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Medical Information

Medical information must be received at least TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the start of your child’s session. Please fill out all information as completely and accurately as possible. Missing information could delay assistance to your child in the event of an emergency. Any medical information received will be treated with complete confidentiality.

Medical information is reviewed and only pertinent information is relayed to the Counselors and Instructors so that they can provide the greatest level of comfort and security for all campers. You may be contacted by the lead staff if clarification is required with regard to any issue or condition.


Injuries and Sick Campers

AGO/OCADU Protection Services staff are trained and certified in first responder first aid and will be called upon to deal with all first aid and emergency issues beyond simple cuts and scrapes. If your child is sick at camp, we will do everything we can to attend to them. Sick campers are supervised in our first aid/camp office location. However, on occasion, it may be necessary for the camp to contact you or a designated guardian to pick up your child. If your child has a fever, rash, has vomited or has diarrhea, we WILL ask you to pick them up.

Please do not send your child to camp if they have or may have any of the following:

  • Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)
  • Strep Throat
  • Chicken Pox (Varicella)
  • Lice
  • Fifth Disease (Erythema Infectiosum)
  • Hand-Foot and Mouth Disease

If your child is suspected to have any of the above, you will be asked to pick up your child immediately. To prevent any possible spread of viruses, hand washing will be mandatory before and after studio and lunch time. Campers with a fever will be sent home immediately. While at camp, Campers should arrive at camp well enough to participate in all active, regular active camp programming.

If you have any questions, you may consult your healthcare provider or call Telehealth Ontario at TTY: 1- 866-797-0007. Nurses are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day.


Medication

Please indicate on your medical form any medication that your child will be taking while at camp. Camp staff DOES NOT administer any medication to campers. Please make arrangements to drop by at lunch or at the appropriate time to administer medication. Medication will be held in a locked drawer in the camp office.


EpiPens

Your registration information indicates that your child will be carrying an EpiPen while at camp and where it is located.  Please be sure to remind your child’s counselor of this information on the first day and camp staff on registration morning. We require that all EpiPens be carried in a fanny pack to be worn on their person at all times, as during the day campers may be in a location without their backpacks. The AGO does NOT have an EpiPen on site. In the event of a first time occurrence, standard emergency procedures will apply and 911 will be contacted.

If your child requires an EpiPen and has not brought one to camp, they will be unable to participate in camp activities and will be sent home for the day. We will require Parental Consent forms to be signed with the return of Camper Information Forms and/or on registration day.


Bullying Prevention and Intervention

The AGO Summer Art Camp does not condone nor accept bullying. Our goal is to provide a safe and stable environment that nurtures creativity, cooperation, and community. We recognize that bullying can adversely affect both a camper’s development and their camp experience. We want our campers to be happy and safe at camp, and to know that they can be expected to be treated fairly and compassionately during their time here. The camp staff is trained in strategies to quickly and effectively deal with and dispel any issues that may arise.

Camp rules are followed to make sure that the AGO Summer Art Camp is a fun, educational, and safe environment for all who attend and all persons and property are treated with respect. If issues do arise, they will be dealt with by the Lead and/or counseling staff. For more serious problems, Lead counseling staff, with the involvement of the Camp Coordinator, will contact the child’s parents/guardians to discuss the situation. The AGO Summer Art Camp expects all staff and campers to be honest, fair, and empathetic toward those around them.


General Behavioral Policies

We welcome all campers into our art camp programs and make every effort to include and support individual campers, but campers who persist in behavior that is dangerous to themselves or other campers may be requested to leave the program.

We do not have the resources to allow us to assist special needs campers on a one-to-one basis throughout the day. Your camper must be able to toilet her/his self and manage regular camp activities without assistance.


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