Summer Camp 2018

July 3 to August 31
9 Weeks

Boys & Girls Aged 4 through 12

General Information

At KGC we understand the importance of physical activity in a child’s development. Gymnastics is the foundation sport for all physical activity and sports. Early participation in gymnastics develops the most fundamental movement skills, physical and motor abilities, social and emotional abilities and performance skills that carry over into all aspects of life.

We have designed a Summer Camp to ensure children keep active and have fun while learning gymnastics and interacting with other children. With 1.5-3 hours of gymnastics each day (1.5 hrs AM & PM), children are sure to learn and improve their gymnastics skills; along with their strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination! Our gymnastics portion in camp is completely coach-led so the children can learn and improve their skills.

When we're not doing gymnastics, children are busy playing games in the gym and outside, making crafts, enjoying and exploring the gym during supervised free time, and participating in special exercises based on the theme of the week. Your child’s safety and enjoyment are top priority.

Our facility is fully air conditioned and we have a large space out back to play. We have a second floor viewing area, lunch/snack and craft room.

Every Thursday we take a Stover Bus Trip to the Boys & Girls Club for private indoor swimming, followed by outdoor time at Jim Beattie Park.

Every Tuesday (less July 3, the first day of Camp) we take a special field trip to a different location every week.

We aim to keep activities different from day to day and week to week to keep our returning campers interested! We accomplish this by provided a different theme every week with different crafts, games, special guests, and field trips. We also have a large trailer full of equipment which gets switched out and rotated weekly so the gym set up is never the exact same.

We are a not-for-profit aiming to keep camp fees as low as possible to allow as many kids as possible the opportunity to join us. We offer flexible registration options to work with your schedule - register for a single half day, full day, full week, or more. We offer free Pre & Post Care for parents needing early drop off or late pick up before/after their camp day. We also offer a 30% discount for subsequent children in the same family.

Our Coaches love working with children and promoting the positive benefits of gymnastics and physical activity. The coaches are all trained through Gymnastics Ontario and receive regular in-club training. We have several safety policies and procedures in place. You are welcome to contact the Camp Coordinator if you have any questions or would like anymore information on Summer Camp: Jen Kingston, kgcrecreational@gmail.com

General inquiries and registration questions/issues can be directly to the main office: kingstongymnasticclub@bellnet.ca / 613-384-1190

*Please scroll past the facility photos for more detailed information.

Dates, Times, Themes & Outings

We are first and foremost a Gymnastics Camp. We aim for the children to have fun and learn new gymnastics skills every week. The themes, as noted above, add variety and excitement to the Camp Week.

Every Thursday we take a Stover Bus Trip to the Boys & Girls Club for private indoor swimming, followed by outdoor play time at Jim Beattie Park. 
Every Tuesday is a different Field Trip, as noted below.

Please note that we cannot wait for late-comers on Field Trip days, so Half Day PM Campers may be dropped off anytime between 12:45-1:00pm.  If you arrive later than 1:00pm, you will be responsible for driving your camper(s) to the Field Trip location if you wish to join. Campers may not remain at the club as we will not have staff to supervise. Refunds/Credits will not be given if the field trip is missed. Thank you for understanding.

Week One: July 3 to 6 (no camp on Monday July 2)
Theme: Magical Moments
- (Magic Tricks & Experiments)
Tuesday Field Trip: 
Tuesday afternoons are generally a Field Trip Day; however, with July 3rd being the very first day of camp, we will not be taking a Field Trip. The price is reflective and the campers will enjoy a regular full day of camp at KGC; including 1.5 hours of gymnastics in the morning and afternoon, games in the gym, outdoor group activities and free time, and step-by-step crafts.
Special Guest: Rob Driscoll has performed his Wacky Magic Show at KGC for the past few years and it's such a huge hit with the kids (and coaches)! This show is exciting, funny, and keeps all the kids engaged the entire show. It's always a great time! Join us for Camp on Friday as Rob will be there at 1pm. http://www.robdriscollmagic.com/

Week Two: July 9 to 13
Theme: Moovin' & Groovin' - (Dance, Music, Different Sports)
Tuesday Afternoon Field Trip:
Playtrium (541 Days Rd, Kingston)
Additional Items to Bring Tuesday: Socks are required for the Playtrium! Please pack regular snacks and lunch to bring on the field trip.
Special Guests: Jacklyn will be leading 30-minute Dance Classes throughout the week for the Campers who wish to participant - Monday will be Hip Hop, Wednesday will be Acro, and Friday will be Musical Theater and Ballet.
Tanya will be in Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning for signing/music/rhythm workshops and to lead the children through the creation of instrumental crafts.
Arden's Music will be in Wednesday afternoon teaching the campers a fun ukelele lesson!

