usage is mandatory.
  2. Activities will be outdoors when possible. Dress according to the weather.
  3. Cleaning protocols are in place.
  4. If a camps has symptoms* - stay home and notify the camp.
  5. If a camper tests positive for COVID-19 - stay home and notify the camp.
  6. If a camper shows/reports symptoms* they will be taken to a designate isolation area.

*Symptoms of COVID-19 include: chills conjunctivitis (pink eye), cough, diarrhea, fatigue, fever >38 C, muscle or body aches, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, runny nose.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, it is important to note that all summer and day camp programming is subject to change and/or cancellation with minimal notice.

What to Bring to Camp

  1. A minimum of 2 masks (they will be changed at least every 4 hours, or if they become wet or soiled).
  2. Water bottle (filling stations are available, no drinking fountains available).
  3. A snack & lunch that campers can open and eat independently.
  4. Appropriate dress for the activities is required, including appropriate shoes and a hat.
  5. Personal bottles of sunscreen and bug spray.

Sign In/Out Procedures

  1. Photo ID will be required upon sign out.
  2. Staff will check campers in/out. Only one guardian is permitted at the drop-off/pick-up locations.
  3. Any person dropping-off/picking-up your child must be registered prior to doing so.
  4. Sign in/out will be handled outdoors in a designated location (information will be provided prior to the start of camp).
  5. Spectators are not permitted to attend any programming, even if the program occurs outdoors.

 

What to Expect at the In Person Conservatory Creative Camps

Camp sizes are a maximum of 8 children with 2 staff members. One staff is the instructor and the other is an assistant. Since cohorts will only have a maximum of 2 staff for the full day, there is no extended early drop-off and late pick-up available.

Early Drop-off 8:45-9:00am
Camp Day 9:00am-4:00pm
Late Pick-up 4:00-4:15pm

 

It is important that you or your family arrives on time for drop-off and pick-up, as we will not enter the building until all students arrive and our staff need time after late pick-up for disinfection protocols in the classroom. If you know you will be late please contact creative.camp@uregina.ca. The list of approved sign-in/sign-out family members and family friends will be submitted by you through an online questionnaire in CCE Community, our online classroom platform. If you are taking multiple weeks of camp, you will have to resubmit this information each week, as our instructors and assistants will only have access to the surveys in the online classrooms they are teaching throughout the summer. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Cohorts will not be mixing on campus and will use different entrances, classrooms, outdoor spaces, and washrooms at the College Avenue Campus (2155 College Avenue) based on the activities they are doing. Parents/guardians will not be allowed in the campus building. At the entry points for camps, there will be phone numbers listed on a sandwich board that you can call if you need to pick-up your child early.

Whenever possible, please try to register siblings in the same camp, please contact our Student Services Non-Credit Office to ask about age exemptions. Due to the small class sizes and inability to mix cohort, there will be no multi-camp or sibling discounts available this summer. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Each camp cohort will be assigned a colour (green, yellow, or red), which will be communicated in your child's classroom in CCE Community. Both your child's pick-up/drop-off location and their classrooms will be colour coded. There will be no camp t-shirts this year, instead each camper will receive a branded "i heart the arts" mask lanyard that is colour coded for their group. The colour coding is to ensure campers in the different cohorts do not mix. We are asking that your child wear this lanyard each day at camp to help us distinguish camper groups.

Find the Drop-off/Pick-up Zones on a Map: Colour Coded Drop-off/Pick-up Areas

Information about your child's camp will be in CCE Community. This is the place where we will track sign-in/out, update information about protocols, let you know what is happening at camp each day, and more. If you are new and have not taken any remote courses since fall 2020 at the Conservatory, we will create your account and you will be e-mailed information about how to log-in into your account in CCE Community. This takes about 1-2 business days after your register. These login details are automated messages sent from sis.noncredit@uregina.ca (please add this e-mail as an approved sender in order for the message to avoid going to your spam/junk folder). If you haven't received your log-in credentials please contact our Student Services Non-Credit Office. If you have been involved in our remote programs in 2020-21, you will use the same login credentials you have been using all year.

