Hill park is swimming on Mon to Thurs afternoons. Kay Drage is swimming on Friday mornings.

Questions About Camp

Where does the camp take place?

  • Kay Drage Park (Westdale)
    200 Macklin St N, Hamilton, ON L8S 3R5
  • Hill Park (Hamilton Mountain)
    770 Upper Wentworth St Hamilton, ON L9A 4V5
  • Valley Park (Stoney Creek)
    970 Paramount Dr, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 1Y2

Who is the camp for?

This camp is for all youth (boys and girls) aged 4-12.

Are campers grouped according to age and skill level?

Yes, based on enrolment numbers we group the campers first on age and then on skill. If you are registering more than one camper and you would like to have them in the same group, you can simply inform the on-site supervisor on the first day of camp. There will be instances where there are more than one age group in the same group.

Do I have to bring anything?

Yes! Here is a list of things that we require you to bring with your kids. Keep in mind to prepare for inclement weather if it’s in the forecast.

  • Knapsack
  • Face masks
  • Lunch and Snacks (No peanut products)*
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit & Towel
  • Running shoes are a must and soccer shoes are optional
  • Rain jacket (if there is light rain we might continue outside)

*Again we ask you to not bring any peanut products. Please pack a nutritious lunch for your children so they may remain energetic throughout the day 🙂

Sessions & Duration

When does the camp run?

Our camps run Monday to Friday (apart from Holiday weekdays) during the weeks of July and August. For 2021 we have the following schedule:

  • Week 1: July 05 – 09
  • Week 2: July 12 – 16
  • Week 3: July 19 – 23
  • Week 4: July 26 – 30
  • Week 5: August 03 – 06 (Monday, Aug 2nd is Civic Holiday)
  • Week 6: August 09 – 13
  • Week 7: August 16 – 20
  • Week 8: August 23 – 27

What are the session times?

Our camp programming runs with structured activities  9 am to 4 pm. Early drop-off is from 8 am to 9 am and late pick-up is from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, and both are available at no extra cost.

What does the morning session consist of?

The morning session consists of a variety of recreational activities, involving creative play, tag and circle games, cooperative and dramatic games and, of course, sports-oriented games, from soccer to frisbee. All activities are geared for the age and development /skill level of the camper.

Depending on the interest of the campers, they might be taught some basic soccer skills such as passing the ball, dribbling, shooting, etc. Others might be involved in some low intensity activities, like arts and crafts, dancing and various group activities.

What does the afternoon session consist of?

After lunch break and some rest time, the swimming takes place! The afternoon session starts with a walk to the pool location, followed by around 1-2 hours of free swim and play time. When the swim session is over, the group will walk back to the soccer field and continue with fun game activities until the parent/guardian comes and picks up the camper.

Please note that Valley Park Camp will not have swimming for just this season. In lieu of swimming, we will have water-based activities such as slip and slide, water balloons, ice water, sponge related games, etc. Basically, any water-related activities to soak the campers and the coaches continuously throughout the day.

What happens during the swim in the afternoon?

Please note that Valley Park Camp will not have swimming for just this season. In lieu of swimming, we will have water based activities such as slip and slide, water balloons, ice water, sponge related games, etc. Basically any water-related activties to soak the campers and the coaches continuously throughout the day.

The camp group walks over to the Coronation Arena for Westdale Location or, Valley Park Arena for Stoney Creek mountain location, or the Inch Park Arena in Hamilton mountain usually 30 minutes prior to the start of the actual swim time to give enough time to change and prepare for the swim. We cooperate with the pool supervisors and lifeguards to ensure we follow all rules and policies set forth by Coronation Arena. This means maintaining a low instructor to swimmer ratio. Our instructors and volunteers are required to be in the shallow end with the swimmers to maintain this ratio. The afternoon swim typical lasts 1-2 hours and there is no additional charge for the camper.

What if my kid is not able to swim yet?

Even without swimming, kids can participate. They will be required to wear a life jacket and be within arms reach of a coach in the shallow end of the pool with a low coach-to-camper ratio, following the City rules on pool safety. In case you do not want your kid to participate in the pool time, the camper will sit out with the coach and whoever is not swimming that day. They might bring the kids to the park or participate in activities off to the side, outside the water.