Week Three: July 16 to 20
Theme: Cookin' Up a Storm
- (Fun with Food)
Tuesday Afternoon Field Trip: Loblaws Cooking School (1048 Midland Ave, Kingston)
We will be walking to the location, which is estimated at a 10 minute walk from KGC (1343 Midland Avenue) to Loblaws (1048 Midland Ave). KGC Staff will lead the children in small groups to ensure safety. Half Day PM Campers should be at the club by 12:45pm as we will begin walking to the location at this time.
Children will be making Chicken (or Veggie) Quesadillas and Apple Cinnamon Energy Balls. 
A home-packed lunch is not required on this day, however please still pack snacks.
*Allergy notes are especially important for this week of camp.
Please note that we do not have a stove at our club - coaches and campers will be creative in their food recipes and preparations throughout the week.

Week Four: July 23 to 27
Theme: O Canada
(Farming, Farm Animals, Health & Happiness)
Tuesday Afternoon Field Trip: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation (1641 Perth Road, Glenburnie, Ontario - 13 minute bus drive from our club)
This Field Trip will include a hike and scavenger hunt. Ratios will be kept at a maximum of 5:1 with ongoing group headcounts throughout the hike.
Additional Items to Bring Tuesday: Appropriate clothing for the outdoors, including comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat.

Week Five: July 30 to August 3
Theme: Ninjas vs. Pirates
(Ninjastics Week, Part 1)
Tuesday Afternoon Field Trip: Tomlinson Aqua Park (303 York Street, Kingston)
We are required to keep a 5:1 ratio of children to adult supervisors, and life guards are on site at the Pool.
Additional Items to Bring Tuesday: Bathing suit, towel, extra water and snacks, and sunscreen. Optional: shoes that can get wet and a life jacket if your child requires one for swimming.
Special Guest on Wednesday PM: Little Rays Reptile Zoo! Presentation: "Nature’s Ninjas – Defenses of the Animal Kingdom!" - "Do chameleons actually change colour for self-defence? Why do snapping turtles snap? What do tarantulas actually do for self-defense? Find answers to these questions and so much more in this fun, educational interactive program that highlights a chameleon, milk snake, tarantula, caiman, hedgehog, cane toad, skunk, scorpion and a large snake." http://littleraysnaturecentres.com/

Week Six: August 7 to 10 (No Camp on Monday August 6)
Theme: Explore It All - (a bit of everything - Cooking, Crafts, Camper vs. Counselor Challenges)
Tuesday Field Trip: Boston Pizza (755 Gardiners Road, Kingston) - Kitchen tour and make your own pizza & sundae. A drink and salad or veggies & dip are also provided.
Important Notes: Half Day Camp is not an option this Tuesday as we will be taking the field trip mid-day. A home-packed lunch is not required on this day, however please still pack snacks.
*Allergy notes are especially important for this week of camp.
Special Guest: Artist, Mat Poirier will be leading the campers through a gymnastics watercolor painting. View some of Mat's work here: https://www.matpoirier.com/sports
Special Guest on Wednesday PM: The Barefoot Players will lead a Drama Workshop which involves high physicality as well as vocal expression. KGC Campers had a blast at this workshop last year! https://sdm.queensu.ca/community/barefoot-players/

Week Seven: August 13 to 17
Theme: Ninjas vs. Robots
- (Ninjastics Week, Part 2)
Tuesday Afternoon Field Trip: 
Grass Creek Park (2991 2, Kingston, K7L 4V1)
Additional Items to Bring Tuesday:
Bathing suit, towel, extra water and snacks, and sunscreen. Optional: shoes that can get wet and a life jacket if your child requires one for swimming.