We are a nut-free camp, please do not pack foods with nuts. Please also try to pack lunches that do not require access to a miccrowave. Whenever possible, meals will be eaten outdoors and unmasked campers will be distanced more than 2 meters or 6 feet from one another. In the case of inclement weather, meals will be eaten indoors away from the activity area in a separate lunch room. To reduce the risks, kids will eat either alone or in sibling/bubble pairs while eating indoors unmasked.

Unlike previous years, there will be no performances at camps and campers will be working on individual tasks instead of ensemble projects. In person camps have been given generic arts themes in order for us to prepare a variety of individual activities that will not require a performance element. What you can expect is the same spark of your child's creativity all week as we work on a variety of fun arts activities, the structure will just be unlike what families may be familiar with our pre-2020 in person camp programming.

Camp staff have been scheduled with full two weeks from one camp to another whenever possible (ex: an instructor/assistant teaching team the week of Jul 5 will not be campus again until Jul 26) to ensure they can properly isolate in the case that we had a positive COVID-19 case to ensure they are not returning to the classroom with a new group of students while being potentially infectious.

What Happens If My Child is Sick or Has Symptons?

Before the first camp day: If for any reason before the first day of camp, your family is required to isolate or your child has any symptoms listed in the yellow table above and you cannot attend the camp week, please contact sis.noncredit@uregina.ca to let them know. We will provide you options of virtual programs your child can participate in for the week. If there are no virtual programs of interest, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 admin fee and the next person on the waitlist will be contacted to join the camp.

After your child has attended one or more days of the program: If your child attends any amount of days and shows symptoms at home before the next day at camp, please e-mail creative.camp@uregina.ca to inform camp staff, as well as, contacting our Health, Safety and Wellness team: health.safety@uregina.ca or call 306-337-2370, as they will provide information with further directions about what to do. If you would like to continue learning with the camp, we will prepare for a hybrid delivery and the instructor will use a webcam in the classroom where you can tune in throughout the day using Zoom to work together through lessons at home. With the short camp length (4-5 days), we ask that your child does not return if they have been sick with COVID-19 symptoms throughout the week.

If your child shows symptons during the camp day: Your child will be isolated from all other campers in a designated room and you will be contacted to come pick-up your child. When you return home please contact our Health, Safety and Wellness team: health.safety@uregina.ca or call 306-337-2370, as they will provide information with further directions about what to do. If you would like to continue learning with the camp, we will prepare for a hybrid delivery and the instructor will use a webcam in the classroom where you can tune in throughout the day via Zoom to work together through lessons at home. With the short camp length (4-5 days), we ask that your child does not return if they have COVID-19 symptoms throughout the week.

What Happens If Our Staff are Sick or Have Symptoms?

Before the first camp day: If a staff member has symptoms and a substitute is unable to be found before the first day of camp, your child's in person camp will be cancelled and families will be asked if they want to transfer into one of our virtual programs. If there are no virtual programs of interest, you will be refunded in full.

After your child has attended one or more days of the program: Our staff will contact our Health, Safety and Wellness team: health.safety@uregina.ca or call 306-337-2370, as they will provide information with further directions about what to do. We will communicate with families as soon as we know we need to transition to remote delivery for the remainder of the week. All remote delivery procedures as noted above for Virtual Camps will apply. Since it is unrealistic to have your child on a 7 hour Zoom call, we will move to two daily 1.5 hour check-in times to keep your child engaged in the planned activities from: 10-11:30am and 1:30-3:00pm. Zoom call links will be added in all classrooms before the first day, in the case that we need to move to remote learning with short notice.

If our staff becomes ill during the camp day: Our staff who is showing symptoms will self-isolate away from children and ensure the other staff is available to monitor campers alone for the remainder of the day. Our staff will contact our Health, Safety and Wellness team: health.safety@uregina.ca or call 306-337-2370, as they will provide information with further directions about what to do. If we are unable to find a substitute instructor, as we require two staff in cohorts for proper breaks, we will transition to remote delivery as noted above.

In all situations above, if your child will be unable to join for the remainder of the week remotely, you will be refunded prorated based on how many days your child attended, minus a $25 admin fee.

For all other withdrawals unrelated to illness or COVID-19, our usual Withdrawal Policy will apply.

We are working to make this the best summer for your camper and we are looking forward to meeting with you again in person!

Still have questions or concerns? Please contact the Conservatory Program Coordinator, Erika Folnović.