Pickup and Drop Off

What does early drop-off/late pick-up mean?

At no extra cost, Globe FC offers early drop-off from 8 – 9 am and late pickup from 4 – 5:30 pm.

We will have an instructor on-site as early as 8 am and as late as 5:30 pm. This gives parents a more flexible pick-up/drop-off timetable based on their own daily schedules. Please ensure that campers are picked-up by 5:30 pm as our instructors typically have extra-curricular activities that they need to attend to as well.

Can anyone pick-up/drop-off my child?

No. We have a very strict sign-in and sign out policy that only the authorized guardian(s) can drop off or pick up their child.

If by any reason the authorized parent/guardian(s)  are unable to drop-off/pick-up their child, we will need a signed letter beforehand indicating the individual who will be dropping off/picking up the camper or to validate with the authorized parent/guardian(s) over the phone.

If you have any other questions or require further inquiry please do not hesitate to contact us at 289-775-7219

Are there breaks/lunch time?

Yes, we understand the need to keep the campers hydrated and fed so we take many water/snack/ washroom breaks throughout the day. We also ensure re-application of sunblock is followed so the campers do not get a burn. Our staff  is equipped with spray-on sun-block and will ensure each child is protected.

Lunch time is between 12pm – 1pm and it is fully supervised. Each child must bring their own lunch, snacks and personal use items.

Weather

What happens during inclement weather?

If there is a light mist, then the regular camp activities will continue outside. When there is inclement weather, the group will move to our designated shelter and continue with an altered curriculum until all is clear again. The shelter locations are:

– Hill Park: Change room facilities

– Valley Park: Pavilion inside the park

– Kay Drage: Covered roadway section

What happens during hot days?

We are always concerned with the summer heat. We ensure that the campers stay hydrated throughout the day by taking many breaks. We also ensure that sunblock is re-applied along the day as well. During really hot days, our activities are altered to ensure that campers do not get dehydrated or exhausted. For instance, we ensure that we take our breaks in the shade. If there are heat alerts, then we treat the day as inclement weather and will take the group to the shelters or tents and continue with an altered curriculum.

Instructors

What type of background/experience do the instructors have?

Most of our camp coaches have a great mix of soccer and childcare experience. They aspire to further their career in a coaching or teaching related profession.

Each year our Camp Instructors go through an intensive training prior to the start of camp to ensure that that your child(ren) have a fun, exciting and memorable summer in a safe setting. Also, before gaining employment, they are required to provide a Criminal Record Check to us, which we keep on file.

What is the camp to instructor ratio?

Due to the pandemic, we are following all strict Public Heath guidelines for Summer Camps. This means that we are divide in pods with a maximum of 10 people, which are composed by 2 coaches and up to 8 campers., Therefore, we are keeping an instructor to camper ratio of 5:1 or less (depending on enrolment) and the number of campers in the age group.

During the afternoon swim, we abide by the rules of the pool supervisor and their instructor to swimmer ratio.

Questions About Payment

How much does the camp cost?

$139 full week or $119 short week (short week is a 4 day week that includes a statutory holiday)

Are there any discounts?

There are multiple week discounts available. When registering for a full month (July or August) or for the entire Summer, make sure to pick the actual month or full season product instead of each week individually to take advantage of the discount.

Can I cancel my registration at anytime and get a refund?

Cancellations made seven (7) days or greater from the start of the registered camp session will be subject to 100% refund. Cancellations made seven (7) days or less from the start of the registered camp session will be subject to 50% refund.  All refunds are subject to a $25 administration charge. There will be no refunds once the registered camp session has started. Please call us at 289-775-7219 for further inquiries.

Due to the pandemic, if there is any kind of disruptions to our usual Summer Camp programming because of restrictions or health/safety concerns, we will contact each registered participant immediately to inform and refund if needed.

I'm interested! How do I register my child?

You can register for the Summer Camp online by clicking here. You can also register over the phone by calling us  at 289-775-7219. We accept cheque, VISA, or MasterCard. You can also use PayPal to pay too.