Week Eight: August 20 to 24
Theme: Ooey Gooey Science
(Science & Experiments)
Tuesday Afternoon Field Trip:
MacLachlan Woodworking Museum (2993 Hwy 2 East, Kingston - by Grass Creek Park)
At the Museum, the children will learn all about "
Trees, Seeds, and Feathers" –  "Learn about the plants, animals and insects that are kind enough to share Grass Creek Park with us! Through a nature walk and hands-on exploration, learn to identify birds common to the area and how we can use their physical characteristics to glean clues about their habitats, diet and gender."
Special Guest on Wednesday PM: Science Quest Presentation/Workshop. http://sciencequest.ca/

Week Nine: August 27 to 31
Theme: The Mighty Jungle
(Animals, Pets, Reptiles)
Tuesday Afternoon Field Trip: Lake Ontario Park and Splash Pad (920 King St W, Kingston)
Additional Items to Bring Tuesday: Bathing suit, towel, extra water and snacks, and sunscreen. Optional: shoes that can get wet.
Special Guest on Wednesday PM: The Zoo Crew! - "The Zoo Crew is an animal education company that combines entertainment and learning to create an exciting experience that will be remembered! Committed to nurturing the human-animal bond, The Zoo Crew offers a range of services for animals lovers of all ages." https://www.thezoocrew.ca/animals


This information in continuously updated to include more information on each week, including special guests, outings, and other activites!

T-Shirts:
Please note that a KGC T-Shirt is required for all Field Trips away from the Club. This helps our Coaches keep a better eye on the Campers. Campers registered for Full Week of Full Days will receive a free KGC T-Shirt. All other Campers have the option to purchase one for $10 (which they keep and bring home) or just borrow one from the Club for the Field Trip. You'll have the option to select to purchase a T-Shirt online at the time of registration. We will size the children at the Club.

Pricing

A basic Camp Day costs $30 for a Half Day and $40 for a Full Day. An additional $5 is added on Field Trip Days. Full Weeks are discounted by $10. Subsequent children in the same family receive a 30% discount. Please see the charts below for the detailed pricing lists. Take note that Weeks 1 and 6 are priced differently.

What To Bring

Gym Attire

Proper gym attire is very important for the safety of our participants.

  • Comfortable athletic clothing that is close fitting and allows movement of the body - body suit or t-shirt and shorts recommended (no jeans, or buttons or zippers on shorts please)
  • No jewelry is allowed except small stud earrings while participating in gymnastics - we recommend leaving all other jewelry at home
  • Bare feet are required in the gym
  • Hair must be tied back so it cannot touch the eye area

Out of the Gym:

  • Emergency change of clothes
  • A labelled water bottle and/or other beverages for snack and lunch time. We have a water fountain inside our gym for use during the gymnastics and games portion; and to refill water bottles.
  • Lunch, morning snack, afternoon snack. Lunch is only needed if your child is staying for a full day. A snack is needed for a half day. We are a peanut free facility.
  • Sunscreen, hat, and running shoes for outdoor play.
  • Thursday field trips - bathing suit, towel, extra water and snacks, and sunscreen.
  • Tuesday field trips - appropriate items for the field trip that week. See the information above which includes the weekly dates, themes, special field trip, and important notes based on that field trip.

More Information

Staff
At all times during Camp there is at least one Camp Supervisor who has First Aid and CPR training. All of our Coaches are certified with the National Coaching Certification Program and receive in-club training. The Camp Coordinator is on site for the majority of the camp days and Senior Supervisors are always on site.

Camper Supervision and Injuries/Illnesses
Campers are supervised at all times during Camp, from the time they are signed in to the time they are signed out. KGC and Gymnastics Ontario have tried to create a safe and controlled environment and KGC has many established rules and emergency action plans. However, there is always a potential risk of injury. We have trained Coaches and have many policies and procedures in place for this reason, Adults are verbally notified at pick-up of any injury/illness that occurred during camp, if: 1. The camper sat out or missed more than one turn, or changed their activity to protect the injured body part; or 2. If there was any blood involved. If injuries/illnesses require medical attention, the parent will be contacted immediately and depending on the severity, an ambulance may be called.

Campers
KGC Camp is offered to children aged 4 through 12. We ask that all children attending our camp are able to use the washroom themselves. Children will be grouped with similar ages and with friends and siblings, as requested upon registration. The ratio for Campers to Coaches is dependent on the age of our participants, however will not exceed 10:1, and is most often less (6:1 for age 4-5 and 8:1 for age 6+).

