Dear Parents and Guardians
Supervisors, Inclusion Facilitators and Camp Counselors
In addition to the HIGH FIVE® training, all of our program staff hold a current Standard First Aid CPR Certificate and we provide an extensive training program which include topics such as program planning, understanding child behaviour, problem solving, planning special events, working with children who have special needs, emergency procedures as well as practical experience leading games, crafts and singsongs.
Concerns and Suggestions
Authorized Drop off/Pick up and Emergency Contacts
At the time of registration, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information including telephone numbers and addresses of any adults 16 years of age or older that you authorize to drop off/pick up your child or come to camp in the event that you cannot be contacted when your child is ill or has been involved in an emergency. If you require an alternate person to pick up your child who is not on the list, please provide this information in writing (email) to the Jericho staff. Any new visitors to Jericho who come to pick up a child will be asked to provide photo identification.
Unknown Person Pickup
Should these events take place the Jericho Supervisor and additional staff will work in partnership to communicate with the Program Coordinator or Camp Director to ensure all attempts were made to reach the parent, guardian and emergency contacts, prior to contacting the police.
Prompt Pick Up Time
Late Pickup Procedure
Jericho thanks all families for their assistance in ensuring the effective and successful operations of our Programs.
If Your Child is Unable to Attend
It is important for us to know if your child is unable to attend camp. Please send a note with your child (in advance if possible) so we can plan accordingly and advise his/her supervisor not to expect them. If your child is ill, please call the Jericho Youth Services office at 905 722 5540 ext 5519 to advise us that they will not be attending. We will inform the location Supervisor immediately. Please do not send your child to camp when they are sick. If your child is not able to fully participate in camp due to health reasons (i.e. flu) you will be called to come pick them up.
Lost and Found
Behaviour Management Policy
We understand that each child brings different experiences to camp and therefore on occasion may not handle each part of camp in a positive way. Which is why our staff is committed to working with participants to ensure they are able to explain how to feel and why they reacted in such a way. Our staff knows that the best way to address unwelcome behaviour is by talking with the child and appropriate consequences when necessary. As a result we follow the following processes when addressing conflict:
a. Our staff will ensure the safety of all involved, by removing any additional equipment or people from the situation
b. our staff will work to get on the same level of the child to have a conversation, to get to the root of the problem
c. The staff will work with the child to be able to express their feelings and facilitate any apologies should they be necessary
d. The staff will work with the child to explain any consequences that may be required (sitting out of the next game, last to line up for snack ect)
e. finally the staff will complete an incident report should it be necessary to explain the event for our record keeping
The Jericho staff is committed to speaking with the parents of those involved in an incident. We do this to ensure that you are aware of what has occurred for your child at camp. We are committed to ensuring you are aware of what has happened in your child's experience. Any feedback and opinions around other children is asked to be kept to yourself, or brought directly to the Program Coordinator or Camp Director.
Should the behaviour continue following conversations with both the child and parent the Jericho staff will be required to implement our three strike process:
Strike one: One day off camp
Strike two: One week off camp
Strike three: Removal camp
Based on the severity of an incident, a participant may be withdrawn from the camp without the strike policy. We do not enact these measures lightly therefore you will receive communication from both the Camp Supervisor along with the Program Coordinator and the Camp Director
Jericho Youth Services has a set of guidelines that all children at our programs are required to follow, called the Friendship Act. Supervisors and Jericho staff members will go over the Friendship Act with the group the first week of camp and when needed. These are posted at all of our programs for parents/guardian and children to see.
If your child requires medication during the program, a Schedule Medication Dispensing form must be completed. These forms are available from the Supervisor at the camp location. Only medications prescribed by a physician will be considered for administration by our staff. Medication must be stored in its original container with appropriate dosage and directions for administration on the label.
All medication must be signed into the care of the Supervisor by the parent or guardian. The medication will be secured in a lock box and will be signed back into the care of the parent or guardian at the end of the day or week as requested. Medication such as epi-pens and asthma puffers will be carried by the supervisor or carried by the participant if indicated on the Schedule Medication Dispensing form by the parent or guardian. Staff cannot administer medication but will supervise participants capable of administering their own. In case of a life threatening situation where the participant is unable to administer medication such as an epi-pen or asthma inhalers, staff will assist.
Children with Special Needs
If your child has a special need or health condition we ask for your help in letting us know well before the first day of camp. Please contact us at 905 722 5540 to discuss how we can best provide the support your child needs.
Jericho Summer camp does provide an Inclusion Facilitator for children that require support. Inclusion Facilitators will work with all children with special needs at the camp location to ensure they are integrated into the daily program. It is the responsibility of all program staff to work with the Inclusion Facilitator to make the program experience the best it can be for all campers. Our Inclusion Facilitators are there as a support, however do not work one-on-one with any one child.
Preparing your Child for our programs
What to Bring
Lunch and Snacks
We understand that summer is the perfect time to ride your bike and some of our campers prefer to get themselves to camp. If you want to allow your child the ability to ride their bike to camp you must connect with the Program Coordinator or the Camp Director.
Should your child ride their bike to camp it is the individual's responsibility to ensure the bike is left in a secure location during camp hours. Please note that bikes will not be allowed to be used during camp hours and are used as a method of transportation to and from camp.
Bus Trip Supervision
Parents of participants must complete all forms as required.