Tuesday Outings
Every Tuesday (other than the first day of camp, July 3), the Campers and Coaches/Supervisors will attend a special field trip related to the theme of the week. Please view the information above which includes the weekly dates, themes, special field trip, and important notes. Depending on the activity, we aim to keep a 5:1 ratio which includes Supervisors, Coaches, and Competitive Team Parent Volunteers (who have provided clear CPIC's). The Supervisor(s) will bring a first aid kit, sunscreen, and a cell phone in case of emergency on all outings. Please note that we cannot wait for late-comers on Field Trip days, so Half Day PM Campers may be dropped off anytime between 12:45-1:00pm.  If you arrive later than 1:00pm, you will be responsible for driving your camper(s) to the Field Trip location if you wish to join. Campers may not remain at the club as we will not have staff to supervise. Refunds/Credits will not be given if the field trip is missed. Thanks for your understanding.

Thursday Outings
Every Thursday afternoon the Campers and Coaches/Supervisors take a Stover Bus Trip to the Boys & Girls Club at the Frontenac Mall (1300 Bath Rd) for Private Indoor Swimming; followed by outdoor play, weather pending, at the Jim Beattie Park (900-930 Henderson Boulevard). If the weather is not appropriate for outdoor play, we will visit the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Isabel Turner Branch (935 Gardiners Rd). The bus will arrive back to the club by 4:00pm. Please notify the Coaches at Sign-In if you would prefer to pick your child up at the Park/Library before 3:40pm. Please remember to pack a bathing suit and towel on Thursday's. It is also especially important on Thursday's to remember to bring an extra change of clothes, sunscreen, hat, running shoes for outdoor play, and extra water/snacks. The Supervisor(s) and Coaches will supervise all outings, along with Competitive Team Parent Volunteers (who have provided clear CPIC's). The Supervisor(s) will bring a first aid kit, sunscreen, and a cell phone in case of emergency on all outings. Please note that we cannot wait for late-comers on Field Trip days so Half Day PM Campers may be dropped off anytime between 12:45-1:00pm.  If you arrive later than 1:00pm, you will be responsible for driving your camper(s) to the Field Trip location if you wish to join. Campers may not remain at the club as we will not have staff to supervise. Refunds/Credits will not be given if the field trip is missed. Thanks for your understanding.

T-Shirts
Please note that a KGC T-Shirt is required for all Field Trips away from the Club. This helps our Coaches keep a better eye on the Campers. Campers registered for Full Week of Full Days will receive a free KGC T-Shirt. All other Campers have the option to purchase one for $10 (which they keep and bring home) or just borrow one from the club for the Field Trip. You'll have the option to select to purchase a T-Shirt online at the time of registration. We will size the children at the Club.

Pizza Day & Freezies
Friday's are pizza day! Cheese pizza is available for purchase at $2.50 per slice. Please pay for pizza in advance with your registration. Each child will be given a free freezie during morning orafternoon snack to cool down! You can also send cash for your child to purchase a Popsicle at snack or lunch time. Please note that snacks are still required on pizza day.

Lunch & Snacks
Please pack a lunch, morning snack, and afternoon snack. Lunch is only needed if your child is staying for a full day. A snack is needed for a half day. We are a peanut free facility! We have a water fountain for children to re-fill their water bottles. Many water bottles get left behind, so please ensure it is labelled.

Drop Off & Pick Up
Please drop off your child no earlier than 5 minutes before camp, and pick them up no later than 5 minutes after camp. Campers are required to wait inside the building and must be signed our by a parent or guardian before leaving.

Pre & Post Care
We offer free pre and post care for our Campers. Drop off as early at 7:45am and pick up as late as 5:15pm. Please register in advance so we can ensure adequate staffing. Late pick-up fees apply if your child is picked up after 5:15pm.

Absent or Late
If your child is going to be late or will be missing a day of camp, please notify us in advance.

Registration & Payment
Please register your child in advance for Camp. We will take registrations day of, however we do have a maximum each day we cannot always accommodate. Payment in full is required to secure a spot. We accept cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, and Cheque.

Cancellation Policy
A refund or credit will be issued only if a written request is received at least 5 business days prior to the start of the camp day. An administrative charge of $15 and the non-refundable Annual Club Fee of $30, if applicable, will be deducted from the total being refunded. Switching to an alternate day of camp also requires 5 days notice and is subject to the administrative charge of $15.

Contact

Registration & Basic Information: Katie, kingstongymnasticclub@bellnet.ca

Camp Coordinator & Club Director: Jen Kingston, kgcrecreational@gmail.com

1343 Midland Avenue, Kingston, ON.
613-384-1190